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The Apple Watch: It isn’t the game changer we’re looking for

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Like it or not, Apple is often seen as the benchmark in every product line. The iPhone revolutionised how touch screen smart phones work while the iPad turned out to be the fastest selling consumer product in history.

The truth is Apple never created anything new. They were not the first to create a smart phone, a tablet or even a music player. But somehow they managed to take an existing product and turned it into something new, prompting you to ask yourself “why didn’t anyone think of that?”

As wearables are seen as the next hot category, Apple has finally jumped onto the bandwagon with the Apple Watch. Its competitors especially from the Pebble and Android Wear camp had an early start and this should give Apple some insights on what to do, and what not to do.

Can Apple emulate the same success with the Smart Watch? Or is it all just for looks? Find out in our review.

The Apple Watch Range

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First up, let’s go through the entire range of the Apple Watch. Unlike any smart watch or Apple products released so far, the watch has the most customisation you can buy right from the store. There are 3 main models, the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, the mid-tier Apple Watch and the cream of the crop Apple Watch Edition. To fit different wrist sizes, it is available in 38mm and 42mm editions, where the dimensions represent the height of the watch.

The Apple Watch Sport gets an aluminium case in either silver or space grey. It feels similar to the iPhone 6 and the front is toughen with strengthen Ion-X class. Being a base model, it comes only with a choice of multi-colour rubber bands. The strap mechanism is the same as the rest of its models which allows you buy the more premium bands separately.

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Moving up a notch is the Apple Watch which gets a stainless steel case with a shiny chrome finish or space black. For those who consider money as no object, the Apple Watch edition can be yours in either 18 carat yellow or rose gold bodies. The front glass for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition is more durable with the use of Sapphire Glass, while the back uses ceramic for better scuff resistance compared to the standard Sport version.

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Unlike the Sport, the higher Apple Watch and Watch Editions get a wider choice of bands which includes leather and metal. As you go up a notch, you can feel the weight difference on your wrist. For example the 42mm Apple Watch Sport with the rubber sport band weighs just 30 grams and it gets heavier at 50 grams with the stainless steel body Apple Watch. Meanwhile the rose gold Apple Watch Edition weighs 67 grams while the yellow gold option is heavier at 69 grams, and this is with the base rubber sport band. That’s more than double the weight of its entry-level aluminium version.

Regardless of which Watch you pick, you get the same internals inside except for its screen and battery. The 38mm and 42mm versions have a slightly different screen size with a resolution of 272×340 and 312×390 pixels respectively. Despite the variation on paper, both OLED displays shouldn’t differ much in clarity as they push the same pixel density of 326ppi (pixels per inch).

On-board it gets 8GB of storage and it uses Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi for connectivity. Apart from the display, the battery of the 42mm version is said to be slightly bigger but its battery life shouldn’t differ much in real life usage compared to the smaller 38mm unit. For this review, we’ve gotten ourselves a 42mm Apple Watch Sport with a green sport band.

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