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  • - The Apple Watch Series 4 was the most impressive thing

  • that Apple announced last week.

  • I've been reviewing it since then,

  • and I gotta tell ya,

  • it lives up to the hype.

  • (smooth funky music)

  • Now, we should start with the hardware,

  • because more than on any other part of this watch,

  • the hardware is where they really knocked it outta the park.

  • For the very first time since, basically,

  • the original Apple Watch,

  • the hardware here has been fully redesigned.

  • There's new sizes, new screens,

  • new speakers, and of course, there's new stuff inside it.

  • But, it still looks like an Apple Watch so,

  • let's really get into it.

  • So, with the Series 4, there's two new sizes,

  • there's 40 millimeter and 44 millimeter,

  • this is the 44 millimeter.

  • Now, before this I was using the 42 millimeter size,

  • the bigger size on the Series 3,

  • and it's only subtly bigger than it was before,

  • but it's also subtly thinner and to me,

  • the trade-off is totally worth it.

  • You're really not gonna notice

  • that difference all that much.

  • And I think that also is gonna apply

  • to people who prefer the smaller watch.

  • Before we get too deep into this,

  • we really should talk pricing,

  • because these watches, they're really not that cheap.

  • The least expensive model is the 40 millimeter,

  • with GPS plus wi-fi, and that's 399,

  • but there's a whole bunch of add-ons you can do

  • so let's take a look here.

  • It's $30 more for the larger size,

  • if you wanna get LTE that's usually about $100 more,

  • plus the $10 a month or so your carrier's gonna charge you.

  • If you wanna get one of the steel models,

  • that's somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 more.

  • You also could add AppleCare on top of that.

  • You could easily spend $600, $700 on one of these things

  • without even noticing it.

  • And don't even get me started on the Hermes model.

  • Series 4 looks basically the same as before.

  • It's got the same lozenge shape

  • and the same two-button layout

  • but Apple's really careful with the curves on this

  • larger size so that it's still compatible

  • with existing watch bands, even third-party watch bands

  • still look fine on these watches.

  • Where things start to look different

  • is when the screen turns on, because the screens

  • on these watches are just, they're just incredibly good.

  • They're at 30% bigger than the old models

  • and they go closer to the edge of the watch

  • and they make the screens on the older generations

  • of the Apple Watch look really tiny and cramped

  • and the corners of the screen are rounded,

  • so it just feels more natural to the watch.

  • It's still OLED so the blacks are still true black

  • and these screens are just big,

  • and they're beautiful and I love them.

  • Moving on, there are some other changes to the hardware

  • that you should know about so the back is now ceramic

  • instead of metal and that's to allow wireless signals

  • to pass through the ceramic,

  • giving it better reception.

  • They've moved the microphone over here,

  • between the two buttons and that makes it better for calls,

  • but the thing that actually makes it better for calls

  • is the louder speaker on this side.

  • It's seriously like, super duper loud.

  • On the inside there's a faster processor,

  • of course, there's Bluetooth 5.0

  • on the W3 wireless chip.

  • And there's a new set of more accurate sensors,

  • which is gonna become important later.

  • There's also this haptic feedback when you turn

  • the digital crown which I thought would be gimmicky,

  • but I actually really like it.

  • (crown turns)

  • The other thing that they've done,

  • if you get the LTE model is there's no longer

  • a big, dumb, red dot on the digital crown,

  • it's just a nice, little, subtle red ring now,

  • so, (clicks tongue) good job.

  • As for battery life, well, it's stupendous.

  • I used this thing all weekend without charging it

  • and that included walking around for a couple hours

  • using Maps, making a couple calls on LTE,

  • and also doing some workout stuff, which is not me,

  • but I did it for science.

  • And I didn't have to charge this thing

  • until the end of the day on Sunday.

  • Apple says that it gets about 18 hours of battery life

  • or you can do about 6 hours of outdoor workout time.

  • You know what?

  • It totally hit that number.

  • In fact, the battery life is so good

  • that I wish Apple gave me an option to have the screen

  • just be always on, all the time so you don't have to

  • twist your wrist to see the time,

  • but you can't do that.

  • You still gotta twist your wrist to see the time.

  • It's fine.

  • So the newest version of Watch OS is Watch OS 5.

  • And, honestly, it's kind of a grab bag of new features.

  • There's support for podcasts and streaming Apple music,

  • and new fitness and health options,

  • and walkie-talkie mode, and you can open links

  • in iMessage to webpages and they get displayed

  • automatically in readability mode.

  • I don't know, hooray for the web,

  • I love reading the web on my watch.

  • Now, you might remember that last year's Apple Watch

  • had some launch issues with LTE,

  • but Apple fixed those up pretty quickly

  • and this year I haven't had any major problems with LTE.

  • In fact, when people have called me and I've used the watch

  • to take the call, they didn't believe I wasn't

  • talking to them on the phone.

  • And the speaker on this thing is so loud,

  • you don't have to like, hold it up to your ear

  • to hear people, you just kinda hold your wrist naturally

  • and like, actually have a conversation,

  • it's really impressive.

  • But it still does take the watch a minute or two

  • to get connected on LTE,

  • which can be a little bit frustrating,

  • because you don't know if it's gonna work or not,

  • and that's most clear and most obvious with Siri.

  • Siri is still Siri.

  • One new, neat feature is you can just raise your wrist

  • and start talking and Siri will respond,

  • but, I don't know, a lot of the time,

  • instead of Siri becoming available,

  • it just says, hang on, dot dot dot,

  • and I'll tap you when I'm ready dot dot dot,

  • and you just never really trust Siri to work

  • the first time that you use it.

  • Now, there's also some software features that are

  • exclusive to the Series 4 and that includes

  • new watch faces, the electrocardiogram feature,

  • and fall detection.

  • The new watch faces are designed to show

  • just how big these new Apple Watch screens are

  • and some of them are beautiful,

  • I especially love the water watch face,

  • which, like, has an animated water and shows a clock hand,

  • I think it's great.

  • But the one that Apple is showing off is called

  • Infograph, and it's designed to show off

  • how many complications they can fit on a single screen.

  • I'm okay with a ton of complications,

  • but the colors here are just, they're all over the place.

  • This one's orange and this one's yellow,

  • and this one goes from green to yellow.

  • I know some people are gonna like it,

  • but I super don't.

  • Oh, and Apple still isn't allowing

  • third-party watch faces which is kind of a bummer.

  • I'd really like to get an information-dense watch screen

  • like this without so many, just, colors everywhere.

  • So the walkie-talkie feature on the Apple Watch

  • is pretty cool.

  • To use it, both you and your friend have to agree

  • to be friends and you both have to be available.

  • And the reason that exists is the first time you

  • talk to somebody on the walkie-talkie mode,

  • your voice just calls out from their watch.

  • So, to do it, you hit the complication,

  • or open up the app, you tap on the name of the person

  • you wanna talk to and then there's just a

  • big, yellow talk button and you just hold

  • your finger down on it and you talk.

  • So you could say, "Hey, Dan, how's it going?

  • "I'm calling you on walkie-talkie, obviously."

  • So that's nice, but the first time you do it

  • there's this message that says, connecting to Dan,

  • because what walkie-talkie mode actually is,

  • is a FaceTime call that's just interrupted--

  • - [Voice On Watch] I'm doing alright, how about you?

  • - By you tapping the push to talk button.

  • So Dan just replied.

  • Hey, I'm doing really good,

  • we're just demoing this on video for you,

  • we'll probably do this a couple of times.

  • Ah, yeah, it works really well, except that,

  • this is pretty great but you have to use your

  • other hand to tap the thing, you can't push a button,

  • and it's also like, if you've got one of your hands full

  • you basically can't use this thing, right?

  • That's the other problem with it.

  • - [Voice On Watch] Yeah, that's probably

  • one of my biggest frustrations.

  • I can't even hold a coffee cup and do this

  • at the same time.

  • - I have a trick, hang on.

  • The trick, if you've got a coffee in your hand,

  • is a new thing that I'm calling nose-calling, where--

  • the thing is Dan, you can use your nose, it totally works.

  • - [Voice On Watch] Well, I guess the good thing

  • about using my nose for this is my other hand

  • is free to face-palm.

  • The health and fitness side of Watch OS 5

  • is in a lot of ways a lot more interesting,

  • because Apple is separating out the ideas

  • of fitness and health, so on the fitness side

  • the new features are you can do these like,

  • workout competitions with your friends

  • over the course of a week and it will also do

  • automatic workout detection in case you forget to

  • open up the little app and hit start or end workout.

  • On the health side of the equation,

  • it's doing a bunch of interesting stuff,

  • so it can now detect low heart rates, for example,

  • and later this year it's going to be able to detect

  • a regular heart rates too.

  • It can also do fall detection,

  • which is a really interesting feature and I think

  • it's really gonna benefit a lot of people.

  • It can automatically detect with these new sensors,

  • whether or not you've had a hard fall,

  • and if it thinks you've fallen and hurt yourself,

  • it will offer to call emergency services

  • and if you don't respond within, I don't know,

  • a minute or something, it will just go ahead

  • and call those services and also text your

  • emergency contact to let them know that

  • something might be wrong.

  • I have been trying to manually trigger the

  • fall detection by hurling myself onto the bed or the couch,

  • and it hasn't worked yet.

  • I don't know.

  • Maybe the watch can tell that I'm acting.

  • I do think it's a great feature,

  • I just can't tell you whether or not it super works.

  • The headline-grabbing feature of the Series 4

  • is the new electrocardiogram feature.

  • So it's got sensors on the bottom,

  • also on the digital crown, you hold it down,

  • it takes a reading and then you can send a PDF

  • to your doctor.

  • Unfortunately, they haven't turned that on yet,

  • so I can't test it and tell you if it works or not.

  • When Apple introduced the very first Apple Watch,

  • it was kind of a mess.

  • It was trying to do way too much and both the software

  • and the hardware just couldn't live up to

  • what they were trying to do with it.