Product Name: Apple Watch 4 Series (GPS version)
Overall Rank: 4.5/5
*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 $
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.
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)
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!
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:
– AutoSleep (sleep tracker)
– Calculator (PCalc Lite)
– theScore (sports news and scores)
– Citymapper (bus and subway transit app)
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
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)
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
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. 🙂
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Alvaro ”Al” Paez