Data analytics have always been a big deal in professional sports. From measuring how far a PGA Tour golfer can hit their driver to calculating who the fastest footballer in the Premier League is, elite athletes have access to a wealth of data that can help them reach the top of their game. That is largely down to recent advancements in sports science and technology, with GPS monitors, smart watches and heart rate sensors offering sports stars a ton of data that can help them achieve their goals.
But while these top-level athletes have access to that data, it hasn’t always been available to your average person who wants to make a change to their lifestyle. Well, at least not until now, with the emergence of smartwatches being a game changer for people like you and I looking to stay fit, healthy and make positive adjustments to the way we live.
That’s where the new Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro smartwatches come in and are due to go on sale in John Lewis stores on 26 August 2022. They are stylish timepieces that are more than just a workout tracker or a GPS watch. Their sleek design means they are built for everyday life but can also withstand whatever adventure you throw at them.
Plus, if you purchase either watch at John Lewis, you’ll also be able to take advantage of some of their unique benefits, including (and for a limited time only)* a £50 Google Play Store voucher when you buy the Watch5 or a £100 Play Store voucher when you buy the Watch5 Pro. You’ll also be entitled to take advantage of John Lewis’ two-year guarantee and their in-store tech support, which is a necessary safeguard you’ll want to have if you’re planning on putting your watch through its paces.
So, whether you’re just looking to gain a few more hours of sleep each night or are trying to become a better golfer, let us walk you through how these Smartwatches can help you become the best version of yourself.
The watch that knows you best
One of the things we love about the new Samsung Galaxy Watch5 models is that they are designed to work as the timepiece that knows you best. They tailor themselves to your body and offer personalised data and insights that can help you track your daily bodily functions. That allows you to make lifestyle changes that can improve your mental and physical wellbeing.**
Aesthetically, both Smartwatches ooze class and can be paired well with any outfit, from your gym kit to your office shirt. They feature a stunning sapphire crystal display, which is scratch-resistant and can withstand any bumps and knocks your day throws at it. But if you’re looking for something a little more robust, we recommend opting for the Watch5 Pro, which is made from a titanium casing that is more durable than the Armour Aluminum material on the Watch5.
When it comes to functionality, both are crammed with features, including their state-of-the-art sleep analysis tools that deliver daily reports on how well you slept. You can use that information to alter your nighttime routine to ensure you feel refreshed and ready to attack the day as soon as you wake up.***
The Watch5 and Watch5 Pro also feature a powerful BioActive sensor that monitors your cardiovascular health to keep your ticker in check throughout the day. You can track everything from your body fat percentage† to your blood pressure and even monitor your heart rate through a built-in ECG at the back of the Smartwatch.††
The heart monitoring tool can be very insightful for golfers if frustrations take over after a couple of bad shots on the course, or even if you’re a little nervous on the first tee. But the benefits to golfers don’t stop just there, with players able to download the intuitive SmartCaddie App to their device, which provides detailed hole maps on courses from all around the world. While a subscription to SmartCaddie does cost £76, we definitely think it's a worthwhile investment, having tested it out ourselves over multiple rounds of golf. Along with strategic hole maps, it also provides accurate distances to the hole from your lie, monitors your stock yardages with each club and has a scorecard feature, which makes scoring far easier than using a pencil and paper.
Both watches also feature a superb battery that will keep going until after you get home from the course, so there’s no need to worry about the watch running out of juice and losing your score. But when the watch eventually does run out of battery, its flash charging functionality will mean you can have it back at 50 per cent power within only 30 minutes.
What really sweetens the deal here is that if you buy either watch at John Lewis, you can claim a £100 Google Play voucher with the Galaxy Watch5 Pro or a £50 Google Play with the Galaxy Watch5. That will enable you kit your watch out with all the best applications on the Play Store, allowing you to get the most out of your watch.
How do the watches compare to each other?
The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is the premium of the two models and is designed for the out-and-out adventurer or the keen endurance sports person looking to track their runs, swims and even triathlons. The Pro comes with a few more bells and whistles than the Galaxy Watch5 and that means it does have a higher price point at £429. But if you take advantage of Samsung’s excellent trade-in offer that is available on purchases bought before 30th September, you’ll be able to claim £100 towards the price of the Watch5 Pro and £50 to the price of the Watch5 when you trade in an eligible device.
One of the unique features of the Watch5 Pro is the new Route Workout function that allows the user to download running routes and get turn-by-turn navigational assistance through haptic vibrations on your wrist. Those alerts will tell you when to turn left or right and keep you on track toward your destination. Plus, if you’ve ever felt anxious about getting back to where you started on your run, the handy Track Back function on the Smartwatch will always lead you back to the beginning of your trip.
On the other hand, or wrist, should we say, the Watch5 is built for those who are into tracking their workouts and want to maintain a healthy lifestyle but may not require the extensive features that the Watch5 Pro offers. We should also note that it is available for pre-order at John Lewis for an outstanding price of just £269, with an added guarantee of in-store tech support. That is a bargain for a smartwatch of this calibre and is perfect for anyone new to the smartwatch market looking for a functional and stylish watch.
Style meets performance
Having tested a range of smartwatches before, we can safely say that these are two fantastic offerings from Samsung that will help you look the part wherever you wear them but also help you make daily improvements to your lifestyle.
By providing you with data on everything from how you slept, to how much energy you used up on your walk to work, the new Galaxy Smartwatches can give you tailored insights that can help you improve your health and wellbeing.††† While these watches are already an exceptional piece of kit, you can grab yourself an even better deal if you buy them at John Lewis, where you can qualify for their two-year warranty scheme, which is an essential insurance that could save you a lot of money down the line. Head down to your nearest John Lewis store or visit their online shop if you’re interested in finding out more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro.
** Intended for general health and wellness purposes. Not a medical device.
*** Compatible smartphone required.
† Do not measure your body composition if you are pregnant, have an implanted pacemaker or other implanted medical devices.
†† ECG and BP feature only to be used by 22 years+. For accurate BP readings, monthly calibration is required by GP or BP monitor & arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 8.0 or above.
††† Intended for general health and wellness purposes. Not a medical device.
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Ed has been playing golf for as long as he can remember and is obsessive about the sport. He is regularly sought after by family members and friends for advice on what equipment to buy and uses his background, having written extensively on golf in the past, to produce equipment orientated content for Golf Monthly.
Having obtained a Masters in Law with Medicine from the University of Liverpool, Ed has recently changed paths into journalism and just last year achieved his NCTJ Sports Journalism Diploma with the Press Association.
He has written for a variety of media outlets over the years and has interviewed some big names in sport, including Premier League managers, All Blacks Coaches and Grand Slam tennis superstars. He has also worked on some huge sporting events, including the 2021 Australian Open and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And when he's not writing for Golf Monthly, you'll find him producing news and feature articles for the MailOnline's sports desk, where he covers everything from football to rugby union.
During his weekends off, you'll likely find Ed heading out for a round at one of his local golf clubs with his friends, and was, up until recently, a member at the Leatherhead Golf Club in Surrey. Ed also plays the saxophone, can tell you some pretty terrible dad jokes and can knock up a very tasty carbonara!
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