The Withings Scanwatch and the Apple Watch Series 5 are two of the few smartwatches with ECG tracking feature, and these two are equally some of the very best smartwatches for monitoring your health. While the Scanwatch is a hybrid smartwatch, the Watch 5 is a full-fledged smartwatch featuring smarter features. However, from fitness tracking and appearance perspective, these two are some of the finest smartwatches on the market, compare the Withings Scanwatch vs Apple Watch Series 5 specs and features to find out the differences between these two.
Withings Scanwatch vs Apple Watch Series 5 Specifications Compared
|Withings Scanwatch (42mm)||Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)|
|Device name||Withings Scanwatch (42mm)||Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) (disconitnued)|
|Device type||Hybrid/Classic/Fitness||Sport/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Withings Move ECG||Apple Watch Series 4|
|Successor||_||Apple Watch Series 6|
|Released date||April, 2020||September, 2019|
|Display type||Analog/PMOLED (monochrome)||LTPO OLED|
|Display size||1.65 inch||1.78 inches (44mm)|
|Display resolution||_||448 x 368 pixels (44mm)|
|Input type||Single button|
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
|Customizable watch face||No||Yes|
|Dimension||42 x 42 x 13.7 mm||44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)|
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)
|Weight||83 grams||36.1 g (Non-LTE)|
|Casing material||Stainless steel||Aluminum|
|Bezel Material||Stainless steel||Ceramics|
|Strap size||20mm||125 - 210mm|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 20mm||Yes|
|Screen protection||Sapphire glass||Sapphire crystal glass|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, IP68, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0 LE||Bluetooth v5.0|
|Payment system||None||Apple Pay|
|GPS||No (connected GPS)||A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS|
|Sleep tracking||Yes||Yes (Third-party app)|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||No|
|On-screen workout modes||No||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes, 30||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||_||WatchOS 6.0|
|Chipset||_||Apple S5, 64bit|
|Type of battery||Non-removable battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Mixed usage:25 days+||Standby:2 days+|
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
|Charging type||Magnetic charging cable||Magnetic charging|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hrs||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||Yes||Yes|
|Companion app||Health Mate App||Apple watch APP|
|Withings Scanwatch (42mm)||Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)|
|Magnetic charger||Magnetic charging cable + USB adapter|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site|
What’s the Difference?
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- Fitness Tracking
Both the Scanwatch and Watch 5 have got an outstanding design that’s both classy and elegant. Although, the 10.7mm thick Watch 5 is slimmer than the 13.7mm thick Scanwatch. The Watch 5 also weighs a little less, this off course leaves the Watch 5 with a sleeker appearance. While OLED powers the display of the Watch 5 which is very bright and more colorful, the Scanwatch being a hybrid smartwatch features a smaller PMOLED monochrome display from which you can read notifications, fitness tracking stats and other complications.
Durable materials have been used for the body of these two, while the Watch 5 is available in stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramics, the Scanwatch comes in a stainless steel case. Straps are available in leather and silicone.
As I mentioned earlier, each of these two is fitness-focused and some of the best choices for monitoring your health. Each of these two will track your steps, complete sleep cycle, irregular heart rhythm via ECG tracking, heart rate, floors climbed, calories and fitness level.
However, the Scanwatch lacks the ability to track menstrual cycle, incidental fall detection and SOS international emergency calling all present in the Watch 5. Moreover, the Watch 5 features a compass that gives you clear data on your current orientation and is able to detect too loud sounds that can be harmful to your ears. The Scanwatch lacks these features.
Although, the Scanwatch is the first smartwatch with the ability to track sleep apnea – a health condition that occurs when there’s an insufficient inflow of air into the lungs and may cause a drop in blood oxygen level. The Scanwatch with SpO2 sensor is also able to track your blood oxygen level to give you better insight on your fitness level (VO2 Max.).
Watch 5 has an inbuilt GPS that comes in handy in tracking outdoor activities which is also possible with the Scanwatch, but only works when connected to your phone’s GPS.
The Watch 5 being a more geeky device features a massive 32GB onboard storage capacity that allows you to stream or store your favorite tracks onboard. It’s also equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker which aren’t present on the Scanwatch. As a result, you can start a workout simply with your voice via Siri.
Watch 5 has a disappointing battery life of about 18 hrs compared to the Scanwatch with an impressive 30 days long battery life. It’s quite understandable for a hybrid smartwatch to have a long battery life, but then the Watch 5 actually has abysmal battery life. The only remedy is to charge it every day, unlike the Scanwatch that allows you to go long from a single charge.
Which is Better?
Both the Scanwatch and Watch 5 are outstanding in design and health tracking. Although, the Watch 5 being geekier is smarter with onboard music storage, microphone, loudspeaker and more. This, of course, makes it a more comprehensive smartwatch, while not forgetting that the cellular model is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to stay connected independent of your phone.
It then boils down to what interests you more; a classic smartwatch or a geeky one? In other words, the Scanwatch being a comprehensive fitness tracker with longer battery life is a great choice if you’re looking for a hybrid smartwatch capable of tracking your active life comprehensively.
Also note that the Watch 5 remains the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.
The Watch 5 being a more comprehensive and smarter smartwatch is our preferred choice.
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