Apple Watch Series 4 Review

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Whether you are a lover of all things Apple or you are just testing the waters with their products, you will love the Series 4 smartwatch. The newest iteration of the Apple Watch gives you everything you loved about the Series 3 but with improvements to the screen size, volume, processor and more. It has a hefty price tag, but consumers love this watch and have commented that they think it is well worth the money.

The screen is susceptible to scratching so you might want to consider buying some screen protectors to keep it safe front scratches and scuffs. You can make and receive phone calls or text right from your wrist for convenience anywhere you go.

The activity tracking is fantastic for those trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and the upgrade to the heart rate monitor gives you a more consistent reading to for improved heart monitoring, alerting you when there are spikes, drops, or irregularities in your rhythm. The watch even has fall detection and an Emergency SOS feature to get you help if and when you need it. Overall, it is a great product that consumers love.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Great app support

Call and text options

Fitness tracking

Excellent heart rate monitors

Fall detection

Cons

Short battery life

Proprietary charger

Susceptible to scratches

Activities

Activities

No matter what you are doing or where you are going, you can take the Apple Watch Series 4 with you with no problem. It is more than just a watch, and this is going to help you keep track of your fitness needs, including your heart rate. It is water resistant up to 50 meters so you can take it with you in the pool or wear it in the shower without any problems. It has a versatile look that will fit in excellent at the gym but will transition smoothly to the office or a more formal setting. There is almost nothing that you cannot do while wearing this watch. Swimming? No problem. Mountain climbing? Perfect. Running a marathon? Absolutely. Wilderness hike? Yup. Any activity, anywhere, you are good to go.

With this four series, as with some of the older versions, you can even use the device to make and receive phone calls and text messages. This newer iteration comes with a louder speaker and a larger display so you can communicate with ease.
Features

Features

The Series 4 Apple Watch comes chock-full of great features that consumers can take advantage of. You will still get many of the things you fell in love with on its predecessor with some improvements to give you a better experience. The newer watch comes with an electrical heart rate sensor built into it, in addition to the optical heart rate monitor located on the underside of the case to give you a more accurate and consistent reading. The ECG on your wrist will notify you if your heart rate is too high, too low, or you are experiencing an irregular rhythm. It even has fall detection and even an Emergency SOS feature. It is not only going to help improve your health, but it will also help protect it.

You will get a much larger display in the Series 4, coming in either 40mm or 44mm as opposed to the Series 3 choices of 38mm and 42mm. This version has a speaker that is about 50% louder to help you hear your phone calls or listen to your music. It comes with an upgraded 64-bit dual-core processor, and it is running watchOS 5. Additionally, you will get an upgrade on the accelerometer and gyroscope to give you a more accurate count on your fitness tracking throughout the day.

You, of course, will still get all the basic features that you have grown accustomed to with these series of wrist wear. It will give you the basics like time and date, but it is also going to work as a basic fitness tracker, keeping track of your steps, calories burned, and distance traveled. As mentioned above it is also going to track your heart rate for you throughout the day. These watches have GPS tracking so you can map your daily activities, whether walking, running, or cycling.
Accuracy

Accuracy

When you compare the Series 4 to some of the previous iterations you are going to find that this one is a lot more accurate. Both the fitness tracking and the heart rate monitor are going to give you more precise results than ever before. They really upped their game with this iteration of the Apple Watch.
Power Source

Power Source

The Apple Watch is powered by an internal rechargeable battery that needs a proprietary charger. It can be a little discouraging when you are out and about and need a quick charge because you cannot simply use an ordinary charging cord to give you some juice.

As for battery life, customers have some significant complaints about the length of it, and it seems to die very quickly, even faster than the previous versions. This can be attributed to the amount of power that it is using with the better processor and larger display screens. The more features and stronger processor, the quicker the battery is going to die. It does not seem to be a deal breaker for most consumers, but you might want to make sure that you are charging it every night as it probably won't last very long into the next day.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Customers have stated that this watch is super easy to use, barely an inconvenience. They mentioned that it is rather intuitive and straightforward to figure out. Of course, if you are self-proclaimed technologically impaired, then you could run into some problems using it, but once you get the hang of it, there should be no problems.

There are two different types of this product, one that works with your mobile network and one that does not. If you are setting up with your cell phone provider, you can always take it to them and have them help you set it all up. You can also do it at home yourself without too much of an issue, although if you are unfamiliar with setting up phones and devices, this might not be the easiest to do. If you are not connecting it through a mobile network, it is even more straightforward to set it up and start using it.
Apps

Apps

You can use a plethora of apps on the Apple Watch, from third-party SMS apps to the built-in fitness tracking ones. Keep in mind that the more apps you have installed and use on the device then the battery is going to drain significantly faster. It is advised that you do not have unnecessary things loaded on the watch so you can extend the life of the Series 4 just a little bit longer.

Some consumers have had problems with some of their applications being glitchy and not working correctly on the watch when they need it. Some of the larger sized ones can't be used efficiently on the device as it seems that the processor is just not designed to keep up with them.
Comfort

Comfort

Customers have stated that these watches are incredibly comfortable. They are slightly more significant than the previous iterations, but they still come in two different sizes so you can get one that will better fit your wrist. The bands are interchangeable, so if you do not like the one that comes with the product at the time of purchase, you can always swap it out for a different size or one that will fit you more comfortable.

Even consumers who generally do not wear watches or bracelets were able to wear this with ease, not feeling any kind of awkwardness or discomfort. Reviewers also said it is perfect for wearing to bed. They wake up in the morning, and it left no marks at all on their wrist, it was almost like they did not sleep with it on all night.
Style

Style

You can customize the style of this watch so it will best fit your needs. Whether you want a sporty watch for the gym or something for professional or elegant for the office setting. The bands are interchangeable so that you can change it up depending on the day and your style needs. It is super easy to swap out the bands that changing it up every once in a while is barely an inconvenience. Every watch comes with a strap of various colors to get you started.

You can even customize the watch face so you can have something that fits your personality, something that will show you everything that you want to see right at your fingertips.

The casing of the watch is not customizable, however. There are a couple of colors that you can choose from so you can get something that you think will go best with your personal style. You can choose between: gold aluminum with a pink sports band, gold aluminum with a pink sand sport loop, gold stainless steel with a gold Milanese loop, gold stainless steel with gold stone sports band, silver aluminum with seashell sport loop, silver aluminum with white sports bands, silver stainless steel with silver Milanese loop, silver stainless steel with white sports band, space black aluminum with black sports band, space black stainless steel with space black Milanese loop, space gray aluminum with black sports band, space gray aluminum with black sports loop, or space black stainless steel case with black sports band.
Durability

Durability

Durability is essential when you are spending this much money on a product. You can expect to pay a little more since it is an Apple product, but that is because you get the convenience of having all of your information synced from one device to the other thanks to the Cloud. Apple is a big name in the game so they can count on their loyal customers spending the extra money for their product over some of the competitors.

Some customers are concerned about the longevity of the watch, stating that the display is easily scratched. That can be fixed, however, with a screen protector that they make specifically for these products. The rest of the device is rather durable, far more so than the aluminum one of the predecessor. The only other durability concern comes from the battery life, and consumers are worried that since it does not last that long the battery itself with stop being able to charge altogether after a while. This has not shown itself, however, so it is probably a non-issue.
Size

Size

Since the bands are interchangeable, you can get a variety of sizes to find one that is going to best fit your wrist. Whether you have thick wrists or thin ones, you are sure to find something that will fit it the way you want without it being too tight or overly bulky.

The display comes in two different sizes. You can either get the 40mm or 44mm, depending on what you feel comfortable with while wearing them. Some people with larger wrists prefer the larger size displays whereas the ones with smaller wrists prefer the smaller screen.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are an Apple lover or simply want a great smartwatch to get you started, you might want to consider the Series 4 Apple Watch. It is a significant upgrade from the previous versions, giving you all the things you love from Series 3 while improving and adding things to make it even better. It is highly customizable, allowing you to change the straps and also the watch face so you can have something that you are going to like and that will best fit your style from day to day. It has a steep price tag, but that is nothing new from products from this company. Even though it is expensive, customers swear by it and have stated that it is well worth the money they paid for it. You can get a plethora of apps right on your wrist. Leave your phone at home or in your pockets while still being able to make and receive calls or texts, right from your watch. Whether you are an Apple vet or a newcomer, you will love this product!