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Apple Watch Series 4 review: it lives up to the hype

Apple Watch Series 4 review: it lives up to the hype

– The Apple Watch Series 4
was the most impressive thing that Apple announced last week. I’ve been reviewing it since then, and I gotta tell ya, it lives up to the hype. (smooth funky music) Now, we should start with the hardware, because more than on any
other part of this watch, the hardware is where they
really knocked it outta the park. For the very first time since, basically, the original Apple Watch, the hardware here has
been fully redesigned. There’s new sizes, new screens, new speakers, and of course,
there’s new stuff inside it. But, it still looks
like an Apple Watch so, let’s really get into it. So, with the Series 4,
there’s two new sizes, there’s 40 millimeter and 44 millimeter, this is the 44 millimeter. Now, before this I was using
the 42 millimeter size, the bigger size on the Series 3, and it’s only subtly
bigger than it was before, but it’s also subtly thinner and to me, the trade-off is totally worth it. You’re really not gonna notice that difference all that much. And I think that also is gonna apply to people who prefer the smaller watch. Before we get too deep into this, we really should talk pricing, because these watches,
they’re really not that cheap. The least expensive model
is the 40 millimeter, with GPS plus wi-fi, and that’s 399, but there’s a whole bunch
of add-ons you can do so let’s take a look here. It’s $30 more for the larger size, if you wanna get LTE that’s
usually about $100 more, plus the $10 a month or so your
carrier’s gonna charge you. If you wanna get one of the steel models, that’s somewhere in the
neighborhood of $200 more. You also could add
AppleCare on top of that. You could easily spend $600,
$700 on one of these things without even noticing it. And don’t even get me
started on the Hermes model. Series 4 looks basically
the same as before. It’s got the same lozenge shape and the same two-button layout but Apple’s really careful
with the curves on this larger size so that it’s still compatible with existing watch bands,
even third-party watch bands still look fine on these watches. Where things start to look different is when the screen turns
on, because the screens on these watches are just,
they’re just incredibly good. They’re at 30% bigger than the old models and they go closer to
the edge of the watch and they make the screens
on the older generations of the Apple Watch look
really tiny and cramped and the corners of the screen are rounded, so it just feels more
natural to the watch. It’s still OLED so the
blacks are still true black and these screens are just big, and they’re beautiful and I love them. Moving on, there are some
other changes to the hardware that you should know about
so the back is now ceramic instead of metal and that’s
to allow wireless signals to pass through the ceramic, giving it better reception. They’ve moved the microphone over here, between the two buttons and
that makes it better for calls, but the thing that actually
makes it better for calls is the louder speaker on this side. It’s seriously like, super duper loud. On the inside there’s a faster processor, of course, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 on the W3 wireless chip. And there’s a new set of
more accurate sensors, which is gonna become important later. There’s also this haptic
feedback when you turn the digital crown which I
thought would be gimmicky, but I actually really like it. (crown turns) The other thing that they’ve done, if you get the LTE model
is there’s no longer a big, dumb, red dot on the digital crown, it’s just a nice, little,
subtle red ring now, so, (clicks tongue) good job. As for battery life,
well, it’s stupendous. I used this thing all
weekend without charging it and that included walking
around for a couple hours using Maps, making a couple calls on LTE, and also doing some workout
stuff, which is not me, but I did it for science. And I didn’t have to charge this thing until the end of the day on Sunday. Apple says that it gets about
18 hours of battery life or you can do about 6 hours
of outdoor workout time. You know what? It totally hit that number. In fact, the battery life is so good that I wish Apple gave me
an option to have the screen just be always on, all the
time so you don’t have to twist your wrist to see the time, but you can’t do that. You still gotta twist your
wrist to see the time. It’s fine. So the newest version of
Watch OS is Watch OS 5. And, honestly, it’s kind of
a grab bag of new features. There’s support for podcasts
and streaming Apple music, and new fitness and health options, and walkie-talkie mode,
and you can open links in iMessage to webpages
and they get displayed automatically in readability mode. I don’t know, hooray for the web, I love reading the web on my watch. Now, you might remember
that last year’s Apple Watch had some launch issues with LTE, but Apple fixed those up pretty quickly and this year I haven’t had
any major problems with LTE. In fact, when people have called
me and I’ve used the watch to take the call, they
didn’t believe I wasn’t talking to them on the phone. And the speaker on this thing is so loud, you don’t have to like,
hold it up to your ear to hear people, you just kinda
hold your wrist naturally and like, actually have a conversation, it’s really impressive. But it still does take
the watch a minute or two to get connected on LTE, which can be a little bit frustrating, because you don’t know if
it’s gonna work or not, and that’s most clear and
most obvious with Siri. Siri is still Siri. One new, neat feature is you
can just raise your wrist and start talking and Siri will respond, but, I don’t know, a lot of the time, instead of Siri becoming available, it just says, hang on, dot dot dot, and I’ll tap you when
I’m ready dot dot dot, and you just never
really trust Siri to work the first time that you use it. Now, there’s also some
software features that are exclusive to the Series
4 and that includes new watch faces, the
electrocardiogram feature, and fall detection. The new watch faces are designed to show just how big these new
Apple Watch screens are and some of them are beautiful, I especially love the water watch face, which, like, has an animated
water and shows a clock hand, I think it’s great. But the one that Apple
is showing off is called Infograph, and it’s designed to show off how many complications they
can fit on a single screen. I’m okay with a ton of complications, but the colors here are just,
they’re all over the place. This one’s orange and this one’s yellow, and this one goes from green to yellow. I know some people are gonna like it, but I super don’t. Oh, and Apple still isn’t allowing third-party watch faces
which is kind of a bummer. I’d really like to get an
information-dense watch screen like this without so many,
just, colors everywhere. So the walkie-talkie
feature on the Apple Watch is pretty cool. To use it, both you and
your friend have to agree to be friends and you
both have to be available. And the reason that exists
is the first time you talk to somebody on
the walkie-talkie mode, your voice just calls
out from their watch. So, to do it, you hit the complication, or open up the app, you tap
on the name of the person you wanna talk to and then there’s just a big, yellow talk button and you just hold your finger down on it and you talk. So you could say, “Hey,
Dan, how’s it going? “I’m calling you on
walkie-talkie, obviously.” So that’s nice, but the
first time you do it there’s this message that
says, connecting to Dan, because what walkie-talkie
mode actually is, is a FaceTime call
that’s just interrupted– – [Voice On Watch] I’m doing
alright, how about you? – By you tapping the push to talk button. So Dan just replied. Hey, I’m doing really good, we’re just demoing this on video for you, we’ll probably do this a couple of times. Ah, yeah, it works
really well, except that, this is pretty great
but you have to use your other hand to tap the thing,
you can’t push a button, and it’s also like, if you’ve
got one of your hands full you basically can’t use this thing, right? That’s the other problem with it. – [Voice On Watch] Yeah, that’s probably one of my biggest frustrations. I can’t even hold a coffee cup and do this at the same time. – I have a trick, hang on. The trick, if you’ve got
a coffee in your hand, is a new thing that I’m
calling nose-calling, where– the thing is Dan, you can use
your nose, it totally works. – [Voice On Watch] Well,
I guess the good thing about using my nose for
this is my other hand is free to face-palm. The health and fitness side of Watch OS 5 is in a lot of ways a
lot more interesting, because Apple is separating out the ideas of fitness and health,
so on the fitness side the new features are
you can do these like, workout competitions with your friends over the course of a
week and it will also do automatic workout detection
in case you forget to open up the little app and
hit start or end workout. On the health side of the equation, it’s doing a bunch of interesting stuff, so it can now detect low
heart rates, for example, and later this year it’s
going to be able to detect a regular heart rates too. It can also do fall detection, which is a really interesting
feature and I think it’s really gonna benefit a lot of people. It can automatically detect
with these new sensors, whether or not you’ve had a hard fall, and if it thinks you’ve
fallen and hurt yourself, it will offer to call emergency services and if you don’t respond
within, I don’t know, a minute or something,
it will just go ahead and call those services and also text your emergency contact to let them know that something might be wrong. I have been trying to manually trigger the fall detection by hurling myself
onto the bed or the couch, and it hasn’t worked yet. I don’t know. Maybe the watch can tell that I’m acting. I do think it’s a great feature, I just can’t tell you whether
or not it super works. The headline-grabbing
feature of the Series 4 is the new electrocardiogram feature. So it’s got sensors on the bottom, also on the digital
crown, you hold it down, it takes a reading and
then you can send a PDF to your doctor. Unfortunately, they
haven’t turned that on yet, so I can’t test it and tell
you if it works or not. When Apple introduced the
very first Apple Watch, it was kind of a mess. It was trying to do way too
much and both the software and the hardware just couldn’t live up to what they were trying to do with it. And on top of that,
Apple really didn’t know what the watch’s purpose
was, but since then, they’ve really figured
it out and this year they focused on making everything better. It has a better screen,
it has better speed, it has better fitness
features and most of all, it has better health features. Now, there’s still some things
that I’d like to see improve, and I wish there were
more watch face options, and Siri’s still kind of unreliable, and, you know, these things are still pretty expensive,
especially given how quickly Apple’s iterating them, it makes deciding whether or not to upgrade
a really hard call. But if you have an older Apple Watch, I think you’re going to be blown away by this year’s updates. Hey, it makes me feel bad
that I bought the Series 3 last year because this
one is so much better. Bottom line, if you’ve been waiting to buy or upgrade an Apple Watch, now’s a really good time to get one. – [Man] Dieter– – What, I mean, there are
a lot of complications when it comes to buying an Apple Watch and people are watching to
see what we think of it. – [Man] Oh, God, Dieter. – Look, they’re kind of expensive, people just need to
know that time is money. – [Man] I’m cutting you off. – Oh, okay.

100 comments on “Apple Watch Series 4 review: it lives up to the hype

  1. Everything every Feature has already been available via Competitors.
    Yep and Apple Siri for Apple remains iDiotic and not reliable **

  2. Now I own the Samsung S3 Frontier Celular have had for over a year now.
    Ystrday left my phone at home went for a remote hike .. called my wife while trekking through woods had a conversation freely conversing loud clear no boundaries.
    Bottom line Samsung like other competitors have been doing this better for a long time now **
    Apple with the Series 4 is still playing catchup and charging big $$ for it .
    Further question when the heck is Apple going to provide Always On Display to its Fans ???

  3. multiple colors make for easier identification, function over form. complaining that all the colors are not "designerly" is taking practical design back too the 19th century

  4. I bought a Apple Watch series 4 44mm space grey aluminium black sport band for $839 .00 for a Christmas gift to myself and it’s worth every penny

  5. Unless both hands are full I don’t see why u can’t hold your coffee with your free watch hand then use your other hand

  6. 😬I've the 44 mm gold love the Watch very classic and neat, it's my first Apple Watch ever , the most cool thing than the watch.. it was a gift😎I use it mostly for the gym, maan it's like my fitness trainer on my wrist, am really crazy at the gym, it's just tells me when to stop and when to go on, love love it😘now my battery is enough for my really active crazy day from 5 to 9 I won't ask for more 😘😍

  7. i upgraded my series 2 for series 4 and holy the changes, mostly im glad i can choose music from my phone on the watch again since they removed it as a classic apple scam to put it on series 3

  8. I’ve been trying to get my Apple Watch face like yours for forever but I can’t figure out how 😩. Any tips?

  9. I have a prepaid (simple mobile) service can I still connect to lte and also be able to leave my iPhone at home and just use the watch?

  10. What is you drop the watch, like – watch in jewelry dish, cat knocks over jewelry dish, it calls for help? Try that and let us know!

  11. Can’t believe I bought this for ekg and I can’t use it as apple wont enable it for the uk like buy a car without and engine

  12. This watch is fab until the screen breaks. Then it is £286.44. They have built a watch that you can't fix, and you have to pay almost the price of a replacement. I thought this kind of design was being outlawed.

  13. The Heart rate sensor on AW4 is a breakthrough gadget with hardly any competition amongst wrist-heart-rate sensors. Even more accurate than my chest strap

  14. I just got one today and I’m very happy!! Started out with the Series 1 40mm and now I have the 44mm and that screen is awesome to look at as there’s no other wearable that works so well!! Btw I’ve had Samsung S2 and my wife has the FitBit which she’s happy with and I’ve barely scratched the surface with the Apple Watch 4!! Great job Apple cause I’m damn sure not upgrading this year!!!

  15. I love the Apple Watch. Problem is I have to go with Garmin because it those everything related to sports way better. Maybe some day I’ll jump ship. Right now it’s just not a good sports watch. I’m not loyal to any brand.

  16. Talking about Apple watches being expensive while people have been buying rolexes 😂 seems cheap compared to that 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️

  17. I kind of wish Apple opened this Watch up to Android somehow, it really is the best watch (just missing the always on screen).

  18. Just wondering if anyone knows where to get the brown leather band that is shown in this vid? Thanks heaps!

  19. Can someone please tell me where he got that brown leather strap. I’ve been looking everywhere for that exact one but can’t find it!

  20. Just way too expensive for what it is and yet people keep buying them with their Credit Cards so they can be hip! Go get a Fitbit Charge or Versa at a 1/3 of the price and get everything you'll need in a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Cause really most are getting them for fitness. I have a Fitbit Versa and it does all you need an then some to keep track of your fitness stats and encourage you to be more fit. I tested out the Apple Watch and its just way more than most ever need. Don't put yourself in debt over a watch people.

  21. That walkie talkie button thing can be adjusted in the settings there is a setting where u just click on the talk button on ur watch and when ur done u just click on it again u don’t have to keep pressing it 🙂

  22. There’s a setting that you can change on the Watch app for not having to keep touching the Talk icon while using the walkie talkie feature.

  23. How long does the battery last – I run daily and track my routes – will the battery last all week or daily?

  24. Not sure what happened … but after the new software update .. the watch now doesn’t last more than 5 hours for me with me just using it for checking notification and nothing else

  25. When they anounced and even larger watch and added £100 to the price, I bought a Fitbit Versa the same day. I had waited to see what they were going to do and it wasn't great. Yea apples watch does more and it looks flash but wow do you pay for it. The most disappointing thing is the so called 'amazing' battery life. For 4 times less money (4X!!!) Im getting at least double the battery life, sometimes 5-5.5 days battery. So for less money, the fitness features are basically the same but the price and the battery life of the Versa has totally crushed apples attempt. I don't regret my purchase at all. I would consider an Apple watch if it was somewhere under £300 but it would have to be at least as good as the Versa is now. I can't see Apple ever achieving that task, something a £100 watch already does

  26. Only good if you can get the watch to play sounds. I find it ridicilous that you can't have instructions in writing. Wouldn't recommend this watch. Still can't get the radio to work and have been working on it all day. Time to return it.

  27. Do not buy this watch. My wife charged it at 9:00 pm and not even 12 hours later the battery is dead. This is the worse apple product I've ever bought. Something that costs 400.00 dollars should last longer than this. And no, she wasn't on any phone calls, she really didn't use between the time she charged it and went to bed, to wake up to it dead. Apple really needs to do improving on the watch. So not worth the money you have to spend!!!!!!!!

  28. Mines the stainless steel, with cellular. I absolutely hate my Apple watch series 4 with cellular… 

    I bought it because my insurance plan and employer reduce my premium and reimburses me up to $400 to buy one. 

    Its like a step back by 10 years to the days of synching a first generation ipod to your computer…. The only problem is you don't have a large computer screen to navigate synching, you have to do it on a small phone screen. The purchase of apps and setting them up is non-intuitive… The bluetooth signal won't hold your headphones.. (I have three sets of bluetooth headphones, none of them work) … And may God help you if you're trying to sych your watch to a health website, and an app… Its not intuitive, and its not easy to learn. …. I might as well excercise using my huge "plus" sized apple phone… And why does the phone call come in proprietarily to the watch instead of my phone when I have them both with me? You feel like Maxwell Smart taking off your "shoe" to take a phone call… You're talking to your wrist while you navigate your grocery cart?? And trying to get music on your Nike Plus app when it starts running… Nothing is intuitive about this device.

    Mine is the expensive red-gold stainless steel Apple Watch 4, with the cellular card.. The damn thing is a gimmick. Its so slow trying to do anything its like going back 15 or 20 years to the first LG cell phone I bought. Waste of money..

  29. I can get the series 4 44mm for 250 (regular 530) brand new. should I buy? I have the 3 which I would sell.

  30. instead of adding to this review – just do the following before the 14 day return widow is closed.  USE THE AIRPOD Bluetooth a lot.  when you get tired of the stopping of music, fail to reconnect, fail to work with air pods, fail to work with anything – then return it.  no – buying new airpods will NOT fix the problem – nothing will fix the nightmare known as the iwatch 4 that is nothing more than a watch as nothing else on it works.  you will be able to hook up on occasion – just keep playing that music, it's only a matter of time before you waste an hour trying to get the damn thing to work.  pause – start – wish you never hit pause?  such a HUGE wasted of tech and time.

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