The new updated watch 6 has been introduced by Apple, and we can say that it was worth the wait. Watch 6 is incremental of the previous smartwatch model’s predecessor called watch 5; this watch can deliver high performance and futuristic functionality. A powerful chipset has been added to the watch with the integrated altimeter. The watch also comes with the new red attractive color; the watch’s only problem is the low battery life.
The chipset of the phone is of S6; this number ensures that you will not encounter any problems like lagging, no-response when you are operating the watch. According to the specifications, the battery life is of high capacity, but this is not the case when you use the watch intensively. Another upgrade in the watch is the blood oxygen monitor; this allows you to see how much O2 has pumping around the body.
As we mentioned, there is an altimeter as well; this meter tracks the elevation. Most of the smartwatches have not the ability to know the elevation. The screen of the watch is capable of doubling than brightness from the normal level whenever you are out in the strong sunlight; this feature ensures that you will not miss any notification.
The watch uses the WatchOs 7 user interface; through this, you can track your walks. This also tracks your sleep levels and has many faces for the dial. You can also include your own Memoji face winking at you; this gives a fun-look to your watch.
Overall Specifications of Apple Watch 6
The watch comes in three finishes, and these finishes have different colors; the newly adjoined color is the bright red color. Smartwatch has cellular and GPS connection so that you can talk and track your walk simultaneously. The display of the watch comes in two options, and that is 44mm and 40 mm. Always-on-OLED displays have a brightness range of 1000nits, which is auto adjustable according to the environment. Chip of the watch is upgraded to be more powerful, the version of the chip is S6 SiP with a 64-bit dual-core processor.
The watch’s lithium-ion battery can last up to 18 hours; charging of the battery is also fast as it comes with the magnetic charging cable. Battery life of the watch widely depends on how you use it and the features you take in use. The watch can easily be carried as the watch’s weight is 30.5g to 39.7g in case of 40mm and 36.5g to 47.1g in case of 44mm; this range depends on the finish you choose.
The Apple Watch Series is also water-resistant up to 50 meters; this means that you can use the watch for activities like swimming. You can use the GPS and Cellular connection for calls and emergency SOS functions. For the SOS function, your phone should be nearby, and if it is not, then your watch should be connected to a WI-Fi network, which can imply the Wi-Fi calling. The Apple Watch Series also requires that you should have an iPhone device with the operating system with iOS 14 and later.
Now that we know the various new features introduced by the company let’s discuss the phone from every aspect: –
Watch Release Date and Price
Apple Watch 6 was released on September 18, 2020, although you can pre-order the smartwatch depending where you are staying. The 40mm version of Watch 6 costs 399$, 379 Euros, and 599 Australian Dollars. 44mm version starts with the price range of 429$, 409 Euros, and 649 Australian Dollars; these prices are for the GPS version but with no cellular connectivity.
The LTE-Cellular connection watch can cost you much money; the 40mm version costs like 499$ and 479 Euros, and 749 Australian Dollars, and the 44mm version have prices range beginning with 529$ and 509 Euros and 749 Australian Dollars.
Blood Oxygen and the Altimeter
The upgrade which grabbed everyone’s attention was the blood oxygen monitor and the altimeter for depicting the elevation. Blood Oxygen monitor has the ability to monitor how much oxygen is pumping in the blood cells and tells you if there is a medical condition you can encounter once you go intensive tasks. For example, if your lungs are not working great, then you will be alerted to dangerous environmental factors.
It is effortless to use the Blood Oxygen app; at first, you have to do fire the app. Once you fire the app, you have to keep your wrists still and have to wait for the app to count. After this step, you will get the percentage of blood and oxygen. App also displays what a good rating of blood and sugar is, the company has advised that this should not be looked at as the perfect medical setting.
The company has described that the measurements should not be considered for medical use; it is designed for fitness and wellness purposes. However, the meter works just fine and is mostly accurate. The meter is useless if you are not going to places with high altitude or you have a respiratory problem.
The altimeter works excellent and has passed every test done by the critics and tech-lovers. You can easily have the changes displayed in the screen. Tests confirm that the watch displays the perfect elevation while hiking or walking.
Smartwatch Design and Display
Design of the watch is similar to the predecessor smartwatches like Apple Watch 4. We have different wrist sizes like 44mm and 40mm and have larger screens than the first debuted watch 3.
Watch comprises the curved edges, digital crown, and the power button. You can get a taptic feeling while operating the watch; the watch’s little motor makes the taptic noise when the notification comes in. This is an excellent method to grab attention to the notification rather than the notification sounds. Straps of the watch are interchangeable; you have to hit the fiddly clasp, which will do the job for you.
As we discussed, the watch comes with a peculiar yet beautiful color that is the bright red color. This is a vibrant edition to the range; red metallic case feels different and extraordinary to the wrist.
Display of the watch is also upgraded from the old display technology, which we have been using and seeing for a long time in a smartwatch. The display has been upgraded to always-on-display, but it uses the OLED display. If we compare it to the Apple Watch SE, you have to tap on the display in SE model, and then you will be shown the interface and notifications. This always-on-display function can have an effect on the battery life of the watch.
The brightness boost is also a great feature that offers you comfortability to see the screen in brighter environments. Device boosts the normal brightness to two and half times when you encounter brighter surroundings. Other smartwatches do not imply this level of comfort whenever we go outside. The sibling model of Watch 6, which is launched simultaneously, does not have the auto-brightness boost.
The Early Verdict
We are having a hands-on review; the increment of the Watch Apple 5 is Apple 6, and the company has introduced only a handful of features and upgrades. The features and the performance of the watch are perfect according to the price of the smartwatch. New watch comes with features like blood oxygen monitor and the altimeter, which increase the functionality and desirability of the watch. The always-on-display of the watch just adds the beauty and complements the attractive colors of the strap.
Key miss is that blood oxygen meter cannot be used for medical purposes as it not accurate always, but most of the time, it is reliable. The meter is useless if you do not have intensive activities; it is also useful if you have any respiratory problems.
Apple Watch 6 is a premium product to wear, the watch comes in different finishes and every one of them gives you a luxurious feel. The watch is futuristic as well, as there are bunch of features and functionality which an elegant watch cannot offer. Display and strap have an exquisite look making the watch attractive.
You are also offered many colors for every finish; the new addition is red. Watch 5 did not offer this much functionality and the colors to choose from
Apple Watch 6
In simpler words, you can say that watch is a combination of style and great features. There are many functions that are missing from most of the smartwatch-like Blood Oxygen, Always-on-Display, altimeter, etc. A bunch of colored straps and finishes are available so that you can choose whatever you wish. Many faces of the dial are available so that it can complement your strap and the finish of the watch. You are also provided with the choice of display size to increase the comfortability. The watch's price is perfect according to the functionality and premium display; price highly depends on the width of the display and the finish you are choosing.
- Great color additions
- Sleep tracking finally appears
- Always-on display
- Lacks a headline upgrade
- Battery life needs to be longer
- Siri can automatically fire easily