The only product that gave it a full review score is the Apple Watch. The 2018 Apple Watch Series 4, to be exact, was not only the best Apple product of the year, but also the best smartwatch one can buy.
Apple updated the 5 Series watch, with some new features while retaining the same design.
Does this mean that it is no longer the best smartwatch you can buy? Do not be silly. Still miles ahead of the competition.
The Apple Watch Series 5 does not visually change compared to the Series 4. It comes in 44 mm or slightly smaller 40 mm for those who have a slim wrist. The case is still 10.7 mm, and the 44 mm model – which I am wearing in photos – weighs only 36g. It’s barely noticeable on your wrist, never caught under a shirt sleeve, and the curvy case is surprisingly comfortable.
Think it was designed by someone who knows watches correctly? Yes, it was, and it really shows. The days of anger should be long gone if there is not an Apple Watch. It has become a part of the iconic watch design, and Apple’s enhancements to the Series 4 increase the screen’s visual field without lengthening the body, making it reasonably attractive. I’m not saying that I don’t want to see a circular Apple Watch (I like to see how I approached it), but I don’t think we need to. This design has become a classic.
Then there is build quality and presentation. It comes in a long box, convenient to open, with a bag wrapped in a small, soft and protective bag. The strap is different, and if you get the Sport Band version, it has medium and long size options in the box. The body is slim, but durable, and even the aluminum model, which is the cheapest, feels exceptionally high quality. The matte gray case, paired with a white sport strap, is simple, elegant and exquisitely crafted. It is excellent like mobile products.
Want to buy a stainless steel, titanium or ceramic Apple Watch? Sure, use them, but there is not much perceptible difference in texture or texture. Yes, it is more durable, and gets extra “different” points, but that’s about it. No one will know what you told them, so stick to aluminum (it is 100% recycled, so better for the environment anyway) and spend the rest of the money making a set of replacement belts instead.
The design of the Apple Watch Series 5 has not changed because there is no reason to do so. The only way to go from here, when technology allows, to thin the holster and shorten the frame. Until then, it is very good.
There are major changes to the Series 5 over the Series 4 – it always has on-display, which means it always displays the time. It sounds a bit silly, but it was not yet an option on the Apple Watch. Not much of a problem, as the watch responded very quickly when you raised your wrist, but it addresses the pain point of not being able to peek at it to see the time. Wrong wrist height to tell the time was not always correct after all.
This seems right when tracking fitness: if you are paying and want to check the clock to see your data non-stop, it was previously impossible. Exercise is always displayed on-screen to relieve another pain point.
Always on display on the Series 5 is more than just a skeleton surround mode. Choose the correct watch face, which is almost identical to the normal version. Apple had to overcome battery life considerations to make it work.
Speaking of watch faces, there are a selection of new watch faces, almost all of them customizable; There are many notable winners. The California watch face is cute, but the bold simplicity of Numers Duo is my favorite. It is easy to match the color of the numbers on the strap of your watch for a truly unified look.
WatchOS 6, which is installed on the Series 5 and is also available for previous generations, has some fun new additions. I love a little harness on your wrist to celebrate the watch, it is a brilliant response to the “beep” sound that has been heard on a digital watch every hour since my childhood, without the inconvenience this feature causes today. Can be made.
The Noise app is an interesting continuation of Apple’s commitment to health. When you are in a noisy environment, it will warn you and your exposure to sound can damage your hearing. The app measures about 74 decibels (dB) in a crowded bar and will alert when the sound level reaches 100 dB. It is one of those characteristics that is not immediately useful but provides an additional level of awareness regarding our surroundings.
The Apple Watch and WatchOS 6 perform well together, with excellent performance and a simple, quick-to-learn user experience, embarrassing all other wearable platforms. It is also fun to use.
Not without problems though. When the watch face sleeps on a notification that has been displayed or an app like New Compass, the background turns dark and the time appears in the upper right corner. It is not attractive. Waking up the clock and doing your first task is a bit patient, as after tapping the screen you need to pause for a second before interacting with the screen. This program is the only time to slow down.
These are only small bumps and not real problems. Even the setup process is flawless, and takes about 10 minutes to complete after wiping the first screen of the watch with the iPhone’s camera. It is very easy. There are no glitches during pairing, and no rotating graphics while waiting for an “update”. I have installed every Apple Watch since series 0, and it always works for the first time and every time.