Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4

The world’s best smart­watch takes a big leap for­ward

T3 - - Apple Watch Series 4 -

The first change in the Ap­ple Watch’s de­sign since its in­cep­tion brings 30 per cent larger screens that ex­tend closer to the edge of the body (it looks very iPhone X), with a slightly thin­ner chas­sis. The smaller Se­ries 4 screen is now big­ger than the largest Se­ries 3 screen, which makes the smaller size tempt­ing for more peo­ple.

A pe­tite change in the curve un­der­neath makes it feel less bulky to wear, even though the 40mm and 44mm sizes are marginally larger than the Se­ries 3. It has ex­tra feed­back now when you use the Dig­i­tal Crown: it ‘clicks’ pleas­ingly as you turn it, so it’s easy to track your scrolling by feel. The side but­ton is now flush to the case, which we’re less keen on, since it’s much harder to find Ap­ple Pay in a rush. Ap­ple’s mighty smart­watch is in­cred­i­bly fast in use, and there’s a fan­tas­tic range of apps for it, though no­ti­fi­ca­tions and Siri are still your most likely ways to in­ter­act (and both work well here). Bat­tery life can be three to four days with stan­dard use.

The new, sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion heart rate sen­sor seems to be less prone to er­rors of high and low read­ings, yet still lags be­hind a chest strap for true ac­cu­racy. A built-in ECG ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing ab­nor­mal heart rhythm is an amaz­ing tool to have, but you can’t use it yet (reg­u­la­tory ap­proval is pend­ing). The fall de­tec­tion (ask­ing if you need an am­bu­lance af­ter a tum­ble) turns it into a smart­watch that could save lives. £399, ap­ple.com/uk

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