Apple 4 Watch Series Review! – Is It Still Worth Buying?

Apple 4 Watch Series Review! - Is It Still Worth Buying?

Product Name: Apple Watch 4 Series (GPS version)

Overall Rank: 4.5/5

Price : $349.00 (40 mm), $379.00 (44 mm)

*Temporary out of stock on Amazon.com. Only Available on Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk

Best Place To Buy: Amazon, Apple Store

Guarantee: 1 year

Other Info: You can trade your iPhone 6x and + to save some $


Intro

The Apple Watch 4 Series launched a year ago and was announced like the new generation of smartwatch for everyone. Packed with many new health features like fall detection, ECG (electrocardiogram) and new heart monitoring sensors the Apple Watch is one of a kind in terms of innovation and new technology.

But does spending almost $400 USD on a 1-year-old watch is still a great move? Now that the Apple Watch 5 is available on the market, should you go “all in” and get the latest model?

Product Description (Unboxing)

The unboxing for the Apple Watch 4 series is a killer. With his origami unboxing style, you see right from the start that Apple want you to have awesome experience. The layers that you unfold make it a magic moment. Great thinking Apple.

Once you lift unroll this baby up, you get the watch and the strap separate, plus the charger with the Apple magnetic charging cable.

The straps’ come in multiple styles and colors making it even more appealing to you. You can purchase some replacement straps’ from the Apple store or just find one on Amazon (looking with third party sellers).

Here’s some examples:

Note: The Apple Watch 4 Series doesn’t come with any earbuds, you will need to purchase it separately.

Click here if you want to see why you need earbuds in duo with your Apple Watch 4. It also

Hardware and General Features

The watch come in two sizes, 40 and 44 mm. Each of them comes with an awesome resolution with a stunning bright OLED (16M colors) touchscreen.

Apple Display Sizes:

  • Apple Watch 40mm display size: 394×324 pixels.
  • Apple Watch 44mm display size: 448×368 pixels.

There’s a lot of watchfaces to chose from and most of them looks awesome with this beautiful watch. From solar to kaleidoscope themes to your even selecting from your photo album since (recent memories or 10 custom photos).

For a list of the 8 best custom Apple Watch Faces, please click here.

The Apple Watch 4 series comes with dual-core 64-bit S4 processor and is built with an accelerometer, barometer and gyroscope to calculate speed, track atmospheric pressure and give you precise orientation. It also has an ambient light sensor to regulate the watch screen depending on the luminosity from your environment. It only weights 48 grams.

This smartwatch is also IP68 compliant, meaning it is dust and water resistant (immersion 5 ATM). It also has a built-in microphone (and speaker) that is useful if you want to ask Siri to open a podcast or make a call (using the cellular option) like James Bond!

Apple says that it takes up to 2 hours to get a full battery and the battery should last you around 18 hours (so at least 1 day of activity). This is reported on Apple’s website as shown below:

As Apple says, getting steady 18 hours of battery life depends on different factors like if you are using cell network or GPS tracking with the watch.

For storage, the Apple Watch 4 Series is packed with a 16 GB internal storage to add up some music or podcast to your workouts. In terms of wireless tech., it comes with NFC, Wi-Fi, BT 5.0 and LTE cellular connection(on selected models)

Fitness Features

In terms of fitness features, this watch got it all. From monitoring your heart rate with his optical sensor to sensing that you have taken a fall (like when you have a stroke by example) with his ECG (electrocardiogram) feature. This feature has been proven on the past to have help someone in physical problem and even save a life!

Note: Please note that the ECG feature is now available in Canada with OS 5.3 update.

This add up to the standard irregular heart rhythm notifications that has been working since Apple Watch 1.

What is interesting for us fitness lovers, is how long the battery will last while doing some exercises/workouts with/without streaming music from the watch. As you can see below, the battery life drops to half (10 to 5 hours) if you use GPS, Cellular and/or streaming audio (via Bluetooth to your wireless headset).


The Built-in Location sensor uses GPS, Glonass and also Galileo satellites. Having these three constellation of satellites will speed up satellite acquisition and give you an accurate tracking while cycling or running.

Activity Tracking is also to the rendezvous with this watch, allowing to automatically recognize the activity that you are performing during a day.

This feature will help you know if you need to workout more before the end of the day or change your active daily routine to improve and get better. Activity tracking can also be shown with easy to see rings that looks quite fun. This watch is also capable to track/monitor your swimming recording laps and distance.

Fitness and General Apps

The Apple Watch 4 comes now with WatchOS 5.1.3 (since January 2019), that brings bug fixes and performance improvements to the wearable. This is where Apple stands out from the rest of the world. This watch is packed with a lot of apps. Here’s a couple of ones:

– Weather

– AutoSleep (sleep tracker)

– Shazam

– Calculator (PCalc Lite)

– theScore (sports news and scores)

– Citymapper (bus and subway transit app)

– Workouts, Strava, Runtastic, Under Armour, Endomondo

This is only a few… You have access to a wide variety of apps depending on of your likes. Note that Apple Pay is available for LTE watch users only.


Pros and Cons


Pros:

Stunning OLED display with great animations

Fast responsive touchscreen

16 GB built-in storage for apps/music

Watch feels nice, classy and high-end

Lightweight and Waterproof (50 m)BT connection with Apple earbuds feels great (wireless)


Cons:

Battery life could be a pain (18 hours only)

The LTE version doesn’t worth the money

For enhanced connectivity/support you must use an iPhone

Conclusion

I think you know the answer to main question, right? This watch  is worth buying because it can do so many things great. Fluently.  You will save $ right now if you purchase one since Apple recently has released the Watch 5 series that starts at $249.99. The price dropped and that’s good for all of us. 🙂

Does charging your wearable is a pain for you?

What you find great about the Apple Watch 4?

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Have a good one!

Alvaro ”Al” Paez

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I am a passionate fitness/wearable enthusiastic person who loves to share to the world, news and reviews about what I call fitness wearables. Ive been using wearables since many years and I found they can be a useful tool to improve your health, increase your fitness level and lose weight. There's a fitness wearable for every person. Let me show you the good path! Alvaro ''Al'' Paez.

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52 Comments on “Apple 4 Watch Series Review! – Is It Still Worth Buying?”

  1. Oooh. I’m already imagining how I’d customize my Apple 4 Watch! I think I’d choose the coral wristband and the sunset theme. It’s really good to know about the limited battery life – although I think that’s fine. None of my workouts are likely to last more than 4 hours unless I’m backpacking or something. 

    What are some of the best apps that go along with it? Are there any really fun ones? 

    1. Hey Wendy! that color would fit you right! Yeah battery life is a killer for some (like me). Apps like Workouts, Strava, TheScore, Autosleep and much more! fun ones, I didn’t look but I will see! 

  2. I ran across your article and wanted to chime in because I have the Apple 4 Watch (44mm display) and I absolutely LOVE it! I don’t think that I use it to it’s full capacity, but (now that I’ve gotten used to it) I almost couldn’t live without it. I NEVER use the ECG feature, but I use it so much while I am at work to quickly see who is calling or texting and can provide a quick reply so easily. In addition, I ALWAYS use the heart rate monitor for my workouts and check my steps on an hourly basis lol! I custom ordered a band (Louis Vuitton) that I LOVE! I’m sorry to rant and rave, but this is one of the best purchases that I have made in a LONG time!!!

    1. Hey Dr. Baker, 

      Your comment worth a million! Thanks! 

      You seems to be pleased with the Apple Watch 4 Series! This watch is beautiful and got most of the bells and whistles that a smartwatch should have. The full experience of this watch make it one of a kind. It is now only a matter of extending the battery life but since they have added so much high technology it seems hard. Al  

  3. I know that I have already commented on this article, but I am coming back! I forgot to mention another facet that I use so much on my Apple 4 watch… the exercise feature. I had joined a gym where exercises are performed in a sauna setting. Guess what… I was able to calibrate my apple 4 watch to add in the additional calories burned throughout the exercise because I was in a sauna setting. I just wanted to add that and I had forgotten before! ((:

    1. Hey no worries! You are always welcome! 🙂 This is stunning! I didnt know how accurate/pro/active this watch could be and now you are showing us that from your own experience! Awesome! Thanks for being one of my followers :). Sincerely, Al

  4. Thank you so much for this nice and wonderful review of the Apple watch 4 series. I think it is somehow worth it price to some reasonable extent but I think it should come with ear buds and the LTE and battery life should be more better. I expect the price to drop continually since Apple watch 5 is finally out 

    1. Hi Charles, 

      The Apple Watch 5 Series is already on the go! That’s why the 4 Series has received a price drop in the last days. So make sure you check the stores for the be deals. Amazon.com seems to revamp the Apple dpt since they took out all the Series 4 from their web store. I guess it is because the new model has become available and they want to push that. I hope some other sellers will keep and sell the Series 4 very quickly. We don’t have that kind of problem here in Canada. Thanks for the comment my man! Al 

  5. The watch looks very nice and I really like the cool design. Apple Watch 4 sis 1 year old but it is still attractive to many people (including me!), it’s amazing. By the way, I like your unboxing watch, umm.. hopefully i can also buy the watch someday,  all the best. Intan.

    1. Hi Intan, 

      I appreciated your comment. You wont go wrong with this watch. The only big downside that I found is the battery life that last less than 2 days. How ridiculous if you compare it with other smartwatches in the market. Al 

  6. Hi there, 

    Apple Watch 4 series is still great if you compare with the previous version – Apple Watch 3. I like they made the screen bigger and more user-friendly for viewing experience. Although Apple Watch 5 would be released soon, if you care much about the always-on display, you could go for 5, I think I will definitely go for 4th generation as you mentioned in this article. 

    It’s the best health monitor on our wrist, and due to its size, I think it’s very convenient. Also, I think good health walk you a long way, so the price won’t be an issue for me!

    1. Hi Matt, 

      You are right. The display is something they need to tweak (or at least get a bigger model) with a larger display. It depends of your style and also your wrist size ! lol It is a great purchase since you will get quality, hardness and high end technology. 

      Thanks for the comment! Al 

  7. Apple products has been always the epitome of great technology when it ccomes to personal gadgets. You can never go wrong with this brand as has always complied according to high preference of its clients. One thing I’d like to know more is about the ECG feature. It detects fall and all but how does it save a life? Is there like an automatic emergency feature that calls 911 or alerts the guardian if ever the watch owner collapse or faint? Thanks for reviews and important details of Apple Watch 4 that you shared with us.

    1. Hey man, 

      Correct. The ECG feature that is finally available detects if you have fallen (on any circumstances) and the watch will pop you a message saying what the watch should do. If you are paired via Bluetooth to your iPhone, it can call the paramedics right away. Take a moment to read of my posts concerning the ECG feature by clicking here

      Regards, Al 

  8. I need a activity watch to help keep track of things to get better insurance and I was thinking of buying a fitbit instead of an apple watch, primarily due to the price.

    What do you think of the two devices and are they even worth comparing? Is Apple in a world by itself?

    I would like to get an Apple watch but sometimes it’s hard to ignore the bank account balance or budget.

    Do you have any thoughts you can help me with on this?

    1. Hey Rick, 

      There’s many other wearables that will get you what you want. At a lower price…

      Make sure you take a look at my reviews by clicking here. Apple is a great watch and gives you more than the others. I agree with you concerning the price but you get a long term wearable. One thing I found bad is definitely the low battery life. Al

  9. First of all, big ups to the author on this post..you know I have never considered to buy an apple smartwatch as for the unique price, while others that were half the price or less would perform just fine, well this was untill I saw this post, I’m seriously considering buying one now. Cheers guys

    1. Hi Georgian, 

      Thanks for the warm reply! There’s new additions to the new generation of Apple Watches but who will buy a watch that cost more than $600 USD? Still, the battery life seems to be improved. Is it enough for make the switch? I doubt since the 4 Series is 200 bucks less. Al 

  10. Hey great post! I see that the Apple Watch 4 Series is now a great option since the latest generation Apple Watch has been released! Great! I will make sure to check the deals before they go off! I never had an Apple Watch and this post also gives me a lot of insights concerning the watch. Much Appreciated! Shelley

    1. Hi Shelley, 

      I am happy for you! You will be in good hands with this watch and it is more affordable than before. Thanks for the reply. Al

  11. This is one very nice watch I must say. The competition each of these companies are putting up when it comes to making better and more quality devices lately is really nice. Looking at this watch, I must admit I’m really impressed by its features and the apps in it are just really nice. I once got one of these expensive watch that couldn’t follow up with my work out and it was really annoying. I have high hopes on apple anytime. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Chloe, 

      You will get all the data that you need  and see your health level from every perspectives with this one. Don’t worry. 🙂 Al 

  12. In my opinion, this is one of the best wrist watches that have ever been made by anyone. A friend of mine uses it and I always envy him. I am thinking of grabbing one myself but now that I have seen your post and i can see that the price has gone down, I will must definitely be buying the apple 4 watch series. Nice post.

    1. Hi Henderson, 

      I’m glad you loved my post. I can deny your excitation lol. It is surely a nice watch to have now since the price has drop like Snoop said (drop it like is hot). 😛

  13. Thank you for your post. It is a timely article for me. I am a sport fun and right now training for New York Marathon. I always want to have Apple Watch to monitor my sport activities. But I never bother to do anything and I am still holding my iPhone while running.

    Here comes your article. it is nice to hear that the price is dropping, costing only $249.99. The battery can be a pain, since I need to remember to do charging daily, but should be fine.

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us. I am going to purchase one and will let you know how it works.

    1. Hi Anthony! Wish you a good training for your marathon. I am doing the half-marathon in Montreal this year. You will get some decent data if you use it for your marathon. This watch is great but it depends what your looking for. For running, ill go for Garmin instead of Apple. Just my opinion…

  14. So many geat features from the apple 4 watch series. I think that this is a good one and I have been thinking of getting a smart watch, this is one of the best. You have shown us what’s in the pack and it really looks like a simple watch worn by anyone. I have to get one. Thanks for a good review on the wristwatch. Good review.

    1. Thanks John. Apple made it clear that they are looking for their users to have an awesome experience. This is exactly what they get with the Apple Watch 4 Series. 

  15. Apple are always coming up with a newer version of almost everything they own only to make just a slight improvement. I do wonder if there would be any major difference between the apple 4 watch and the apple 5 watch that would really make it stand out. I do like the apple 4 with its amazing specs and features. Would the apple 5 watch really be able to show us something amazing? I would really love to know.

    1. Hi Jay, 

      With the new generation they have added female health tracking and better battery life (just to name a few). Still the 4 Series is a great catch. Regards, Al

  16. These watches look absolutely stunning.   I would certainly go for the “fire and water” face.  

    It is absolutely astonishing what these watches are capable of now.  I have recently go into a fitness regime, but to be honest, I am find the exercise monitory apps frustrating on my mobile.  This seems to be very good solution.  A bit on the expensive side, but I think will be worth it.

    Can I ask – do you need an iPhone to work in sync with this watch, or can i just get it independently?

    Really liked your review.  You give clear and honest advice.  This watch is certainly going on my Christmas list

    Renée

    1. You got that right! Apple knows how to shine! And this is what you will get with the Apple Watch 4 Series! To have full experience and use all the features of the watch you must use an iPad or iPhone to run the app. Al

  17. The apple 4 watch really does look amazing, I would love one, the technology is nothing short of amazing, I along with most people want to keep tabs on my health, I am slightly over weight, my blood pressure is also a bit high so this watch would be so beneficial for me, and with Christmas fast approaching this watch would make a perfect gift, in fact, I’m going to share your post here with my family and friends and you never know someone may get the hint and buy it for me as a present, well here’s hoping, thank you for sharing.   

    1. Russ! 

      The Apple Watch 4 series comes with the Apple Medical ID that can be link to your blood pressure. So you would be in good hands. This is the only device that has been approved by the FDA so far. Al

  18. This is really cool. I have the apple watch first series and I’m not going to lie, it;s a little beat up which is why I am doing a little research on the Apple Watch 4 series. I am so glad I came across your review because it show me the differences between the first series and the fourth series which was all I was tring to find out. Great review, very helpful. I am definitely sharing this on my Facebook page so others can benefit as well.

    1. Hey Garrett, 

      Perfect! Thanks! Of course you will get so many new features compare to the first generation. I am glad that my post has helped you. Al 

  19. Thank you for this information on the Apple Watch 4 series. I haven’t worn a watch in years, ever since I got my first iPhone. I always figured, why bother if the iPhone displays the time at the touch of the button. But now that Apple has come out with watches and that they can do so much more than just display time, I have been really thinking of getting one.

    I definitely like the traditional black colored band. I think that would go well with any color that I wear and is good for both casual and dressed up attire. I like the custom Apple Watch faces you linked to, especially the Photo Face option that you can sync the watch to your iPhone and stored photos. A charge of 18 hours is kind of worrisome. Does battery power drain slower if you do not use the watch features?

    1. A pleasure my friend!

      Apple wanted that wear it anywhere and still look nice vibe. They did right with this watch.

      Correct, with GPS tracking, listening to music via BT earphones will have an impact on your battery life. 

      It is normal. Al

  20. Hi Alvaro,

    Thanks a lot for the thorough and comprehensive review post.

    Nowadays people are realizing the importance of smartwatches. Often I look for information about smartwatches and this is going to be the new revolution in the health and fitness sector.

    Always love apple products although they are bit expensive compared to other brands. 

    Indeed, fitness features and apps are awesome. However, as you mentioned, battery life is really disappointing and it’s a big concern. This stops me in my decision making. You left no stone up-turned in explaining how it all works. Thanks for saving my time via your detailed review.

  21. This is one of the most desired timepiece in the world, it comes with a larger screen and more rounded edges that are much nicer to look at and offer more functionality, and it also adds in some extra features too that are designed for those who are a little more vulnerable or suffer certain health conditions but only seen on the watch. There’s nothing to hate about this watch and everything to love.

    1. Correct! There’s not much to hate…beside the battery life maybe? And of course if you are an Android fan..you will be doomed 😛

  22. Wow! This is really for the rich dudes. But the features are super cool: 16GB storage, ability to make calls, ECG, WiFi, heart rate monitoring, location tracking, and more. Having such a watch, I believe is everyone’s dream. It really has the value for the money. For me, it’s worth going for once I get richer.

    1. haha true. it is an high end smartwatch but you wont be dissapointed! Check out my blog to see more reviews but for cheap wearables. Thanks for the comment man. Al

  23. This is an awesome review! It clearly is still worth buying so thanks for clarifying that!

    It seems to everything for you. Hopefully one day it will be able to clean the house and do the cooking too 😉

    It does seem like a great watch though, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you review next. Awesome website

  24. I love my apple watch. Because the nature of my work I do get emails and calls all the time and I am not always right by my phone. The perks that I love is the health info that comes with it. What I hate about my apple watch (2 series) is the battery life, the worst! Thank you for the review, I really hope they will do something with the battery life soon. We will see if mine breaks I will get a new one. The price is reasonable. 

    1. Apple has always stand out with health and self improvement. It is truly an experience that you don’t think you could have with a watch. Well, it was wrong. 

  25. Wow, this is really mind blowing, the Apple 4 watch series is really amazing, with those awesome features and wonderful screen display. This is really what I need right now and why i said that is actually because of the fitness features that are of great advantage for working out as it monitors heartbeat. It really baffled me as it’s said to have gone out of stock on Amazon, well I’ll have to wait till it gets restocked. Thank sharing this helpful information.

  26. Hello, Al.  

    I found your article to be very informative and even though this Smartwatch does a lot of things, I wonder if it would be suitable or practical for everyone.  

    Many, like myself, are looking only for the basics like heart rate, steps, distance, blood pressure, movement alert, phone and text alerts and maybe even some weather stats.

    Don’t get me wrong here,  I do like some of the other features you’ve mentioned like the color screen and especially the fall alert which is interesting to me.  Does the watch actually send out an alert to someone if this occurs?  I could see the benefit to that especially if someone has had a stroke and needs assistance.

    I also like the idea of being able to talk or place phone calls without actually handling your phone. Many vehicles have this technology integrated into them now which helps with distracted driving.  I can see this as a positive application for the watch as well.

    With all the other things this Smartwatch is capable of, I think they really need to do something about the battery life before I would purchase one.  Is the battery life longer if one is not using all the functions?  My Smartwatch gives me what I need at the moment and I get a battery life of about three weeks depending on how often I use the various functions.

    For the right person, Apple watches are probably quite practical especially those who are always on the go and need those extra perks.  Me? I’m retired and need something simpler.

    Wayne

    1. Thanks for the warm message! 

      Correct. with less functions (GPS and Wi-Fi) the battery life will go up. Still, you need all the features these days, right?

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