Today 17th July is released in Sweden hyped Apple Watch. RW’s Chief Editor Stefan Larsén has tested smartklockan to find out if it’s something to focus on for us runners.
If you are a fan of Apple products you probably already have the inside track on Apple Watch, which was launched in the United States in april and released in Sweden today the 17th of July. If you have not read on: Apple Watch is not a clock, without-simply put-a wrist-worn extension of your Iphone. Via bluetooth (4.0) mirrors Apple Watch is simply a large part of the content in your phone, but it also has some own and interesting new features. We focus on the other hand, most of what is interesting for us runners in this first review, after the first 24 hours with Apple Watch. For a more comprehensive review comes in paper magazine in August.
Apple Watch is available in three basic versions: Sport, Watch and Edition. All have the same capabilities-differences lies in the design and the material of watch cases and bracelets and they come in two sizes, with 38 and 42 mm display. Prices start at 4 000 SEK (Sport, 38 mm) up to a staggering 180 000 kronor (Edition with case in 18 carat gold).
No matter which model you choose, you get the same content-a watch which is essentially a communication link between you and your Iphone (5 or later). The most you can see and do with your Iphone, you can also do, to some extent, with Apple Watch according to CHRONOLOGICALWATCHES. You can read and reply to messages, answer the phone or listening to music. Apple Watch mirrors so your phone so that you can see who’s calling, allowing you to read your calendar, mail, weather, stocks, and much, much more. That is to say, if you have your Iphone with you-you’re too far from your phone is limited possibilities. Most of these features are not unique to Apple Watch-several of the major manufacturers of fitness watches and bands have models with similar communications capabilities when they paired via Bluetooth with your smart phone.
Based on the runner’s perspective it is, above all, Apple Watch training features, among other things, activity tracking, and the built-in heart rate monitor which is most exciting, in combination with the ability to use apps as Runkeeper, Endomondo, Strava, and others.
But even here we can conclude that Apple Watch is a very simple activity meters and sports watch. It has, for example, does not have its own GPS receiver. Nevertheless, it can be used without a telephone on the rounds. With the help of the built-in accelerometer, Apple Watch is calibrated during the first term of the passports along with the phone. Then, the phone can be left at home, and Apple Watch should be able to figure out how fast and far you run based on your movement patterns. Do you want a more accurate GPS-based designation, you’ll need to have your phone with you.
You can also listen to downloaded music without your phone while running (via Bluetooth to wireless headphones), or streamed if you have your phone with. Then you can control the music player via Apple Watch, so you don’t have to pick up the phone every time you want to change the song, for example.
With Apple Watch training app, you get instant feedback on how far you run, how fast you run, how many calories you burned and how long you have been out. In addition, you can view your heart rate, which is measured with light sensors on the wrist in the same way as including Adidas Mi Coach Smart Run, Tomtom Cardio and Garmin Forerunner 225 does. It’s a pretty proven technology that allow no external chest strap around your chest is needed, but the optical measurement requires that the clock sits tight around your wrist. Tattoos in the clock can also interfere with the reading of the pulse-if that is the case with Apple Watch, we have not tested.
First we compared with Apple Watch saves the heart rate values in real time with a Suunto Sport with chest strap. Saves the heart rate values were consistently equal, so Apple’s monitor seems to be reliable when it comes to your heart rate. We can unfortunately not say about distance and speed measurement. Even though we had the phone with us so that Apple Watch received GPS data (clock has said no GPS) showed Apple Watch training app nearly 10% error on six kilometers of running, compared with Movescount and compared with earlier measurements of distance. A normal error display on a GPS for consumer use, such as those used in training watches, is around one to two percent. To Apple’s defense, it should be said that it partly depends on which app you use-apps filters the GPS data in different ways. So far, we have only been running with Apple’s training app, so other applications can give others (and hopefully better) values.
But in addition to error display leaves Apple Watch own fitness app a lot more to be desired-if you want a lot of information that is. It measures not much more than the time, distance, pace and heart rate, and estimates the number of calories you use. It is not possible to see more than two values at a time, so there will be a lot of scrolling back and forth. Unfortunately, it is not possible to browse the entire lap around, so when you come to the last display may go back again. And swiping between the displays are not easy when the sweat is dripping-the touch-sensitive screen makes quite often not at all as we want.
Not even in the app on your phone, you can read a lot more data than you can see on the clock. It may well be quite sufficient for many runners, but on the other hand, there are many better and cheaper options that make it-and much more-on the market in terms of both training and activity links. However, if you are using a third-party app such as Endomondo, Runkeeper or Strava, there is more to download by Apple Watch-that is, if you also have your phone with you on the pass. How it works we’ll get back to in the more detailed test in the magazine.
But now maybe not runners in particular and aktivitetsloggare in General, Apple Watch main audience. Rather, it is Iphoneanvändare and Applefrälsta consumers who will jump on Apple Watch-train in the first round now when it is released in Sweden. A lot of them will surely appreciate the activity logging features, which not only reminds you to stand up, move around and work out every day-but also rewards you when you reach your goals.
So is Apple Watch something for us runners? Both Yes and no. As sports watch or activity tracker has the clear limitations-it lacks its own GPS, do not store your Passport in map format, have poorly water protection (you should not shower with it, for example) and poor battery life (compared to most other exercise wearables on the market).
Apple Watch battery time is 18 hours, so it needs charging daily. It is capable in 6.5 hours activity, which should be enough for most runners. Use it along with the phone’s GPS so you can bet that a lot of your phone’s battery power is used also.
But if you are already running with your Iphone and uses a fitness app as Runkeeper, Strava or Endomondo for example to log and analyze your pass then Apple Watch an interesting complement. You don’t have to a chest strap around your chest (using pulse measurement would say) and you get direct feedback on speed, time, distance, and more-without having to pick up the phone. Listen also to music during the session to facilitate Apple Watch-you can control the player from your wrist.
So far, is the offerings of Apple Watch custom third-party apps are relatively limited, but some of the most popular (as we mentioned above, as well as Nike +, MapMyRun, etc.) can be downloaded to the watch, and in the fall released more according to Apple. This will also release two of the software (Watch OS2) which hopefully means more and better training features.
Our first impression:
Apple Watch is not a particularly good sports watch or activity band-are you looking for such functions there is much better, more skilled and less expensive options. But if you’re running with your Iphone, like to listen to music during the session and uses a fitness app to log your workouts and your activities-then Apple Watch be a clever addition. We will return with a more detailed review in the paper magazine, then we also test how Apple Watch works with some of the most common löpapparna on the Appstore.
Quick facts Sport Apple Watch 42 mm
Weight (42 mm): 30 ounces (25 grams for the smaller 38 mm model)
Dimensions: 36 x 42 x 10.5 mm
Screen: 1.32/1.5 inch Retina display with Force Touch.
RAM: 512 MB.
Storage: 8 GB, including 2 GB of music.
Battery life: 5 hours (6.5 hours activity).
Charging: Wireless induction charger.
Water Protection: Water resistant to splashes, IPX7 standards.
Price: From 4 000 SEK (Sport, 38 mm). Tested version (Sport, 42 mm) costs 4 500 SEK.
With your finger, you switch quickly between apps on the touch-sensitive display.
The information on the display can be adjusted in two million different variations, and can show how much (or little) you have touched you today.
With the activity app to Apple Watch in your Iphone, you get a day-by-day overview of how you practiced and moved up, but the information does not contain more than pretty basic facts.
Apple Watch activity meter keeps track of how much you stand up during the day (at least one minute per hour, twelve hours per day), how many active calories you how much you exercised (at least 30 minutes per day). When the goals reached, you will receive rewards in the form of small medals. Objectives can be adjusted both of yourself and of Apple Watch depending on your past performance. The ultimate goal is that each circle should be filled completely every day.
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