Apple is one of the biggest brands in the world, and their personal devices have revolutionized the tech world. From the first iPod to their various series of iPhones to the Apple Watch, this company has been the vanguard for personal devices in the 21st century. Their Apple Watch Series 1 came out to great acclaim and instant success on the market, and with the Series 2, Apple has again upped their game by including a fast and highly accurate GPS system and by making the latest edition waterproof up to 50 meters.
Besides these upgrades, the Series 2 has also blended all of the features of a smartwatch with a fitness tracker, making it a dual threat in an increasingly crowded field. With the new WatchOS 3 system, which comes pre-installed in the Series 2, constant connection to Siri, a brighter display. There are a number of apps on which you can connect your recordings for an advanced readout and analytics of your routine. This watch blends the best of both smartwatches and fitness trackers as a constant workout and wrist companion.
For workouts, the number of useful data collection points--including pace, time, heart rate, and distance--are recorded over a variety of activities, from indoor and outdoor walks and runs, treadmill, and stair stepper. But the Series 2 also records a variety of workouts, from swimming to basketball to strength training and more. With a partnership with Nike and some major upgrades from the Series 1 watch, the Apple Watch Series 2 has the runner in mind and want this watch to be the next go-to smartwatch and fitness tracker runners choose. Based on its excellent accuracy, easy-to-use menu, and great amount of options and app integration, it just may be.
Your workouts are saved on a timeline of that day and sync automatically to the Activity app on your iPhone. From there, you will be able to get an overview of the day’s activities to show such metrics as your total movement, the amount of time you’ve exercised, total distance traveled, workouts completed, and steps taken. In addition, each workout is broken down by calories burned, total time, average heart rate, and distance. There are even further metrics that are available, such as weather conditions during the workout, average pace, and a map of the route you took during the exercise.
Besides this, the Series 2 is also waterproof up to 50 meters in both salt and fresh water. But this watch also has a nifty new feature that allows the wearer to actually push any water out that’s gotten into the watch through its speaker.
The Workout app is the one that runners will find most useful: Before starting a run, the Series 2 will ask you to set your goal: number of calories burned, distance, time, and a number of other options. Keeping track of pace, distance, and time is also available during a run. While there are preloaded metrics, the user can also set their own personal metrics, as well.
But there are also a host of other third-party apps, available through your iPhone and work in conjunction with HealthKit, including RunKeeper, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, Under Armour’s Record, Nike, and Strava.
- Highly accurate GPS that records pace, distance, and maps out the route
- Easy-to-navigate menus and colorful touchscreen
- A highly versatile smartwatch with a healthy fitness monitor system
- Waterproof for up to 50 meters with a built-in water expulsion system