Overview & Price
So the Apple Watch Series 4 is Apples latest watch and a better more improved version of last years Series 3.
The Series 4 Apple Watch was released on September 21st 2018; it was released at the same time as the iPhone XS and XS MAX and took the market by storm.
This year Vodaphone got joined exclusivity alongside EE, making the watch a lot more accessible to Apple customers.
If you are looking to buy the Series 4 Apple Watch, it is Priced at £499 (cellular) in the UK and available for as little as £29p/m, this watch is definitely the best to date and offers some amazing features!
This Series 4 review will give you all of the information you need to make an informed purchase decision on whether this is the right watch for you.
Design & Display
The Apple Watch Series 4 is an absolute stunner; it is the first redesign that Apple has done of the Apple Watch.
Sticking with the square design, Apple has decided to make them bigger so rather than last years 38mm and 42mm, we now see the smaller one being 40mm and the larger of the two being 44mm.
We got to test the bigger 44mm for just over a week and have got to say we absolutely loved it, just like the Series 3 it is smart and stylish and looks great with almost any outfit.
Although the watch is technically bigger than last years ‘big size’, it still feels very similar when actually on your wrist and gives more surface area and visibility for navigating the watch; those with chubby fingers will appreciate this!
Image: Daniel Canibano
One thing that you will notice when side by side to the Series 3 is that the display is so much bigger and is actually 30% larger than last years, offering almost edge-to-edge display!
If you are upgrading from a Series 3 or have used a watch previously to this one then you will immediately notice that the red Digital Crown has now been subtly changed to a red ring around the Digital Crown, giving it a much more subtle look, signifying the updated Series 4 watch.
Just below the Digital Crown is the side button, allowing the users to bring up your favourite apps or recently used, and can be made into shortcuts to speed navigation on the watch.
So the Apple Watch Series 4, just like the Series 3 is water resistant, but up to 50 meters and every has the ability to track your workouts in the pool, making the perfect watch for anyone who lives by the sea of is passionate about swimming.
The watch even has a ‘Water-Ejection’ sound, which it will use if water accidentally makes its way into the speaker!
Old straps from the Series 3 will fit straight on to the Series 4 so no need to stress if you have previously invested.
The OLED display on the watch is extremely bright; colours look vibrant and overall give a pleasant experience in any lighting condition.
We found the display to be absolutely fantastic, mainly due to the fact that Apple has done such a good job at making everything a lot bigger, opening Google Maps and clicking direct links is not a 5 minute tasks now and its surprisingly easy to navigate the watch.
We loved the Series 3 watch when we reviewed it but the Series 4 Apple Watch just feels like a different beast all together.
Apple offers 4 new exclusive watch faces, the info-graph watch face, where you can have for example the temperature of the room in one corner and the battery remaining on the watch on the other.
This allows for instant access to any of the watches statistics at just the flick of your wrist.
There is a new fire watch face, vapour watch face and even a water one, all made with an actual video and they look great!
One annoying thing about the Series 4 and every other Apple watch before it is the fact that there is no always on feature, which would allow for users to always see the time (this is a watch after all).
Instead users must flick there wrist to see the time gets extremely annoying especially when you have just paid £500 for a new watch.
The Apple Watch Series 4 has the S4 chip, which Apple say is 2x faster than the chip in the Series 3, meaning it’s extremely fast and smooth when swiping through the UI.
Scrolling through the watch now feels so much better than before especially combined with the Digital Crown offering a little more resistance than before, it offers a much nicer feel.
One huge upgrade is that Siri now replies to you a lot quicker and there is no need to press the crown down, simply talking to the watch will now activate Siri.
This is super handy when driving and allows you to immediately check the weather or football score.
We found ourselves using Siri so much more than we normally would on our phones, purely down to how easy and hands free it is.
There is also a new podcast app, which by the way is awesome.
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We worked out in the gym for 2 hours whilst listening to a whole Joe Rogan podcast without having our phone in sight.
The Apple Watch Series 4 is a great addition to your gym bag too, not only because you have over 40million songs available right on your wrist, but it is also great at tracking your workouts and keeping an eye on your heart rate.
Speaking of heart rate, one of our favourite features of this Series 4 review, and it could actually save your life.
It is called ‘Fall-Detection’ and will alert you after a slip, trip or fall.
If you still have not responded to the alert it will then send out an alert to the emergency services and a selected group of your contacts.
We found this feature mind blowing as it could quite literally save your life.
The feature is turned off by default for anyone under the age of 65 so don’t worry you wont keep accidentally calling an Ambulance if you trip over your step on a morning.
The watch is not only for the fitness guys but for the oldies too, what better Christmas present to buy your granny?
Another huge health benefit of the watch is that it can also give you an ECG and send the results automatically to your doctor!
The ECG app will tell you if your heartbeat is irregularly giving you enough time to act if the worst is to happen.
A new ‘Walkie-Talkie’ feature has also been implemented into the watch making it super easy to send your friend an audio clip without having to lift a finger.
One downfall of the watch is that is the fact that it does not offer any sleep tracking whatsoever, yet it is a health & fitness orientated watch, which we found bizarre.
There is an activity app which will essentially monitor how much movement you are doing throughout the day and allows you to keep track of calories burned, it can be display on your watch face too, giving you the motivation to hit your targets and therefore burn more cals!
The Apple Watch Series 4 is great when it comes to battery life and although it hasn’t received a big upgrade when compared to the Series 3, it will still last for over 2 days.
Of course just like any device the time that the battery will last depends quite heavily on the amount of time you use the watch, we found that after a full day we would still have 50% when it was time to go to sleep.
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That being said we charged the watch up every night just to ensure that we would have enough juice left to get us through the next day, the same as we do with our mobile phone.
We tested that battery whilst in the gym training for an hour with our Airpods synced and found that it lost 20%, that being said the watch was working hard to track our workout and keeping us updated on our heart rate.
Overall we were quite impressed with the watches battery life, even though it has not significantly improved from last years Series 3.
There is no denying that we absolutely fell in love with the watch, we found it incredibly handy when training in the gym and that is the main reason that its easy to recommend.
The watch is awesome for anyone who is into health and fitness despite it not being able to track your sleep it does an awesome job at keeping you up to date on how healthy you are.
The Series 4 Apple Watch can literally save your life!
That being said the ‘fall detection’ feature is rarely used but it’s always nice to have peace of mind that if something was to happen then the emergency services would be notified.
Performance was smooth and very impressive, no lag or stutters and the Siri feature we loved as we simply raised the watch and could Siri anything we wanted.
So is it worth your cash?
Well if you’re a gym goer like me then yes, it’s a great tool to keep track of fitness and help you get in shape.
Overall we found the watch a lot better than the Series 3 as everything felt more modern and more premium.
We hope you have enjoyed our Series 4 review, and feel free to leave a comment and check out the best place to buy the Series 4 Apple Watch at the top of this post.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2018, September
- Dimension: 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (1.73 x 1.50 x 0.42 inches)
- Weight: 48g (1.69 oz)
- Build: Stainless steel frame; all-ceramic/sapphire crystal back
- Sim: Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
– 50m waterproof
– ECG certified (USA only)
- Type: LTPO AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
- Size: 1.78 inches, 10.0cm squared (-60.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 448 x 368 pixels (-326 ppi density)
- Multitouch: Yes
- Protection: Sapphire crystal glass
– 3D Touch display
– 1000 nits
- OS: Watch OS 5.0
- Chipset: Apple S4
- CPU: Dual-core
- GPU: PowerVR
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 16GB
- Alert Types: Vibration; Ringtones
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
- NFC: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: No
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate (2nd generation), barometer
- Messaging: SMS(threaded view), Email, Push Email, IM
- Browser: No
– Audio player
– Photo viewer
– Siri natural language commands and dictation (talking mode)
- Non-removeable Li-Ion battery
- Up to 18 hours
- Colours: Space Grey, Silver, Gold
- Price: As seen in above post