It's time: Apple's Watch reviewed
3.7Overall Score

Price (RRP): $499 (starting price): $499 to $24,000; Review unit was the 42mm stainless steel with Milanese loop variant, priced at $1029;
Manufacturer: Apple

Smartwatches have been out for around a year, but Apple’s take on the topic is brand new. Can Apple take the crown from Google before the area really heats up?

Features

Rumoured for such a long time, Apple’s take on the wristwatch is finally here, delivering a first-generation product with a heap of hype and a hope that it promises to be the gadget to take the smartwatch crown.

Three variants of the Apple Watch have been created in two distinct sizes, though all are technically the same with the exception of display size and casing material.

Display sizes differ due to customers preferring a smaller watch (38mm) or a larger one (42mm), with the sizes measured along the height. Each display supports a slightly different resolution, with 272×340 on the 38mm model (displaying 290 pixels per inch) and 312×390 on the 42mm Apple Watch (showing 302 pixels per inch).

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Casing material varies based on model choice, too, with the Watch Sport made from aluminium with a plastic back and Ion-X hardened glass front, while the Watch and Watch Edition are made from stainless steel and gold respectively, with both featuring a ceramic back and sapphire crystal front glass.

But beyond these bits, the watches are all technically the same, with the Apple S1 processor inside, 8GB storage, support for 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a speaker, microphone, ambient light sensor, heart rate sensor, motion sensors, and a Force Touch mechanism under the display with a vibrating mechanism Apple calls “Taptic”.

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Two buttons are included on the watch, with the bottom button for showing friends, while the main button sits inside the digital crown, with this mechanism also supporting rotations, which will let you go up and down on screen, or zoom in and out.

Water-resistance is included in the watch, rated for IPX7 certification.

A charging cable is included with every Apple Watch, relying on a wireless inductive charging accessory that plugs into USB and magnetically snaps to the back of the Apple Watch.

Several bands are made for the Apple Watch, with these catering to silicone, leather, and metal.

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Performance

If there’s one product that has perhaps been more hyped than any other this year, it’s the Apple Watch.

Rumoured for so long and now finally delivered, the Apple Watch is seen by many to be the first smartwatch, because it’s the first one made by Apple.