Eine Woche ist es mittlerweile her, dass Apple die Apple Watch 4 gemeinsam mit dem iPhone XS, XS Max und XR vorgestellt hat. Im Anschluss an die Keynote erhielten verschieden Medienvertreter ein Testgerät. Nachdem am gestrigen Tag das Presseembargo für das iPhone XS und iPhone XS Max ausgelaufen war, tauchen nun die Apple Watch 4 Reviews auf.
Viel Lob für die Apple Watch 4
In den letzten Tagen konnten sich verschiedene Medienvertreter nicht nur intensiv mit dem iPhone XS (Max), sondern auch mit der Apple Watch 4 beschäftigen. Nicht nur in unseren Augen war die Apple Watch 4 der heimliche Stare der Apple September Keynote in der letzten Woche.
With apologies to the new iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 4 was the most impressive thing Apple announced last week. After using it for the past week or so, I think it lives up to the hype.
This year’s Apple Watch is incredibly good. If you use it just for notifications and step counting, it’s probably overkill, but it’s able to handle more advanced features better than any other smartwatch I’ve tested. Mapping, music, workouts, calls, texting, podcasts… most of the stuff I could imagine wanting from a smartwatch works better than ever before. The only real bummer is that I still don’t feel like I can trust Siri to do everything I’d like reliably, and that’s more of an intermittent hassle than a real killer.
The Series 4 isn’t the kind of refresh that justifies upgrading from the last generation, especially given the $399 and $499 starting prices for the standard and LTE models, respectively. But there’s certainly enough here to keep the Apple Watch at the top of the smartwatch heap. The addition of serious health features like ECG and fall detection further lay the groundwork for a what the device — and category — will become, going forward.
I’m still dreaming of the day Apple makes a $199 composite model, but for now, there is no better wearable melding of technology, innovation, design, and fashion sense than the Apple Watch Series 4.
If you don’t have an Apple Watch yet, you should get one. And probably this one. Yes, it may seem expensive and extraneous if your already have an iPhone and maybe an iPad and laptop or whatever, but here’s the thing: It can save your life in a way none of that other stuff can.
If you already have an Apple Watch, you’ll need to consider how useful things like the new display are for your productivity and convenience, and how critical the new ECG and fall detection may prove for your health and welfare. I’d argue for Series 0 and Series 1, it’s a no brainer at this point. For Series 2, it’s compelling. For Series 3, you have to really want the new capabilities, never mind the new design. (And I do.)
Still, the new Apple Watch is perhaps one of the most significant developments in wearable gadgets in years. People with heart problems can easily use the EKG app to take electrocardiograms whenever they sense something abnormal, without the rigmarole I went through. And the data can be shared immediately with their doctor, which could open a conversation about next steps, like going in for a visit or modifying treatment.
If you own an Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2 and like it and wear it daily, then go for the Apple Watch Series 4. It’s a good upgrade, you’ll love the bigger screen and newer health tracking features. It’ll feel a lot faster, too, since the processor has been upgraded significantly.