The WatchOS 3 firmware update went a long way in righting the wrongs of the past, improving everything from text management to even battery life. Another small but meaningful perk is Apple’s native Taptic Engine, which is a more polite way of relaying notifications than the annoying vibration of some of the competition. The Series 1, like every other Apple Watch, comes with 8 gigabytes of total storage, with 2gb being allotted for music and 75mb for synced photos, and can hold a battery charge for up to 18 hours.
If you’re interested in using the Apple Watch for fitness, it’s improved over the original, but falls short of the Apple Watch Series 2, which offers onboard GPS and waterproofing up to 50 meters in fresh and salt water. The Apple Watch Series 1 can be used in the shower, and technically dunked under fresh water (although Apple itself recommends against it), but it doesn’t offer anything close to the Series 2 in waterproofing. Like I said before, the majority of customers will likely be better off saving the $100 and getting the Series 1, since its identical inside and out in every other way. However, if extreme fitness tracking is the name of your game and you’re dead set on an Apple Watch, the Series 2 watch is the way to go.
The main reason that it’s the best smartwatch for iPhone is very simple: both products were made by Apple. The Cupertino tech giant has long been a proponent of a “closed-circuit” approach and even as the company has expanded its tolerance for third-party devices, there’s still no comparison to the fluidity of an all Apple setup. In every way, the Apple Watch Series 1’s connectivity and integration is flawless, allowing the user to seamlessly flow from one to the other. In the end, that’s the most important function of a smartwatch — to be a fluid extension of your iPhone.
- Balance between luxury and affordability
- Excellent Force Touch utilization
- WatchOS 3 is a major improvement
- Updated dual-core processor
- 18-hour battery life
- 8 gigabytes of total storage