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Apple Watch Series 8: Some fireworks if you already have a previous generation watch

And let’s go with another ‘jacket’ from Apple. The people of Cupertino introduced their shoes in September. was one of new generation of apple watchOne of the best selling smartwatches that has brought the company great joy in terms of market entry so far.

‘As of now’ does not mean that this new Series 8 users will not like it. quite the contrary: this is a smart watch On top of the range that leaves you speechless… if you haven’t had its predecessor on your wrist before, New apple watch It brings practically nothing new and, although it’s still a great device, it’s not worth replacing if you already had the previous generation. Let me tell you everything in this review.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is available in 41 or 45 millimeter cases.
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technical specifications

  • Year of Presentation: 2022
  • Variant: GPS + Cellular or GPS
  • GPS + Cellular Edition Finishes: aluminum (midnight, stellar white, silver or red) and stainless steel (graphite, silver or gold)
  • GPS Edition Finishes: Aluminum (Midnight, Stellar White, Silver or Red) and Stainless Steel (Silver and Space Black)
  • 41mm Model Dimensions: 41mm High, 35mm Wide and 10.7mm Thick
  • 45mm Model Dimensions: 45mm high, 38mm wide and 10.7mm thick
  • Weight of the 41mm model: GPS + Cellular aluminum version 32.2 grams, GPS aluminum version 31.9 grams and GPS + Cellular stainless steel version 42.3 grams
  • Weight of the 41mm model: GPS + Cellular aluminum version 39.1 grams, GPS aluminum version 38.8 grams and GPS + Cellular stainless steel version 51.5 grams
  • Features: GPS (L1), GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou, Compass, Always-on Altimeter, Blood Oxygen Sensor, Electrical Heart Rate Sensor, Third Generation Optical Heart Rate Sensor, Emergency SOS Function, Emergency Call Abroad, Fall Detection and Shock detection function (accelerometer up to 256 G-force), high dynamic range gyroscope and ambient light sensor
  • Speaker: yes
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Suitable for receiving calls: Yes
  • Apple Pay: Yes
  • Resistance: Water resistance up to 50 meters and IP6X dust resistance certification
  • Capacity: 32GB
  • Material: Ceramic and sapphire crystal back cover
  • Display: Always-on Retina OLED LTPO with 1,000 nits brightness
  • Screen Size: 45mm or 41mm
  • Screen resolution: 396 x 484 pixels at 45mm and 41mm. at 352 x 430 pixels
  • Processor: S8 chip, W3 (Apple wireless chip) and U1 chip (ultra wideband) with dual-core 64-bit processor
  • Connectivity: LTE and UMTS (GPS+ in cellular models), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz and Bluetooth 5.3
  • Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion with battery life of up to 18 hours and up to 36 hours in low power mode
  • Charging: Fast magnetic charging cable with USB-C connector
  • Price: 499 Euro
Apple Watch Series 8 Cuesta 499 Euro.
Apple Watch Series 8 Cuesta 499 Euro.
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Design: nothing new under the sun

The design of the Apple Watch Series 8 is similar to the previous model, In fact, I’ve tried the same configuration I did last year—remember that case material and strap type are determined by your choice.

as you know, You can choose between a size of 41 or 45 millimetersBetween the GPS + cellular version and the K version only GPS And between the two materials: aluminum and stainless steel,

Colors vary depending on the model you choose. If you choose the aluminum case in both the GPS + Cellular version and the GPS only version, you have four colors available: midnight star white silver or red, If you choose the stainless steel case, GPS+ is in the cellular version graphite, silver or gold and in GPS only version silver and space black,

The world of straps is huge and it’s hard to think you won’t find one that fits you: sport, braided, leather, with a buckle, ‘loop’ type – without tie-, branded … You can configure it in many materials, formats and colours. Even with shells, there are dozens to choose from.

I've tried the Sport Band in starry white.
I’ve tried the Sport Band in starry white.
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This watch retains the classic crown and buttons to control and manage Apps, In addition, of course, the touch functions of the screen. There is a very right sensitivity in three things.

I also drive the 41mm GPS + Cellular version in Star White with Sport Band in Star White. i like it a lot and I find it very elegant. Needless to say, it is very comfortable and very lightweightYou’ll hardly notice that you’re wearing it, and although the strap is clear, it’s not dirty at all.

In terms of durability, it can be submerged up to 50 meters—which I haven’t tested—and has an IP6X rating for dust resistance. Finally, in my past experience, what you realize is that if you don’t wear some kind of protector, glass scratch ends With use and the passage of time, even if you are very careful. On the other hand, the box is still like new., The front includes “hard shock-resistant front glass,” they say from Apple, which gives you peace of mind when you wear it wearable Of this price on the wrist.


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Screen: The most amazing fluidity

Apple Watch Series 8 mounts Always-on Retina OLED LTPO display with 1,000 nits brightness, It is a ‘pants’ and looks great with balanced brightness, temperature and colour. The fluidity and sensitivity of the touch are brutal as well.

the truth is that it smart watch It includes some features in terms of screen that are high-end and which are great, but I emphasize: they are very similar to the previous generation. That’s why I don’t hold back for long – you can read the review of Apple Watch Series 7 here-.


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Interior technology: made to fly

I repeat myself: not much has changed as far as the interior is concerned. it is true that replace chip -S7 in Apple Watch Series 7 and S8 in Apple Watch Series 8, both with two cores-, but You probably won’t notice the difference in your day to day, Of course, it works very well and the fluidity and responsiveness are perfect.

Apple Watch Series 8 has a new operating system watchOS 9who brings with him many Innovations dedicated to training and health monitoring, as well as custom screens and a new set of additional features. However, the Series 7 will also receive the update, so we’ll have the same.

The main difference lies in the Apple Watch Series 8’s temperature sensor, which is dedicated to improving accuracy when measuring the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Apple Watch Series 8 will be bet on the same as the previous generation Leading in health and safety benefits, We remember that the Apple Watch Series 7 was already a very mature device, as far as sensors are concerned, including pulse meter, ECG and SPO2, and even providing menstrual cycle control functions. Also have to add, which have now been corrected thanks to the above. new temperature sensorWhich takes the body temperature at night.

As far as security is concerned fall detectionA service that already existed, and from this generation onwards we have accident detection, roaming services -to keep roaming International – and Celebrations emergency situation Calling for help from areas without coverage.


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Autonomy lasts up to 18 hours.
Autonomy lasts up to 18 hours.
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Autonomy: Comes low consumption mode

Apple Watch autonomy has always been a pending issue, and in this generation it does not change. We have a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives us maximum 18 hours of autonomy, according to the company. I confirm that the data is correct, in the end you will have to charge the watch every day or so for about a day and a half, which we must admit is somewhat difficult.

what’s cool about that Device It charges very fast and We managed to fill the battery to 100% in an hour,

And as a novelty from Cupertino this year Enter low power mode. With it, autonomy reaches up to 36 hours With on Apple Watch Series 8 iPhone close. This new mode temporarily disables or limits certain sensors and features, such as the always-on retina display, automatic training start and heart health notifications, among others.


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summary

20 bit score: 8/10

  • best: It is a ‘watch’ in terms of design, display, screen, health sensor, synchronization with mobile and usability.
    worst: It’s quite expensive – the price has actually gone up – and others on the market do the same thing without spending that much, even if they aren’t as pretty or they don’t have the best finish. In addition, autonomy is low.

Like the iPhone 14, the people of Cupertino have focused on their range for their watches premiumThat is, on the new Apple Watch Ultra. The Apple Watch Series 8 is a great watch, but we hardly get any news compared to the previous generation, So while I recommend it, I think it’s worth it if you don’t have an Apple ecosystem watch or if you’re coming from one with a long time ago.

Also, as with the rest of its devices, Apple The price of the Apple Watch has gone up a lot this year Compared to previous version. While the Watch 7 can be purchased in 41mm/GPS format for €429—the cheapest version—it costs €499 to take home the corresponding model of the Apple Watch 8.

This is a great watch in terms of design and materialProbably the best on the market or at least the ones I’ve tried. It is also on top in features, responsiveness, performance, the way it deals with mobile -In general with the whole ecosystem, if you are Apple, of course- and its health functions. And if you’re an athlete, it’s great to have your measurements, which are very accurate. What happens is that as I say all this was already in Series 7.

I like the autonomy issue less, which lasts a short time and eventually you find yourself charging the watch almost daily. Its good thing is that it is very fast charge and gets ready in an hour.

In short: I only recommend it if you want a smart watch And you don’t have one or if you have an older version of Apple. You If you don’t mind scratching your pocket,

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