WSJ reviews Apple Watch Series 5: ‘The best smartwatch’

Apple Watch Series 5 in space black titanium.
Apple Watch Series 5 in space black titanium running watchOS 6.

The new Apple Watch Series 5, debuts an Always-On Retina display that never sleeps, so it’s easy to see the time and other important information, without raising or tapping the display. New location features, from a built-in compass to current elevation, help users better navigate their day, while international emergency calling allows customers to call emergency services directly from Apple Watch in over 150 countries, even without iPhone nearby. Apple Watch Series 5 is available in a wider range of materials, including aluminum, stainless steel, ceramic and an all-new titanium.

Joanna Stern for The Wall Street Journal:

For Apple Watch owners, it has become muscle memory: Tap the screen—even with your nose—or lift your wrist to wake the display. The Series 5 allows you to break that habit, with a screen that always shows the time but dims nonvital information and graphics until you wake it up.

I’ve already found the always-on helpful in some situations. When racing through the airport, for example, coffee in one hand, roller-bag handle in the other, I could glance down at my arm to see if I had time to grab a snack. When running, I found the dimmer, optimized version of the Workout app great for tracking my pace… I have so far used the trusty compass, enabled by the watch’s new magnetometer, just once. I was coming out of the subway and wanted to make sure I was headed in the right direction…

The Series 5 (like the Series 4) is another refinement of the best smartwatch you can buy.

MacDailyNews Take: The incomparable Apple Watch Series 5 has no legitimate competition.


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