Apple Highlights Apple Watch Series 4 Reviews

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Reviews for the new Apple Watch Series 4 models went live this morning ahead of Friday's launch, and in a new press release, Apple has highlighted reviews from several members of the media who were able to spend some hands on time with the new Apple Watches.

Apple shared key review passages from a variety websites focused on tech, health, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle, including The New York Times, Women's Health, USA Today, Hodinkee, Men's Journal, TechCrunch, Vogue, Refinery29, The Independent, Wareable, MobileSyrup, Best Health, The Straits Times, and Vogue Australia.


Women's Health, for example, said features in the Series 4 make it a powerful device for overall well being that could save your life one day.
"The new Apple Watch health and fitness features make it a powerful device for your overall well-being. That's because game-changing bells and whistles have elevated the Apple Watch Series 4 from an investment-worthy health accessory to a sleek and beautiful device that actually might save your life."
The New York Times said the new model, which can take an ECG reading, is "one of the most significant developments in wearable gadgets in years," while The Independent said the speed improvements and new health features are noticeable "at every level."
"The design is just gorgeous and the bright, vivid display with its narrow, curved bezels, looks sensational. The uptick in performance power is noticeable at every level and the increased health qualities and fitness monitoring are hugely welcome. If you've held back from getting an Apple Watch because you thought it wasn't quite there yet, well, it is now."
Apple, of course, only focused on pulling out positive commentary on the Apple Watch Series 4 models, but reviews for the device were largely positive. Some reviewers didn't think it offered enough to entice Series 3 owners to upgrade, but said that it's more than worthwhile for anyone upgrading from an earlier Apple Watch model.

Anyone who has been considering holding out on purchasing an Apple Watch due to a lack of features or slow performance should also consider checking out the Apple Watch Series 4, according to reviewers, because it is faster, more efficient, and more feature rich than previous models.

Apple's full list of review selections can be seen in the article shared via Apple Newsroom, and more reviews can be found in our review roundup, shared this morning.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available starting this Friday, September 21. Customers who pre-ordered a device last week will begin receiving their orders on that day, and those who were not able to secure a pre-order may be able to purchase an Apple Watch from a retail store on launch day.

At this point in time, new Apple Watch Series 4 orders will not begin shipping out until October.

Article Link: Apple Highlights Apple Watch Series 4 Reviews
 

UltimaKilo

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It’s the biggest leap in Apple Watch yet, however it’s not a big enough of a jump from my Series 2 to warrant an upgrade. Before Watch OS5 I was seriously going to buy one, but my series 2 runs great now.
 
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Chrjy

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Not that I have a problem with it but when did Apple start using reviews for marketing? Normally their products speak for themselves so they have had no need to try and prove otherwise. I'm intrigued as to why they feel they need to go this route, either that or I've missed them promoting reviews in the past.
 

xDKP

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It’s the biggest leap in Apple Watch yet, however it’s not a big enough of a jump from my Series 2 to warrant an upgrade. Before Watch OS5 I was seriously going to buy one, but my series 2 runs great now.
I have the Series 2 as well and look VERY forward to upgrading this Friday - the display, speed improvements (been annoying me for a while now) and the LTE will make it a biggie
 

kanki1985

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Browsed trough most reviews, mostly positive. Can someone highlight a negative review yet? Will they get the Series 5 to review?
 

keysofanxiety

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Not that I have a problem with it but when did Apple start using reviews for marketing? Normally their products speak for themselves so they have had no need to try and prove otherwise. I'm intrigued as to why they feel they need to go this route, either that or I've missed them promoting reviews in the past.
You kidding me? Steve always highlighted good reviews and mentioned them during keynotes. Like, all the time. You couldn’t stop him.

All the time. I cannot understate this. It happened so, so, so frequently.
 

BuddyTronic

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ECG is the only reason I see there to upgrade

I want the ECG of course, but I also like the louder speaker, and bigger screen for my 50 year old eyes. Automatic workout detection comes with software Watch OS upgrade I guess, but I think this is the biggest Watch upgrade ever, and I have owned every one of them. I currently have a Watch 3 ceramic, and It has been great. I lose a lot of $ upgrading each year, but it's what I like to do.

For sure though this is the upgrade you will want though - bigger screen with more complications is what everyone should be appreciating here in my opinion.
 

Mr. Chewbacca

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I almost regret waiting till the 5th to get the Nike version. I liked the band better. I'm sure I'll be able to survive for 2 weeks. I am going to be a little envious of most everyone else though.
 

Relentless Power

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Fun fact:

For those who don’t know or ordered the gold stainless, it does include a ‘PVD’ (Physical vapor deposition) coating that surrounds the casing, which is a protective layer to help against scratches and scuffs. It’s the same PVD coating that was used on the space gray stainless bands on the iPhone X. One member from the Apple Watch forum confirmed this with An Apple employee through an email.
 

Boosf

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I was tempted to buy the watch last year but since my original series 0 still worked, I waited. Now at 3 1/2 years old...which is nearly 100 in "smart watch" years, the battery is losing charge faster and response times are lagging, along with far more frequent freezes and lock ups. It's time...
 

danny842003

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I was tempted to buy the watch last year but since my original series 0 still worked, I waited. Now at 3 1/2 years old...which is nearly 100 in "smart watch" years, the battery is losing charge faster and response times are lagging, along with far more frequent freezes and lock ups. It's time...
It will be interesting to see how well these hold up.
Early iPhones didn’t age well but you could easily keep a newer one for a long time if you weren’t fussy about features.
 

swingerofbirch

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Tempted but I have so many issues with Apple Health that I can't do it. Plus lack of sleep monitoring. The FitBit app is what keeps me with FitBit. Everything is synced online. It's fast. With Apple Health, I have 16 GB of data that I can't export (I've been through to Apple's highest levels of tech support--even executive customer support) and it just doesn't work. And it can't handle all that data so the app is unusably slow. The Apple Watch is exactly the type of thing I would use otherwise. I have a $399 pulse oximeter (the MightySat--it's now 299 but was 399 when I got it), the AliveCor EKG, an Omron 786N blood pressure monitor, a CGM (continuous glucose monitor), and a FitBit Charge 2. I am the exact person who would love the Apple Watch, but I just can't get Apple Health to work well. And for me it's all about quantifying data and looking at long-term trends. Apple has suggested I just delete my Apple Health data because they have no other solution, but for me that's not a solution.
 

lordofthereef

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This was the showstopper for me. My gripe is the price increase. I was on the fence when I heard the specs as I really didn't want to get rid of an s3 stainless this early, but when I heard the cost it was the nail in the coffin. 25% more than last year has me willing to wait. Maybe I buy used next year I'd see what Apple has uoxtheir sleeves for the 5th gen.
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Tempted but I have so many issues with Apple Health that I can't do it. Plus lack of sleep monitoring. The FitBit app is what keeps me with FitBit. Everything is synced online. It's fast. With Apple Health, I have 16 GB of data that I can't export (I've been through to Apple's highest levels of tech support--even executive customer support) and it just doesn't work. And it can't handle all that data so the app is unusably slow. The Apple Watch is exactly the type of thing I would use otherwise. I have a $399 pulse oximeter (the MightySat--it's now 299 but was 399 when I got it), the AliveCor EKG, an Omron 786N blood pressure monitor, a CGM (continuous glucose monitor), and a FitBit Charge 2. I am the exact person who would love the Apple Watch, but I just can't get Apple Health to work well. And for me it's all about quantifying data and looking at long-term trends. Apple has suggested I just delete my Apple Health data because they have no other solution, but for me that's not a solution.
Sleep watch app has done very well for me. It's not free, but at a couple bucks it's worth it if it's data you deem important to you. I was surprised how well it worked and picks up on my sleep.
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Next year in September then? ;)
Or possibly during holiday sales. If my memory serves correct this happens every year, depending on the model you want.
 

lordofthereef

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It will be interesting to see how well these hold up.
Early iPhones didn’t age well but you could easily keep a newer one for a long time if you weren’t fussy about features.
Well, the gen 1 watch is officially dead. By that I mean it won't take os5. But I felt it was a slow product from the getgo and it has long had battery issues (my wife got one around half a year after it launched in aluminum and upgraded to stainless during a blowout Bestbuy had a year-ish later).

I feel os5 has refreshed thebwatch (s3 is what I have) much like iOS 12 did the iPhones. Will certainly be interesting to see how this continues into the future.
 
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MrGuder

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38mm vs 40 mm

Is the actual size of the watch 4 bigger like the outer casing or is it the same size screen without the bezels? If you put a 38 next to the 40 are they the same size watch?
 
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