Apple Watch series 2 review
Apple launched it’s second version of the Apple watch series and it is quite good. They fixed the low battery life which was in the first Apple watch. Apple also fixed the directions and the movement-based responses on this series which was a bit lagging in the previous one.
The watch is also water resistant. So you can take it for a dip at up to 50 metres depth. Like the original Apple Watch, you’ll be able to pick the Series 2 up in 38mm and 42mm case sizes. The Watch case is made of aluminium. There are also stainless steel case options and the new white ceramic model. Apple claims that the white ceramic is four times harder than stainless steel and should be better at fending off scratches.
The display has also been changed, where Apple has opted for a new touchscreen that’s apparently two times brighter than its predecessor, offering 1,000 nits of brightness. That’s up from 450 nits on the first Watch. Apple says this is the brightest screen it has created on any of its devices.
Apple is sticking to the Sapphire crystal glass material for the new ceramic Watch Edition, while the standard Series 2 uses the ION-X strengthened glass featured on the original Apple Watch Sport. You still get to reap the benefits of Force Touch to make navigating your Apple smartwatch a little easier as well.
There are plenty of options for straps and it’s very easy to mix up the styles. Simply press and hold down on the buttons on either side of the watch case and you can slip the straps out.
There’s still sport, woven nylon, leather and stainless steel straps to choose from, but if you want the stylish leather Hermès or sporty Nike+ straps, you’ll need to buy those versions of the Watch.
For the processor we have a new second generation dual-core S2 chip processor that’s 50% faster than the one inside the Apple Watch, while a new GPU offers twice the graphics performance.
Apple is also packing the new S2 processor into the Apple Watch Series 1, so you can benefit from the speedier performance there as well.
Apple also added built-in GPS which was absent on the series 1. This will work with walking and cycling as well, recording distance, pace and speed metrics. There’s also swim tracking on board, for open and pool water swimming, letting you count laps, track average lap pace and auto-detect stroke type.
You get the same heart rate sensor here as the first Watch, to continuously measure heart rate during a workout and throughout the day with the data being fed into Apple Health and third-party health and fitness apps.
WatchOS 3 is the Os on series 2 which is available to download for the series 1.
Price and availability
It comes in silver, gold, rose gold and space grey finishes. Prices start at Rs 25000 ($369) for the Series 2 but that can go up as high as Rs 73000 ($1,099) if you opt for one with a stainless steel case and strap.
The Apple Watch Nike+ edition is priced in at Rs 25000 ($369). The new ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at a whopping Rs 83000 ($1,249) while the Apple Watch Hermès is Rs 99000 ($1,499).
Apple Watch Series 1 – 42 mm Rose Gold Aluminium Case with Midnight Blue Sport Band Midnight Blue Smartwatch
Apple Watch Series 2 – 42 mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band Black Smartwatch
Apple Watch Series-2 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band
Apple Watch Series-2 38mm Gold Aluminum Case with Yellow/Light Gray Woven Nylon