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Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4

The Apple Watch is not just a nice smartwatch anymore. In fact, Apple claims it’s the most popular watch — smart or otherwise — in the world. The Series 4 is the latest generation of this product line, and it adds several features that sound great on paper. This includes the ability to take ECG readings, fall detection, larger and better displays that go all the way to the edge, and an improved heart rate sensor.

The Series 4 is also a tad thinner, meaning that the overall volume of the Watch has decreased. We have the 44mm version, which does feel a little different on the wrist compared to the 42mm Series 3.

The extra width and height is noticeable on a device you’re used to looking at day after day. On thinner wrists, it can tip it over into feeling maybe even too chunky. Given that the screen on the smaller 40mm model is actually larger than the one on the old bigger 42mm model, we think some people who previously went for the extra readability of the bigger screen might prefer to stick to the smaller model this time.

Apple has steadily been working on making the Apple Watch more than just an iPhone accessory. The LTE variant can work without your iPhone being within range all the time, but it isn’t a standalone product and still needs to be paired with an iPhone during setup. Also, the Apple Watch’s functionality is still somewhat limited when used untethered.

All of this leads us to conclude that the Apple Watch Series 4 is an excellent upgrade over the Series 3, but we do have our share of quibbles. The ECG feature isn’t available in India right now, the app ecosystem is quite weak, and the LTE variant of the Series 4 needs watchOS to evolve further.

We really love the fitness-related features of the Apple Watch Series 4, and its display is just stunning. We’d go so far as to say that it’s the best screen we’ve seen on any watch so far. The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at Rs. 40,900 for the 40mm GPS version and Rs. 49,900 for the cellular variant. The starting prices for the 44mm equivalents are Rs. 43,900 and Rs. 52,900.

 

Abhishek Singh
Founder TechTrum.in! Deciphering tech everyday!

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