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Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Watch…

The original iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone – but it was the first one to make everyone sit up and listen. Similarly, we didn’t really ‘get’ tablets until the iPad appeared. So is history repeating itself with the Apple Watch?

Figures suggest most of us still don’t feel the need to buy a smartwatch – yet. Apple’s mission is to change our minds. 15.4 million Apple Watch units are expected to be sold by the end of this year – and to put that in perspective, the combined sales of all other smartwatch vendors for 2014 amounted to just 4.6 million.

So should you buy one? Here’s some stuff to think about…

First thing's first: buy an iPhone

The Apple Watch isn’t an entry route into Apple’s world: it’s essentially an accessory.  In the same way as our iPhone 6 clear case is a smart buy if you want to keep your phone out of harm’s way, Apple would have you believe that its watch is the way forward for getting the most out of your iPhone.  

So you’ll need either an iPhone 5 or later. The Apple Watch runs a specially designed version of iOS (i.e. the same software as your phone) and links to your mobile via Bluetooth.

 

Choose your Apple Watch

It’s the customised variants that have caught the attention of headline writers – such as this diamond encrusted version from luxury electronics firm Goldgenie (RRP £120,000).

Back in the real world, there are three models to consider: the ’Sport’ (aluminium case, starting price £299) ‘Watch’ (stainless steel case, starting price £479) and ‘Edition’ (18 carat gold casing, starting price £8,000 – i.e. a luxury watch but with planned obsolescence built in). All share the same innards. 

From left to right: Sport, Watch and Edition

You also have a choice of face sizes: 38mm or 42mm. Early indications are that the larger of the two offers (unsurprisingly) a more useable touchscreen space. There are two ways to use the interface: press on the screen or use the side-mounted “digital crown” dial, which can be used to scroll through lists or text and to magnify images. 

Battery life on average usage is billed as “up to 18 hours”, which in practice means you’ll need to remember to charge up last thing at night. It takes 2.5 hours for a full charge. 

 

Get hassle-free messaging

If you’re grappling with a constant flow of messages via your iPhone, this is where the Apple Watch really comes into its own. Configure the watch to determine what type of notifications you receive. When one comes in, (i.e. a vibration on your wrist), raise your wrist to see who it’s from and lower your wrist to instantly dismiss the notification. You can respond by selecting one of the short and snappy pre-set replies available (you can customise these replies). You can also speak into the Apple Watch to dictate a response.

Calls can be answered or made via your Apple Watch – although you’ll need to use your phone to add to contacts. You can use Siri from your wrist too.

 

Start your fitness drive

Activity tracking is the other big selling point of the Apple Watch via a heart rate sensor and accelerometer. It has the ability to track how much time you spend sitting, standing and moving. It gives you a handy visual snapshot of all of this via the ‘Exercise Ring’ graphic. It can also access the GPS on your iPhone to accurately measure distance and speed during workouts.

 

Make sure your Apple Watch stays in great shape…

Is the Apple Watch already on your wish list? Keep yours scratch-free and in full working order with a no-nonsense Apple Watch Clear Gel Case from Mobile Madhouse. 


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