I bought the Watch 4 Classic at realease, and pre-ordered the Watch 5 Pro that I received a few days ago. I was happy with the Watch 4, even though recharging every day was a bit of a drag. I was interested in the Watch 5 Pro due to its larger battery. So I decided to test it,whether it really lasted longer with my usual settings and usage, and whether it was worth losing the big ring.
Test conditions: watch4 and watch5 both recharged to 100%, then both worn at the same time, and if I noticed that one lit up, I'd light up the other. Settings where copied from the 4 to the 5.
Here is a table, with the percentages per watch, the the percentage lost per hour for each watch. Comments say when I turned Eco mode on or off, and I didn't wear them during the first night.
|Date time||Watch 5, %||Watch 4, %||W5 %/h||W4 %/h||Comment|
|24/08/2022 12:45||100||100||Eco, worn|
|24/08/2022 22:00||94||81||0.65||2.05||Eco, not worn|
|25/08/2022 08:45||88||64||0.56||1.58||Eco, worn|
|25/08/2022 12:45||79||45||2.25||4.75||-Eco, worn|
|25/08/2022 22:00||55||7||2.59||4.11||-Eco, worn|
|26/08/2022 08:50||33||-||2.03||W5 wins|
Roughly, the 4 is using about twice the % of energy as the 5, with my usual settings and usage. And, I never checked the actual numbers before, but eco mode uses bout 1/3 of the energy used in normal mode. I wish we could have eco mode but with the watch turning on with the wrist gesture though.
IMHO the extra battery is worth it.