Series 4 Thoughts After Two Months

redman042

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After owning and using the Series 4 (44 mm SS) for two months, I wanted to post a few thoughts. I upgraded to this watch from a Series 2. Before that, I had an original (Series 0) purchased when the Apple Watch first launched. So I've owned an Apple Watch for three and a half years.

I can definitively say that the Series 4 is a game-changer compared to the earlier generations, mainly because of the power of the CPU. It's just SO much faster than the watches before (disclaimer: I have never owned a Series 3, which did help a lot with speed compared to the 2, but the 4 is still way faster based on what I've read).

I loved the original when I bought it, and the Series 2 improved upon it quite a bit. But unfortunately both were slow and unreliable when it came to doing anything more complex. Core functions were mostly fine, but Siri was sometimes slow and third party apps were rarely worth the trouble. One of the OS updates a year or so back added a "tap when ready" function so that you could drop your wrist after making a request and let the watch think about it for a bit before letting you know it was ready to act. This was sorely needed, because most requests took some time. Not a ton of time, but more than you'd want to spend holding up your wrist like an idiot in Home Depot waiting for the thing to draft your text message.

But the Series 4 is different. It is ALWAYS fast, like an iPhone 7 or better in terms of response time. First and third party apps launch instantly or near instantly. I can launch app after app in quick succession and the watch never lags or makes me wait. Siri responds and confirms my requests quickly enough that I never reach that impatient feeling. I'm getting much more use out of it, doing more complex things, and enjoying it a whole lot more. The great majority of the time, it responds as fast as my finger can tap. I can just fly through things.

In summary, the performance of the Series 4 continues to impress me in a big way several months in.
 

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love your review thanks. I have also had a great experience with mine and my expectations were high. I have a bit of trouble with siri at times but nothing too bad and my workouts just stop sometimes but im sure that's because i do not have something set right.
 
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Relentless Power

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What you’re really purchasing with the Series 4, is the larger display and the performance. Those are the two main aspects, aside from the improved health sensors. Series 5 should be interesting to see what they continue to add on, but Series 4 is by far the best iteration of the Apple Watch thus far.
 
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love your review thanks. I have also had a great experience with mine and my expectations were high. I have a bit of trouble with siri at times but nothing too bad and my workouts just stop sometimes but im sure that's because i do not have something set right.
I don’t think that’s an improper setting. The watch does have a few glitches that come up. I haven’t noticed those particular ones, but my watch randomly reboots at times, and also re-locks occasionally. I attribute those to normal software issues that need to be patched when new hardware comes out. It happens with each new hardware release. I expect Apple will resolve most issues in the next few months.
 
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Jordan921

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I just upgraded from a S2 space black to a space black S4 and I’m loving the responsiveness on the S4. The S2 was just getting way too slow for me.
 
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sam2428

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Nice feedback. I’m an original Apple Watch owner...and sadly still using that uber slow watch. Mainly because ever since I bought it I didn’t really feel like I got much use out of it aside from telling the time and getting notifications. It just always felt so slow and painful to try to do anything else.

With that said I’m kind of interested in upgrading to a S4. Partially because having a new toy will motivate me to work out more, partially because I have a birthday gift card To use. I had told myself I would probably never upgrade after how little I felt I used the original.

Any other new uses that you find yourself doing with the increased power / response time?
 
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Cowboy1629

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I felt the same way with my S0 that I have had since release. I got the S4 almost a month ago now and use it a lot more than the S0. There isn’t much I don’t use it for because it is so responsive now to both 1st and 3rd party apps as well as Seri. It has motivated me to tracking my activity again focusing on closing those rings. The larger screen is also an improvement for aging eyes. Overall very impressed.
 

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One of the OS updates a year or so back added a "tap when ready" function so that you could drop your wrist after making a request and let the watch think about it for a bit before letting you know it was ready to act.
I haven't had this happen since upgrading to Series 4 from Series 1, and I had already forgotten about this "feature."
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Any other new uses that you find yourself doing with the increased power / response time?
Not related to performance, but having more complications on the new watch faces makes it easier to launch more apps. I tend to not like to dive into the icon grid if I can help it, so the new watch faces are like the first page of my iPhone home screen with my most commonly used apps.

It's also more responsive swiping from one face to the next, so I put complications on different faces that I swipe to depending on the situation.
 
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oeagleo

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Not really an "old timer" in this thread, but I've gone from a Series 2, to a 3, now to a Series 4, and I really like the S4 over the other two, mostly because of the larger screen, and the ability to have many complications on the face of the watch. I can tell at a glance the temp, Air quality, heart rate, steps, wind speed and direction, and of course, how I'm doing on my rings for the day. That is the go-to difference for me, but then, I like to see what the weather is doing. Others may have different complications that they enjoy, but the bottom line is that you can have so much more information on the screen, and with a tap, dive deeper.
 

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To me, the screen size increase is as big a game changer as the improved speed.
It is for sure, but one thing is that the smaller screen on the older models didn’t hold back my enjoyment and use of the watch like the slow speeds used to. Fixing that was huge.
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Not really an "old timer" in this thread, but I've gone from a Series 2, to a 3, now to a Series 4, and I really like the S4 over the other two, mostly because of the larger screen, and the ability to have many complications on the face of the watch. I can tell at a glance the temp, Air quality, heart rate, steps, wind speed and direction, and of course, how I'm doing on my rings for the day. That is the go-to difference for me, but then, I like to see what the weather is doing. Others may have different complications that they enjoy, but the bottom line is that you can have so much more information on the screen, and with a tap, dive deeper.
I like this a lot to. I also like that tapping any one of those complications takes me to the associated app immediately, and data is very quickly updated.
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I tend to not like to dive into the icon grid if I can help it, so the new watch faces are like the first page of my iPhone home screen with my most commonly used apps.
I’d definitely check out List View for your apps. It’s way better than icon grid, and scrolling through them with the haptic crown is kind of nice. I’ve become quite fast at finding and picking my app off the list. Though I do rely more on complications and recently used apps.
 

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I expect Series 5 to deliver more software upgrades than hardware at this point. Series 4 was a significant change, but I question how much hardware features can Apple add annually to the Apple Watch (Aside from aesthetics)? I mean, it is a watch, and the real value of the watch is how it performs with Health/notifications.
 
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oeagleo

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I expect Series 5 to deliver more software upgrades than hardware at this point. Series 4 was a significant change, but I question how much hardware features can Apple add annually to the Apple Watch (Aside from aesthetics)? I mean, it is a watch, and the real value of the watch is how it performs with Health/notifications.
I would think that about the only hardware upgrade for AW5 would be possibly the SpO2 reading, Garmin has come out with that on their Fenix 5x+, so it can be done. Otherwise, any software improvements, or additions would naturally fall to the AW4 series as well. Okay, maybe a faster processor, but really, how fast do we need?
 

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Loving mine too love the bigger screen and speed wise improved and always welcomed. Don’t use my LTE on it loads but enough to make it useful at times.