Price: from €439 (40mm) and €469 (44mm)

Irish Independent - Business Week - - TECHNOLOGY -

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.)

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