Apple Watch Series 8 (S8 Apple Watch) Review – Pickr

Apple Watch Series 8 (S8 Apple Watch) Review – Pickr

For its latest release, the Apple Watch Series 8 will bring a little more to the same sleek design we’ve seen so beautifully. Is it worth your doll?

With the launch of this year’s iPhone range also came at least one more companion device commonly sold alongside that phone: the Apple Watch. A new model arrives, as Apple debuts the Series 8 in the range, among others.

However, even though the name of the latest Apple Watch is Series 8, it has actually been seven years since the first model appeared in 2015, and my things have changed. Small improvements year over year have allowed Apple to do more to monitor your health, tweak styling, increase screen size, and more.

Just as the iPhone can do much more than just be used as a phone, the Apple Watch does more than let you check the time, and this year, as with others, more are coming, too. What’s new in Series 8? Does it look different in something?

Design and features

If you’ve seen the latest Apple Watch, and maybe the previous one, you won’t see much of a difference this time around. Or really anyone.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is another Apple Watch, and nothing has changed in design. We reviewed the enter model with its aluminum chassis and reinforced glass roof, and it looks the spitting image of its predecessor, though it’s distinctly different under the hood.

That includes the new Series 8 System in a Package or “SiP”. In this model, it’s the S8 SiP, a dual-core processor married to 32GB of storage for the small amount of music you can plan to store (although streaming is more likely), plus new tracking technology, which covers the temperature monitoring and fault detection. There’s also an emergency calling feature that works in the US and Canada, not to mention all the old stuff too.

The “old” Apple Watch stuff includes an SpO2 blood oxygen sensor, a heart rate sensor, an electrocardiograph (ECG) sensor, and fall detection, along with GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and, if you pay a little more, 4G on cellular models

It all sits below an LTPO OLED display that runs an always-on variant (though not quite as impressive as the always-on version of the iPhone 14 Pro), and arrives in a 41mm or 45mm display and case.

On the standard Apple Watch Series 8 we’re reviewing, it’s the 45mm model in an aluminum case, but on more premium models, you’ll get a stainless steel body. Regardless, the design is largely the same sporting IP6X water resistance, so good luck telling the difference between old and new.


In use

The similarities in design also keep the usability more or less the same. You can raise your arm to see the time, touch the button on the digital crown to access the menu, scroll with the crown itself by twisting and turning it, and use the down button to multitask, jump between apps, and close them.

Overall, it’s pretty simple to use, and some of those watch faces even work great with the digital crown, as the rotation makes the rainbow strings dance or changes the other animations.

Performance

With the new S8 chip inside, it’s another solid performance to expect, with virtually no lag when jumping between apps or viewing the time.

Surprising absolutely no one, the Apple Watch S8 is as fast as the wearable has been, but you probably won’t notice it.

Basically, it works as it should, with no need to vent frustration and with a little extra tracking during the ride.

For example, you’ll still find the older generation EKG control, plus the blood oxygen sensor if you want to use it, as in Series 7. The heart rate tracker is here too, and Apple is basically just tracking things as you go about your day. Human intervention is needed for the ECG and SpO2 blood oxygen sensor, but everything else just happens in the background, while the watch responds to you and you go on living your life.

Oddly enough, we can’t test the two new features of the Apple Watch Series 8: the temperature sensor and the fault detection.

The first of these is only used for women’s health and requires two months of data to provide information. You can’t get your temperature just by finding an app on the watch, though it’s there in settings.

It’s supposed to be included as part of your health info on the phone and compiled after two weeks of tracking, but after a month of reviewing the Apple Watch Series 8, it wasn’t there either. You can find it on the Apple Watch screens though, which allows you to see the temperature, but unless you’re ovulating there doesn’t seem to be a ton of information, if any.

In the long run, if your biology supports the technology, the use of temperature for ovulation tracking and fertility estimates is intriguing, but since this reviewer is male, it seems largely wasted on him. So that sensor doesn’t do you much good right now, though if it could be used later to diagnose illnesses or other ailments and other ills, like how whoop’s wearable temperature tracking device has been used amid covid.

That takes care of one new feature, while the other requires some pretty serious requirements: crashing a car.

Apple’s fault detection, which also exists in the iPhone 14 range, requires the watch to detect gravitational forces to which you can’t shake your wrist, while also using GPS to track position. We don’t have a car to demolish for the sake of an Apple Watch review, so we’re not keen to test this feature, but again, it’s one of the extras found in the Series 8 and beyond.

Drums

Battery life isn’t one of the extras though, and you’ll find roughly the same battery life as previous models found in the Series 8, possibly a little more.

Throughout our time with the Apple Watch S8, we found that a day of life was possible, with 36 hours of easy use from the wearable, though we’ve come to expect an overnight charge on that second night.

One approach that works well is to charge the watch a bit before you get into bed, take it off for ten minutes, and let the fast-charging capability recharge its battery, which should comfortably track you while you sleep, whatever that may be. .

Worth

Price can still be a bit of a tough argument, with a minimum of $629 to get the Apple Watch Series 8, and that’s without the 4G connection or sapphire glass. That’s a lot of money for a wearable – one of the most expensive out there – and that’s for the aluminum variation, with the stainless steel model with sapphire glass on top costing $470 more, starting at $1099.

Its price also differs based on size and support for mobile technology, with our Apple Watch Series 8 review going for $839 locally. That’s not cheap, especially given that it’s still an obviously breakable watch.

That said, the value isn’t terrible, as Apple’s Watch is among the best out there, with features and tech that put it out of reach of the competition, but it’s still expensive given the lack of durability for the price.

What needs work?

We’re clearly frustrated by the lack of sapphire crystal as a standard feature, something that affects the price across the entire Apple Watch Series 8 range in a big way.

We’re realizing that Apple will apparently never support any other operating systems on its excellent wearable, a criticism we’ve received year after year. Apple makes its Watch solely for owners of its phones, and while it’s frustrating, it’s a move Google is taking with the Pixel Watch, something else we don’t agree with.

It’s a sign of the times, but one area for Apple doesn’t seem to be moving with the trend: durable glass.

Weather Samsung includes sapphire by default in its Galaxy Watch5 models and Google is doing the same thing on its one and only Pixel WatchApple asks you to spend more on the stainless steel model.

Within days of receiving the Apple Watch Series 8 review unit, there was a scratch. It was small and produced from a very small droplet, the kind that shouldn’t have done much damage, but this bothered me. Although you can’t see it in the photos, I know it’s there, and I won’t until the next review unit arrives, probably the Series 9 in 2023.

It’s frustrating because if sapphire had been made standard as it is on other wearable devices, like it is on the iPhone 14 Pro’s rear camera, the scratch wouldn’t have occurred. And it still did because Apple’s “Ion-X” enhanced glass isn’t as scratch-resistant as the sapphire alternative.

Our 45mm aluminum midnight review model with 4G is priced at $839, while the stainless steel equivalent adds $340 to the equation, bringing the cost to $1179, just $120 less than the Apple The higher-end Watch Ultra, which is titanium, includes more sensors, better ruggedness, improved battery life, and yes, sapphire crystal.

In the meantime, the $399 Apple Watch SE only comes with Ion-X Glass and fewer sensorsWhich given the comparatively cheap price of the entry-level Apple Watch isn’t a total surprise.

We’re not Apple, and clearly their marketers will do whatever they want, but you can find sapphire glass on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch5 starting at $549, the $699 Withings ScanWatch Horizon, and others. Granted, none of these are the Apple Watch, but it’s still frustrating that sapphire is extra premium for Apple when it’s becoming normal for everyone else.

Bottom line, if you go for the aluminum Apple Watch Series 8, consider a watch screen protector, because Ion-X glass isn’t much compared to the quality of sapphire.



Final Thoughts (TLDR)

Small gripes about price and lasting differences aside, the Apple Watch Series 8 is still one of the best wearables you can wear, and a really smart addition for someone looking for a watch that does a little more.

While the extra things in the Series 8 may not be a deal breaker for most people, it all adds up to a thoughtful, feature-packed smartwatch, capable of providing more observational information about your health in a nice, stylish design.

Clearly, there are things that could still be better, but if you’re looking for a full-featured wearable that also looks good, it’s hard to get past this year’s Apple Watch. Recommended.

apple watch series 8

The good

It is still one of the most attractive smartwatches.

Many sensors and functions.

runs wonderfully

Lots of watch strap options

the not so good

You have to spend to get the most durable sapphire crystal.

Battery life could still be better

The temperature sensor is not easy to see and really only has one purpose (at least initially)

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