Lets face it. Do you really need an Apple Watch? Is it still considered a luxury item rather than a necessity? How does it stack up on the fitness front?Apple has upgraded the Watch in many ways, and, it seems, all of them useful. The extended battery life, the GPS capabilities and the water-resistance now make this a enticing smartwatch - but does it do enough to make you need this watch in your life?
It has improved battery life - The Apple Watch Series 2 battery performs slightly better than the first-generation despite the improvement in specs. On average, the watch has enough battery to run for around 18 hours, however, a lot of that depends on how active you are with the device. If you are not using GPS and Bluetooth music streaming, don’t be surprised if you find yourself with 40% of watch life left in the evening. GPS in particular will drain the battery.
And what about those apps? All native apps now have their own watch face complications, even if they don’t display any information. If you want quick access to the weather conditions or latest news, you can display those. Tapping on a complication opens the respective app. The ability to launch favourite apps instantly means it’s easier to interact with the device.
And now for the nitty gritty on Fitness features
Swimmers no longer have to worry about getting their Apple Watches wet.
The Apple Watch Series 2 features water resistance in up to 50 meters of water, so it can count laps, track an athlete’s average lap pace and auto-detect which stroke the swimmer is using in order to measure the number of calories burned. The watch functions in both the pool and open water.
However, it's recommended that you don't use the Apple Watch Series 2 for water skiing, scuba diving, and other activities with high velocity water. Apple also recommends that if you go in salt or chlorinated water, you should rinse it with warm water as soon as possible.
The Apple Watch’s integrated GPS is great news for runners. You can now leave your smartphone behind when going for a jog or a walk in the park.
With this change, Apple has attempted to make the watch a more serious rival to Garmin and Fitbit. This means the watch will accurately record distance, pace and speed for outdoor workouts such as walking, running or cycling, without needing an iPhone.
GPS connectivity is quick as the watch uses a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS and locally stored satellite data to quickly identify your location. Once you have completed your run, you are able to view a colour coded (to show variations in speed) route map on your smartphone.
However, sadly, there is no sleep tracking functionality. We are assuming this is because you will still need to charge your Apple Watch Series 2 on a nightly basis.
All in all Apple have upped their game and made improvements on previous models. There are some very interesting features and it is clear Apple want to compete with the likes of Garmin, Fitbit and the like.