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The Ultimate Apple Watch Review – Smartwatch 2015

 

Is it worth the premium price? Find out more in our Apple Watch Review!

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Today we’re going to review the Apple Watch. This is one of 2015’s highly anticipated device and despite being a good Apple Fan-boi and staying up till 1 am on April 10th in hopes to get the Apple watch by April 24th, the one we pre-ordered wearing showed up Mid-May. We’re not bitter at all!

Apple Watch Review - Smartwatch 2015According to Apple, the Apple Watch is their most personal device and we’re guessing they say that because its always touching you. The Apple Watch is basically an extension of your iPhone and despite being not the first in the smartwatch game, they haven’t really done anything new, they’ve just done it way better.

The physical design of the Apple watch is spectacular and the UI works better than all the devices we’ve used so far but be warned, if you do get the Apple watch, you’re going to be a little underwhelmed. The battery life is absolute junk and like all Apple products, it doesn’t play well with others.

For our Apple Watch Review, we’ve give the smartwatch a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. This smartwatch does better than the Pebble Classic and Fitbit Surge though the Surge will be better for some people which we’ll elaborate towards the end of the review. We’ve got the Pebble Time and Moto 360 in our pipeline so it’ll be interesting to see how those two stack up against the Apple Watch.

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(out of 5)

Full Review
PricePrice:
$399.00+ USD (42mm Model)
$349.00+ USD (38mm Model)
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ProsPros:
- Very comfortable to wear
- Practical
- Very refined
ConsCons:
- Poor battery life
- Expensive
- Works only with iPhones
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
- None that we found
Design Rating
DESIGN
DesignDesign (5/5):
- Incredible detail to physical aspects of the watch
- Able to wear long-sleeved shirts easily
- Rounded edges on the watch won't catch on things as easily
- Bands are uniquely designed
Durability Rating
DURABILITY
Battery LifeBattery Life (2/5):
- Approx. 1 day battery
- Wireless charging not compatible with other devices (Not Qi-standard)
- Need to be careful with usage as long workouts will drain battery
ProtectionProtection (4/5):
- Water resistant
- Scratch resistant against keys and coins
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
SoftwareSoftware (3.5/5):
- Syncs only with an iPhone (iOS)
- Apple Watch apps integrate with Apple's App Store (lots of apps available)
- No desktop/web sync
HandlingHandling (5/5):
- Intuitive navigation as buttons are useful (especially the digital crown)
- Touch (and Force Touch) work well
- Viewable in direct sunlight
Information DisplayUI (5/5):
- Apple Watch UI isn't as linear as other smartwatches
- Not completely customizable but certain watch faces can be customized with information that you want
- Addition of glances allows for additional information
- Taptic engine produces physical notifications that feel quite nice
SensorsSensors (3.5/5):
- Heart rate sensor is more accurate than Fitbits
- NO GPS (needs to in range of iPhone for navigation)
- Accelerometer/Compass
PracticalityPracticality (5/5):
- Will make your life better in general
- Not gimmicky
- Not too specialized
- 3rd Party App support will greatly add to the Apple Watch's functionality over time
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Design – Jony Ives’ doesn’t disappoint

In terms of design, this is one of the more comfortable smartwatches that we’ve worn. The Heartrate sensor doesn’t leave red marks like the Fitbit surge and the rounded edges of the device doesn’t get caught on pockets. The entire device wears fairly well tough mine did get scratched during my usage which is a little annoying.

Apple Watch Review - ButtonsEverything on the Apple Watch feels nice and well thought out. Things that seemed inconsequential to us such as using the watch strap and removing the watch strap are so well thought out that using other devices seem incredibly crude. For example, the silicone wrist strap gets tucked into the band which means you don’t have to suffer with the occasional “watch tail” that happens with the Pebble classic. Removing the straps, instead of fiddling around with a tiny screw driver and the tiny pins, all you have to do is press a button to remove the strap.

There are several of these tiny things that make the Apple Watch feel so easy to use.

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