With the Apple Watch Ultra, Apple introduced a completely new generation of the watch two weeks ago. Since the release in 2015, Apple has been focusing more and more on sports (and health) with the smartwatch, and the new Ultra variant is the next iteration here. The watch will be available from tomorrow and, as always, the international press was able to preview it.
Apple Watch Ultra – the first tests are here
Men’s Health sees the best smartwatch in the new watch
“I have tested and evaluated several devices from Suunto and Garmin. They have their charms; I particularly like using the Fenix series from Garmin. But at the end of the day, none of these smartwatches perform as well as Apple’s wearables when it comes to the everyday functions that make up the majority of smartwatch usage. For that reason, I tend to stick with the latest version of the Apple wearable when I’m not testing something else – it’s easily the best smartwatch I can wear as an iPhone user, and it looks better on my wrist out. The Ultra is an Apple Watch. For most people, that makes it the best smartwatch they can get.”
CNBC looks primarily at the sporting focus
Combining all of these features into one watch sets Apple apart from its main competitors in the extreme sports market: Garmin. Many of Garmin’s extreme sports wearables are tailored for a specific activity, such as the Garmin Descent, which is designed specifically for divers. It’s quite an amazing feat of engineering to cram all those sports features into a small package alongside the normal Apple Watch functions – notifications, motion tracking. The most exciting thing is that the innovations of the Ultra, as we already know from Apple, could be carried over to the regular watch in future models.
and The Verge praises the stability
“The Apple Watch Ultra is big, a bit chunky, and offers a lot of features that the average user doesn’t need in everyday life. And at $799, it’s the most expensive watch in the current Apple Watch lineup (excluding the Hermès Edition). After a week of testing I don’t think it will outperform Garmin, Polar or Coros watches in Ironman, hiking or deep sea diving, at least not yet. But it’s really good for weekend warriors and advanced athletes — and very enticing for folks aspiring to that status, and a whole lot of folks who just want the biggest, toughest Apple Watch they can get.”
More than usual, Apple has to put up with comparisons with classic sports watch manufacturers. Garmin reacted early on with a humorous statement.
Via the publications linked above