Ap­ple Watch Cel­lu­lar

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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi Sin­gal

Smart­watches are of­ten only as smart as the phones they are paired with. They have a brain of their own but need a bor­rowed heart (read phone) that re­ally puts a soul in their bod­ies. Un­til now, most smart­watches could al­most do what a phone does only if they were within the Blue­tooth ra­dius of their paired phones. Ap­ple, with the launch of its Watch Se­ries 3 GPS + Cel­lu­lar has changed this req­ui­site of the watch be­ing chained to the phone, for­ever.

Ap­ple has in­te­grated cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity within the watch us­ing elec­tronic SIM (eSIM) that can be ac­ti­vated over-the-air by your cel­lu­lar op­er­a­tor that is mapped on your cur­rent func­tional mo­bile num­ber. Set­ting up the watch took me less than five min­utes, and I was all set to not only re­ceive calls but make calls as well, us­ing the built-in speak­er­phone even when I turned my phone off. But you don’t need me to tell you that it is al­ways bet­ter if you pair the watch with a Blue­tooth head­set. Text mes­sages, What­sApp mes­sages, e-mails, too, were re­ceived seam­lessly with­out a hitch.

The phone app on the watch synced my call records, con­tacts, and the favourite list from the iPhone. A sim­ple com­mand to Siri (Ap­ple’s voice as­sis­tant) would let me make a call; re­ply­ing to text mes­sages was easy us­ing the pre­set mes­sages on the watch. I was also able to stream mu­sic from the Ap­ple Mu­sic li­brary by just ask­ing Siri to play a song I wanted to lis­ten to.

The watch would switch au­to­mat­i­cally to the cel­lu­lar net­work when it wasn’t con­nected with the iPhone or a Wi-Fi net­work. A spe­cial ‘Ex­plorer’ watch face dis­played four green dots that rep­re­sented cel­lu­lar net­work bars on the screen. The battery life is good – it lasted over a day with a cou­ple of hours of cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity.

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