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Withings Scanwatch vs Apple Watch Series 5 – Which is Better?

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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)
withings scanwatch 42mmapple watch series 5 (44mm) specs


Device nameWithings Scanwatch (42mm)Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS) (disconitnued)
Device typeHybrid/Classic/Fitness
Sport/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorWithings Move ECGApple Watch Series 4
Successor_Apple Watch Series 6
Released dateApril, 2020September, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex


Display typeAnalog/PMOLED (monochrome)LTPO OLED
Display size1.65 inch1.78 inches (44mm)
Display resolution_448 x 368 pixels (44mm)
Pixel density_--
Input typeSingle button
(Not touchscreen)
1 button plus
Digital Crown with haptic feedback
Customizable watch faceNoYes


Dimension42 x 42 x 13.7 mm44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 38 x 10.7 mm (40mm)

Weight83 grams36.1 g (Non-LTE)
Casing materialStainless steelAluminum
Strap/band materialLeather
Bezel MaterialStainless steelCeramics
Strap size20mm125 - 210mm
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes
Screen protectionSapphire glassSapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)White, blackBlack


Internal storage_32GB
Memory card slotNoNo


BluetoothBluetooth v5.0 LEBluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth callingNoYes
Payment systemNoneApple Pay




Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes
Text responseNoYes


Sleep apneaYesNo
Sleep trackingYesYes (Third-party app)
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenYesNo
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoYes
On-screen workout modesNoNo
Triathlon modeNoYes
ECG TrackingYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYes, 30Yes
Safety trackingNoYes


Music streamingNoYes
Bluetooth musicNoYes



Operating system (OS)_WatchOS 6.0
Chipset_Apple S5, 64bit
CPUUnknownDual core


Type of batteryNon-removable batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 60mAh--
Battery lifeMixed usage:25 days+Standby:2 days+
Mixed usage: 18 hrs+
Charging typeMagnetic charging cableMagnetic charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hrsAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNo_




Control cameraNoYes
Music controlNoYes
Find phoneNoYes


Compatibility Android 6.0+,
iOS 12.0+
iPhone 5s+
iOS 12+
Companion appHealth Mate AppApple watch APP
Voice commandNoYes


Withings Scanwatch (42mm)Apple Watch Series 5 (44mm) (GPS)
Magnetic chargerMagnetic charging cable + USB adapter
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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What’s the Difference?

Withings Scanwatch vs Apple Watch Series 5 Features Compared

  1. Design

  2. 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.

  3. Fitness Tracking

  4. 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.

  5. Media

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.

  • Battery Life
  • 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.

    Our Pick

    The Watch 5 being a more comprehensive and smarter smartwatch is our preferred choice.

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