“The Apple Watch Series 2 arrives a year and a half after the original Apple Watch first went on sale,” Scott Stein writes for CNET. “Some things have changed: If you liked the idea of an Apple Watch before, this new version is seriously faster, has a brighter display and it’s a lot better for outdoor sports… The combination of new hardware and software make a familiar-looking circle-in-the-square watch now feel like the smooth wrist companion it was always meant to be.”

“The original Apple Watch is still around, but with a bonus. Known as the Apple Watch Series 1, it’s the same basic hardware as the original, but with a new chip that’s said to be just as fast as the Series 2. It doesn’t have those same latest, greatest GPS and waterproofing features as the new model — it’s still water resistant for splashes and dunks like the iPhone 7, though — and it lacks that new brighter display. But it also costs less,” Stein writes. “I have a feeling that that new Series 1 Apple Watch may be the real go-to pick for a lot of people who don’t need GPS or swim tracking. Maybe it’s the watch everyone should wear.”

Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance to 50 meters

Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance to 50 meters

“Series 2 is my favorite Apple Watch, and it’s now my favorite smartwatch, too,” Stein writes. “Inside, a larger battery helps manage GPS and fitness functions, but it also helped get a bit more battery than Apple’s conservative 18 hour claims. I get through a full day with anywhere from 25%-50% battery remaining, on most full days… You don’t need a smartwatch — but this is now a really good one… Smartwatches still aren’t something you need in your life. Neither are fitness trackers. That being said, I’ve found some use for them in my life. The Apple Watch has finally become something that’s better.”

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MacDailyNews Take: With continuing positive reviews for Series 2, the reinvigorated Series 1, and watchOS 3, Apple Watch has a very bright future!

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