Apple Watch Series 6 review: With blood O2 monitor, made for corona times


Apple Watch Series 6 is now available in India at a starting price of Rs 40,900. It is an incremental update over the Watch Series 5, but some of its nifty features are useful, especially in these times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. For me that includes the way I review the devices. Now, whenever I am reviewing a phone, or a watch, or a gadget, the way I look at it is different compared to how I looked at it earlier. The same device fits in my life in a different way. In this case, take the Apple Watch Series 6. This is a smart device through which we primarily measure our physical activity, respond to notifications, and access quick information updates when we are busy in a meeting, or commuting, or jogging. So, what role can the Apple Watch Series 6 play when you aren’t doing any of this, and when you are working from home, going back and forth between the bedroom and the study room?

While reviewing the Apple Watch Series 6, I realised that there are different, but important, ways in which the Watch fits in my Work From Home life. And that is something remarkable, even though the Watch Series 6 in itself is more of an incremental update on the Watch Series 5.

I will be quick about the mundane stuff, which is the hardware and what works with the watch or what doesn’t, so I can then focus on something more significant, something that relates to how this Watch makes some parts of my day better.

Apple Watch Series 6 specs, design, performance

Apple is a company that doesn’t change the design all too often. It selects something that it believes works well, and then continues with it for at least three to four years before it is ready with the new design. The Watch 6 looks like all other Watches that Apple has launched so far. The basic design came with the Apple Watch Series 0, and since then it has been about refinement. That’s not a bad thing, though because this design works really well.
Compared to its predecessor, there is very little new in terms of design in the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple says that its screen is 30 per cent larger, but that is compared to the Series 3 Watch. Otherwise its screen size of 1.57-inch is the same that we saw in the Watch Series 5. There is a new processor called S6 but I can’t notice any speed difference between the Watch Series 6 and Watch Series 5. Even the shell is the same, complete with its red ring on the crown.

In terms of design, there are only two noteworthy differences. One, the Watch Series 6 is significantly lighter around 10 grams compared to the Series 5. This is important because Apple expects you to wear the Watch Series 6 in bed, now that it has a sleep tracking feature. More on this feature in a while.

And the second difference is that at the base of the Watch you will see some new sensors. The solo loop, which is a stretchable strap, is also new but then that strap is also available to Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 4, and the Apple Watch SE.

Beyond the looks and the impression there are some bigger differences. As I said, the lighter weight makes the Watch slightly more comfortable on the wrist. The always-on screen, although not a new feature, is brighter, both when it is dimmed, as well as when you look at it.

The battery performance too is better. It charges faster, and it drains slower. Given that Apple has finally brought the sleep tracking to the Watch, it is useful to have better battery performance.


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