Is the Apple Watch Ultra worth the price of a $799 smartwatch? Does such an expensive smartwatch really have more features than the $249 Apple Watch SE?
In terms of appearance, Apple Watch has not changed much for many generations, from the design of the S4 generation to the S8, it is still in the same state, from a distance you can't tell which generation watch you are wearing.
Apple understands that "appearance is the driving force behind switching", and the Apple Watch Ultra makes a big change in appearance first, with a flat screen, a protruding rotating crown and buttons, and an additional orange customizable button on the left side.
The titanium case, three new bands, and a new "Pathfinder" dial are a big attraction in terms of looks. 6,299 yuan for a new design, is it worth it? At least for me, an Apple Watch Series 6 user, it's worth it.
As an outdoor and extreme sports watch, what are the new features of the Apple Watch Ultra? First and foremost, of course, is the dual-band GPS positioning, which provides greater positioning accuracy, especially in the wilderness or in cities with tall buildings, and allows the newly added compass feature to provide more accurate positioning data, which also allows the "backtracking" feature to provide more accurate route feedback.
The most practical scenario of this function for daily life should be the parking location. It will automatically record the parking location after the car is parked, and if you are looking for a car, you can directly click the parking location to find it. If you forget, you will have to go to the next level to find it.
Then there is the new siren function, after opening can emit up to 86 decibels of sound, I also tried the effect, the sound is very high frequency, some harsh, penetrating should be no problem. This feature I really hope you never use the best.
After playing with the Apple Watch Ultra for ten minutes, I couldn't really think of any new features, compared to the Apple Watch SE, which seems to have more ECG and blood oxygen detection.
Outdoor hiking? Ocean diving? What is the point of buying a watch with new features that I don't use in my daily life?
For me, I want an Apple Watch with a bigger screen and longer battery life.
The Apple Watch Ultra's dial is a huge 49mm, a size that doesn't really work for people with slightly thinner arms, and probably not for girls. But for me, a person who finds the 44mm dial too small, it's just right.
The larger dial and higher screen-to-body ratio allows me to see more content in the same interface, and I can finally use the full keyboard to reply to WeChat, which is more than a little more efficient when I think about the pain of handwriting on my S6.
Then there is the battery life. When I used to use the S6, I used to put it on before I went to bed, and if I used it until about 11pm the next night, the battery might be about 20% left.
After switching to the Apple Watch Ultra, the battery life has finally been pivoted up, and the built-in battery is twice as big as the S8's, giving it the possibility of a three-day charge. I fully charged it at 4 p.m. on Saturday and used it until 12 p.m. on Monday with 10 percent charge, which is two and a half days of battery life, which is plenty of time to meet my needs. I can say that after using Apple Watch Ultra + iPhone 14 Plus, I can say goodbye to the battery life anxiety.
These are two of the most direct reasons why I bought the Ultra, but what else? The new design, the titanium case, the orange alpine loop band, and the white ocean band are really what made it memorable for me. Although it doesn't look as refined as the S8, the Ultra gives me a sense of roughness in the roughness, roughness from a distance, and refinement up close.
The biggest thing that strikes me about the Apple Watch Ultra is that it is a separate entity from the Apple Watch system, a step up from the ordinary Apple Watch made of stainless steel and ceramic. It's more advanced and has more texture in both appearance and meaning, so the majority of people who spend $6,299 on the Apple Watch Ultra are definitely not looking for its new features.
It's more for its decorative role, choosing different straps to match different styles of wear, and at the same time, the watch has a very rich set of features that are really all complimentary. The Apple Watch S8 in stainless steel with a leather chain strap costs $799, so do you still think the Apple Watch Ultra is expensive? I pay the same price and get a new look, double the battery life, and several new features, so isn't that a great deal?