At the beginning of the year, Apple tried to fully open the doors and put the smartwatch in the must-have zone, thus generating significant interest in this new device.
While Pebble is all about functionality and simplicity, the Apple Watch feels much friendlier and tries to engage people, not just being a passive device that you remember only when you check the time or emails.
But did he really achieve this? Is the Apple Watch worth buying? Yes and no. Smartwatches may be the future of smartphones and the Apple Watch has a lot of cool features that give us a glimpse of what can happen.
On top of this, it works like a blast right now, especially thanks to its updated software. So if you like a device that monitors your heart rate, tracks your steps, you can play music wirelessly, send animated emojis to people, dictate messages, view notifications, send your heartbeat to your loved ones and more, then you will appreciate having an Apple Watch.
It helps you look at your phone less, while keeping you connected, but don’t forget that it is not a standalone device. To enjoy all its features, you must have it connected to an iPhone (it must be within approximately 30 feet of your phone or you can connect via WiFi to further extend the range).
Now let’s take a more in-depth look at what the Apple Watch has to offer!
The Apple Watch is undoubtedly an attractive watch, with a discreet and elegant appearance, with clean lines and a curved glass that meets the curved metal. Yes, you will not find a single sharp edge.
The case is made of stainless steel (also rose gold or aluminum) and is quite thick, but because it curves inward, it appears thinner than it actually is. Most smartwatches are plagued with this problem and unfortunately at this point we have to accept that smartwatch technology has not evolved as much as we would like.
Still, the Apple Watch feels reasonably balanced (it weighs 1.5 pounds and measures 0.4×1.4×1.6 or 0.4×1.3×1.5 inches) and if you’ve worn a watch before, chances are you won’t feel like the thickness is much. higher. engaged. The watch comes in two variants, a one-and-a-half-inch case and a 1.3-inch case. This differentiation has been made to please both men and women, but the larger one has a better battery life.
On the right side of the watch you’ll find the digital crown and a button that you can use to show or hide friends, double-click access to Apple Pay, and turn the watch on or off.
At the base of the watch you can find the heart rate sensor and the magnetic inductive charging system (compatible with Qi). There is also a small speaker and microphone to the left of the clock for calling, but you will hardly notice them.
Yes, the Apple Watch may be more attractive than most smartwatches on the market, but it costs a lot more.
Our Apple Watch came with three straps, a black sport strap, a Milanese strap, and a leather strap. The sport strap is very comfortable, but similar to other plastic bands on other smartwatches and has a unique closure mechanism that you will get used to in no time.
The Milanese Loop has a mesh-like texture and complements the metal case very well, but feels much more feminine than any other strap option. It is quite flexible, feels comfortable, can be easily adjusted and is suitable for casual or classier clothing. The clasp is magnetic and stays closed (since the bracelet is very light, it may be better to leave the strap looser to balance with the weight of the watch).
The Leather Loop bracelet is also magnetically closed, it uses magnetic segments that stick together. But there are some shortcomings as we noticed some scratches on the clasp after a few days of use and you may find yourself in the position of adjusting the strap throughout the day as it tends to slip a link or two from time to time. when.
The Apple Watch features a 1.5-inch OLED screen (or 1.3-inch for the 38mm one) with a resolution of 312×390 pixels (or 272x340p) and a pixel density of 326ppi (like the iPhone 6). The Retina display is a bit different than the one found on iPhones because Apple has chosen a flexible OLED from LG over the usual LCD technology.
The display is covered by a hardened Ion-X crystal (for Apple Watch Sport) or a sapphire crystal, both intended to protect it from scratches or minor bumps against furniture.
The OLED display is bright and colorful, with high color accuracy, and overall it’s one of the most vibrant displays we’ve seen on any smartwatch, but it’s still not quite as sharp as the one on the Samsung Gear S (which also has a much larger color palette).
But let’s focus a bit on Force Touch technology (something new in the world of smart watches) that detects the level of force, distinguishing between light or strong pulses, thanks to its tiny electrodes around the screen.
It’s an interesting addition that adds more options and functionality to some apps without adding more buttons or overcomplicating things.
Hardware and battery life
The Apple Watch includes a 500 MHz Apple S1 processor, a PowerVR SGX543 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage (when connected to an iPhone, you can fully access its storage memory).
The watch is also equipped with a heart rate sensor, which uses infrared and visible light LEDs in conjunction with photodiodes to determine your heart rate; there’s also a gyro, accelerometer, and sadly no built-in GPS.
Also inside the case you can find a 205 mAh (or 246 mAh) lithium-ion battery. It promises 18 hours of battery life in normal use, 6 hours of music playback or exercise with the heart monitor, 3 hours of talk time and up to 48 hours of verification time.
The software that runs on the Apple Watch is called WatchOS 2.0 (an updated version to the most delayed first generation) and to be fully operational, the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or later.
The watch is not designed for long-term use, it provides a better experience if used in shorter periods of time, especially since some applications are a bit slow and not many complex applications are developed (using Facebook or any other Google application on the Apple Watch’s small screen may be undesirable in the long run).
Now, let’s talk about the interface. If you swipe out, you get the watch face with notifications and looks and if you press the Digital Crown, you get access to the apps. There is certainly a learning curve, but after a few days of wearing the watch you get used to the way things work.
The watch faces have a series of new options (since the new update) that allow you to change the color, add new elements or delete them.
In addition to the usual notifications and watch faces, you can choose one of the individual screens with quick summaries of information from the apps you see frequently. To access looks, you can swipe up on the watch face or ask Siri to open it for you, even if it’s not on your active looks list.
Watch faces and looks look great on the Apple Watch, but there’s so much more. You get the Taptic Engine, a groundbreaking feature that actually touches your wrist when a notification comes so you don’t miss anything important, it can also be used while navigating, you can tap your wrist multiple times to turn left or right, or you can use it. together with the Digital Touch.
Digital Touch is a unique form of messaging that works exclusively between Apple watches and allows you to send touches, finger sketches, or your heart rate.
There’s also Apple Pay (similar to what you can find on your iPhone), which is a really great feature, if you find places that accept this type of payment. What it does to offer the ability to purchase goods or services with a single touch of the clock at the payment terminal (two touches of the button is all it takes to invoke your card). It also works without an iPhone present.
In addition to all this abundance of apps and features, you get the versatile camera remote that lets you preview your iPhone’s viewfinder and even focus, set a timer, or fire the shutter.
So how has our experience with the Apple Watch been so far? Well, it hasn’t been much different than any other smartwatch. It receives notifications, it allows you to put the watch in your pocket, unless it is something important, it is more discreet, you receive a gentle touch on the wrist, as opposed to a ringtone, and generally meeting with friends and family is more attractive as you look less on our phone and focus more on the discussion.
The obvious conclusion is that the Apple Watch is not a must-have device, you really don’t need it, but if you can afford it it will make your life a little easier in some small ways.
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