Price: from €439 (40mm) and €469 (44mm)
THE current Series 4 improved on last year’s Series 3 (which is still on sale from €279) mainly via the display screen, which is considerably larger than the previous three generations, even though the watch itself is around the same size.
This is because Apple has thinned out the bezels, the non-active parts at the side of the display. That means 44mm instead of 42mm, or 40mm instead of 38mm.
One of the most talked-about features of the new watch is the built-in ECG function, an ability to monitor your heart’s health.
Alas, even though it’s technically built in to the device, it’s not available to us in Europe yet, for regulatory reasons. Apple sells two variants of its watch, a GPS and GPS+Cellular version. In the US, UK and other countries, the cellular version works with your phone contract, allowing you to make or take calls, send SMS messages or access online services on your watch while you’re out and about and your iPhone is at home. So far, no Irish operator has done a deal with Apple to make this happen here. And no, it won’t work if you buy one in the UK (or the US) and use it over here, partly because the cellular function on the Apple Watch doesn’t roam (at all).
When it comes to fitness, the Series 4 builds on the big leap it took for the previous Series 3 model. It’s still waterproof and there’s a ton of information that you get for running, walking, swimming or doing intense workouts. It works really well with some of the most common sports apps, such as Runkeeper, Strava, Runtastic and Map My Run. It’s not as good for sleep tracking, if that’s important to you.
Battery life is a good deal beyond what you got with the first model in 2015 (one day) but is still only solidly two days. (I sometimes get close to three full days on it, if I don’t use it for music or messaging.)