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Apple Watch review: Design

Is the Apple Watch a great product or a terrible one? The opinions are divided, but one thing is for sure – the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and engineered. Its chunky and rounded body has a certain resemblance to the original iPhone, giving it a modern yet nostalgic feel. The comfort it provides on the wrist is also worth noting.


Unlike most fitness trackers and smartwatches on the market, the Apple Watch stands out with its fashion appeal. It is designed to be worn as a piece of jewelry. Whether you’re a man or a woman, the Apple Watch is suitable for anyone, thanks to its adjustable size.


Apple Watch review: Dimensions

The Apple Watch comes in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. The 38mm model measures 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm, while the 42mm model measures 42.0 x 35.9 x 10.5mm.

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Build Quality

Apple Watch review: Build quality

When it comes to build quality, the Apple Watch offers three options: aluminum for the Watch Sport, stainless steel for the Watch, and 18-carat gold for the Watch Edition. The Watch and Watch Edition are equipped with sapphire screens, while the Sport version has an ion-x glass.


The Apple Watch not only looks great but is also robust. After almost a year of use, there are no scratches on the body or screen. However, it is important to note that while the watch is water-resistant, it is not recommended for swimming.

Please note that the Apple Watch reviewed in this article is the original model.


Apple Watch review: Straps

Choosing the right strap for your Apple Watch is essential. There are various options available, including Link Bracelet, Sport Band, Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, Nylon band, and Hermes straps.


The Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Woven Nylon, and Sport Band come in various colors, while the Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet have limited color options. The Sport Band alone offers 22 different colors to choose from.


Apple Watch review: Screen

The Apple Watch’s screen resolution depends on the model you choose. The 38mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 272×340 on a 1.32-inch screen, while the 42mm model offers a resolution of 312×390 on a 1.5-inch screen. With a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, the screen is sharp, vivid, and free of pixellation.


The touchscreen is highly responsive, although some actions may require pressing and holding the side button. Quitting apps and glances can be a bit counterintuitive, but with time, it becomes more familiar.

User Interface

Apple Watch review: User interface

The Apple Watch’s user interface sets it apart from other smartwatches. Unlike many smartwatches that have a crowded UI on a tiny display, the Apple Watch utilizes the Digital Crown for navigation. This allows for easier interaction with the watch.


Using the Apple Watch Screen

Apple Watch review: Using the Apple Watch screen

Interacting with the Apple Watch screen is straightforward. You can scroll around, tap to select items, and press harder for more options. Swiping up on the watch face gives you access to Glances, providing a quick overview of various information.


The Apple Watch also features Force Touch technology, which can distinguish between a simple tap and a hard press, giving you additional options and functionality.


Apple Watch review: Speed/performance

The Apple Watch’s speed can vary depending on individual experiences and factors like running apps and Glances. While native apps are designed to run faster on the watch, some third-party apps may still be sluggish. It’s worth noting that this review is based on the original Apple Watch and not the newer Series 1 or 2 models, which feature a faster processor.

Using the Digital Crown

Apple Watch review: Using the Digital Crown

The Digital Crown, Apple’s innovative navigation tool, replaces the traditional dial found on watches. It allows for easy scrolling and selection of items on the watch’s screen. Another button below the Digital Crown takes you to the home screen and the Friends app, as well as aids in Apple Pay transactions.


Battery Life

Apple Watch review: Battery life

The Apple Watch boasts a battery life of up to 18 hours with typical usage. However, actual usage may vary depending on factors such as workouts and music playback. Charging the watch every night is recommended to ensure a full day of use.


Pricing and Availability

Apple Watch review: Apple Watch UK price

The pricing of the Apple Watch depends on the model and strap selected. The Sport model starts at £259 for the 38mm version and £299 for the 42mm version. The stainless steel Apple Watch starts at £479, while the Apple Watch Hermes starts at £1000. The gold Apple Watch Edition is the most expensive option, starting at £8,000.

Our Verdict

The Apple Watch may not be the first smartwatch on the market, but it excels in design and user interface. It offers a sleek and intuitive experience, albeit with a slight learning curve. With time, the Apple Watch becomes more user-friendly and familiar, making it a top choice among smartwatches.

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