Refurbished apple watch series 5 gps, 40mm space gray aluminum case with black sport band

The highest praise I can give the new táo apple Watch Series 5 is simply this: it’s an hãng apple Watch.

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There’s a running joke in my recent máy tính bảng ipad reviews: I just get lớn say “it’s an iPad,” và everybody knows what that means. It’s a sign that the hàng hóa isn’t changing year over year, sure. But more importantly, it’s a promise that it’s good, that it will bởi vì what you expect it to do, & that you don’t need lớn overthink how it will fit into your life.

Not very many products reach that level. Even the iPhone has ups & downs, with some years being a little more inconsistent than others. But minus a rough start and a cellular hiccup a couple of years ago, the táo bị cắn dở Watch has been on a very steady trajectory: slightly better every year. It starts at the same $399 price point as last year, & cellular or material upgrades will địa chỉ to that cost.

Compared lớn the Series 4, the Series 5 has only a few minor updates. Chief among them is a new always-on screen. Compared khổng lồ the rest of the smartwatch market, the hãng apple Watch Series 5 is in a completely different league.


Our đánh giá of táo khuyết Watch Series 5


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Now it has, & in typical táo fashion, it’s saying it was able to vày so because of some slick new screen giải pháp công nghệ that mitigates the usual battery trade-offs. Specifically, apple says it can dynamically change the screen’s refresh rate from as fast as 60Hz to lớn as slow as 1Hz, updating just once per second.

Doing that allows the screen lớn draw radically less nguồn when it’s in ambient mode. It also means that if you want an always-on display, you’re going lớn have lớn pony up for the Series 5. It’s not something that will be added to lớn older models via software updates.

The công nghệ that makes that possible is a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO for short) display that táo khuyết developed. The tech behind an LTPO version of an OLED screen is interesting — especially since it was first introduced in the Series 4 — but it’s not something you really need to lớn understand. The screen looks identical to the Series 4; it’s just as big và bright.

What last year’s Watch lacks are the chips to lớn control the refresh rate on that LTPO screen so it won’t be able to bởi vì always-on. Specifically, the Series 5 has an “ultra-low nguồn display driver, efficient power nguồn management integrated circuit & new ambient light sensor,” according to Apple.


I love the always-on screen on the Series 5. Apple’s implementation is better than other smartwatches I’ve used for two reasons: it legitimately doesn’t hurt the battery life as much, & Apple keeps a little color visible in ambient mode.

For whatever reason, I’ve never been able to lớn get earlier hãng apple Watches lớn show their screens with subtle wrist movements. I’ve always had to cartoonishly raise my arm. An always-on screen means I am a little bit less of a jerk in conversations và meetings.


An always-on screen was my number one feature request — it took five years, but we got it

But the big question is battery life: táo bị cắn claims it still gets 18 hours with standard use, và I have gotten that. So, box checked — except that the Series 4 usually outperformed that estimate. I won’t go so far as khổng lồ say that the Series 5 gets notably worse battery life than the Series 4, but at best, it’s on par. You’ll be charging it every day.

But let’s not grade on a curve here. The apple Watch is better than any other computer-on-your-wrist-style smartwatch by a country mile, but there are other watches with smart features that can last for days, weeks, or even months. The Garmins and Fitbits & Withings of the world are all meant for different things than the táo khuyết Watch, but many can do some of the basics, lượt thích notifications & weather, nearly as well.

The last two new features on the apple Watch Series 5 are a built-in compass & cellular bands that can work internationally. The former could be useful for day hikers, while the latter really only allows the cellular version to lớn make emergency calls anywhere in the world. To get service in more places, you’ll need to wait for táo apple to make more carrier deals.


So khổng lồ sum up: new case materials, new always-on screen, a compass, & more cellular bands. All in all, that’s a very minor update. But the truth is that táo bị cắn dở could have done literally nothing, & the apple Watch would still have been the best smartwatch for iPhone users by far.


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Some apps will require you to lớn use your iPhone, but táo khuyết says, at launch, many will be fully independent.
If you have a current hãng apple Watch và are thinking of upgrading, I strongly recommend you wait for watchOS 6 khổng lồ arrive for your current Watch. It might be good enough for you lớn hang on khổng lồ what you have or, more rarely, these updates can make older Watches feel slower. Either way, it’s worth it lớn wait a bit.

The big headline feature for watchOS 6 is that it has an independent tiện ích Store that allows you to tải về and install apps without needing your iPhone. It does exactly that, but make sure you have your iPhone handy the first time khổng lồ enter some passwords. There will be other times when some of the apps will not work on your Watch until they can communicate with a paired tiện ích on your iPhone. Táo bị cắn tells me that after watchOS 6 launches, many fully independent Watch apps will be available and featured on the main page of the Watch version of the app Store.

I think the hope is that an onboard app Store may spur more usage & make supporting the táo bị cắn Watch more worthwhile to lớn third-party developers. We’ll see, but I’m not holding my breath just yet. So far, it’s been a moneymaker mainly for Apple. Táo apple has done a decent job of curating apps for the main page on the ứng dụng Store, but otherwise, it’s not as easy khổng lồ browse as it is on your phone.

The new tiện ích Store on the Watch doesn’t make it any more independent from the iPhone, however. You still need an iPhone lớn set up and use the hãng apple Watch, even if you have a Watch with an LTE connection and its own version of the phầm mềm Store. This is still an accessory khổng lồ the iPhone and not a truly independent device. Though, with watchOS 6, you can start to lớn see the hazy outlines of that path.

Alongside the phầm mềm Store are a few new và updated apps directly from Apple. The most important in my mind is the new Cycle Tracking app for tracking menstrual cycles. It took táo bị cắn dở longer than it should have lớn prioritize features designed for the health of people who have periods. But now that it’s here, it seems as though the company has done a good job.


Agree khổng lồ continue: táo bị cắn dở Watch Series 5

Every smart device now requires you lớn agree to a series of terms & conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us lớn read và analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have khổng lồ hit “agree” to use devices when we reviews them since these are agreements most people don’t read & definitely can’t negotiate.

For the hãng apple Watch, there are either more or fewer than you’d expect, depending on your perspective. It’s more if you assume that the stuff you already agreed to on the iPhone would transfer over; it’s fewer if you figured you’d have to agree to lớn everything anew.

Since the táo bị cắn dở Watch only works with the iPhone, you will already have consented khổng lồ two mandatory agreements và (if you use táo bị cắn dở Pay), six optional ones.

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These agreements are mandatory, và you cannot negotiate them.

There are several more optional agreements:

If you mix up cellular, you might have to agree to lớn more terms from your carrier, but we couldn’t test every one. Verizon, at least, didn’t ask me to lớn agree khổng lồ additional terms, although it did ask for a $30 activation fee.

Final tally: one mandatory agreement, two optional agreements for táo khuyết Pay & cellular service, & in all three cases, these agreements extend other products that likely involved significantly more agreements.


Apple has taken a cautious approach. The complication doesn’t show information, for example, & it won’t be overconfident in guessing the dates for your predicted periods và fertility windows. If you’re planning on using this to gather data for family planning purposes, you should talk to lớn your doctor before acting on any of the data this ứng dụng collects.

Apple also has put some thought & care into whether & when lớn show various Cycle Tracking options, depending on the age and gender information it knows. You can also turn certain types of tracking (like fertility) off if you want. There’s a specific onboarding flow that happens on the phone only because it’s better able khổng lồ communicate information and nuance than your tiny Watch screen.

And if you’d like to remove the Cycles phầm mềm entirely, for the first time, watchOS 6 will allow users lớn delete some of Apple’s own apps from the Watch. (To do that, you need lớn have your tiện ích view mix in the hexagonal grid view. Then, long-press any phầm mềm to go into jiggly mode, at which point, you’ll be able to tap an X to uninstall.)

Other new apps include an updated Reminders app and a Voice Memos app, both of which sync automatically with their paired apps on the iPhone. There’s also a Calculator app. (Why the hãng apple Watch has a first-party Calculator phầm mềm while the máy tính bảng ipad does not is a riddle for all máy tính bảng ipad users.)

The táo bị cắn dở Watch can now also detect ambient noise. If it gets too loud, it will warn you, & it will also track your overall ambient noise màn chơi over time. It confirmed that the BART trains in San Francisco are ridiculously loud.

Apple put in a few new watchfaces, as usual. And as usual, I find them lớn be nice but always a few degrees off from what I actually want. I respect that apple is opinionated about the aesthetics of the apple Watch, but I’m increasingly annoyed that it won’t allow third-party watchfaces.

However, táo apple has finally made a change that I’m over the moon about: on most watchfaces, when you phối a custom color, it sets all of the complications to monochrome to match that color. I found too many of them to lớn be garishly colorful before, và now I can tone them down khổng lồ my preferred color.

Last and (given its reputation) possibly least, Siri has a few small updates. It’s able to recognize music when you ask for it, và it can present answers khổng lồ questions with web links now, too. Yes, you can still open webpages on the táo apple Watch. And yes, it’s still as adorable as ever. Fortunately, it also still defaults to lớn opening specific articles in Safari Reader Mode.

If you’re interested in the cellular version, I can report that it works about the same in watchOS 6 as it did before, which is khổng lồ say everything works, but it all feels just a little slower and worse than it would if you had your phone with you. Calls aren’t as crisp, latency is a bit higher when using data, and, of course, it’ll ding your battery more. But again, slightly worse than ideal for the hãng apple Watch is still many multiples better than most of the competition.


It is about time that táo bị cắn added an always-on screen to the táo apple Watch Series 5, but that’s not the best thing about it. Nor is it the LTPO technology that enables it or the new compass or the noise meter or any single one of the features I’ve brought up in this review.

The best part of the táo khuyết Watch is that I’m able to talk about those features at all. Every other smartwatch I have used in the past few years (and, reader, I have used a lot) has failed khổng lồ cross very basic thresholds of usability. Some don’t last more than 12 hours, some can’t seem to mở cửa apps in fewer than 10 seconds, some are hard to navigate, & some have really buggy software.


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The lion’s mô tả of the blame for those issues lies with the various companies that have tried & failed to make great smartwatches. But I want lớn save some portion for táo bị cắn because it allows the apple Watch khổng lồ have deeper & better integrations with the iPhone than it will give khổng lồ third parties. It automatically “just works” with Apple’s apps, notification frameworks, & — critically — iMessage.

That táo integration cuts both ways. Because it’s tied so closely to the iPhone, the possibility that it will ever be an option for game android users seems lớn be getting smaller. That’s a shame because there are many, many more android users, all of whom don’t have great smartwatch options.


In fact, look closer at the app android world, & you will see just how far ahead the táo Watch truly is. Google’s Wear OS platform is in the midst of its umpteenth strategic reboot, and it’s not going well. Samsung’s Tizen platform is better, but it has struggled to gain wider adoption among anybody but Samsung users. Fitbit has hung on to lớn a loyal following for its basic fitness trackers, but its attempts at more advanced smartwatches have been disappointing.

It’s as if the táo bị cắn Watch is in high school và taking AP courses while everybody else is repeating the 7th grade for the third time. Sure, the apple Watch Series 5 hasn’t reached anything close to its full potential yet, but right now, this thing is an overachiever.

It’s an táo apple Watch.

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Correction, 12:30 ET Sept 18: the original version of this article stated that the táo bị cắn Health tiện ích doesn’t monitor tai nghe volume levels. That was incorrect, though the watch itself doesn’t show that information.