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Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

After the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE2 (and before the AirPods Pro Gen2), it is now the turn of the Apple Watch Ultra to reveal itself a little more through first impressions of the few journalists who were able to take advantage of it in preview.

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

Reminder of the characteristics of the Apple Watch Ultra

Highlight of the presentation of the Apple Watch 2022 range during the last keynote, the Apple Watch Ultra has been designed for athletes and adventurers, but also for users in need of autonomy. The Apple Watch Ultra stands out from the rest of the line with an unprecedented 49 mm titanium case, a button stock additional designed to be used even with gloves (for example for winter sports or diving) and allowing you to switch from one sport to another or start an activity, a 30% larger digital crown, three microphones , two speakers, a more precise GPS using two frequencies and picking up more satellites, an 86 dB siren, the presence of 4G on all models, and increased autonomy now reaching 36 hours (and even up to 60 hours via power saving mode, a feature many users have been waiting for, but which will not be available when the Apple Watch Ultra goes on sale this September 23).

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

Apple specifies that the energy saving mode (not disabling GPS or heart rate tracking) allows you to hold the time of a complete triathlon and that the watch is water resistant to 100 meters. A way night is also there to allow use in the dark, as well as new bracelets withan advanced attachment system, and above all a very bright screen (2000 nits peak, a first on a connected watch). In addition to ECG, sleep monitoring, blood oxygen level measurement, and many other functions in the range, the Apple Watch Ultra also benefits from the new features released with the Apple Watch Series 8 and SE2 , including temperature sensors, or car accident detection.

First tests and hands-on

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

Obviously, the first point noted by users is the new size of 49 mm and the more massive titanium case. If the design remains a matter of taste (personally, I find the Ultra attractive, even putting a touch of old to the traditional models with a slightly aging design), the size will not suit all wrists. Marques Brownlee of the YouTube channel MKBHD specifies that while the Apple Watch Ultra is obviously the most imposing of the range, certain competing connected watches designed for athletes are even more massive (but with a more traditional format), making pass the Apple Watch Ultra for a compact model. The case weight of 61.3 grams (compared to the 38.8 grams of the Series 8 45mm) seemed rather contained to the first testers, who often expected a heavier watch once on the wrist.

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

This new format also allows Apple to offer better autonomy and the 36 hours promised by Apple seem to be there (before the arrival of the energy saving mode). Thus, Victoria Song of The Verge indicates having charged the watch to 100% before walking for two hours and 15 minutes, I used the compass and GPS a lot and tracked my sleep that night. I woke up the next morning with 50% battery remaining.

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

Nilay Patel, still at The Verge, would have meanwhile managed to get 56 hours on a single charge with 14% battery remaining, but without sports activities and without using GPS. MKBHD’s Marques Brownlee also ran for just over 3 hours then used the watch for sleep tracking, ran for over three hours again the next day and again wore the watch at night before waking up on the third day and finding that it remained still 20% battery at 11 o’clock.

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

For the sporty side of the Apple Watch Ultra, the new button, larger and brighter screen, and GPS accuracy were appreciated by most testers. Several journalists indicate that the Apple Watch Ultra could thus be suitable for certain athletes while offering the versatility of a traditional Apple Watch. However, for many, including Nicole Nguyen of The Wall Street Journal, Lexy Savvides of CNET, and Victoria Song of The Verge, the new Cupertino watch does not offer as much as the Garmin and other ultra-specialized Suunto used by top athletes, particularly in terms of autonomy or GPS mapping (for example available offline). On the other hand, many Apple Watch users won’t need the extra features and will be fully satisfied with a traditional model, including some sports people who only need a few pieces of information, such as distance or heart rate. .

Apple Watch Ultra review: the best Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch Ultra still received a very favorable reception from all of the happy couple having been able to take advantage of it before the hourseveral of them also believing that the Ultra is the Apple Watch model most exciting in a long time. As often, it will simply be necessary to know your needs well in order to choose the most appropriate model, whether from Apple or from competitors. Of course, we are going to pass the Apple Watch Ultra on our test benches to verify its capabilities and give you our opinion on this new model in the range.

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