Of all the gadgets available on the market, smartwatches have the biggest identity crisis. Ask a person why he needs a smartphone - and he will be confused, not knowing where to start. Ask a person why he needs a smart watch - and he will be at a loss, trying to find at least one really convincing argument. And most likely he will say simply: "Well, they are cool."
I know a ton of smartwatch owners - and they love their watches. I love my Apple Watch too, but if they ask me what I found in them, I will answer the same: "Well, they are cool." By the way, have you seen this red strap? He's just a miracle!
Apple Watch is the best smartwatch - the best device with the biggest identity crisis in the industry. Series 2, the updated Apple Watch, doesn't solve all of the niche's problems, but the way out of the protracted crisis seems to be outlined, albeit with a dashed line.
Because now it's a pretty serious fitness tracker.
The design of the Apple Watch has remained almost unchanged - it's still the same shiny metal square with rounded corners and neat buttons. Like a year ago, the watch looks great. Series 2 is slightly thicker, only 1 mm, but visually you will not notice it. In general, I found out about this by looking at the list of characteristics on one of the sites on the net. In general, if you didn’t buy series 1 just because of the appearance - no news for you, you can close the material.
Series 2 has an updated screen, the brightest Apple says of any device it has on a sunny day. Unfortunately, the Moscow weather did not allow me to test this moment in any way, since the sun was shamefully hiding behind the October clouds for almost the entire time of testing.
But the power of the new processor is visible to the naked eye. Unlike last year's version, the series 2 is very fast. Smooth animations, fast loading of applications - where the Series 1 stumbled, the new model handles with confidence. Perhaps, speed is the most noticeable difference in everyday life between the new version of the watch and the old one.
The main problem with smartwatches is that they duplicate the functions of a smartphone and make it worse than it does. You can read a message and reply to it, but it will be less quick and convenient than pulling your phone out of your pocket for a couple of seconds and stuffing your fingers. Given that the smartphone is in your pocket, and the watch is on your wrist.
A full computer on your wrist sounds like magic. But in life, it's just the second screen of your smartphone, constantly vibrating from notifications tearing it apart - no magic. All the best features of a smartwatch are those that are not tied to a smartphone, like rubber band mittens that they can do on their own. And in Series 2, almost all of these features are sporting.
The Apple Watch is now essentially the ultimate fitness tracker. It has a built-in GPS module, so that every run you run will be documented in detail: you can see where you started, where you ended up, how many kilometers you ran, and so on. Calorie counters, traditional for wearable devices, have not gone anywhere either. At the same time, you can leave your iPhone at home, the watch will turn on jogging mode automatically when you move far enough from the smartphone. At first, this is confusing - you don't know if GPS is active or not, but then you just throw all the questions out of your head. I got ready, put on my watch, and ran. Or got on a bike - no difference. And no iPhone 7 Plus pulls the pant leg.
The “sportiness” of the Apple Watch series 2 does not end with “terrestrial” types. In the new watch, you can swim and dive (as before, but now they are allowed to dive to a depth of 50 m). If you are in the pool, you can choose the length of the track and the number of calories you want to get rid of in your workout routine. And then we just jump into the water - the watch will independently count how many meters and paths you have swum, and when you complete your norm, it will signal with vibration. Swimming with Apple Watch feels more enjoyable than running. Not because they consider the "land" footage worse - it's just that you got used to such functionality over the years of fitness bracelets. But swimming in a smartwatch is not.
In addition, every dive is an official reason to use the function of removing water from the watch. This is almost the main entertainment in the early days of getting to know the Apple Watch. The series 2 interface has a dedicated icon. If you press it and turn the winding wheel a couple of times, the watch will start beeping, spitting out water from the speaker. Of course, there are no pumps or pumps inside: the sound emits vibrations that push the liquid out. It's very interesting to watch, and the first time I dipped my Apple Watch in a full sink for twenty minutes, just to watch it later.
Despite the addition of a GPS module and new processors, the series 2 runs on battery power, it feels like even longer than the first model. I had enough of them for two, and sometimes even three days. True, notifications from half of messengers were turned off, otherwise I would feel the Smolny branch on my hand.
Do i need to buy series 2? Depends on your goals.
The Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, with all the ailments inherent in this type of device, although it is still significantly better than anything on the market. If you do not plan to play sports, but you want to buy a watch, take the first model: it received an updated processor from the second version, but it costs less.
If you are thinking about buying an Apple Watch, running regularly, going to the gym, swimming and wearing a fitness tracker, then you are certainly a wonderful person whose willpower can be envied. And you'll love the new Apple Watch. Of course, for their cost, you can buy several pairs of "fancy" watches of the same Nike, but you will only wear them for sports. Apple Watch is a pretty beautiful accessory.
And if you don't want to buy a smartwatch, s eries 2 is unlikely to change your mind. Like a year ago, Apple Watch series 2 is the best of its kind. And, like a year ago, it is a little unfortunate that the industry is still capable of only this. But now Apple smartwatches have a goal, a focus: the next time they ask you why you need an Apple Watch, you can safely answer - I am swimming in them.>