Sport Band with stainless steel pin
Digital CrownGorgeous anodised aluminium case
Ion-X glassHeart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope
Ambient light sensorRetina display with Force Touch
Composite back, Splash and Water resistant in rain, exercising, etc (but not to be submerged in water, as it’s not waterproof)
You, At a glance – Because it’s on your wrist, Apple Watch lets you receive notifications immediately and conveniently. The moment the people or apps you care about have something to say, you’ll feel a gentle tap. Throughout the day, Apple Watch measures your workouts, tracks your activity, and helps encourage healthy routines. We designed Apple Watch to reflect a wide range of tastes and styles. And you can make it even more personal by switching bands and changing watch faces, anytime you want. From the way it works to the way it looks, Apple Watch isn’t just something you wear. It’s an essential part of who you are.
|Product Dimensions||1.6 x 1.4 x 0.4 inches|
|Item Weight||1.12 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||42mm black|
|Batteries||1 CR5 batteries required.|
1,259 customer reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars
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October 26, 2016
Initially, I thought I could just get one of those cheaper 3rd party smart watches and get by, but my research revealed that Apple had closed off the iOS so the Apple Watch is pretty much the only game in town if you need more features than just phone answering or message notifications (even this is getting limited). Pebble watch seemed like the best contender with its week-plus battery life, but the latest iOS updates are leaving many of those 3rd party watch owners in the dark with frequent connectivity loss and loss of features. OK Apple, smart tactics for cash flow but major disservice to customers with your anti-trust practices!
I felt somewhat forced to choose the apple watch after my research, so I got the cheapest 38mm sports version in space gray on a Black Friday deal after resisting to buy one for a while. When I received the watch, I was pleasantly surprised at how sleek it looked for a smart watch, and I was very glad that I chose the smaller 38mm despite many reviews since 42mm would’ve looked ridiculous on my wrist. I’ve increased the text size to help compensate for the small display size difference. The 42mm has longer battery life with the bigger battery (250mAh vs 205AH of 38mm), but the watch functions are the same across all Apple watch models.
I was disappointed that Siri doesn’t make any sound on the watch with only displayed responses (you could turn on the clunky Voice Over accessibility feature though), but I quickly ended up loving some of the watch proprietary features. The “Hey Siri” combined with the Wrist Raise wake allows me to be completely hands-free for making calls, initiate/respond to messages, set the timer, schedule, etc. by just slightly turning my wrist. Siri is obviously not new, and itâs dumbed down on the watch, but being able to do many tasks without free/clean hands is very useful, especially while Iâm cooking. The watch face is very easy to change and allows me to set a specific photo or shuffle my photo album, but I personally found the Modular face to be most useful with many customizable features including weather forecast. You can quickly mute with a palm cover over the watch face, and with the ability to silently choose one of your own messages off a responses list, a person would have a tough time falling off the grid even if in a meeting with the Haptic tap on the wrist with all alerts/sounds muted. The watch somewhat predictably offers you message response choices based on certain message context as well. The Bluetooth 4.0 could allow for up to 330 feet distance from your phone, but the shortwave UHF signal is easily disrupted by other environmental signals in reality. However, the watch communicates over your phoneâs Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth connection, so I can be in my basement while my phone is upstairs within the range of my Wi-Fi network (more battery intensive) if the Bluetooth signal gets lost. The Settings Glance (swipe up, then left) shows the communicating signal, either a green cloud icon (Wi-Fi) or a green phone icon (Bluetooth). After the initial trial and getting used to the watch features, I was convinced that my husband also needs one, although he swears he doesn’t want one. He won’t have any excuses for not responding to my calls/messages once he’s cuffed to the watch! In all seriousness, my husband wouldn’t intentionally not respond, but his occupation sometimes makes it difficult for me to reach him during emergencies.
The watch’s microphone is surprisingly powerful, and I’m able to speak in a normal voice with my wrist down in relaxed positions. However, the watchâs speaker is very underpowered which makes it difficult to hear if not in a completely quiet room with good phone reception. When my friend called me the first time, she was able to hear me clearly, but I eventually had to Handoff the call to my iPhone to hear her well. Youâd literally have to place the watch right near your ear with slight ambient noise. There aren’t too many apps that are compatible with the watch yet and most existing apps are very primitive, but I was able to download a new shopping list app so that I won’t have to carry my huge phone around while checking off my grocery list. The major con with the watch is its battery life. I turn off location services on all my i* products unless absolutely needed but even with that, the watch needs to be charged Every Single Day. If you increase the usage of the heart rate monitor for workouts, the depletion is even quicker. The lithium ion battery will inevitably degrade quickly with the required daily charge cycles right off the bat (good for 1000 charge cycles), and I see that out-of-warranty battery service will cost at least $79 at the time of this writing. I’m sure that I’ll be needing the service sooner than claimed for my already costly watch, and I wish Apple concentrates on long-term customer satisfaction than fatter revenues. The limited battery life span feels like just one of many unscrupulous planned obsolescence by manufacturers these days… I find myself endeavoring to save the battery by putting the watch in Power Reserve mode (up to 72 hrs when 10% battery remaining), or Airplane mode when not actively seeking notifications. Recovering from the Power Reserve mode (with only clock function) is equally as slow as from Power Off/On at over 1 Â½ minutes, so powering off is another way to improve the battery longevity, especially overnight or whenever youâre not wearing the watch.
All in all, even with a bit of disenchantment, I’m glad that I got the Apple watch because of the convenient hands-off abilities and seamless integration with the iOS not currently possible with 3rd party watches. Most of all, I can leave my cumbrous iPhone Plus in my pulse while I’m out and about or work in my garden. I do hope that Apple changes mind and offer the battery replacement for free for at least a few years (one could only hope!) or reduce the service cost since itâs touted that the battery should be good for up to 3 years. I’m hoping the future versions could be designed with user serviceable battery replacement. I ultimately decided that I will wait to see how the battery fares in the long-run and wait for improved speaker volume before I finally tether my sweet husband with a gadget.
August 7, 2016
This is not, however, a review of just the watch. I chose to go with the “new” watch for about $100 extra because I believed that it would actually be a new watch. Much to my surprise when it arrived, It wasn’t. It was in a third-party, plain white box, with no apple branding at all. No stickers, booklet, hard case or even a warranty! If I were to order this from the Apple site directly, for the exact same price I might add, it would’ve been new, with all of the Apple packaging and it would’ve had a 1 year warranty! The only reason that I did order from Amazon is because of my Prime membership that I wanted to use. Oh, how I am disappointed with this seller. False advertising, and no warning in the description that the watch would be “refurbished” and not come with the standard Apple warranty. Narcos, you get 1-star. Apple, you get 5-stars.
-Aesthetically perfect. I really love the way this watch looks even when having the 42 mm screen (biggest size available).
-Very intriguing. This watch was a whole learning experience for me, but I loved every minute of it. Just by searching YouTube for tutorials I easily figured out how to operate the watch.
-Health applications. This is one of the BIGGEST REASONS why I bought this watch, if not the biggest. I love exercising and I thought the Apple Watch had more functionality than a traditional Fitbit (and it looks way better, in my opinion).
-Slow. Very slow. Too slow. You get it? When trying to launch third-party apps, this watch struggled immensely. You want to operate Google Maps? Don’t bother. You want to operate Soundcloud? Or Amazon? Yeah, nice try. The speed in this watch is extremely frustrating and the main reason why I will be returning this watch to the store immediately.
That is honestly the biggest con for me. People complain about battery life and how the watch only turns on when adjusting your wrist, but those never seemed to bug me. The speed did though. Until they fix that problem, I would not recommend this watch to anyone whose goal is to make their life more efficient. This is more of a hassle.