Apple Watch Series 2: Sportier than ever

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Apple Watch Series 2

The new Apple Watch looks identical to the previous version, although it is actually slightly thicker (to accommodate a bigger battery and the heart rate sensor). The basic Apple Watch Series 2 will also have a branded Nike+ edition, which costs the same as the Sports model but which features exclusive Nike+ watch faces and perforated bands that will not be sold separately.

THE NUMBERS

Display
1.65-inch AMOLED touchscreen
OS
watchOS 3.0
CPU
dual-core Apple S2 processor
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope
Price
Starts at P20,990 (35mm case)
Starts at P22,490 (42mm case)

For owners of the original Apple Watch, the new models aren’t that compelling, especially since they look identical and, thanks to watchOS 3.0, they work very similarly. Speed increase aside, there’s little that will make you want to upgrade at this point.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is effectively water-resistant up to 50 meters. Apple was so determined to make this an aquatic wearable that it also features an easy way to expel water using the device’s speaker, and a variety of swimming workouts that can be used to track your progress.

Runners will love the improvements that the Apple Watch Series 2 brings. For one thing, you will no longer need to bring your iPhone along on a run because a dedicated GPS handles the location tracking. Even better, the Apple Watch can play music via a Bluetooth headset, which definitely lightens the load.

The dual-core Apple Watch Series 2 combined with watchOS 3.0 is faster and more efficient than the previous model, and has more user-focused features. It still does feel like an adjunct of the iPhone and at times it is still faster and more convenient to simply grab your smartphone to get information.

If you have more money than sense, you can opt for the Ceramic Apple Watch Edition which is made out of a super shiny white ceramic composite. This is stronger than stainless steel but also twice as expensive. This is the first non-metal Apple Watch and actually looks more pearlescent than white. It’s definitely a Jony Ive creation.

Speed says

The Apple Watch line has been refined. It is still a fashion-focused product, as evidenced by a variety of colors and a wider selection of bands. But for the new Apple Watch Series 2, we see  decisive move into serious sports and fitness tracking, while featuring water resistance and built-in GPS.

Review by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla
First published Speed January 2017
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