Apple Watch Series 2by Apple

  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The updated Apple Watch has built-in GPS and is water resistant, so it can be worn while swimming.
  • It features a more powerful processor for faster, improved performance, especially when opening and using apps.
  • The battery life has been improved, lasting longer than the first version.

CONS

  • While the battery life is better, it still lasts only one to two days.
  • The Apple Watch Series 2 does not include integrated sleep tracking.
  • It's expensive and only works with iPhones.
On the outside, the Apple Watch Series 2 isn’t drastically different from Apple’s first-generation smartwatch. The updated version retains the same square design and is available in two sizes--38 mm and 42 mm--just like the original. But the insides have been given a major overhaul, starting with the addition of built-in GPS, a boon for runners and cyclists who like to leave their phone at home when working out. The Series 2 is water resistant to 50 meters, meaning it can be worn while swimming, and it includes tools for tracking swims both in the pool and the open ocean. It also offers improved battery life and a faster processor for better performance.
NameApple Watch Series 2Apple WatchPebble Time SteelGear S2Moto 360 Sport
ManufacturerAppleApplePebbleSamsungMotorola
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If you’re a swimmer - and I am - the Series 2’s waterproofing is a very big deal. Swim-tracking is obviously about more than simply not drow…

If you’re a swimmer - and I am - the Series 2’s waterproofing is a very big deal. Swim-tracking is obviously about more than simply not drowning at the first sign of a dunk, though, and Apple has made sure your swims are properly recorded.

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The Apple Watch Series 2 has an AMOLED display that is twice as bright as the screen on the original watch, according to Apple - and sure en…

The Apple Watch Series 2 has an AMOLED display that is twice as bright as the screen on the original watch, according to Apple - and sure enough, it's a lot easier to make out what's on the screen in sunny conditions.

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The Series 2 is the best smartwatch you can buy, but it's not the best sports watch.

The Series 2 is the best smartwatch you can buy, but it's not the best sports watch.

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For many it's an abhorrent square wrist-computer, devoid of any style. To others it's sleek, opulent and classy. For our money, it's a great…

For many it's an abhorrent square wrist-computer, devoid of any style. To others it's sleek, opulent and classy. For our money, it's a great-looking device.

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The screen on the Apple Watch Series 2 is one of the very best things about the device – it's not as high-resolution as some of the best pho…

The screen on the Apple Watch Series 2 is one of the very best things about the device – it's not as high-resolution as some of the best phones on the market, but it doesn't need to be - it's more than sharp enough, as well as being bright and colorful enough to be easily seen in any scenario.

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The Apple Watch Series 2 expels water by ejecting it from its speaker, which can be done by twisting the Digital Crown after shutting off th…

The Apple Watch Series 2 expels water by ejecting it from its speaker, which can be done by twisting the Digital Crown after shutting off the screen lock. In practice, it’s really neat.

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Sure, it's a fun gadget for iPhone users with money to burn, but if you forget to put it on in the morning, your day probably won't be much …

Sure, it's a fun gadget for iPhone users with money to burn, but if you forget to put it on in the morning, your day probably won't be much different.

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But the combination of new hardware and software make a familiar-looking circle-in-the-square watch now feel like the smooth wrist companion…

But the combination of new hardware and software make a familiar-looking circle-in-the-square watch now feel like the smooth wrist companion it was always meant to be.

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While the user experience has matured since the first-gen model, most of that's due to the upgraded watchOS 3.0 software, meaning that even …

While the user experience has matured since the first-gen model, most of that's due to the upgraded watchOS 3.0 software, meaning that even old Apple Watch units are able to enjoy the same benefits.

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One thing that was apparent upon booting up the Apple Watch Series 2 is that it's fast. It's not iPhone-fast, but it's much faster than the …

One thing that was apparent upon booting up the Apple Watch Series 2 is that it's fast. It's not iPhone-fast, but it's much faster than the original Apple Watch.

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Let’s call it what it is: a fitness tracker.

Let’s call it what it is: a fitness tracker.

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The most obvious difference I’ve noticed is just when navigating around the system. Every single action and animation happens smoother.

The most obvious difference I’ve noticed is just when navigating around the system. Every single action and animation happens smoother.

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The swim tracking is a huge advancement if you visit the pool regularly, since it’ll surprisingly accurately measure your distance traveled …

The swim tracking is a huge advancement if you visit the pool regularly, since it’ll surprisingly accurately measure your distance traveled based on stroke length and the length of the pool you’re in.

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Load times are nowhere near as long as they were on the first Apple Watch, and the days of the screen going blank before the app had even lo…

Load times are nowhere near as long as they were on the first Apple Watch, and the days of the screen going blank before the app had even loaded are now a thing of the past.

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I love the GPS feature. When I go for one of my incredibly painful to watch stumbles across the local park (I call these “runs”) it had alwa…

I love the GPS feature. When I go for one of my incredibly painful to watch stumbles across the local park (I call these “runs”) it had always annoyed me that I needed to bring my iPhone with me to get my location data.

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It's just that Series 2 spoils you. It's like flying Virgin America/insert your airline of choice: Sitting in coach is a pretty decent exper…

It's just that Series 2 spoils you. It's like flying Virgin America/insert your airline of choice: Sitting in coach is a pretty decent experience, but once you upgrade to Main Cabin Select or First Class once, it's hard to go back.

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GPS makes it a far better running partner, a faster processor saves a lot of time and improved water-resistance for swimming could turn Mich…

GPS makes it a far better running partner, a faster processor saves a lot of time and improved water-resistance for swimming could turn Michael Phelps’s frown upside down.

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Making or receiving calls (via the iPhone in your pocket) on the first watch was not a great experience. But now the speakerphone is louder,…

Making or receiving calls (via the iPhone in your pocket) on the first watch was not a great experience. But now the speakerphone is louder, permitting a more palatable conversation.

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Because of the speed and brightness, I have already found myself using the Watch for interactions more often.

Because of the speed and brightness, I have already found myself using the Watch for interactions more often.

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The most exciting part of this multi-organ transplant is surely the new SiP. It makes the Apple Watch Series 2 faster and more responsive th…

The most exciting part of this multi-organ transplant is surely the new SiP. It makes the Apple Watch Series 2 faster and more responsive than the original Apple Watch in almost every way.

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