A FULL REVIEW ON THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 5
A FULL REVIEW ON THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 5
The apple watch is everywhere now, it’s the default smart watch for the iPhone which us almost everywhere, so after a couple of posts, some of you guys wanted to know my full thought on the apple watch series 5. The latest and greatest version of it, that just came out for this holiday season.
So I have the 44 millimetre instead of the 40, it has a bigger face, bigger battery Even though I don’t have a huge wrist, it fits perfectly fine, so I went with the space gray aluminum so that I can keep that dark map finish and I’ve had no durability issues on my other aluminum apple watches and I do wear it on my right wrist.
So if you could remember that apple event just a couple of weeks ago, they weren’t really all of that many features with the new apple watch. Now there’s a new brush titianium finish which looks really cool, there’s also the other ceramics and Stainless Steel and things like that and there’s some other new features and bands but really the main new feature if the apple watch series 5 is the always on display technology that keeps it lit up, although dimly Hut lit up will the time, at a variable refresh rate, so it’s called LTPO which means Low temperature polysilicon oxide.
Which doesn’t really matter as much as knowing this involves a special control and certain hardware that’s only in the apple watch series 5,
So when they can be a software update to make the series 3 a series 4, this feature is only in the series 5. So the display itself, it will look just as good and look just as bright but it’s the familiar LED, you’re used to looking at, but now it’s always on, so typically when you’re using an apple watch. The LED refreshes at 7l60 frames per seconds , that’s why animation are smooth everything looks normal and a second hand if you have one of your clock face it runs smoothly rolls around in a circle, there is still the case here with this still new version, but when you stop using it or when you put it down, it goes info always on mode, the lights dim and goes ahead to refresh for as low as 1HZ or 1 time every second, which is fine because it hides the second and it doesn’t have to show constantly refreshing information.
When you’re smoothly on the screen, so it can still show you the time, all the time and save a ton of power by not refreshing at 60hz.
So some of you have asked what are the benefits of this always on display, you might asked if you’ve never used any other smart watch. But if you had an apple watch before, then you’re already used to this gesture where you have to get it to recognize that you’re looking at it and go light up whatever your latest notification is, or to just see the time.
Sometimes you might get really good at it, doing it subtly but it’s a pretty obvious gesture, of course sometimes it’s just kind of hard or inconvenient to do that whole gesture and you want to be able to glance over at it and see the time and check real quick without the whole obvious wrist movement.
Maybe you’re driving or riding a bike and you don’t want to switch to one hand or maybe you’re typing and you just want to look down and glance at the time without stopping, or maybe you’re in a social situations and it would be kind of rude to check your time with the huge swooping gesture.
So these are all real situations and that is why people wanted the always on, just the glance ability but the most controversial trade-off here with the always on is the battery life.
So apple claims with the variable refresh rate it will Help you not drain your battery life,
It’s going down at this way(low power mode and it is true it doesn’t completely crush your battery, but u have definitely noticed that having the always on display does hurt your battery life.
I personally went form ending the day with 55% to 20% left, that’s not definitely the end of the world that’s clearly still an all day battery life.
For my usage which is high brightness, getting notifications frequent workouts, things like that and I still noticed it, and on a day with a longer outdoor workout where it’s using GPS and where it’s always on, it can actually get close to killing the apple watch in a day which is what I never did before always on.
And I did some more on and off testing with this and some of you are actually skeptical about it when I tweeted about it saying it was the noise app in th4 background and some other things or software that I should check out, but I don’t need anymore proof than the fact that, when I turned it off, I was getting to non with 90% battery life left.
Which is incredible, that’s ultimately two days battery life that I wasn’t getting when I turned the always on back on.
So at this point I kind of turned always on when I want to and then turn it off when I know I’m going to be having a longer day, and it’s only a quick couple of taps away in the settings and I switched wrist sometimes, so it’s only in the diving in the setting to change the wrist orientation, so I do that often, I’d just turn always on and off sometimes so if I’m o[t at night I usually turn it off because it is slightly annoying to be the guy with the glowing wrist. But in a normal day at work during workouts I can leave it on.
It’s a balancing act and it’s a little more thinking that I had to do before but it’s also a feature I’d never had before, so I guess I’m willing to do that.
So some other small thoughts, the compass built in now is pretty sweet, I will literally never use the compass app but it is cool it’s more accurate to tell you what direction you’re facing when you’re using NAPS and the noise app us cool because you can add a couple of applications, apple watch continues to deliver on the things they said and if you’re always wanted always on, the series 5 is the apple watch to get.