Apple Watchby Apple

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
based on the following sites

PROS

  • The Apple Watch is well-built, comfortable to wear, and can be worn for work or play.
  • Connecting an Apple Watch to an iPhone is a simple process that allows access to many phone features, including the ability to make phone calls.
  • The Apple Watch has access to plenty of apps, both those made by Apple and those from third parties.

CONS

  • The Apple Watch is expensive, with the most basic version starting at $349, and the battery life is short, lasting only one day.
  • The Apple Watch doesn't run many apps itself; instead it connects to an iPhone running them. In some cases, performance is slow.
  • The Apple Watch has more of a learning curve than most Apple products, and its notifications can be difficult to manage.
Apple wasn’t the first company to enter the smartwatch market, but iPhone users may find the Apple Watch was worth the wait. It connects to an iPhone 5 or higher to deliver notifications, messages, calls, and more to your wrist. You can use the Apple Watch to read and respond to texts, read emails, answer phone calls, play music, and track your steps, heart rate, and workouts. All information is displayed on the color touch screen, which is available in 38 mm and 42 mm versions. The Apple Watch is available in three models: Watch is priced at $549 and up, Watch Sport at $349 and up, and Watch Edition starts at $10,000.
NameApple WatchMoto 360LG Watch UrbanePebble Time SteelPassport Watch
ManufacturerAppleMotorolaLGPebbleMartian
Techwalla Score
80%
75%
74%
73%
62%
List Price$349$150$350$250$299
100%

The right now of the Apple Watch is pretty great. But the future of Apple Watch is really amazing.

The right now of the Apple Watch is pretty great. But the future of Apple Watch is really amazing.

Read Full Review
100%

... the more I wore it, the more I got used to it and turned to the Watch to do everyday tasks. That’s the crux of this product: it’s not es…

... the more I wore it, the more I got used to it and turned to the Watch to do everyday tasks. That’s the crux of this product: it’s not essential, but it makes the things that you do all of the time quicker and more convenient.

Read Full Review
85%

I don't have a single regret about purchasing this Apple Watch Sport Edition ...

I don't have a single regret about purchasing this Apple Watch Sport Edition ...

Read Full Review
80%

Is it the best smartwatch available at present? If you have an iPhone, the answer is a clear “yes”. It’s not cheap, but you’re paying for a …

Is it the best smartwatch available at present? If you have an iPhone, the answer is a clear “yes”. It’s not cheap, but you’re paying for a high-quality product that integrates incredibly well with the whole Apple ecosystem.

Read Full Review
80%

We've used Apple Pay on the Apple Watch in the UK and US and it's really good. Double-tap the side button to load your card, swipe to the ca…

We've used Apple Pay on the Apple Watch in the UK and US and it's really good. Double-tap the side button to load your card, swipe to the card you want (or not if you're happy with the default card you've selected) and tap.

Read Full Review
80%

When notifications start to arrive, the quality of the vibrating haptic alerts is immediately obvious. Yes, I said quality, because these go…

When notifications start to arrive, the quality of the vibrating haptic alerts is immediately obvious. Yes, I said quality, because these go way beyond the irritating buzzes generated by other wearables. The Apple Watch taps you, gently but noticeably.

Read Full Review
80%

The Apple Watch can tell you when to turn right when you're walking down the street, or hail a cab with the tap of a button. If you grew up …

The Apple Watch can tell you when to turn right when you're walking down the street, or hail a cab with the tap of a button. If you grew up on a steady diet of Dick Tracy and Inspector Gadget like I did, you're definitely going to like it.

Read Full Review
79%

Much digital ink has been spilled about the split-second delay between raising your wrist and seeing the time, and it is noticeable, but I f…

Much digital ink has been spilled about the split-second delay between raising your wrist and seeing the time, and it is noticeable, but I found the slight impediment didn't bother me.

Read Full Review
70%

With new native apps the Apple Watch is growing into a decent device, although not a world beater yet. What Apple has achieved is genuine we…

With new native apps the Apple Watch is growing into a decent device, although not a world beater yet. What Apple has achieved is genuine wearability, and despite its flaws, the Apple Watch could be the first wearable that's actually a pleasure to wear.

Read Full Review
70%

The iPhone and iPad have, collectively, one of the most amazing app collections ever created. Games, productivity, entertainment; it's fanta…

The iPhone and iPad have, collectively, one of the most amazing app collections ever created. Games, productivity, entertainment; it's fantastic. On the Apple Watch, for now, you'd better curb your expectations: many of the current apps feel like shaved-down "lite" versions of the larger apps, at best.

Read Full Review
70%

I no longer retrieve my seemingly always-hiding iPhone 6 every time someone texts me, yet I can ping it whenever I really can't find it, usu…

I no longer retrieve my seemingly always-hiding iPhone 6 every time someone texts me, yet I can ping it whenever I really can't find it, usually buried beneath the couch cushions.

Read Full Review
70%

I really do like my Apple Watch, even though it drives me crazy. It’s slow. The navigation can be confusing. I like wearing it, but I’m stil…

I really do like my Apple Watch, even though it drives me crazy. It’s slow. The navigation can be confusing. I like wearing it, but I’m still unsure if I want to wear it every day.

Read Full Review
70%

Let’s just get this out of the way: the Apple Watch, as I reviewed it for the past week and a half, is kind of slow. There’s no getting arou…

Let’s just get this out of the way: the Apple Watch, as I reviewed it for the past week and a half, is kind of slow. There’s no getting around it, no way to talk about all of its interface ideas and obvious potential and hints of genius without noting that sometimes it stutters loading notifications.

Read Full Review

Since Apple can’t weather as much as a day and a night uninterrupted, the Apple Watch can’t be used as a sleep tracker. And you’ll need to c…

Since Apple can’t weather as much as a day and a night uninterrupted, the Apple Watch can’t be used as a sleep tracker. And you’ll need to charge it every night, or there will be no time-telling for you the next day.

Read Full Review

Using the Watch involves a learning curve, although I managed to figure most things out by poking about the interface.

Using the Watch involves a learning curve, although I managed to figure most things out by poking about the interface.

Read Full Review

The Watch is not a remote control for the phone; it’s not a media-playing device; it’s not a killer fitness gadget; it’s not an invaluable c…

The Watch is not a remote control for the phone; it’s not a media-playing device; it’s not a killer fitness gadget; it’s not an invaluable communications device — not by a long shot.

Read Full Review

In fact, the watch was a perfect fit. It felt right on my wrist. I wore it all day long and, unlike some other smartwatches I’ve worn, I was…

In fact, the watch was a perfect fit. It felt right on my wrist. I wore it all day long and, unlike some other smartwatches I’ve worn, I wasn't desperate to take it off at the end of the day.

Read Full Review

Though it looks quite smart, with a selection of stylish leather and metallic bands that make for a sharp departure from most wearable devic…

Though it looks quite smart, with a selection of stylish leather and metallic bands that make for a sharp departure from most wearable devices, the Apple Watch works like a first-generation device, with all the limitations and flaws you’d expect of brand-new technology.

Read Full Review

Both my boss, Walt Mossberg, and my mother told me that call quality was very good, and that they couldn’t even tell I was calling from a sm…

Both my boss, Walt Mossberg, and my mother told me that call quality was very good, and that they couldn’t even tell I was calling from a smartwatch.

Read Full Review

If you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist.

If you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist.

Read Full Review

The Apple Watch is many things, but it might be surprising to some to find that it’s a great Dick Tracy watch, in that the speaker phone fun…

The Apple Watch is many things, but it might be surprising to some to find that it’s a great Dick Tracy watch, in that the speaker phone functions of the wearable are extremely capable.

Read Full Review

REVIEW VIDEOS

TOP RATED Wearables

VIEW ALL