Apple released their first iPhone in 2007, and it had enough storage to hold approximately 125 of your finest photographs. Now, a decade later, you can buy an Apple Watch which will store 8000 songs on your wrist. Yes, you read that correctly. Eight, zero, zero, zero. But what’s the big deal? Read until the end to learn how it can be your next wrist based running partner.
The Apple Watch is an amazing piece of technology… if you are an iPhone user. The catch here, is that if you don’t have an iPhone, you won’t really benefit from a huge range of the features it has to offer. There are much better wrist based trackers for you, if you are not an iPhone user.
But, for all iPhone users, let me tell you what you’re missing out on…
There has now been 5 models of Apple Watch, but Apple have stopped manufacturing Series 1 and Series 2, and they discontinued the Series 4 when they released the Series 5, so we will take a look at Series 3 and Series 5.
The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in 2 sizes. The smaller 38mm watch face is a great choice for people with smaller wrists. However, you might be surprised just how much smaller the 38mm screen is when compared to the larger 42mm option. Completing tasks like texting and scrolling through messages can be difficult on the smaller 38mm watch.
You can get the 38mm watch for £279/€310/$340 on Amazon.
You can get the 42mm version for £309/€345/$377 on Amazon.
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the flagship wearable from Apple. It is also available in 2 sizes, but this time, you must choose between the smaller 40mm option, and the larger 44mm option.
Just like all Apple Products, if you want the best, you’ll pay the price for it.
The 44mm version will set you back roughly £429/€479/$520 on Amazon.
The 40mm version will set you back roughly £399/£445/$488 on Amazon.
If you really feel like splashing out, you can go for the Series 5 with a cellular chip onboard, which allows you to separate your watch entirely from your phone, and still have cellular abilities such as calling, GPS and texting. This will set you back roughly £530/€590/$645 and can be bought here on Amazon.
What does it do?
Well it does everything that you would expect a SmartWatch to do.
Firstly, all notifications that appear on your phone, can be pushed to your wrist, so you never miss a message.
You can make a phone call, reply to an email or send a text from your wrist, if your phone is nearby.
You can open Apple Maps and get directions to your wherever you are supposed to be, if your phone is nearby.
You can do pretty much everything that you can do on your iPhone, if your iPhone is nearby.
So tell me RunWay, what can this do to help me beat my PB?
The short answer is… not much!
Regardless of your fitness level, if you are looking for a device to help you smash your latest personal best time over 5km, the Apple Watch is not your best choice. However, it’s not your worst. Let me explain.
When you want to exercise, you just tap the exercise app on the Apple Watch. Choose which activity you will be doing. The watch will begin tracking your workout flawlessly. The watch has an inbuilt GPS which will track your distance traveled accurately, wherever you are in the world. The wrist based heart rate monitor will track your heart rate until you tell it to stop.
But the battery…
The battery life, for any Apple Watch, is not industry leading, by any stretch of the imagination. You’ll be lucky to get a full day out of a charge if you are using the exercise tracking features for any more than 60 minutes of the day.
The appeal of the Apple Watch goes way beyond its fitness features. The Apple Watch is pretty. It’s sleek. It’s seamless integration into your life, should you be an Apple enthusiast, is better than anything on offer from the other major tech companies.
Just picture it. Airpods in your ear, iPad in your hand, iPhone in your pocket, Apple Watch on your wrist. Pity about your wallet being empty, right?
Nearly 500 bucks for a watch? No thank you.
But if you are looking for a great all rounder, and you love giving you hard earned cash to Apple, the Series 5 is a great investment. Until the Series 6 comes along. Then you’ll just have to get that too, right?