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Apple Watch review: Aesthetics
For a slightly more opinionated version of the video review above, here’s the male half of the Macworld team debating whether the Apple Watch is a fantastic or a terrible product after four months of use:
The Apple Watch is exquisitely designed and engineered, with an amazing look and feel. Its chunky, curved body is reminiscent of the original iPhone, yet it has a modern appearance and feels great to hold. Additionally, the Apple Watch is comfortably worn on the wrist.
Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of fitness trackers that have been quite formulaic: wristbands made of plastic with little fashion appeal. One fitness tracker company even attempted to market their product to fashion-conscious women, suggesting they wear it around their neck like a necklace. However, it didn’t quite pass as jewelry. None of the fitness trackers currently on the market do.
A similar situation occurs with smartwatches. Although they have gained popularity among tech enthusiasts in the last year, they still don’t appeal to everyone. One major issue is that most smartwatches are designed with men in mind, making them less comfortable to wear for those with smaller wrists.
Apple Watch review: Size Matters
The Apple Watch is available in two sizes: the 38mm model (which actually measures 38.6 x 33.3 mm) and the 42mm model (which measures 42 x 35.9 mm). Both models 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
Apple Watch review: Durability
Speaking of the materials used in constructing the watch, there are three options available: 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 ion-x glass.
We absolutely adore the appearance and feel of the Apple Watch. As we mentioned earlier, it resembles a smaller version of the original iPhone and has a reassuring durability – after almost a year with the Watch, we haven’t noticed any scratches on the body or the screen, although one of our Sport Band straps is starting to look a bit worn.
Although the Apple Watch is rated as water-resistant to the IPX7 standard, Apple doesn’t recommend submerging it in water. It can survive in water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes, but it is merely “splash- and water-resistant, not waterproof.” It is fine to use it in the shower, as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apparently does, but swimming is not advised.
However, many daring reviewers have taken the plunge, and we haven’t heard any complaints about water damage. We don’t encourage taking the risk, and if something does go wrong, Apple is not liable since they only claim the watch is water-“resistant.” But, it does seem that the Apple Watch is indeed waterproof.
Apple Watch review: Straps of Style
Now let’s discuss straps. Which one should you choose to accompany your stylish Apple Watch?
There is a wide variety of straps to choose from, including the Link Bracelet, Sport Band, Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, and more recently, Nylon bands and Hermes straps.
“The Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle.”
The Leather Loop, Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Woven Nylon, and Sport Band options are available in multiple color choices, while the Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet are only available in two colors. The Sport Band comes in 22 different colors, such as black, white, pink, yellow, blue, grey, lime green, lavender, antique white, stone, and midnight blue, to name a few.
Apple Watch review: Display Quality
While attempting to conserve the watch’s battery life, we tried force-quitting some apps and found the process to be rather counterintuitive.
The resolution of the Apple Watch screen depends on the model you choose. The 38mm Apple Watch (1.32 inches diagonally) has a resolution of 272×340 pixels, while the 42mm model offers 312×390 pixels on a 1.5-inch screen. Both models boast a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi).
In both instances, the Apple Watch screen is officially rated as Retina-quality, and our experience confirms this claim. The screen is sharp and vibrant, with no visible pixelation.
The touchscreen is highly responsive, and we tend to rely on swiping gestures by habit, even when a scrolling option is available through the Digital Crown. However, quitting apps and glances is not as simple as on the iPhone. To close an app, you need to press and hold the side button, and then repeat the process. It’s not something you stumble upon by accident.
Apple Watch review: User Interface
Apple’s design expertise is only one aspect of what sets the Apple Watch apart. Another factor is its user interface. Many current smartwatches struggle with packing the UI onto a tiny display, making it difficult to interact with the small elements using your fingers, which are inevitably larger than the elements you’re trying to touch.
Here, we will discuss Apple’s approach to controlling the user interface and the software that you can expect to find on the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch review: Utilizing the Screen
One way to interact with the Apple Watch is through its screen. You can scroll around, tap on items to select them, or press harder to access additional options, similar to the concept of right-clicking with a mouse. Various gestures bring up different elements of the operating system. For example, swiping up on the watch face enables Glances.
Additionally, Apple’s Force Touch technology recognizes the pressure you apply to the screen and responds accordingly. There is a distinction between a firm press and a gentle tap. (We will delve into Force Touch in greater detail later on.)
Apple Watch review: Performance
The Apple Watch’s overall speed could be considered a potential weakness, depending on your standards for wearable tech. Several reviewers have noted a delay and sluggishness in the interface during use.
Update 8 September 2016: Please note that the following section is based on the original watch and not the Series 1 or 2, which feature a 50 percent faster processor.
Experiences with the Apple Watch’s performance varied among our team members, and factors such as running apps and Glances may influence day-to-day performance. It is rare to find an app that responds instantaneously; they tend to open quickly but often lag, leaving us staring at a black loading screen. Additionally, syncing processes with the iPhone over Bluetooth can be sluggish.
Furthermore, third-party apps can sometimes be slow to start up, even with the introduction of watchOS 2, which aimed to improve the speed. We still find third-party apps rather sluggish, often leading us to revert back to using iPhone apps.
Apple Watch review: Navigating with the Digital Crown
Apple’s solution to the navigation challenge is transforming a traditional feature of watches into something suitable for the 21st century.
The dial on the side of the watch, known as the crown, has been reinvented as the Digital Crown. This innovative Digital Crown solves the issue of swiping through icons on a small display.
Below the Digital Crown is another button that takes you to the home screen and the Friends app, which allows you to contact your friends. This button is also utilized when making payments using Apple Pay.
Apple Watch review: Battery Life
According to Apple, the Apple Watch should provide 18 hours of battery life on a typical day with regular usage. In other words, it should last throughout the day, but not much longer. Consequently, the watch needs to be charged every night, which unfortunately rules out wearing it while sleeping, disappointing those interested in sleep-related apps.
However, your mileage may vary. Apple’s “typical day” involves a half-hour workout, but if you engage in more intense exercise, the battery may drain faster. In Apple’s tests, the battery lasted 6.5 hours during a workout, so you can trust it to endure a marathon without running out of power. Playing music on the Apple Watch also consumes battery, and Apple’s test device lasted for 6.5 hours of audio playback.
Apple Watch review: Pricing and Availability
The price of an Apple Watch varies depending on the model and strap you choose. For more detailed information, check out our Apple Watch buying advice.
The Apple Watch starts at £259 in the UK for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with a plastic band, while the 42mm version is priced at £299. The stainless steel Apple Watch begins at £479, and the newer Apple Watch Hermes starts at £1000. As for the 18-carat gold Apple Watch Edition, it starts at an eye-watering £8,000.
The Apple Watch may not be the first smartwatch on the market, and it doesn’t necessarily introduce any groundbreaking features. However, it performs exceptionally well in all the areas that matter, thanks to Apple’s expertise in user interface design. It’s a sleek and stylish device to use, although it may not be completely intuitive, especially at first. But with time, it becomes more familiar and user-friendly.
This article was edited by thcshongthaiad.edu.vn