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Apple Watch Series 4 Review – Can an Apple a day keep the doctor away?

Product:  Apple Watch Series 4

Price: $349.99 ($449.99 with cellular networking)

Cheapest Place to Buy:  Amazon.com

Battery Life:  18 hours

Case Size:  44 mm or 40 mm

Are bands interchangeable?  Yes

Is a charger included?  Yes

Waterproof?  Yes

Guarantee:  Apple Care plan may be purchased separately for $79.00

My rating:  9.0 out of 10

The Apple Watch Series 4, Product Overview

As a fitness “junkie”, I was very happy when I heard that Apple was coming out with a major update to the Apple Watch series.  And I was certainly not disappointed after I got one for myself.  Many of the existing features of previous Apple watches were improved, and some exciting, brand new features have been added.

For anyone trying to take better care of themselves and their health, this watch a great fit.  Speaking of great fits, it comes with two different bands so that you use the one that fits your wrist most comfortably.  I have a smaller wrist, and I find that the smaller band works really well for me.

The Apple Watch Series 4 has a larger, clearer display with even faster speed and better sound quality. You will be amazed by the high and low heart rate detection.  And the FDA has approved the EKG app for even more specific heart monitoring.   A great new safety feature is fall detection with SOS trigger.

What this Apple Watch can do for you…

Of course, the Apple Watch Series 4 will keep time for you beautifully.  But it can do more, so much more.  Apple has focused the emphasis on its watches to health and fitness tracking, which is great for those of us trying to stay healthy.  Keep in mind that the Apple Watch Series 4 does currently require an iPhone to set up.  This means that if you use an Android right now, it is time to decide whether a smart watch matters enough in your life to change over to the Apple iPhone.

Apple Pay is an amazing feature.  Rather than digging for your wallet, you merely press a button on your Apple Watch Series 4, hold it near the terminal, and that’s all there is to paying.  It is so fast and easy and secure.  Your personal data, including your credit card number, is never made visible or available.  If you take off the watch or it is not in contact with your skin (through the heart rate monitor), it automatically turns off so that nobody else can access your data.

There are fantastic phone and messaging features built into the Apple Watch Series 4, and this makes it seem way ahead of its time. It is convenient to be able to merely look at your wrist if you get a notification about an incoming phone call or text message.  That way, you are not as tied down with your iPhone.

You can even text or talk right from the Apple Watch Series 4 for brief responses or conversations.  If you need to have a longer conversation, the Apple Watch Series 4 lets you easily move from the watch to your phone.  And the convenience doesn’t stop there. You have the ability to hand write or speak short messages, which makes communicating easy no matter where you are.

The Apple Watch Series 4’s GPS + Cellular model allows you to call, communicate, dictate, or write even when your iPhone is not nearby.   I was able to go fishing off of Ocean City on my friend’s s boat, and able to send a message to our buddy in Florida.  Just imagine the possibilities.  You will have the ability to stay in touch wherever you go.

Closer to home, the Apple Watch can take home automation to a whole new level.  It is fully integrated with Apple TV. In addition, you will also be able to set your thermostat and control lights and other appliances right from your Apple Watch Series 4 through HomeKit and Siri. Anything that you can integrate with your Apple Watch Series 4 can then be handled right from your wrist, no matter where you are.  The potential is only limited by your imagination.

The Apple Watch Series 4 can help us stay connected, even in times of crisis and emergency.  It encourages us to keep physically active, and can alert us to potentially life-threatening conditions and situations before they can have a devastating impact on us.  It’s enhanced features can enhance our longevity, activity, and connectivity.

If you don’t have an Apple Watch Series 4 yet, my recommendation is for you to try one. And the Series 4 is the best Apple Watch ever, in my opinion. Yes, it may seem pricey and extravagant if your already have an iPad and/or iPhone, but there is something important to remember here.  The Apple Watch Series 4 can actually save your life.  This puts it head and shoulders above the other Apple devices, in my mind.

If you already have an Apple Watch, you should think about the new features that the Series 4 brings to the table.  And they are considerable

Pros:

  • EKG feature on demand that monitors for heart dysrhythmias through 30-second heart rate samples
  • If you fall, EMS and loved ones can be alerted
  • Super fast speed
  • Larger, clearer display
  • Comfortable wrist bands
  • Feels substantial in terms of weight on your wrist
  • Improved GPS battery life compared to earlier Apple watches
  • Super accurate fitness tracking
  • Super convenient tap-to-pay capability

Cons:

  • It only works with iPhones
  • Not a good choice if for those wanting to stick with their Android phone
  • No sleep tracking
  • A bit expensive compared to FitBit and other fitness trackers

Putting it all together…

If you’re still undecided about whether you should get an Apple Watch or not, you can visit an Apple Store if you live near one to try out the Series 4.  Or else, there are good Apple Watch Support Communities that you can check out for more feedback.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this review of what I believe is the best smart watch ever developed.  I am completely convinced that this Apple can truly keep the doctor away.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them for me below.   Thanks again for taking the time to visit my website.

 

 

 

 

Brian

10 Comments

  1. Hi Brian,

    As an Apple watch owner and Apple product lover I have to say I love my watch. This is a really thorough review… I am curious, do you feel like Apple enthusiasts are locked into this one company? Like you very correctly pointed out, Apple products are only compatible with Apple devices, so would there be any downfall to using exclusively Apple products?

    Thanks again,

    Janani

    • Dear Janani,

      I agree that Apple enthusiasts are a loyal bunch!  But with good reason:  Steve Jobs created a company that produces products of the highest quality and consistency.  I don’t think we need to worry about sticking only with Apple products – this company will surely be around for a LONG time!

      I don’t see any downfalls, do you?

      Much appreciated,

      Brian

  2. Apple Watch Series 4 just released recently. I watched the releasing event live but I missed the part where they explained the features of the watch. I am glad that I found this article because it has everything I needed to know about  Apple Watch Series 4. I would love to have one of this, the only thing is that it is way out of my budget.

    You explained all the criteria for this watch very well. It was easy for me to understand and read the review. Thank you so much for posting this article.

    • Dear Sujandar,

      I appreciate your reply to my article very much.  And I agree that the price tag may be steep, for now.  If you can be patient, I bet it comes down in 2019, especially if newer models are going to be introduced.  As soon as the Series 4 was introduced, the Series 3 instantly became much more affordable.

      Please let me know if I can help you in any way or if you have any questions…

      Best wishes,

      Brian

  3. I must say that this article is very interesting and informative. I would never think that one watch can do such magnificent things like controlling home devices, it seems pretty powerful to me. I am an Android user but it is not a problem to go for iPhone because of this watch. I will check the thing on Amazon and I will surely buy it.

    • Dear Daniel,

      As a former Android user myself, I completely agree that the features of this Apple Watch are pretty magnificent!  Please let me if I can answer any questions for you or help you with your decision in any way.  I really appreciate you taking the time to write to me about my article.

      With much appreciation,

      Brian

  4. I always have trouble finding good electronic gifts for my aunt and her husband. They’re totally apple people and I’m an android person. Fitness junkie is the farthest thing from their minds. They definitely enjoy a very elaborate lifestyle, but they do have to monitor a bunch of stuff due to their health issues. Another major perk you mentioned here is Apple Pay right on the watch! Like this is legit a great gift for them! I really appreciate this review!

    • Dear Chrissy,

      I agree that the Apple Watch is not only for devoted fitness junkies.  I work with a lot of people who just like the look of it.  This is a good way to monitor heart rate, etc. for health issues.  And I agree that Apple Pay is such a convenient feature.  Thanks for writing to me.  Please let me know if you get one for them as as a gift and how they like it.

      Best wishes,

      Brian

  5. Thank you for an informative article. I’m also a fan of Apple products, but the watch is the only thing which is missing from my ‘collection’. 

    I have to admit, the watch is a bit pricy compare with other similar products, but the quality matters. I like that is coming with two different bands, because I also have a small wrist and it’s waterproof. I use my actual watch 24/7 and this is a great feature for me.

    Thanks again for your review, it makes it easy to decide on purchasing the product.

    • Dear Dany,

      I appreciate your feedback about the Apple Watch Series 4.  The fact that it comes with multiple bands makes it versatile, and its ability to withstand water is important for those of us who want to swim with it to track our laps.  Thanks so much, and please let me know if you decide to get one for yourself!

      Take care,

      Trish

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