Apple Watch review: Design
After spending four months with the Apple Watch, there is some debate among the Macworld team about whether it is a great or terrible product. However, we can all agree that the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and engineered. It has a chunky, rounded body that reminds us of the original iPhone, but with a modern look and feel. Holding the Apple Watch is incredibly satisfying, and it sits comfortably on the wrist.
Unlike most fitness trackers on the market, which are usually plasticky wristbands with little fashion appeal, the Apple Watch stands out. It successfully combines fashion and technology. One major issue with smartwatches is that most of them are designed for men and may not fit comfortably on smaller wrists.
Apple Watch review: Dimensions
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.
Apple Watch review: Build quality
The Apple Watch comes 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 models have sapphire screens, while the Sport version has ion-x glass.
The build quality of the Apple Watch is impressive. After almost a year of use, our Apple Watch still doesn’t have any scratches on the body or screen. However, the Sport Band straps may start to look a bit dirty over time.
While the Apple Watch is water-resistant to the IPX7 standard and can survive in water up to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, it is not recommended for swimming. Some reviewers have tested the water resistance of the Apple Watch and found that it is indeed waterproof, but we don’t recommend taking that risk.
Apple Watch review: Straps
Choosing the right strap for your Apple Watch is essential to complete its look. Luckily, Apple offers a wide range of straps to choose from. Options include the 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 multiple color choices. The Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet, on the other hand, are only available in two colors. The Sport Band alone comes in 22 different colors, giving you plenty of options to match your style.
Apple Watch review: Screen
The screen resolution of the Apple Watch depends on the model you choose. The 38mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 272×340, while the 42mm model offers 312×390. Both models have a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, resulting in sharp and vividly colorful displays.
The touchscreen of the Apple Watch is highly responsive and easy to use. However, quitting apps and glances can be a bit counterintuitive compared to the iPhone. To quit an app, you have to press and hold the side button, which may not be immediately obvious to everyone.
Apple Watch review: User interface
One of the standout features of the Apple Watch is its user interface. Unlike many other smartwatches, which suffer from a crowded and difficult-to-use UI on a tiny display, Apple has managed to create an intuitive and efficient interface.
Controlling the user interface is made easier with the Digital Crown, a modern adaptation of the traditional watch crown. The Digital Crown allows for precise navigation and eliminates the need to swipe on the small screen.
Apple Watch review: Using the Apple Watch screen
Navigating the Apple Watch can be done through the touch screen. You can scroll, tap, and press harder for additional options. Various gestures bring up different elements of the operating system, such as Glances, which can be accessed by swiping up on the watch face.
Additionally, Apple’s Force Touch technology adds another layer of interaction. By pressing harder on the screen, you can access context-specific functions and menus.
Apple Watch review: Performance
The speed and performance of the Apple Watch may not meet everyone’s expectations, especially for those demanding more from their wearable tech. Some reviewers have found the interface to be sluggish and experienced delays in certain actions.
The overall performance of the Apple Watch can vary depending on factors such as running apps and Glances. Third-party apps can also be slow to start up, even with the improvements brought by watchOS 2.
Apple Watch review: Using the Digital Crown
The Digital Crown is Apple’s innovative solution to the navigation problem. It allows for a more precise and convenient way to interact with the Apple Watch’s interface. There is also another button below the Digital Crown that serves as a home button and is used for initiating Apple Pay transactions.
Apple Watch review: Battery life
Apple claims that the Apple Watch can last 18 hours on a typical day with average usage. However, it is recommended to charge the Apple Watch every night. The battery life may vary depending on factors such as workout duration and music playback.
Apple’s ‘typical day’ includes a half-hour workout, and the battery lasted 6.5 hours during continuous exercise. Playing music can also drain the battery relatively quickly.
Apple Watch review: Pricing and availability
The pricing for the Apple Watch varies depending on the model and strap chosen. The starting price for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is £259, and it goes up to £8,000 for the 18-carat gold Apple Watch Edition. For more information on pricing and availability, please visit the THCS Hong Thai website.
While the Apple Watch may not offer unique features compared to other smartwatches on the market, it excels in its design, user interface, and overall user experience. It’s a slick device that may require some time to get used to, but once you do, it becomes a seamless part of your daily life.