I have been eyeing on different activity trackers and smartwatches. I wanted to monitor my activity and the main goal was to track my workouts in the gym. It would be really interesting to see what workouts or moves gets my heart rate higher and also to track my daily activity and steps.
Few of my criterions were as follows:
I didn’t wanted a heart rate tracker that needs a separate strap to a chest.
The tracker/watch needs to be nice looking, sleek and lightweight.
Needs to be compatible with my phone (iPhone 6s Plus).
Needs to have a step, activity and a heart rate tracking.
So finally I was looking into 2 different types of smartwatches: the Apple Watch and the FitBit Versa. These both have good reviews and have the qualities that I’m looking for. It just comes to the point of what you want from the smartwatch and what’s your budget.
Apple Watch Series 4
- WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, has a in-built heart rate tracker and is waterproof
- AMOLED touchscreen 1,7″
- Compatible with Apple
- Lithium-ion battery
- No option for SIM
- No possibility to answer calls nor camera
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- LCD touchscreen 1,34″
- Waterproof and has in-built heart rate tracker
- Compatible with most of the devices
- Lithium-polymer battery
- No GPS or possibility to answer calls, no camera
- No Wi-Fi nor place for SIM
Experience so far
So this is my little humble review on the Apple Watch. Needless to say I was determined to get the Apple Watch Series 4 in the 40 mm size. It suits better for my needs, is compatible with my phone, has more intelligence and properties that gives it more use and of course it looks better. For my wrist the 44 mm would have been too big and massive. For reference I have the Citizen EM0503-83X Eco-Drive Elegance in 32 mm in rose gold which has been my everyday watch/dress watch.
I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for nearly a month and I have been satisfied with my purchase. I ordered the Watch from Elisa and it was delivered to me in approximately 3 days. The box that it came in was sleek and cohesive with the other Apple products.
My experience with the Apple Watch has been positive. The battery life is good. After wearing the watch for over 14 hours a day, there’s still about 55-70% of the battery left, it really depends on how you use it. There’s a few apps for the Apple Watch and the reminders to stand up or move are nice. Also the activity tracking has been motivating to move more and you can define the activity goal for your goals.
Something that I have noticed is that sometimes the Apple Watch can bother or irritate my skin a bit after wearing it for several hours or after a workout. I would also get the metal band as a spare one because it makes the watch more dressier for the daily wear. I would still keep the sport loop for the more sportier activities. I’m not sure if I would purchase a screen protector for the watch, nevertheless the watch is for daily wear and will show some wear on it eventually.