Apple Watch Series 2 – It does make you feel !
Apple unveiled the Watch Series 2 alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, just a few weeks ago. The Apple Watch Series 2 brings advanced fitness-tracking features that make it more than just a smartwatch. Here are the specifications of the Apple watch series 2 for the nerdy ones among you.
Processor: Apple S2
Display: OLED Retina display. 312 x 390 pixels (42mm) or 272 x 340 pixels (38mm) Operating system: watchOS 3
Sensors: GPS, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor
Water resistance: ISO standard 22810:2010 (50 meters)
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
We’ve been waiting for a sports watch with all the smart functionality. A watch that reduces the gap between sports and smarts, and that wait is over with the release of Apple Watch Series 2.
Design and Display
When it comes to looks, the Watch Series 2 is virtually identical to the original. It comes in two sizes, the 38mm model (starting at $369) and the 42mm version (starting at $399). The Apple Watch 2 is slightly thicker and a bit heavier. It has similar rectangular display, a digital crown control and a single button on the side. It’s design has barely changed. It’s supremely comfortable to wear. Due to minimal changes in external design, all last year’s straps and bands still fit on the new Watch. A simple button press allows you to remove the straps.
Besides thickness, the only other change here is that Apple made the Series 2’s AMOLED display twice as bright as the touchscreen on the original. It makes reading in direct sunlight much easier. The display blinks off when you put your wrist down or when you’re not doing anything on the watch for around 10 seconds.
The $10,000+ gold Edition style isn’t an option for the Series 2, but it has been replaced by a ceramic option which has been buffed for over two hours and starts at a price of $1249. There is also a Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ model, which comes out in October. It is still a standard aluminum Apple Watch, just with some extra Nike perks. It comes with exclusive watch faces and a different band with holes that allows your skin to breathe a little more freely.
In spite of looking similar on the outside, on the inside the Apple watch 2 is completely different.
- Faster Processor and GPU
The original Apple Watch was frustratingly slower in loading apps, but that is not the case any more. Apple claims the new S2 Watch processor is 50 per cent faster than the original and that is certainly true. It still takes a couple of seconds to load apps but load times are nowhere near as long as they were on the previous watch. With a GPU that’s twice as powerful as the old one, everything feels smooth and slick.
- Water Resistance
Apple watch series 2 is water friendly. Now you can wear your watch when you’re swimming or go for a quick shower with it. The watch can withstand up to 50 meters of water. It’s also configured to monitor your swim accurately, with settings for open water or pool swimming included in the Workout app. Apple watch series 2 ejects water from the speaker port. When you take it out of water mode, it pushes out any liquid that might have gotten inside. That is cool, isn’t it?
As you turn the crown, the speaker starts making noises so that any water inside it is expelled.
The only problem with using the Apple Watch in the water is that you can’t use your fingers on the screen. At the start of a swim workout, Apple Watch Series 2 auto-locks the display to prevent accidental screen touches from water.
Good news for active outdoor runners, cyclists, and other athletes, the Apple Watch Series 2 has a built-in GPS. Apple calls the technology “assisted GPS” and defines it as using “a combination of technologies—Wi-Fi, GPS, and locally stored and regularly updated satellite hemispheric data—to identify location.
This means you can go for a run without your phone strapped tightly to your arm. Once your activity is finished all the data stored on the Watch is instantly beamed to the Activity app on your iPhone. In use, the GPS works just as expected. Your route gets divided into three different colored line segments: green (where you were moving quickly), yellow (where you were slow) and red (where you stopped). This color code makes it easier to get an overview of your speed over time. But the Apple Watch isn’t entirely accurate. In fact, no smartwatch is completely accurate.
- Battery Life
Battery life has improved a lot with the new Apple watch. It easily gets through the day with more than normal usage. But to get through 48 hours you’ll eventually need to fill it with juice. It’s like a one day per charge watch. Even with the GPS on continuously, Apple watch lasts about 5 hours and 15 minutes.
WatchOS 3 brings huge experience and performance boosts. It’s also available for old Apple watch but with the newer version, it’s a charm to use.
A quick press to the side button will lead you to the Dock of favorite apps. You can customize which apps appear in the Dock. From there you can load apps instantly. The main cluster design is still accessed by tapping the digital crown. You can now share your daily activities with your friends. The Activity app is now optimized for wheelchair users.
The functions found in the friends group such as sending your heartbeat or other messages to someone are still available, but now found elsewhere, for example under Messages. Most of the apps have been redesigned for speedy performance. Couple of times in a day, your watch will stop and remind you to do breathing exercises. In practical use, this is shit.
Now you can also choose a series of your favorite watch faces that you can switch between by swiping to the left on the display. One of my favorite new features is Scribble. It allows you to write a response by drawing letters on the screen and then the watch combines it to form complete message or whatever. Using on-screen keyboard on watch is still not comfortable so its better to use phone for long typing sessions like big messages and all.
There is no “always on” or off option for the main display or a secondary display, which is kind of disappointing. Also, there is still no cellular connectivity
Last year, the Apple watch was only a fashion accessory with some smart features. Comparatively, Apple watch series 2 has better software, great processor, water resistance, inbuilt GPS and awesome new apps and bands. It’s the BEST smartwatch out there and has most of the features of a sports watch, which makes it a complete package. It’s expensive and always has been, no doubt about that. It still feels non essential, but if you’re in the market for a smartwatch or a good (not the best) sports watch or you’re just a gadget freak hunting for some cool and worthy gadgets, then Apple watch series 2 is perfect.