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Most Smartwatch Companies Aren’t Truthful in Size Specs - DC Rainmaker

Most Smartwatch Companies Aren’t Truthful in Size Specs - DC Rainmaker

Most Smartwatch Companies Aren’t Truthful in Size Specs - DC Rainmaker
Aug 15, 2022 1 min, 36 secs

I thought I was starting my day down a much narrower hole, to quickly and efficiently demonstrate that the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro specs for thickness were woefully incorrect and misleading.

That specific scavenger hunt was initiated by Reddit this weekend after watching my Early Review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro, and noting there was no way the 10.5mm thickness listed for that watch was accurate, given the far more sleek/older Galaxy Watch Active 2 was listed at 10.9mm.

The measured thickness of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro was ~15.2mm, some 50% thicker than the claimed 10.5mm spec.

At this point in my morning, I figured I’d just grab an Apple Watch and a Garmin watch, and then illustrate that both of those companies know how to use a ruler.

Here, you can see the Apple Watch Series 7 at 13.1mm (claimed is 10.7mm), and the Garmin Forerunner 255 Music at 14mm (claimed is 12.9).

And in the case of Wahoo, I suspect being their first Wahoo-branded watch, I suspect nobody simply told them they were supposed to lie about the thickness measurements.

So I then went down the path of trying to figure out what these exact specs were listing, and it turns out, they were listing the portion of the case excluding the optical HR sensor bump.

So if we look at the Garmin Forerunner 255 Music, its spec is 12.9mm, and measured at 12.93mm if I ignored the optical HR sensor bump.

Apple, Samsung, Garmin, and others all have plenty of caveats on their website around numerous other claims.

This ignores the entire back case, as well as the sensor bump.

Their back case is a rounded hump that goes up 3mm, before then having the sensor bump rise from that another 2mm or so!

And then Samsung took the apparent gentleman’s agreement of not measuring sensor bump to then not measuring any portion of the back of the case.


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