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Apple Watch: A Review of Design & Build Quality

After spending four months with the Apple Watch, the male half of the Macworld team had differing opinions on whether it’s a great or terrible product. However, one thing they both agreed on is that the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and engineered, with a sleek look and feel. Its chunky, rounded body reminds us of the original iPhone, but it still maintains a modern and satisfying aesthetic. Additionally, the Apple Watch is surprisingly comfortable to wear on the wrist.

We’ve seen our fair share of fitness trackers over the years, and they tend to all look the same: plasticky wristbands with little fashion appeal. One brand even tried to convince us that their tracker could be worn as a necklace, but it fell short of being a fashion statement. Smartwatches have a similar issue, as most of them are designed with men in mind and don’t fit comfortably on smaller wrists.


The Apple Watch comes in two sizes: the 38mm model, which measures 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm, and the 42mm model, which measures 42.0 x 35.9 x 10.5mm. Both sizes have a thickness of 10.5mm.

  • 38mm model: 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm
  • 42mm model: 42.0 x 35.9 x 10.5mm

Build Quality

The Apple Watch is available in three different materials: aluminium for the Watch Sport, stainless steel for the Watch, and 18-carat gold for the Watch Edition. The Watch and Watch Edition feature sapphire screens, while the Sport version has ion-x glass.

The Apple Watch has a robust and durable feel to it. Even after almost a year of use, there are no scratches on the body or screen. However, the Sport Band straps may start to look a bit worn over time.

Although the Apple Watch is water-resistant to a depth of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes, Apple does not recommend submerging it completely. Some reviewers have tested its water resistance and found that it can withstand more than Apple claims. However, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.


When it comes to choosing a strap for your Apple Watch, there are plenty of options to suit any style. The collection includes Link Bracelet, Sport Band, Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, Nylon Band, and Hermes straps.

The Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Woven Nylon, and Sport Band come in multiple color choices. The Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet are available in only two colors. The Sport Band, in particular, offers a wide range of 22 different colors, including black, white, pink, yellow, blue, and more.


The Apple Watch features a high-resolution screen that varies depending on the model. The 38mm model has a resolution of 272×340, while the 42mm model has a resolution of 312×390. Both models offer a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, resulting in sharp and vibrant visuals.

The touchscreen is highly responsive and allows for easy navigation through various screens. However, quitting apps and glances can be a bit tricky, as it requires a specific button combination.

User Interface

One of the standout features of the Apple Watch is its user interface. Unlike other smartwatches with limited screen space, Apple has created an intuitive and user-friendly interface.

Using the Apple Watch screen, you can scroll, tap, and press harder for additional options. Swiping up on the watch face brings up Glances, providing quick access to important information. Apple’s Force Touch technology allows for different actions based on how hard you press the screen.


The Apple Watch’s performance can vary depending on factors such as running apps and Glances. Some users have experienced sluggishness and delays in certain actions. However, it’s worth noting that the original Apple Watch had a slower processor compared to the Series 1 and Series 2 models.

Third-party apps, in particular, can be slow to start up, despite efforts to improve their performance. While watchOS 2 aimed to speed up third-party apps by allowing them to run natively on the Apple Watch, many users still find them sluggish and prefer using their iPhone apps instead.

Digital Crown

Apple’s solution to the navigation challenge on a small display is the Digital Crown. This dial on the side of the watch allows for easy scrolling and selection of items. Another button below the Digital Crown serves as a home screen button and is also used for Apple Pay transactions.

Battery Life

According to Apple, the Apple Watch can provide up to 18 hours of battery life with typical usage. However, battery life can vary depending on usage patterns and activities. Some users have found that their watch drains more quickly during intense workouts or when playing music.

Pricing and Availability

The Apple Watch comes in a variety of models and straps, resulting in different price points. The starting price for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is £259, while the 42mm version starts at £299. The stainless steel Apple Watch begins at £479, and the Apple Watch Hermes starts at £1000. The Apple Watch Edition, made of 18-carat gold, starts at a staggering £8,000.

Our Verdict

The Apple Watch may not be the first smartwatch on the market, but it stands out for its sleek design and Apple’s expertise in user interface. While it may take some time to get used to, the Apple Watch offers a smooth and enjoyable user experience. Keep in mind that performance can vary, and battery life is limited, requiring daily charging. Ultimately, the Apple Watch is a solid contender among smartwatches.

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THCS Hồng Thái

“Đừng xấu hổ khi không biết, chỉ xấu hổ khi không học.” Khuyết Danh

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