Apple Watch: Worth the Upgrade?

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The smartwatch market has been around some time now and we have seen many upgrades in different watches. If you don’t have an apple watch, maybe this will give you the push to buy one. If you already have the watch, this will help you decide whether or not to upgrade.

We have seen better designs and better performance. But is the new apple watch worth the upgrade?


WATCH OS3


With the new watch OS3, apps launch instantly with updated information and are easier to access. So they’re always ready when you are. You can easily get to the app you want by clicking the side button for the Dock. Swiping from the bottom of the watch face reveals the Control Centre for your most used settings.

The fitness app that is pre-installed on the watch has also been revamped and I can say for a fact that it is much better. With the new processor inside the watch all the apps will run seamlessly.  Personally, I love the new update. Although, it did take long to update (3 hours), it was worth the wait.

I love that I can now easily switch between apps when I’m at the gym. Also, replying to text messages has never been easier, I can now use the scribble function to write a reply to my messages.

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APPLE WATCH SERIES 1/2


Apple is known for their sophisticated, stylish, sleek look and this has been passed on to the apple watch. Apple has remained with the same design on the first edition and continues it on the latest watch. There are a couple new additions on the watch series 1 and 2.

Apple Watch Series 1 has all the features of the original Apple Watch, as well as a new dual-core processor for faster performance. It is splash resistant, meaning you can wear and use it during your workout, in the rain and while washing your hands but submerging it is not recommended. Apple Watch Series 2 has all the features of Apple Watch Series 1, as well as some additional ones: it is rated Water Resistant 50 Metres, so you can safely swim with it.

Built-in GPS provides accurate speed, pace, distance and location information, even if you don’t have your iPhone with you. And the second-generation display is more than twice as bright as before, making it the brightest Apple has ever made. 

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CUSTOMISATION


With the same design of the watch, Apple released straps with new colours such as the woven nylon, sport band, classic buckle, modern buckle, leather loop, Milanese loop (my favourite), link bracelet and many more. Not only can you mix and match with straps when buying an apple watch, you can choose the colour of the watch.

The colours that the watch comes in are, silver, gold, rose gold and space grey. The prices depend on the material that you get. The materials available are the aluminium, stainless steel and white ceramic (my favourite).

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If you already own an apple watch and you use it every day to its full potential, then I would advise you to upgrade to the 2nd gen watch only because it’s faster and it utilises watch OS3 better. However, if you already own an apple watch and you use it to receive notification and just have it as a beautiful accessory then it’s not worth the upgrade as you will be getting the same thing just with better specs.

If you are someone who does not have the apple watch I would recommend you to get one. I know people say it’s too expensive, you have to charge it every day or it’s not a timepiece, but once you buy it and use it you will think, “How have I been living without this?” I absolutely love my apple watch and think it’s worth buying. I use the watch every day mostly for the gym, Apple pay and receiving notifications.

Honestly, Apple pay on the watch is the most useful thing ever. Not having to take out my card to pay is just a blessing (First world problems LOL). Everything is just done through the power of my wrist. Also, I can now unlock my Macbook Pro with my watch seamlessly.

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Benefits of Apple Watch

  • GPS and Water resistance (50 meters)
  • Faster processor
  • Choose from a variety of bands (customisable)
  • Looks beautiful on your wrist
  • Get notification of different messaging apps
  • Unlock Mac with your watch 

Drawbacks of Apple Watch

  • Battery life (have to charge it everyday)
  • Price is still very high (starting at £269)
  • Still heavily dependent on IPhone
  • Watch won’t last forever
  • Not a timepiece

 NB: All views are my own. I have not been endorsed by Apple. All images of new Apple watch are credited by Apple – they are not my own. 


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2 Comments

  1. Karan
    October 18, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Don’t think its worth the upgrade. Unless you want to map your runs/cycles via GPS its not worth the upgrade. Yeah sure it has a dual core processor but with watchOS3 the differences in speed are negligible. The water resistance; the first watch is pretty water resistant. I’ve been swimming with it and its been okay. Of course the series 2 is able to go to greater depths, but for a a casual swim the series 1 can withstand it.

    If you haven’t got a smart watch, series 2 is a great place to start. If you’ve already got the series 1, the upgrade isn’t worth the price.

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