Slashdot Asks: Anyone Considering an Apple Watch 4?
Sunday September 23, 2018. 05:44 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
I finally gave in, after years of Android loyalty, because the iPhone and Apple Watch just worked, so I was told (and it is true). I changed from my Motorola Maxx for an iPhone 7, because I wanted the Apple Watch. Shortly after, I purchased a second-hand Apple Watch Series 1. I have never looked back...and I'm happy with it.
Last week, I was able to buy an Apple Watch Series 4 with the exact specs I wanted... Wow! The screen is a ton bigger than my Series 1. I noticed right away when it asked me to set my passcode...the buttons were WAY bigger! It truly has the 'side-to-side' screen...it's noticable... 'Walkie Talkie' is super convenient (used with my associate who told me that it was in stock at Best Buy...)
1) It's big, but not much bigger on your wrist than the 42mm versions previous...rather, the screen is bigger, brighter, and more usable.
2) The speakers and mics are far and away better than previous versions of the Apple Watch.
But they don't yet have access to 'the highly-touted 'ECG' capability'. (Fortune reports it was only approved by America's FDA the day before the launch event -- and isn't yet available for 'international' customers.) And the software also isn't ready yet for 'Fall Protection,' a feature which calls emergency responders if it detects that you've fallen to the ground and you don't respond to prompts for the next 60 seconds. ('The feature is automatic with Watch owners who identify themselves as 65 and up,' USA Today reported last week.)
'I spoke to several people in their 40s or 50s who said the same thing: they were already considering buying Series 4 watches for their parents for this feature alone,' reported Daring Fireball, and both sites concluded that excitement was actually higher for Apple's new watches than it was for their new iPhones. ('We're talking about a device used by over a billion people -- the iPhone,' writes USA Today, 'compared with an accessory that analysts say have sold about 15 million units.') Daring Fireball acknowledges that the Apple Watch isn't the 'nicest' watch in the world, but it's definitely the nicest if you compare it only to other smart watches and fitness trackers. (Though 'that's like saying you're the richest person in the poorhouse.') But what do Slashdot readers think?
Is anyone considering an Apple Watch 4?
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