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The Apple Watch Series 5 is the latest addition to the rich lineup of Apple smartwatches, and it replaces the now discontinued Watch 4. The Watch 5 is available in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm and each of these two are available in two models; Cellular and GPS only. This comparison compares the Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) Cellular vs GPS specs and features – What’s the difference.

For the fact, the new Watch 5 is a more durable device than its predecessor, it’s built with ceramic and sapphire crystal back case, the always-on display is now present, as well as the addition of international emergency calling that allows you call emergency contacts of respective emergency bodies anywhere in the world. Menstrual cycle tracking is also present – a feature that allows women to log their period and can be helpful in detecting changes, storage has been boosted to 32GB and you can now access your favorite apps on the store directly from the Watch 5.

With that said, let’s take a look at the difference between the Cellular and GPS models of the Watch 5.

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) Cellular vs GPS Specs Compared

 Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (Cellular)Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameApple Watch Series 5 (44mm)Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorApple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 4
Successor----
Released dateSeptember, 2019September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeLTPO OLEDLTPO OLED
Display size1.78 inches (44mm)1.78 inches (44mm)
Display resolution448 x 368 pixels (44mm)448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
Pixel density----
Input typeTouchscreen
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
Touchscreen
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Dimension44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Weight47.8g (LTE)36.1 g (non-LTE)
Casing materialStainless steel
Aluminum
Titanium
Ceramics
Aluminum
Strap/band materialElastomerElastomer
Bezel MaterialCeramicsCeramics
Strap size125 - 210mm125 - 210mm
Screen protectionSapphire crystal glassSapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
Silver
Gold
(Aluminum & Stainless steel)

Black
Silver
(Titanium)

White
(Ceramics)
Black
Silver
Gold

MEMORY

RAM0.768GB0.768GB
Internal storage32GB32GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v5.0Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth callingYesYes
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCYesYes
GPSA-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSSA-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology2G/3G/4GNo
SIMe-SIMNo
Band____

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYes
ECG TrackingYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYes
MicrophoneYesYes
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNo
ECGYesYes
ThermometerYes, (App)Yes, (App)
Other sensors____

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)WatchOS 6.0WatchOS 6.0
ChipsetApple S4, 64bitApple S4, 64bit
CPUDual coreDual core
GPUPowerVRPowerVR

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeStandby:2 days+
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
Standby:2 days+
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
Charging typeMagnetic chargingMagnetic charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeNoNo
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid charging__

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYesYes

MISC

Payment systemApple PayApple Pay
Compatibility iPhone 5s+
iOS 12+
iPhone 5s+
iOS 12+
Companion appApple watch APPApple watch APP
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYes
Voice commandYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm)Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
StrapsStraps
Magnetic charging cable + USB adapterMagnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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What’s the Difference?

SUMMARY – The difference between the Cellular and GPS models of the Watch 5 is that the Cellular model ships with e-SIM enabling cellular connectivity which the GPS model lacks, it also weighs a little more, and as well is available in stainless steel, aluminum, ceramics and titanium materials unlike the GPS model which is only available in aluminum material.

Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) Cellular vs GPS Features Compared

  • Design

  • There’s no difference in the design of these two watches, its same appearance, same 1.78 inch infographic display, same digital crown button with haptic feedback mechanism that offers a click-like feel as you scroll.

    The only difference between these two is the different material that houses the respective models. While the Cellular model is available in aluminum and more durable materials like stainless steel, and even more premium materials like ceramics and titanium, the GPS model is only available in aluminum material. Although, the more durable and premium materials also adds to the higher price of the Cellular model.

    Moreover, the Cellular model being more equipped sees it weighing 11.7 grams more compared to the GPS model. It’s then pertinent to say that the GPS model is lightweight and of course a more comfortable wear all day long which makes it better wear for sports activities.

  • Cellular Connectivity

  • The Cellular connectivity features of the Cellular model is the main difference between these two. With inbuilt e-SIM, it’s a standalone smartwatch that allow you make and receive calls directly from this device independent of your phone. A feature the GPS model lacks.

    Although the GPS model with a microphone and loudspeaker will allow you to make and receive calls directly from the watch via Bluetooth calling, the watch must be connected to the phone Bluetooth.

  • Battery Life

It’s expected that with cellular features in use on the Cellular model, it will certainly have a slightly shorter battery life compared to the GPS model. This puts more dent to the already abysmal short battery life of the Watch 5. Personally, I don’t see any significant benefit for a watch with about 18hrs battery life to have standalone features.

Which is Better?

Clearly, the Cellular model being more equipped and available in more durable and premium materials is a better smartwatch.

However, the GPS model weighing less and being cheaper is also a great choice.

Our Pick

We go with the GPS model – Its cheaper, lightweight, has Bluetooth calling which compensates to a great extent the absence of standalone features and as well would last a little longer.

2 thoughts on “Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) Cellular vs GPS – What’s the Difference?”

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    how are they both in regards to the map app? are there certain apps that won’t work with the GPS model compared to the cellular watch?

    1. Jude Simeone, BSc
      Jude Simeone, BSc

      The map feature is the same for both GPS and Cellular models, and compatible apps work the same on both models.

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