the beginning of the year, Apple attempted to fully open the gates and
put the smartwatch into the must-have zone, therefore actually
generating significant interest towards this new device.
Pebble is all about functionality and simplicity, the Apple Watch feels a
lot more friendlier and it attempts to engage people, not just be a
passive gadget that you remember about it only when checking time or
But did it actually manage this, is the Apple Watch worth buying? Yes and no. Smartwatches can be the future of smartphones and Apple Watch does have a lot of interesting features that do give us a glimpse into the things that may come.
Besides this, it works like
a wonder right now, especially thanks to its updated software. So if
you like a gadget that monitors you heart rate, tracks your steps, you
can play music wireless, send people animated emoji, dictate messages,
view notifications, send your heartbeat to your loved-ones and more,
then you will appreciate owning an Apple Watch.
It helps you to
look at your phone less, while keeping you connected, but don’t forget,
it’s not a standalone device. In order to enjoy all of its functions you
need to have it connected to an iPhone (you need to be at a range of
around 30 feet of your phone or you can connect through the WiFi to
further extend the range).
Now let’s get a more in depth view of what the Apple Watch has to offer!
The Apple Watch is without a doubt an attractive watch, featuring a discreet and elegant look, with clean lines and a curved glass that unites with the curved metal. Yes, you won’t find a single sharp edge. You can also change your design by yourself easily by changing the bands. You can get apple watch bands for iwatch series 1, 2, 3 and 4 available online.
The case is made from stainless steel (also rose gold or aluminium) and it’s rather thick, but because it curves inwards, it looks thinner than it actually is. Most smartwatches are plagued by this issue and unfortunately, right now, we have to accept that the smartwatch technology hasn’t evolved as much as we would like yet.
Apple Watch feels reasonably balanced (weighing 1.5 pounds and
measuring 0.4×1.4×1.6 or 0.4×1.3×1.5 inches) and if you wore a watch
before, you most likely won’t feel that the thickness is much of a
compromise. The watch comes into two variants, a one inch and a half and
a 1.3 inches case. This differentiation has been made in order to
please both males and females, but the bigger one does have better
On the right side of the Watch you’ll find the
Digital Crown and a button which you can use to show or hide friends,
access Apple Pay with a double click and turn the watch ON or Off.
the base of the watch you can find the heart rate sensor and the
magnetic inductive charging system (Qi compliant). There’s also a tiny
speaker and microphone on the left of the Watch for calling, but you
will barely notice them.
Yes, the Apple Watch may be better looking than most smartwatches on the market, but it does cost a lot more.
Apple Watch came with three straps, a Black Sport Band, the Milanese
Loop and the Leather Loop. The sport band is very comfortable, but
similar to other plastic bands on other smartwatches and it has a unique
clasp mechanism that you’ll get used to in not time.
Loop has a mesh-like texture and it nicely complements the metallic
case, but it does feel a lot more feminine than any other strap option.
It’s quite flexible, feels comfortable, is easily adjustable and it is
suitable for either casual or more classy clothing. The clasp is
magnetic and stays shut (because the bracelet is really lightweight it
may be better to leave the band looser so it balances with the weight of
the watch itself).
The Leather Loop bracelet also closes
magnetically, it uses magnetic segments that attach to each other. But
there are a few shortcomings, as we noticed some scratches on the clasp
after a few days of use and you may find yourself in the position to
adjust the strap throughout the day as it tends to slip a link or two
once in a while.
The Apple Watch features a 1.5in (or 1.3in for the 38mm) OLED display with a resolution of 312×390 pixels (or 272x340p) and a pixel density of 326ppi (just like the iPhone 6). The Retina display is a bit different than the one found on iPhone because Apple has chose a flexible OLED from LG rather than the usual LCD technology.
The display is covered by a toughened
Ion-X glass (for Apple Watch Sport) or a sapphire glass, both meant to
protect it from scratches or minor bumps into furniture.
The OLED screen is bright and colorful, with high color accuracy and overall it is one of the most vibrant displays we’ve seen from any smartwatch, but still it isn’t as sharp as the one from Samsung Gear S (which also has a much larger color palette).
But let’s focus a bit on the Force
Touch technology (something new in the smartwatch world) which senses
the level of force, distinguishing between light or hard presses, thanks
to its tiny electrodes around the display.
It is an interesting
addition that adds some more options and functionality to some apps
without adding more buttons or overcomplicating things.
Hardware and Battery Life
Apple Watch packs a 500MHz Apple S1 processor, a PowerVR SGX543 GPU,
512MB RAM and 8GB of storage (when connected to an iPhone, you can fully
access its storage memory).
The watch is also equipped with a
heart rate sensor, that uses both infrared and visible light LEDs along
with photodiodes to determine you heart rate; there’s also a gyrometer,
an accelerometer and unfortunately no built-in GPS.
the case you can find a 205mAh (or 246mAH) Lithium Ion battery. It
promises 18 hours battery life on normal use, 6 hours of music playback
or working out with the heart monitor, 3 hours of talk time and up to 48
hours of juts checking time.
The software that runs on the Apple Watch is called the Watch OS 2.0 (an updated version to the more leggier first generation) and in order to be fully operational, the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or a later version.
The watch is not designed for prolonged use, it provides a
better experience if used in shorter periods of time, especially
because some apps are a bit slow and not many complex apps are developed
(using Facebook or any other Google app on the small screen of the
Apple Watch may prove undesirable in the long run).
talk about the interface. If you swipe away, you get the watch face with
notifications and Glances and if you press the Digital Crown you get
access to the apps. There is without a doubt a learning curve, but after
a few days of using the watch you get accustomed to the way things
Besides the usual notifications and watch faces, you get to
choose one of the single screens with quick summaries of information
from apps you view frequently. To access the Glances you can either
swipe up on the watch face or ask Siri to open it for you, even if it’s
not in your active glances list.
Watch faces and glances look
pretty cool on the Apple Watch, but there’s a lot more to it. You get
the Taptic Engine, an innovative feature that actually taps you on the
wrist when a notification arrives so you won’t miss anything important,
it can also be used when navigating, it can tap you on the wrist several
times for left or right turns or you can use it along with the Digital
Digital Touch is a unique way of messaging which works
exclusively between Apple Watches and allows you to send taps, finger
sketches or your heart rate.
There’s also the Apple Pay (similar
to what you can find on your iPhone) which is a really great feature, if
you find places that accepts this type of payment. What is does it to
offer the ability to purchase goods or services with a single touch of
the watch on the pay terminal (two taps of the button is all it takes to
summon your card). It also works without an iPhone present.
all this abundance of apps and features you get the versatile Camera
remote that allows you to see a preview of your iPhone’s viewfinder and
even focus, set a timer or trigger the shutter.
how has our experience with the Apple Watch been so far? Well, it
hasn’t been too different then with any other smartwatch. You get
notifications, it allows you to keep your watch in your pocket, unless
it’s something important, it’s more discreet, you get a gentle tap on
the wrist, unlike a ringtone and overall, meeting up with friends and
family is more engaging since we look less on our phone and focus more
on the discussion.