Apple Watch Ultra review roundup

Apple Watch Ultra will be delivered to customers and launched in retail stores on Friday, September 23rd, priced at 6,299 yuan. Prior to this, the review of the Apple Watch Ultra has been lifted.

The Apple Watch Ultra is inspired by "the most extreme activities" such as hiking and scuba diving, with a sturdy design, a 49mm titanium case and a flat sapphire crystal, a larger display, dedicated A new strap designed for the outdoors, and water-resistant up to 100 meters, customizable bright orange action buttons, up to 60 hours of battery life and an upcoming low-power mode, dual-frequency GPS support, and more.

Here's a review summary of the Apple Watch Ultra:

Victoria Song of The Verge shares her general impressions:

"The Apple Watch Ultra is bulky, slightly bulky, and has a strong focus on features that the average user doesn't need in their day-to-day lives. At $799, it's the most expensive watch in the current Apple Watch lineup (excluding the Herm├Ęs version). After a week of testing, I don't think it will affect the Garmin, Polar or Coros watches used by the triathlon, hiker, or deep sea diving crowd, at least not yet. But for beginner and intermediate athletes, it's definitely a good thing - it's very tempting for people who crave this and many who just want a bigger Apple Watch."

Victoria Song said that during a week of testing the Apple Watch Ultra, she "often exceeded" the device's advertised 36 hours of battery life in standard mode:

  • Last weekend, I charged my Apple Watch Ultra to 100%. Then I hiked for 2 hours and 15 minutes, made extensive use of the compass and GPS, and tracked my sleep that night. I woke up the next morning still 50% battery left.
  • The other day, I did a 30-minute GPS run and another 20-minute rowing workout. I also made a brief call on the watch and ended the day at 84 percent.
  • Our Editor-in-Chief, Nilay, Apple Watch Ultra has 56 hours of use on a single charge, with 14% remaining. He's at home most of the time, so he's not using cellular data or GPS. If you're just wearing it at rest or aren't interested in the fitness features of the Apple Watch Ultra, you'll find it lasts longer. 

CNET's Lexy Savvides talks about pricing for the Apple Watch Series 8 and Garmin smartwatches:

Considering that it costs almost as much as the $749 45mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 8, I think the Apple Watch Ultra is a better value overall because you get extra hardware features like action buttons (which I love), emergency Siren and extra microphone to improve call quality.

It's also priced competitively with other sports watches with similar titanium construction and OLED screens, like the $999 Garmin Epix 2. The Apple Watch Ultra doesn't have long battery life, and its navigation capabilities are nowhere near as good as the Epix 2. But it's easier to use, with cardiac functions like an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) app, cellular connectivity, and seamless integration with the iPhone.

If you want a true hybrid smartwatch and sports watch, look no further than the Apple Watch Ultra. 

Savvides points out that the Apple Watch Ultra cannot download offline maps:

I also found the Ultra to be lacking compared to other sports and outdoor watches - not being able to download offline maps on the watch when I'm away from a cellular signal or have a topographic map without downloading third-party app options.

The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Nguyen said the Apple Watch Ultra is "exciting" but "not a Garmin killer" because it lacks features like recovery metrics:

So, should you buy an Ultra? This is an exciting update for current Apple Watch owners who need more (especially battery life). But it’s not a Garmin killer. Navigation aside, Garmin The watch also supports other features missing from the Apple Watch that is important to regular athletes, such as recovery metrics and the ability to broadcast heart rate to fitness devices via Bluetooth.

According to CNBC's Sofia Pitt, the Apple Watch Ultra's larger speakers are striking:

In addition to the bigger battery, I really appreciate the bigger speakers on the Ultra. According to Apple, the watch has two speakers that work together, which makes the Apple Watch Ultra 40% louder than the Apple Watch Series 8.

I use my watch to answer the phone a lot, especially when I'm cooking. I can hear the difference when using the Apple Watch Ultra compared to my Apple Watch Series 7. While this feature is really meant to be louder in extreme conditions of the outdoor type, I also appreciate it for regular use. 

TechRadar's Gareth Beavis applauds the new action buttons on the Apple Watch Ultra, but wishes it were more customizable:

One of the things we really like is that the action buttons make it easier to pause a workout - before you swipe the screen (with sweat or with wet hands) or press the side button and digital crown at the same time... which could be A bit of a hassle.

Now you can customize it to start exercising with the action button. Then press it with the other side button of the Apple Watch Ultra to pause. This is a simple, effective natural movement.

We would prefer the action button if it was more customizable: you can only set it to turn on a workout, start a dive, turn on the [flashlight], start the stopwatch, or use the compass function - you can also use it to start a shortcut (with your iPhone or A set of predefined actions for applications on the Watch), but they are also very limited because they can be richer. 

Men's Journal's Michael Frank says the Apple Watch Ultra's brighter display, with up to 2000 nits of brightness, makes information easier to read:

When using the Apple Workout app, that bigger, brighter screen can display six lines of data instead of five. But the real key here is legibility. Regardless of the app used or the watch face selected, whether it is staring at incoming text or trying to parse 5K mile split times, strong displays are easier to read instantly.

Brett Williams of Men's Health on wearing the Apple Watch Ultra:

Sometimes I wear the standard Apple Watch and wish it had more glamour. I actually prefer the feel - it brings me back to wearing a classic watch made of premium materials and designed to accomplish some tasks (at most ) and does a great job. At the same time, the Apple Watch Ultra doesn't feel too heavy; I don't feel like I'm fighting extra resistance when I lift weights or run with it. That is, for people with smaller wrists For me, the Apple Watch Ultra might not be a good fit, but it's just fine for me.

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