Alongside the iPhone 11, Apple launched an all new Apple watch.
And the Apple Watch Series 5 brings a few exciting new bits: a groundbreaking always-on Retina display, an even more powerful set of health- and activity-tracking tools, as well as cool new case materials that include an attention-commanding ceramic and a titanium option.
I spent more than a week testing the latest Apple Watch Series 5. I have to say, I enjoyed every second in the process; the product is an even more exciting, more capable replacement of the best smartwatch money can buy – the Apple Watch Series 4.
If you own an iPhone, don't even bother at looking for alternatives from other brands, because the Series 5 is light years ahead of its non-Apple competitors.
Here’s why it deserves a spot on your wrist:
Its Always-On Retina Display Is Fantastic
The always-on Retina display of the Apple Watch Series 5 is handily its most exciting new feature. It allows you to discreetly and effortlessly keep track of time, as well as your favorite watch face complications. You will no longer need to raise your wrist to activate the timepiece.
Apple has achieved this by equipping the watch with a cutting-edge LTPO (it stands for low-temperature poly-silicon and oxide) display panel. It’s just as sharp, bright, and vibrant as the Retina display of the Apple Watch Series 4, but more power-efficient. Coupled with a new ambient light sensor, it can seamlessly change its brightness and refresh rate when you raise your wrist.
The Apple Watch Series 5 can last all day (up to 18 hours) with the always-on display turned on. You can disable it altogether and easily get two days of battery life between charges, or simply opt to hide your sensitive complications in the settings menu.
I believe that this functionality will help convince on-the-fence, traditional watch aficionados to make the switch to the Series 5.
It Has the Best Set of Health- and Fitness-Tracking Features
The Apple Watch has always been the best tool for activity tracking in its class, and the Series 5 takes that even further. The newcomer is the best Apple Watch for tracking outdoor exercise and activities to date, courtesy of a built-in compass, as well as the ability to measure elevation. The last trick is particularly impressive, because it utilizes the device’s built-in GPS, its barometric altimeter, topographical map data, and even Wi-Fi if necessary.
The Series 5 will also look after your hearing via a dedicated Noise app. By using the device’s built-in microphone, it will measure the sound levels around you and send an alert if it measures harmful noise levels of 90 decibels or higher.
As always, the latest Apple Watch has an ultra accurate, ECG-capable, optical heart-rate sensor. It can precisely keep tabs on your workouts, as well as detect an unusually low heart rate or irregular rhythm.
You can safely and securely access and analyze all the data gathered by the Apple Watch Series 5 in the Activity app of your iPhone. Apple’s latest wearable platform also comes with a Cycle Tracking app that’s dedicated to women’s health.
It Can Save Your Life Anytime, Anywhere
Rather impressively, the Apple Watch Series 5 models with cellular network connectivity can connect to local emergency services just about anywhere in the world (more than 150 countries). This is an awesome capability you never want to use, and one that’s guaranteed to bring you additional peace of mind while traveling abroad.
The Apple Watch Series 5, like the model it replaces, can detect falls too. Combined with the product’s ability to connect to emergency services internationally, this feature can literally save your life in case you have an unfortunate accident. It’s automatically activated for Apple Watch users age 65 and older.
As packed with cutting-edge tech with incredible potential it is, the Apple Watch Series 5 is as effortless and intuitive to use as a smartwatch can be.
In addition to new fitness-tracking capabilities and fresh watch faces (I love the California one!), Apple watchOS 6 brings a dedicated App Store with close to 20,000 Apple Watch-optimized picks. This all but guarantees that, if you wish, you can take longer breaks from your iPhone.
Pricing of the Apple Watch Series 5 kicks off at a highly reasonable $399 for models with an aluminum case (available in silver, gold, and space gray), and no cellular connectivity (that feature costs $100 extra). Variants created in collaboration with Nike are priced the same.
The stainless steel models start at $699, while the titanium and ceramic Edition timepieces start at $799 and $1,299, respectively. Buyers who like even more luxury can consider the Apple Watch Series 5 models created in collaboration with Hermès. They have gorgeous leather bands and unique watch faces with the luxury label’s branding.
The Apple Watch Series 5, like its predecessors, is infinitely customizable via original and third-party straps and metal bands. This year, for the first time, you can make the gadget your own on the day you purchase it via the Apple Watch Studio. Like the iPhone, the iPad, and the Mac, it also comes with the best selection of accessories in the business.
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