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Apple Watch review: Design

After four months of using the Apple Watch, the male half of the Macworld team debates whether it is a great or terrible product. According to him, the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and engineered, with a great look and feel. Its chunky, rounded body reminds him of the original iPhone, but with a modern touch. Holding the Apple Watch feels satisfying, and it is also comfortable to wear.


In the past, fitness trackers were typically plasticky wristbands with little fashion appeal. They were far from being considered fashionable or stylish. Similarly, most smartwatches are designed for men, and they don’t sit comfortably on smaller wrists.


Apple Watch review: Dimensions

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

38mm Apple Watch

Build quality

The Apple Watch is available in three different materials: aluminum for the Watch Sport, stainless steel for the Watch, and 18-carat gold for the Watch Edition. The Watch and Watch Edition models come with sapphire screens, while the Sport version has an ion-x glass screen.


The Apple Watch has a durable and robust build. Despite almost a year of use, there are no visible scratches on the body or screen. However, the Sport Band straps may start to look a bit grubby over time.


There is a wide collection of straps to choose from for the Apple Watch, including 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 options are available 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, offering a wide range of choices.


The Apple Watch comes with a high-quality screen. The resolution of the 38mm Apple Watch is 272×340, while the 42mm model offers 312×390 resolution. Both models have a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, providing a sharp and vividly colorful display. The touchscreen is highly responsive, allowing users to easily navigate through screens.


User interface

Apple’s expertise in design is evident in the user interface of the Apple Watch. Unlike many smartwatches with small displays, Apple has managed to create a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate. The Digital Crown, a dial on the side of the watch, acts as a navigation tool, making it easier to scroll through icons and select options.


Using the screen

The Apple Watch can be interacted with directly through its screen. Users can scroll around, tap on items to select them, and press harder to access more options. Various gestures can bring up different elements of the operating system, such as Glances. The screen also supports Force Touch technology, which allows users to apply varying degrees of pressure for different actions.



The speed and performance of the Apple Watch may vary depending on usage and the apps running. While some reviewers have found the interface to be sluggish, others have had a smooth experience. Third-party apps, in particular, may be slower to start up. Apple has made efforts to improve app performance with updates, but there is still room for improvement.

Using the Digital Crown

The Digital Crown, a dial on the side of the Apple Watch, is used for navigation. It solves the problem of swiping through icons on a small display. Below the Digital Crown is another button that takes users to the home screen and the Friends app. This button is also used for Apple Pay transactions.


Battery life

The Apple Watch offers a typical battery life of 18 hours with regular usage. However, heavy usage, such as longer workouts or playing music, may drain the battery faster. It is recommended to charge the watch every night to ensure it lasts through the day.


Pricing and availability

The pricing of the Apple Watch varies depending on the model and strap chosen. The starting price for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is £259, while the 42mm version starts at £299. The stainless steel Apple Watch starts at £479, and the Apple Watch Hermes starts at £1000. The premium 18-carat gold Apple Watch Edition starts at £8,000.


The Apple Watch may not be the first smartwatch on the market, and it may not offer unique features compared to its competitors. However, it excels in design and user interface thanks to Apple’s expertise. The Apple Watch is a slick device that may take some time to get used to, but with continued use, it becomes more familiar and user-friendly.

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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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