Apple Watch review: Design
After spending four months with the Apple Watch, the male half of the Macworld team engages in a lively debate about whether the device is a great product or a terrible one. They both agree that the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and engineered, with an appealing look and feel. Its chunky, rounded body is reminiscent of the original iPhone, yet has a modern and satisfying appearance. Additionally, the Apple Watch is comfortable to wear on the wrist.
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In contrast to other fitness trackers, which often lack fashion appeal, the Apple Watch stands out. The majority of fitness trackers on the market do not possess the qualities of a piece of jewelry. Similarly, most smartwatches are designed for men and may not fit comfortably on smaller wrists.
Apple Watch review: Dimensions
The Apple Watch is available in two sizes: the 38mm model (measuring approximately 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm) and the 42mm model (measuring approximately 42.0 x 35.9 x 10.5mm). Both sizes have a thickness of 10.5mm.
Here’s an example of how the 38mm Apple Watch looks on Karen’s wrist:
Apple Watch review: 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 ion-x glass.
The Apple Watch boasts excellent build quality. Despite almost a year of use, there are no scratches on the body or screen of the device. Apple advises against fully submerging the first-generation Apple Watch in water, although it is rated as water-resistant to the IPX7 standard. While some reviewers have tested the watch in water without issues, caution is advised as Apple does not classify the device as waterproof.
However, numerous reckless reviewers have had no complaints about water damage after submerging the Apple Watch. Although it is not recommended to test the water resistance, it appears that the Apple Watch can withstand it.
Apple Watch review: Straps
Choosing the right strap for your Apple Watch can enhance its overall appearance. The Apple Watch offers a wide range of strap options, including the 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 colors. On the other hand, the Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet are only available in two colors. The Sport Band alone comes in 22 different colors, including black, white, pink, yellow, blue, grey, lime green, lavender, antique white, stone, and midnight blue.
Apple Watch review: Screen
The resolution of the Apple Watch screen depends on the model chosen. The 38mm Apple Watch has a screen resolution of 272×340, while the 42mm model offers 312×390. Both models provide a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi) and are rated as Retina-quality. The screen is sharp, vibrant, and free from any noticeable pixelation.
The touchscreen functionality is highly responsive. While it is possible to navigate through menus using the Digital Crown, it is more instinctive to swipe the screen. However, quitting apps and glances is less intuitive. To close an app, you need to press and hold the side button twice, a process that is not immediately apparent.
Apple Watch review: User interface
The user interface of the Apple Watch sets it apart from other smartwatches. Unlike its competitors, Apple has managed to avoid cramming the UI onto a tiny display. Instead, they have introduced the Digital Crown, a modern twist on the traditional watch crown.
Apple Watch review: Using the Apple Watch screen
The Apple Watch can be interacted with through its touchscreen. You can scroll, tap, and press harder to access additional options, similar to right-clicking on a mouse. Various gestures allow you to navigate through the operating system, such as swiping up to access Glances.
Additionally, Apple’s Force Touch technology recognizes the force of your touch and responds accordingly. A hard press differs from a simple tap, providing users with additional options.
Apple Watch review: Speed/performance
The performance of the Apple Watch can vary depending on individual usage and factors such as running apps and Glances. Some users have found the interface to be sluggish, with noticeable delays in certain actions.
It is worth noting that the assessments discussed above are based on the original Apple Watch, not the Series 1 or 2, which feature a 50 percent faster processor. Third-party apps can also be slow to start up, and even with the introduction of watchOS 2, they have not reached optimal speed.
Apple Watch review: Using the Digital Crown
Apple has revolutionized the traditional watch crown by introducing the Digital Crown. This feature solves the problem of swiping through icons on a small screen. Beneath the Digital Crown lies a button that serves as the home button, allowing easy access to the home screen and the Friends app. It also facilitates payments via Apple Pay.
Apple Watch review: Battery life
According to Apple, the first-generation Apple Watch provides 18 hours of battery life under typical usage. This means that users can expect the watch to last throughout the day but will need to charge it nightly. It is important to note that the watch is not suitable for overnight wear, as it needs to be charged.
Battery life may vary depending on usage. Intensive activities such as workouts and using the watch to play music can deplete the battery quickly. During a workout, the battery lasted 6.5 hours, and audio playback lasted the same duration. Therefore, it is recommended to charge the watch regularly to avoid running out of battery.
Apple Watch review: Pricing and availability
The price of the Apple Watch varies depending on the chosen model and strap. The 38mm Apple Watch Sport with a plastic band starts at £259 in the UK, while the 42mm version starts at £299. The stainless steel Apple Watch starts at £479, and the Apple Watch Hermes begins at £1000. The 18-carat gold Apple Watch Edition starts at a staggering £8,000.
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