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If you live a dynamic lifestyle, you’re probably checking out Apple’s next-generation smartwatch. The Ultra series was released in September 2022 and instantly became popular among professional athletes and adventurers. In this new review, we tell you what makes the Apple Watch Ultra smartwatch good and who it’s best suited for.
What really matters
Battery life is one of the most important indicators. That’s where buyers “start” when choosing an electronic companion for sports activities. Releasing the Apple Watch Ultra, the company has made a giant leap compared to previous series: 36 hours without recharging, which can be increased to 60 hours in power-saving mode.
Obviously, that’s more than enough time to complete a triathlon consisting of swimming, biking and running – and more than just one. But if you’re planning a week-long trek in the mountains, taking care of a portable power source won’t be superfluous.
By the way, in music playback mode, the Apple Watch Ultra proved to be even more durable than Garmin’s more specialized Fenix 7 fitness watch: 20 hours versus 10 hours. That’s because Apple continues to focus on the functionality of its product.
The GPS tracking function has also been given an important update. The watch integrates a multi-band GPS system that uses the L1 frequency and the latest L5 frequency. Thus, the user will have the most accurate distance and workout pace data available, as well as the most beautiful routes, including among tall trees and rocks. Apple Watch Ultra supports the most important satellite grids: GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), GALILEO (EU), QZSS (Japan) and BeiDou (China).
The design of the device was a pleasant surprise. From year to year, it has remained virtually unchanged. But the Apple Watch Ultra smartwatch got a stylish new case measuring 49 mm and weighing 61.3 grams without the strap, as well as an incredible brightness of 2000 nit for comfortable use on sunny days. The screen is large, and it holds quite a bit of information.
Look at the Apple Watch Ultra vs Series 8: the new one stands out right away, doesn’t it? It’s much larger, which is something that taller people with bigger hands are happy about. If in doubt about size, visit one of our stores and try the watch on before you buy.
The reliability of the Apple Watch Ultra is hard to overestimate. They meet military standards of protection. The titanium case with a ceramic back and sapphire crystal will not be so easy to “break”. The network is full of video experiments in which enthusiasts spectacularly prove the endurance of the new model. The watches were dropped from a height of several meters, dropped into a jar with nails and even. hammered on the screen. By the way, the display withstood more than one fierce blow and received its first damage later than the table on which the device was placed. Impressive, isn’t it?
But Ultra will be good not only on land, but also in water. The watch has been certified to the international EN13319 standard, trusted by diving enthusiasts around the world. The case will withstand diving to a depth of 40 meters. The Ocean Dive app is available exclusively for the Apple Watch Ultra and shows diver status, route, bottom topography and water temperature readings.
Nothing will happen to the watch in extreme conditions either in the icy mountains at -20°C or in the scorching desert at +55°C. By the way, the Garmin Fenix 7 has a lower maximum temperature of +45°C.
The interface is also very handy. The user can customize all the functions to his or her preference. The Ultra series also features the new “Explorer” dial, which displays all the most important information for the athlete, and an updated “Night Mode”, which keeps the display readable in all conditions.
Something you’ll love just as much
The Apple Watch Ultra can definitely be considered the most high-tech smartwatch in existence. It will be useful to everyone who leads a dynamic lifestyle including sports. It has a powerful dual-core S8 processor and watchOS 9 operating system. You will be able to monitor your heart rate, body temperature and heart rate; navigate the area with a compass, even when there is no network; make calls and answer messages when there is no iPhone at hand; and use the voice assistant Siri, which in principle can boast of not all smartwatches on the market.
Let’s focus on a few innovations of the Ultra model. You will definitely like them and they will be useful for you.
The Action Button. Not to be confused with the Digital Crown wheel and the standard side button. Once you find the orange performance on the left side of the case, adjust the Action to suit you. By default, you will run the “Workout” application, but you can customize it: different button actions will be available for different applications.
For example, if you like hiking, you can use Action to instantly set compass waypoints, and if you swim or practice scuba diving, to start diving. In winter, when you don’t need to take off your gloves and press the screen while jogging, this button will help you more than once.
3 built-in microphones and a loud speaker. With the help of new algorithms, the watch has learned to isolate the user’s voice, reducing the hum of cars, wind or rain noise. You can solve business issues while jogging and communicate with the person you’re talking to will remain comfortable and the sound will be clear and understandable. And an extra loud speaker will come in handy for emergency calls (although it would be better not to use it, of course). If you find yourself in an extreme situation – for example, getting into a snowdrift at a ski resort – you can turn on the Apple Watch rescue siren and thus report your location.
Sports straps, that are suitable for both men and women. The silicone one is designed for those involved in water sports. If the diver’s wetsuit hand changes in volume due to the change in pressure, the user will not feel any discomfort. The alpine loop has several layers and a hook for hooking, which is great for climbers. The trail loop is chosen by runners and other activity lovers because it’s made of lightweight fabric and can be adjusted right on the go. And all three strap options are available in different colors.
By the way, straps from other Apple Watch models fit the Ultra, too. If you want a new strap to install on an earlier series of smartwatches, you’ll be able to do that, too. The exception may be thin fabric straps.
How much does the Apple Watch Ultra cost?
In the new model of smart watch developers considered the needs of fans of sports, extreme and travel. This is a really innovative device with a lot of cool features. They will make switching between workouts and daily tasks as smooth as possible.
Essentially, the Apple Watch is an iPhone on your wrist. You’ll be able to call, text, view notifications, listen to your favorite music, workout and track physical changes, activity, routes and more.
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