Apple Watch Edition Series 2
Apple Watch Edition Series 2 is a premium Smartwatch option for those who want a versatile top fitness watch that still manages to be stylish. It’s the second edition of the Apple Watch. The Edition watch component is made of a ceramic casing that looks a lot more delicate than it actually is. The band, on the other hand, is made of a less premium material. It’s a beautiful watch, but is it really the best choice for dedicated runners looking to train for a race? Read on to find out if the Apple Watch Edition Series 2 is a good option for someone like you.
- Ceramic construction is lovely and durable
- GPS is fairly accurate
- Loads faster than the previous version of the watch
- Simple interface is easy to use and navigate
- Band is interchangeable
- Screen is bright, easy to read, and looks great
- Can track a variety of activities
- Provides Smart notifications (calls, texts, etc.)
- Very expensive
- Band that comes with watch is bland
- Not all reviewers found the watch comfortable
- Battery life is not ideal for most runners
- Poor HR tracking accuracy
- Touchscreen not always easy to use when on the run
The watch also works as a 24/7 activity tracker. You can check on your progress throughout the day by looking at the rings on the watch face. It's a nice visual representation of goal setting. You'll also get some Move reminders to keep you from sitting on your butt all day, common to many activity trackers.
In addition, the watch is also water resistant up to 50 meters.
Activities recorded on the device are easily shareable which offers a nice way for users to get social and show their workouts to friends and family.
An interesting feature of the Apple Watch Edition Series 2 is that it's also wheelchair compatible meaning that those who use a wheelchair are able to track their movement throughout the day to be able to record 24/7 fitness data. It's one of the only watches on the market that does have this kind of accessibility feature.
You can also talk to your watch. Well...you can talk to Siri! Since the Edition also functions as a Smartwatch you'll be able to get your calendar alerts, phone call notifications, and text messages on your wrist. You can't actually answer a call on the watch but it alerts you with a gentle buzz when you've got an incoming call.
There's also a neat 'wet mode' for those who want to hit the pool and train. Since the watch is a touchscreen device, the 'wet mode' enables a no-touch feature so things are not automatically activated in the water.
The watch is also able to playback music. It can't actually store your music files, though, so you'll need to be connected and near your iPhone to play your desired tunes. Keep in mind that enabling this feature does drain the battery quite rapidly.
Unfortunately, the heart rate monitor on the wrist is a whole different story. Even with Apple's detailed instructions on how to get a good reading, the heart rate monitor just doesn't measure up. It seems that little improvement has been made since the last version of the watch.
The watch tracks steps using the device's internal sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope) and is pretty accurate with its step counts. Always keep in mind that even the best devices can't get your steps and calorie burn info exactly right, though.
The apps that are already on the watch function okay, although some runners were unhappy with the dedicated run app. The swim tracking app was deemed a lot better.
The watch works in tandem with the Apple Health App, which some found a bit complicated to use and get used to. One saving grace is that navigating apps is pretty simple and switching between them is no problem at all.
Another potential durability issue comes with the battery. It's a built-in rechargeable. Like your iPhone, you'll eventually see the battery life go down quicker and quicker.
With regards to the band size, reviewers had no complaints in this area, no one had trouble finding a good fit.
Ease of Use
Navigating via the touchscreen is fairly simple and like other Apple devices, the watch is easy for newbies to pick up and use. Think of it like an iPad. The more tech savvy you are, the more you might get out of the device, but overall it's pretty straightforward.
The battery life of the Apple Watch Edition Series 2 leaves something to be desired. Quite a few folks were pleased with the battery life and compared to an iPhone it is pretty impressive. But for a fitness device, it's definitely not that great.
When using the GPS function the watch can last about 5 hours. For the average marathoner, that's cutting it close. Without GPS, the maximum battery life is less than a day. That's not even with heart rate monitoring turned on or music playback enabled. Unless you're a short distance runner, chances are the watch just doesn't have enough juice to support your training needs.
This isn't a watch for the serious marathoner. You'd be better off spending your money on shoes and a decent GPS watch that provides informative metrics.
- Ceramic casing is scratch resistant and durable
- Water resistant (50m)
- Comes equipped with WatchOS 3
- Dual Core Processor
- Optical HR sensor on the back of the device
- Works as a 24/7 fitness tracker
- Wheelchair compatible
- Works with Apple Health App
- Provides Smart notifications
- Touchscreen with special 'wet mode'
- Accelerometer and gyro sensors
It's not the right watch for the runner who is hungry for data and who needs a long battery life for long distance events.