Apple Watch Series 3 – Review (Useless? Of course not.)

 

 

 

 

Many people think it’s useless to buy a Apple Watch because a smartphone can do better.  But I managed to get my hands on a Series 3 Apple Watch and I finally got the chance to get the full experience.  The Apple Watch is so much more than staring at a clock on your wrist, it can do a lot more than what you believe it is.

 

-Features

One of the best features of the Apple Watch is the endless customizable watch faces and bands.  Apple has done a great job of adding a lot of variety of watch faces like traditional watch faces, workout watch faces, a Siri watch face, cartoon watch faces like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Toy Story characters like Woody, Buzz, Jessie and many more. Needless to say there are a lot of watch faces to choose from and you can even tweak the watch face like showing the battery status, the weather, shortcuts to built-in apps such as the workout app and the messaging app.  You can also change the color of the font on some watch faces and change the color of the second hand in a traditional watch faces.

Another thing you can customize is the watch bands like the Sport Band, Sport Loops, Stainless Steel Bands, Hermés Bands, Leather Bands, Woven Nylon Bands, and Nike Sport Bands.  Honestly, Apple Watch is the best Apple product to customize your technology to suit your personality and who knows what Apple might add next.

 

-Operating System (watchOS)

Like every Apple operating system, it’s very simple to use.  Once you raise your wrist, your watch will automatically turn on your display thanks to an accelerometer built-in to the watch.  On the right side of the watch you have a Side button and the Digital Crown which acts as a home button, a scroll wheel, and zooming in and out in the maps app for example.  The Digital Crown is something that you’re going to be using a lot. Press on the Digital Crown, and it’ll take you to the apps interface. Pressing on the Digital Crown again will take you back to the watch interface.  In the app interface, you can move around by using the touch screen to find what you want to use right now and tap the icon to open up the app or you can use the Digital Crown to open app by making sure that the icon is in the center of the screen and turning the Digital Crown up and it’ll zoom in to the app and open it.

Usually on an iPhone you see all of the options in one screen.  But in a small screen, Apple created something that is called Force Touch and a vibration motor called the Taptic Engine.  How does it work? When you’re in the Apple Music app for example and you want to repeat the song that you’re listening to or shuffle different songs, press very hard anywhere on the display and it’ll give you options on what you want to do.  In the watch interface, you can press hard on the display and choose different watch faces and customize your watch face. This is generally how Force Touch works in the watch and that feature was later added to Mac computers and the iPhones which add so much more uses to Force Touch.  In the watch interface you can swipe down from the top of the display to get to the notification center and swipe up from the bottom of the display to bring up control center which adds some options that are exclusive to Apple Watch like Pinging iPhone so if you lost your iPhone somewhere at home, you can use the Watch to have your iPhone make a tone so you can find your iPhone in no time. Theater Mode will turn off the sounds and the automatic display feature and you can turn it on again by tapping on the display or pressing on the Digital Crown. You can turn off Theater Mode once you’re done watching a Movie or a Play.  On the back of the watch, you have a composite lens which contains your heart rate monitor and it uses two green LEDs and it also has two receivers which picks up both infrared and visible light. If you’re going swimming, tap the water drop icon in the control center and your watch will be in water lock mode and when you’re done, turn your digital crown up or down and it’ll eject the water out of the speaker holes. There are so many other features but I can’t talk about in this review except one down side.

Even though the Apple Watch is water resistance, it’s not waterproof.  Which means you can’t go Scuba Diving, Water Skiing, or other activities with high velocity water and submersion below shallow depth.  But at least you can go swimming in a pool or in a ocean and I’m sure that Apple may updated it to make it waterproof someday.

 

-Designs

Apple has not only has one but three different Apple Watch Models, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple Watch Sport is made of Aluminum casing and it comes with three colors, Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. It has a Ion-X glass display, a Composite Back (non-Cellular) and a Ceramic Back (Cellular).  You also have a option to go for either the Cellular model or the non-Cellular model. Apple Watch Sport is great for People who are staying on budget.

Apple Watch is made of Stainless Steel casing with two colors, Space Black and Silver.  It has a Sapphire Crystal glass display which makes it more scratch resistant than Ion-X glass, and a Ceramic Back.  But unlike the Apple Watch Sport, your only option is a Cellular model so you can’t get a non-Cellular model. Apple Watch is great for people who would like more of a premium design or for people who has a iPhone X that wants to match up their phone because both have OLED displays and Stainless Steel casing.

Lastly, the Apple Watch Edition is made of Ceramic casing with two colors, White and Gray.  Just like the Apple Watch, it has a Sapphire Crystal glass display, a Ceramic Back, and your only option is a Cellular model. In the packaging, you actually get a Magnetic Charging Dock which you can buy separately for $79 and a booklet that shows you how the Ceramic casing was made.  These two accessories are only exclusive to the Apple Watch Edition. The first generation of Apple Watch Edition, it was made of 18-karat Solid Gold and it has two colors, Yellow and Rose Gold. The starting price is $10K and now it’s made of Ceramic and the starting price is $1,299. Apple Watch Edition is great for people who would like a even more premium design then Stainless Steel.

 

-The Verdict

You should at least try out the Apple Watch and see what you think even if you think it’s useless.  It may not be waterproof but at least it better then not having it water resistance. I still think it’s considerably better and has more options than Android Wear Watches.

 

-Score

9.5/10 (Amazing)

 

My name is Ethan L. from Seeds for Autism and I’m a Tech Reviewer, a Apple Product Expert, and a Digital Drawer.  If you have any questions from any Apple Products on how do you do this or how do you do that? I’m your man. Please stay tuned for more Tech Reviews in the future.  Until then, have fun, do your your best, and there’s no such thing as perfect objects and humans including you.

-Ethan L.

 

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