Ap­ple is win­ning my war of watches

The Western Star - - News - MARK FURLER

I LOVE watches like some women (and men for that mat­ter) like shoes. You can never have enough.

But if there’s one watch I love wear­ing more than any­thing else, it’s Ap­ple’s.

The rea­son is that it can just do so much and the watch in­te­grates so well with other Ap­ple prod­ucts. The Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 5 is not only brighter with its new faces and al­ways-on dis­play but it’s even smarter – es­pe­cially with its Siri voice as­sis­tant.

For those try­ing to crank up their ex­er­cise regime and im­prove their over­all health, it has ev­ery­thing from bet­ter ac­tiv­ity track­ing to a noise app that lets you know when ex­ter­nal sounds are be­yond good ear health.

There’s also a su­per cool com­pass and up­dated Maps app that al­lows you to see which way you are fac­ing. The com­pass will show head­ing, in­cline, lon­gi­tude and cur­rent el­e­va­tion.

When Ap­ple an­nounced its al­ways-on dis­play, I won­dered ‘What’s the point?’ Af­ter all, you only have to flick your wrist to see your watch come alive.

But the way it has been de­signed, to fade in and out, pre­serv­ing pre­cious bat­tery life, is very clever.

Put your wrist down and the dis­play dims, still al­low­ing you to see in­for­ma­tion with­out hav­ing to ‘flick it on’.

There’s a stack of tech­nol­ogy be­hind that in­clud­ing low-tem­per­a­ture polysil­i­con and ox­ide dis­play and ef­fi­cient power man­age­ment.

One of the best new safety fea­tures is in­ter­na­tional emer­gency call­ing, which also works with fall de­tec­tion.

There’s plenty of great apps, while the new watch faces are the best around.

BEST: Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 5 of­fers new faces, bet­ter apps, a cool com­pass and bet­ter emer­gency call­ing.

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