The first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE are out. Before pre-orders are arriving to buyers on Friday, these early reviews provide our first in-depth look at the modest Apple Watch Series 8 upgrades and the new generation of the new Apple Watch models with SE 2.
The majority of Apple Watch Series 8 upgrades are invisible to the naked eye, since it has the same design with slightly different colors. The review also demonstrates how the body temperature sensor works, as Apple didn''t provide much information about it:
The watch''s temperature sensing is typically passive. Instead of the existing EKG, heart rate, and blood oxygen sensors, you can not take on-demand readings. Plus, you need to sleep with the Apple Watch for five nights to establish a baseline. Oh, I have a fever, because my temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
() If you happen to follow your cycles in the Health app, using wrist temperature readings allows you to get retrospective ovulation estimates after about two cycles.
Toms Guides discusses the addition of two improved sensors to the Apple Watch Series 8:
The Apple Watch Series 8 comes with two new motion sensors, along with a better gyroscope and accelerometer. This together can also detect motion 4x faster than previously, so the watch will automatically notify emergency personnel and notify your emergency contacts.Though its a somber thought, quicker assistance might be a matter of life or death.
Engadget understands that the new S8 chip isnt faster, but that it may improve the battery in general:
While the Series 8 was based on a newer S8 system-in-package processor, it was somewhat faster than its predecessor. However, I have to put more time testing to take notice for sure. I think the larger size might have a bearing on this. I used the watchOS 9one morning when the Series 8 was down to a 20 percent battery and I still had to go to the gym for an 8am workout. It managed to last another two hours at least while also being able to monitor my performance during the
The Wall Street Journal praises the recent Low Power mode:
[Low Power mode] reduces the always-on display and background heart-rate measurements while keeping activity tracking and fall detectionideal for long flights or a weekend without a charger () In my tests, low power mode extended the battery life of the Series 8as as well as my previous Series 7 watch, which had some battery left after 36 hours, but required to be topped up to 30% for a second night of sleep tracking. (Apples'' 36-hour estimate is based on a testing that doesn''t
TechCrunch, for example, highlights the importance of emergency assistance, especially for older users. One of the most exciting features is International Emergency Calling:
International Emergency Calling offers a broad spectrum of features for traveling abroad, covering around 120 countries and regions around the globe. The system can also be triggered if the watch detects a fall. These arent sexy features, by any measure, and that may result in a slightly unwelcome reaction to the product''s release. However, Apple is developing a robust case as a device for older people and those who have experienced health problems.
Apple Watch SE (2022) reviews
The Streets reveals what it takes to choose the new Apple Watch SE in 2022:
TheApple Watch SEis best for new Apple Watch fans who prefer the convenience of a display that is always-on, or if you have an older model such as a Series 1, 2 or 3.
Engadget''s review of The Streets doubles by highlighting what you lose when choosing the Apple Watch:
The most important features you should avoid when you opt for an SE instead of a Series 8 is the Always On Display (AOD), ECG reader, and the new skin temperature sensor. This year, the SE does not have an IP6X dust resistance rating for larger versions, although the SE does not have a side-by-side comparison. I wasn''t surprised.
The Wall Street Journal argues that there are little differences between the Apple Watch SE 2 predecessor and for who this smartwatch may be worthwhile:
If you want the SE, go with it. There is no always-on display, no temperature sensor, no blood-oxygen sensor, or ECG app. Like the Series 8, its water-resistant down to 50 meters.