I go a week with the Apple Watch Ultra. Impressions, conclusions, worth taking?

I have never climbed Everest. He did not descend into the dark depths of the ocean, did not explore the dense forests and did not discover new routes in the desert.

However, I’ve been wearing new ones on my wrist for a week now. Apple Watch Ultra. A smart watch that engineers from Cupertino created for extreme sportsmen, conquerors of new heights and unknown directions on land, in water and in the air.

A week is enough time to talk about the impressions of the Apple Watch Ultra, analyze its pros and cons, and most importantly, answer why the main buyers of these watches will not be professional athletes at all.

Fresh design is the main innovation

I use the Apple Watch Ultra in the same way as my previous AW Series 7. And I knew that I would not run headlong into the mountains as soon as I put the new watch on my hand. Notifications and sleep tracking are the main features that I need from smartwatches. The question is, why did you even need to change the still current gadget of the seventh series to the Apple Watch Ultra?

After 8 years of owning different generations of smartwatches from Apple, the Ultra is the first truly updated Apple Watch in terms of design. They have a different case, thickness and weight, so that the watch is felt on the hand in a new way, constantly attracting the eye. And at the same time, it’s still the same Apple smartwatch with the usual functionality.

I’ll be honest: after changing the Apple Watch of any previous version to Ultra, the first impression will be bewilderment, because they are so big! How to wear them under clothes? What about sleeping in them?

All these fears are groundless and vain: to weighing 61 grams you get used to it in just half an hour, and case thickness 14.4 mm does not interfere with wearing this watch with any winter jacket.

Useful features that come as a bonus to the Apple Watch Ultra

The main thing that I got with AW Ultra is a noticeable increase in battery life. If I charged my previous watches of the seventh series every night, because during the day the charge level steadily dropped from 100 to 35-30%, then with Ultra I remember charging once every three days.

From morning to evening in normal use with a bunch of constant notifications, the new watch is discharged by a maximum of 10-12%. About the same amount flies overnight, and this is with the ECG measurements turned on and the screen constantly working.

Separately, I want to note the brightness of the screen. In the Apple Watch Ultra, this setting is 2000 nits, while in previous smartwatches, the maximum brightness is 1000 nits. This increase in brightness is very noticeable, especially on a bright sunny frosty day outside.

In the evening, I fell in love with the special night mode of the “Explorer” dial, when all the information on the screen is displayed in red. Pleasant to the eyes and easy to read.

Strangely, I’m more comfortable sleeping with the big AW Ultras on my arm than with the previous 7 Series watches. Paradoxically, the “Ultra” is heavier and therefore less noticeable on the wrist when the hand is on the bed.

Another plus of the Apple Watch Ultra is that the wheel turns more tightly, which eliminates accidental scrolling of the sleeve of the clothes. It used to happen from time to time that you listen to music and suddenly the volume gets out to the maximum, because you turned your hand and the wheel made several turns due to friction on the sleeve of the jacket.

With “Ultra” such accidents are excluded. Not only is the wheel protected by the protruding edges of the case, it also spins with a finger with a noticeable effort.

The new function button is handy, especially if you hang a flashlight on it. Just the other day I was in the theater and during the performance I dropped the keys on the floor. Without taking out the iPhone, he illuminated the floor for hours and easily found the loss. It would be great to expand the list of applications that can be activated using this button, I hope Apple does this in the next version of watchOS.

Old straps from the Apple Watch Series 7 fit the Ultra like a native. However, they do not want to be worn with a new watch, because they are not brutal enough. Therefore, I go with a rag “mountain” strap of green color and wait for the silicone for divers, in white, to become cheaper. He held it in his hands and really liked the touch.

An unexpected minus of hours opened after a few days of use, and it is associated with a large and bright screen. Yes, any notifications are perfectly visible, but they can also be easily read by all the people around you. Therefore, I had to turn off the display of the full text on the screen and leave only the “previews”. Still, a few years of using the Apple Watch with a smaller screen is great for teaching privacy.

I have never had to swim and play sports in the Apple Watch Ultra. Looking forward to the summer when I can test the watch on the beach and in the water.

As a verdict, I want to note that I am absolutely satisfied with the new watch, which for the first time in many years really feels like new, and not like another update of the filling in the old case.

To whom to take, to whom they will not come

Contrary to Apple’s desire to make a sports-oriented gadget for fans of a wide variety of activities, the Apple Watch Ultra turned out to be a little more brutal than any other watch in the previous series, no more. Autonomous work has increased, but it still falls short of specialized wearable devices from Garmin or even the same Huawei GT Pro.

So this watch will definitely appeal to all lovers of novelty who want to stand out and have the latest Apple devices. The functionality of the AW Ultra is practically the same as any Apple Watch of previous generations, except that there is a siren (most will never need) and an accident detection sensor, which, fortunately, has not yet been tested either.

If you have extra 89 990 rubles and the desire to feel a titanium case on your hand – feel free to upgrade to Apple Watch Ultra from any generation of Apple Watch. And if everything suits you in your current smartwatch, then take your time: “Ultra” is just the first attempt by Apple to make some new highly specialized gadget, and next year the company will release a new version, taking into account all the mistakes and wishes of top extreme athletes .

I’m sure it will be even better.

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