Apple Series 2 Watch for iPhone Review

If you are a gadget fan, with a particular liking towards smartwatches, you are probably aware of the challenge you often get between choosing a smartwatch tailored for sports tracking or smart functionality.

This is because most of the smartwatches usually favor one aspect over the other. You either get a smartwatch that leans toward smart functionality with plenty of basic smarts such as phone notifications, email, incoming call, text messaging, or get a smartwatch that dabbles in sports tracking.

A perfect analogy would be to think along the lines of Garmin Forerunner, which is tailored for smart functionality or the original Apple Watch designed for sports tracking.

While both are awesome watches, they force you down a bit of an alley.

The Apple Watch Series 2 however, is the solution that you`ve been waiting for to bridge the gap between sports and smarts. This tracker, which double up as a smart timepiece, is the closest hybrid you can get between a fitness tracker and smart band.

Let us look at what it has in store for you.

What Makes Apple Watch Series 2 Awesome?

  • WatchOS 3: this software is almost as significant as hardware when it comes to smartwatches. The Apple Watch 2 comes with new software, WatchOS 3, which is an awesome upgrade to the earlier Apple experience. The new software drastically makes a huge improvement to the user experience, as well as make the device faster and easier to use. For instance, pressing the side button will not bring a pointless list of your Apple contact, but rather takes you to a more useful "Dock."                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Dock is a place where the watch automatically stores most of your regularly used app, thus allowing quick access. Similarly, this platform provides you with a snappy feel as it allows you to switch from different apps within a moment notice. You can now jump from the calendar to the Activity App in an instant. Though the changes are small, it makes a huge difference to usability, improves user experience, and allow the smartwatch to tick along more smoothly than ever.
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    Build-in GPS: The GPS feature is a standard feature among the high-end models. However, this feature was not available with the previous Apple smartwatch models, so it`s worth mentioning it.  Unlike its predecessor, you will no longer need to carry your iPhone with you when going out for your workout. The GPS feature is a fantastic option for runners as they can now get accurate stats including distance traveled, speed, and many for with only the Apple Series 2.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Though the GPS function is limited to out of the water, it can also be quite handy for swimmers performing front-crawl as it sends signals every time your watch arm performs the recovery part of the stroke. With the GPS turned on, expect the battery to shelve life to shrink considerably. And if you are listening to music, expect a battery life of 5 to 6 hours. To conserve your battery during GPS-Connected runs, Apple recommends that you deactivate your heart rate.                                                                   
  • Swim-proof: With an increasing number of smartwatches and activity bands toughening up, water resistance is now moving from "nice to have" to "must have". The 50m water resistance of the Apple 2 now brings this smartwatch in line with other high-end models. However, Apple`s water resistance is more than the excitement of drowning it at first sight of a pool though. The smartwatch can equally record swim activity from the existing workout app. You can either choose between open water swimming or pool, with the difference being lap-counting for the pool and GPS for open water making it one of the best smartwatch and activity tracker for swimming in the market today.                                                                                                                                                                                               The workout app can record your estimated calories, and record your swim activity. In either case, you will be awed by the impressively accurate results of how the app counts your strokes and length, as well as accurate GPS stats. The Apple Series 2 is similarly safe to use both in fresh as well as salt water or the open ocean. As such, this device has gained the envy of serious athletes, swimmers, and fitness aficionados who want to track their workouts anywhere.
  • Smartwatch: This is yet another useful feature on the Apple 2. The fitness band allows you to make calls, read your emails, reply to messages and act on notifications right from your wrist without the need of taking your phone from your pocket. A new app, Scribble, allows you to quickly draft a letter within a few seconds, without your iPhone getting out of your bag.


Apple Series 2 Watch for iPhone - 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band
  • Series 2, Built-in GPS, Water Resistant 50m, S2 Dual-Core Processor, watchOS 3
  • Space Gray Aluminum Case, 42mm (Fits 140-210mm wrists), Black Sport Band, Changeable Faces with Widgets, Siri Integration,
  • 1.5" Display, Ion-X Glass, Ceramic Back, Digital Crown, 2x Brighter OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • Heart Rate Sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope, Direct fire speaker and microphone
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life, Wifi, Bluetooth, Requires an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus and iOS 10 or later

More unique features that Make Apple Series 2 worth buying

Design

The Apple 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor. Though it`s hard to tell, the latter is an almost a millimeter thick than the original.

Apple is considered a tad thick than the "normal" smartwatches, and slimming it would have been welcome. However, given all the awesome features that are housed in this device, we can now see why going chunkier was the only solution.

For those who prefer round watches, you might not be kind with this one as it sports a square screen with rounded edges for easy use and convenience.

Again, for the opulent fashionistas who prefer the gold-plated design, you will get disappointed by the white ceramic design. The grandeur foregone, however, is made up for by the extreme toughness of the smoothly polished ceramic. Equally, the ceramic is treated at extreme temperatures for a chic and aesthetic appeal.

When it comes to the straps, Apple is committed to making the Apple 2 truly "yours." The smartwatch comes with a wide range of straps, both from Apple and third parties. Some of the commonly available straps include nylon, silicone, and metal.

If you are a swimming enthusiast, it`s recommended that you chose the silicone strap as it does not retain water. The straps will not leave your wrists damp all day.

Screen

Like the original piece, the Apple comes with an OLED Retina touch display. However, it comes with a greater resolution, 1000, which more than double than the original piece. As such, Apple claims that it`s the brightest screen enough to light a room as well as easily viewable in direct sunlight, which most of the users agree.

The touchscreen benefits from Apple`s clever Force Touch Technology, which allows you to access further options by pressing harder.

However, with any touchscreen regardless of its size, there are always limitations. With this one, you need to keep your typing at a minimum. For instance, trying to input your pin is hard as it gets. Also, though, the screen allows you to zoom in by tapping tow of your fingers on the screen, you will find out that it makes the texts too large for you to read.

Connectivity

The series allows connection to other devices provided they have WiFi and Bluetooth function to send and receive data. Unfortunately, it`s quite selective with the devices it can pair with as it is only compatible with iPhones. And not just any iPhone but must be an iPhone 5 and with iOS 10 or later.

Apps

When it comes to apps, the Apple series 2 is a tad flexible as it accepts a wide breadth of third-party apps including RunKeeper, Strava, Nike, MyFitnessPal, and Under Armour`s Record among other.

Two of its major and proprietary health apps are the Activity App and Workout App.

The Activity App is responsible for accomplishing three goals; moving, exercising and standing. Each of the above goals is represented by different colored rings. Aside from the goals, the App comes with 19 preloaded "achievements" available as preset exercise goals which you must meet.

Conversely, the Workout App, which is quite handy for runners allows you to set your goals for the number of calories burned, distance traveled, among plenty of other options.

Activity Tracked

Like the best smartwatches, the Apple series 2 is designed to capture a variety of activities including walking, cycling, swimming and running.

Aside from the above activities, Apple has included support for a raft of new activities and sports, such as baseball, soccer, basketball, bowling, and functional strength training.

Additional Features

The Emergency SOS feature is probably an exciting add-on worth mentioning. If you hold the side button long enough, the SOS function appears. Press it, and the smartwatch makes a loud beep, while automatically dialing your emergency services dialed through your phone.

If you`re in the US, for instance, it dials 911, and 112 if you`re in the UK.

Battery Life

The Apple Watch Series 2 has a modest battery life of 18 hours.

Colors

The Series 2 is available in a variety of colors including Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

Warranty

The smartwatch comes with a 1-year warranty.

What We Like About Apple Watch Series 2

Hybrid: The series two is a cross-breed between fitness functionality and smarts. It provides you with the benefits of both without compromising on individual performance.

Waterproof: Though there`s nothing novel about this, the Apple 2 is also functional even in salty waters.

Quality and performance: Apple is considered as the vanguard of premium products, and it should not be a surprise that the Apple 2 extends this legacy.

What We Don`t Like About Apple Watch Series 2

Cost: The price of the series 2 s a tad expensive, but that is always expected with Apple products. We think this is not a huge setback since you get for what you pay.

Bottom line on Apple Series 2 Smartwatch

The cost of the Apple Series 2 is probably the largest drawback of the device. Fortunately, the watch has had plenty of positive reviews from users, so it would not be a waste of money getting a device that will address your fitness needs. However, if you`re an Apple enthusiast and feel the price is high, you can go for its relatively lowly priced step down, the Apple Series 1.


Nonetheless, the Apple Series 2 is not your regular smartwatch; it packs plenty of performance-driven features. With this device, you get a fitness tracker, phone remote, a little iPod, a toy, a reminder, all under one roof.


The Apple Series 2 is perhaps an all-day, everyday band you should get.

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