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With the likes of Apple, Garmin, FitBit, Samsung and more offering digital watches that act like a personal trainer for the wrist, it can be confusing to know which one is best suited to helping you achieve your fitness goals.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro  is Samsung’s most advanced fitness tracker and smart watch, because it also allows calls, texts and contactless payments just like an Apple Watch. However, it’s around $200 cheaper than a comparable Apple Watch.

With this in mind, DailyMail.com decided to put it to the test to see just how useful the features of sleep tracking, body composition, activity tracking are. Can the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro perform just as well as an Apple Watch for a lower price point and do the features actually help the average person get healthier and more active? 

Workout smart and recover smart with this watch that tracks activities and helps you sleep and rest.

Stay safe thanks to all-new route Tracking lets you follow GPX-format routes on your Watch or access Google Maps from the Samsung app store. 

Advanced Sleep Coaching helps you develop better sleep habits by analyzing your sleep patterns and recommending improvements.

LTE allows you to make and take calls and receive messages like a phone. 

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 How we tested 

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in a variety of sporting environments including running, walking, cycling, swimming and a weights workout. We synced it with the Galaxy Watch app to track BMI and Body Fat over a period of four weeks and tested how motivating it was to see progress. Finally, we tried to monitor sleep habits using the recovery functions.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has a variety of different watch screen options but its in the watch's app store where you'll find apps like Samsung Health that allow sleep tracking and activity tracking

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has a variety of different watch screen options but its in the watch’s app store where you’ll find apps like Samsung Health that allow sleep tracking and activity tracking

How easy is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro to set up?

 We were relieved that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is super intuitive, which means you don’t need any tech experience to set up the watch.

 In the box, you get a charging cable and the watch as well as an instruction booklet and a quick start guide

Once fully charged, the quick start guide was the only thing we needed to read to find out what the buttons did. It turns out there’s a power/home on button at the side and below that is a back button.

After powering it on, you’ll see that you can simply touch the screen to access metrics. The step count, weather and battery life are immediately visible on the watch face at the start, but these can be customised so that you can access the metrics that matter to you most.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will allow you to see exactly how long you can use the battery for and give you the option of saving power to increase battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will allow you to see exactly how long you can use the battery for and give you the option of saving power to increase battery life

Flipping the watch over we see the Samsung BioActive sensor that is used to capture your heart rate, irregular heartbeat (ECG), blood oxygen levels, and more. These can be accessed directly on the watch or through the Samsung Health app which is easy to install on any Android device. You’ll want to install both the Samsung Wearables app and the Samsung Health app to get the most out of the device.

 How does the Sasmung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro track activity?

 If you can use a tablet or a phone, you’ll find that the watch is easy to use to track activity. Simply press the Home button on your Samsung Watch to access your apps tray and select Samsung Health. Scroll down the screen and look for Workout.

Track a workout via the Samsung Health app in the watch's app store then once you start recording you can see distance, time, heart rate and even a map of where you're going

Track a workout via the Samsung Health app in the watch’s app store then once you start recording you can see distance, time, heart rate and even a map of where you’re going

To start logging a workout, tap Workout and then select which activity you are doing such as running, walking, hiking, cycling and more.

Once you’re doing a workout, the watch will show data like your heart rate, distance and time of the workout. All in clear, easy to read numbers. The display of the watch screen is super sharp.

How can the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro help with body measurements?

Looking to get leaner or lose some body fat as you become more active? The watch is great for helping with this. 

The watch has information about everything to do with health at your fingertips, all displayed on a clear, easy-to read screen. Your BMI and body fat measurements will be displayed brightly on screen in just a few minutes after asking the watch to calculate them

The watch has information about everything to do with health at your fingertips, all displayed on a clear, easy-to read screen. Your BMI and body fat measurements will be displayed brightly on screen in just a few minutes after asking the watch to calculate them

Again, all you need to do is access the Samsung Health app from within the App store on the watch. Select Body Composition and then measure. If it’s your first time doing it, you will need to enter your height and weight.

After that, you’ll be prompted to move the watch higher up your wrist so that it can better scan your body fat. You can view the results on the watch or your smartphone from the Samsung Health app. Over time, the app displays a graph of how your measurements have changed.

Can the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro encourage better sleep habits? 

This is the feature that we found especially impressive as the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro acts like a personal sleep coach.

Found in the Samsung Health app, the sleep coach  feature analyzes your sleep patterns for a week and then builds you a personalized four-week sleep coaching plan, providing useful tips and guidance for improving sleep habits. 

DailyMail.com Verdict 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is easy to set up and use for workouts so that you can see yourself getting fitter and faster. As its an investment item, you’ll want to use it which means you work out more. We also liked that you can see your progress on graphs over time, so you’re moticated to keep up the good work

Battery life is excellent compared to an Apple Watch and the Sleep Coaching feature is also superior to Apple’s offering. 

 Pros: Easy to use, long battery life, stylish black design

Cons: Doesn’t work with iOS

Best Price: $499.95, Amazon.com 

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