The Verge reviews Apple Watch Series 5: ‘The best smartwatch; in a completely different league’

Apple Watch Hermès introduces a color block band with Della Cavalleria print, and an all-black version.
Apple Watch Hermès introduces a color block band with Della Cavalleria print, and an all-black version.

Dieter Bohn for The Verge:

Compared to the Series 4, the Series 5 has only a few minor updates. Chief among them is a new always-on screen. Compared to the rest of the smartwatch market, the Apple Watch Series 5 is in a completely different league.

I love the always-on screen on the Series 5. Apple’s implementation is better than other smartwatches I’ve used for two reasons: it legitimately doesn’t hurt the battery life as much, and Apple keeps a little color visible in ambient mode…

It’s as if the Apple Watch is in high school and taking AP courses while everybody else is repeating the 7th grade for the third time. Sure, the Apple Watch Series 5 hasn’t reached anything close to its full potential yet, but right now, this thing is an overachiever.

It’s an Apple Watch.

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  1. Y’know..i really love the Apple Watch but i just don’t wear watches anymore. Because I’m so frickin active I used to totally scratch them badly and end up having to replace them after about a year. And then back in ’07-’08 i started using the iphone and never really needed one again. I see people w/ them all the time or in the store but just can’t get my head around finding the need to actually buy one..someone convince me :))

    1. I get you. They were “slave bracelets” to me as I got older based on my needs to be prompt for my employer (and others), and thrilled to quit wearing one.

      However, now that I’m getting oooollld and the watch’s medical monitoring and “help I’ve fallen and can’t get up” capabilities keep improving by leaps and bounds, there’s probably one in my future. The rest of the stuff is more convenience features for me – and my phone, which is nearly always in a pocket or within easy reach, has a universe worth’s more of those than ever existed at any other time in human history, so spoiled enough.

      I expect to wait and see until about Series 7 or 8 for that evolving med competence though…. …plenty of other gear has more priority at the moment. There’s a lot to like out there…..

    2. A Watch will allow you to pull our your phone less. That’ll make your phone’s battery last longer. Even if the phone’s battery lasts longer every year, it’s still nice not to have to worry about it.

      A Watch will allow you to go out without your phone. As phones get bigger, it’s quite liberating not to have to carry the phone in your pocket, etc.

      A Watch is far more discreet when you get notifications, you only need to glance at your wrist, as opposed to pulling out your phone. I roll my Watch to the inside of my wrist, and put my hands, folded, on the conference table during meetings. I can discreetly glance at my wrist if there’s a notification.

    3. Every year I go to re-certify my First Aid (Ski Patrol) and everyone is wearing watches so we can accurately take vitals. Anyone else notice a niche market where everyone wears watches?

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