The upgrade to the Apple Watch is here. The Cupertino manufacturer has brought big improvements to the box, and a luxurious model for those who wants some expensive shenanigans attached. Has Apple eliminated the issue found on the first iteration? Look further as we dig it below.
- Water resistant
- GPS & Glonass positioning system
- Two-day battery life
- Limited apps support
On paper, the wearable device brought the WatchOS 3 upgrade which saw a dramatic increase in performance and functionality. But it comes at a price with cheapest 38mm version offered at $363 (£369 and AU$529 respectively). The regular 42mm model costs $399 (£399 / AU$579), while the Ceramic Edition get skyrocketed to $1,299 (£1,299 / AU$1,799).
Compared to the first, the design is nothing different at a glance, as the shape still retain the rectangular approach. The edges are curvy, and looks bold, featuring a digital crown knob. It’s not too heavy, thanks to the metal and glass material mixture.
The similarity continues in the display, as the Watch 2 still packs 1.65-inch OLED screen in 390×312 resolution. It capables to pull out brightness up to 1000 nits. The OLED also means that now the screen is completely turned off when not in use, resulting in more efficiency.
The Watch 2 is water-resistant too, and has its own ‘Wet Mode’ which disables the touch screen and lock the display when activated. With this regulation, the device won’t accidentally ordered an Uber when you are surfing for example. This mode will automatically activate when you turn on the brand new swimming tracking, and when you are done, just twist the digital crown and the device will emits audio pulse to drive out any residual liquids that maybe left.
The wearable packs dual-core processor with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM – subject to Apple’s confirmation – that saw improvements in power processing, graphical load, and battery efficiency. We also found several tweaks in the Watch OS 3. Some ordinary user inter-activities on the previous model now have been made more intuitive thanks to the Force Touch capability.
Another good news is the Watch 2 now features GPS and Glonass – a Russian satellite positioning technology – in hope for a more accurate pinpointing. The heart rate monitor is pretty much the same as before, precise when idle and slightly deviated when running.
Roughly speaking, when in use for running and long physical activities, the overall battery can only stand for just 5 to 7 hours depending on what applications are made active. But under regular use, the duration will extend to approximately 2 days.
Conclusions: The Apple Watch 2 is nothing revolutionary, but added up some nice improvements to make it a more attractive option rather than the Android Wear devices. It’s expensive, yes, but what Apple device doesn’t? It will suit anyone who constantly go outdoor and spend too much time nervously looking at their phones, and of course, those who actively engaging in fitness and water sports.
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