Apple has spoiled its users with three options when it comes to smartwatches this year: the affordable Watch SE, the updated Watch Series 8, and the adventurer’s choice, the Watch Ultra. I’ve been making a living for a couple of weeks with the Apple Watch 8 on my wrist, and here’s if it’s worth investing in.
The Watch 8 embodies understated elegance, especially in the Starlight color review unit that I own. I find the matching sport band, with a pin-and-tuck closure, super comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The crisp, bright Always-On Retina display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness ensures visibility is never an issue outdoors. I liked playing around with the endless watch face options to find my favorites, and I loved the fact that I could add or exclude complications entirely with each watch face.
Complemented by the new watchOS 9, one of the main hardware updates the company has been talking about is the configuration of two sensors to track temperature. When I wear the watch to sleep, it tracks my baseline temperature and shows me the data after I’ve worn it for five nights in a row. Just like any other smartwatch, the Watch Series 8 breaks down the different stages of sleep: the REM cycle, deep sleep, and disturbed sleep.
Exactly like the new iPhone 14 lineup, the Watch 8 uses a new accelerometer and gyroscope that work in conjunction with the barometer, microphone, and GPS to detect a car accident and would automatically connect with emergency services in the event of an accident. .
I really couldn’t get lost in the urban jungle of Chennai to get a real taste of the redesigned compass on the Watch 8. However, the Compass app on the watch has more detailed information, and it’s great to be able to turn the digital crown. to toggle between the various aspects of the compass data. Not that I couldn’t get back from a grocery store, but the Backtrack feature efficiently retraced my journey, as I turned it on before I left home.
With a special focus on menstruators and their health, Apple Watch 8 also alerts users to changes or delays in their menstrual cycle. Apple says that while cycle deviations can be fairly common, they could possibly indicate underlying health conditions, such as fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, or thyroid disorders. In the app, I have the option to not only record my cycle, but also export it as a PDF to share with my doctor.
While trying out a HIIT workout, I can see an indicator scroll through five different heart rate zones from 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest), giving me a clear idea of how hard I’m pushing myself. I’m glad my trainer can’t see me slide down when I skip a couple of burpees in a row.
With a water resistance rating of 50 meters, Watch 8 can be used for activities in shallow water, such as swimming in a pool or in the sea. However, it is not recommended for other water activities, such as diving or water skiing. The watch is also IP6X dust resistant, which means it’s designed to keep out dust particles.
There are plenty of strap options made from leather, stainless steel, or fabric, including an exclusive line from Nike as well. In case none of these are luxurious enough for you, the company has teamed up with French luxury design house Hermès to create watch straps as well.
I think the most disappointing aspect of the Watch 8 is its battery life. With nearly 24-hour use, it keeps me company for almost a day, making it another device I have to plug in every day. With Low Power Mode turned on, Apple claims the watch can run for nearly 36 hours and you’ll still have access to activity tracking and fall detection. It took me just over an hour to fully charge the watch from scratch.
The Apple Watch S8 is packed with features. You have a smartwatch that not only looks good, but also performs well on all health and fitness parameters, with a greater focus on preventive measures. The only drawback is that users in India pay much more for a product that is reasonably priced and justifiable in other countries, for example, the US. If blood oxygen saturation, ECG monitoring and a screen are always turned on aren’t important to you, you might even consider checking out the Apple Watch SE, which offers the quintessential Apple Watch 8 experience but at a significantly lower cost.
Advantage – Great build quality, smooth interface, precise typing and voice features
Cons – expensive in indian market