Sunday, October 2, 2016

Apple Watch Series 2: This time, it's good?

Apple Watch Series 2. It took 18 months for Apple to offer a new iteration of its shows connected. Without real change of pace, with revised and corrected, and bowels 2 or 3 Inputs welcome - much like an iPhone, in fact - the Watch Series 2, as many seconds versions of a new type of product California firm, looks exactly like this would have definitely been the Watch from the start. If there are still gaps, here they are better compensated by undeniable qualities. We really expected one second Apple Watch, despite high sales estimates in the stratosphere compared to the competition connected - almost 15 million watches against under 1.5 million for the only Samsung in a year? Not necessarily, especially when, after having been disappointing in its release, the first Watch was able to correct many problems fluidity, autonomy and even usability through successive upgrades to watchOS watchOS 2 and 3. especially against a Watch Series 2 which, outside, is exactly the same. 


Apple Watch Series 2
However, Apple can still surprise, and here, the California firm will do it the right way, simply by giving it the first watch (or Series 1, as it should be called now) was in desperate need: larger battery, a much higher maximum brightness, more power, a standalone GPS and finally certified seal (W50M)! With these new cards in hand, Apple will try even more to its new Watch a bridge between the beginner or moderate sports and smartphone user who wants to add an accessory to his wrist without having to go to a brand sport. The Series 2 also introduces a mobile smart home, S2 (S1 on the first Watch) announced 50% more efficient and a touch OLED screen brightness 1000 cd / m². Side height and definition, no change, we remain on the 1.5 inch 272 x 340 pixels on 38 mm and 1.7 inch 312 x 390 px on 42 mm. The digital crown and the side button is always on the menu and the heart rate monitor dual reader on the back of the casing, while the energy recharge is still carried out once by induction. Apple also revised its speakers and microphone, that we will not fail to test lower. 

Connected Apple Watch watch is marketed in indicative price of € 419 model and 449 € 38 mm 42 mm version (silicone bracelets) for single anodized aluminum finish. The version tested here is the model with a 42 mm steel case finish and is positioned to 799 €. A version with a ceramic body, the more resistant is trading at more than 1200 of our euro. Moreover, Apple requires, there are a growing number of wristbands (silicone, leather, nylon, mesh), but also branded collections and luxury, such as Hermes, with starting prices of 800 €. Another world.  

Note that the Apple Watch is only compatible with iOS and therefore with an iPhone , from 5s PAIR Bluetooth and can use Wi-Fi for a better communication between the two devices.

ERGONOMICS
Watch this Series 2, well... physically it's Apple Watch. At least, should we call it now Watch Series 1 (the notions Sport, Standard Edition and disappear). On pace, the housing of the new shows of the Californian is absolutely identical to that of its predecessor, which is either 38 or 42 mm. Only difference in thickness (1 mm, which is particularly noticeable by placing both generations side by side) and a weight adjusted upward on each model. Wrist, this did not notice too much. Watch the 1 Series is already not an example of finesse - normal with all that it entails - the situation will not change for this release, so. 

Above left the Watch Series 2, right the Watch (now Series 1). Besides the thickness, the second version differs in its additional microphone on the edge. Note the presence of a second microphone that dramatically improves communication when one takes / makes a phone call, but when we converse with the voice assistant Siri, whether for a search, the dictation of an SMS. No need to shout, a volume of classic conversation with a human being unless a self meter sufficient to initiate the operation and exchange with Siri with a precision that remains perfectible but never frustrating. A system more natural and enjoyable, in fact. 

Watch the new generation is also an opportunity for Apple to refresh its display technology. Also in OLED, with consequently an infinite contrast, the screen also has a notable leap brightness matters, at least in theory, since the brand says from just over 400 cd / m² (200 cd / m², already satisfactory for the OLED, actually measured in our labs last year) to about 1000 cd / m² on the Series 2. at first glance, it is true that the screen of the Series 2 is expressed with more vigor than the Series 1 with a black course still abysmal, but especially colors and more energetic white. In the probe, if the Watch does not reach 1000 cd / m² maximum brightness, it still tops out at 600 cd / m² (more than double the Watch Series 1) in his last intensity level via light sensor, or a little less than a smartphone Galaxy S6 edge, then a small event in itself for the OLED / AMOLED mobile, but the Watch, it may propose this to the entire surface of the slab.  

As for the ergonomics and use, if we touch a few more specific words in the following section, it is worth noting the efforts made by Apple since the first show, this coming primarily from watchOS 3 and is observable on the Series 1. the accelerometer is better managed on the consultation time with a little wrist movement that can display the dial, without pronounced movement, therefore; navigating the camera takes a little more sense. Certainly, the digital crown still refuses and always make a selection when pressed - it's still a step backwards, and always absurd to our views - but the main button finally makes sense to display shortcuts functions and apps.  

and because it is the main novelty, at least the most striking and we will develop also low, so that this is supposedly waterproof watch up to 50 meters? Implacable logic which had however escaped Apple on the first version, which was only splash-proof. Whether at sea, in the shower, the pool, the Watch Series 2 has never shown signs of reluctance to gout or sea. Prepared for dipping, Watch also turns idle screen mode (no interaction possible, except for the informational dial on a wrist movement) in an aquatic activity. To escape, you must then turn enough the crown out of the water (the watch senses), to fill a water circle displayed on the screen. The latter then unlocks and the speakerphone automatically resonates communication of 5 pulses to remove any liquid residue of the structure. Simple, smart and avoids any fear dip a system like that in the water as much as it ensures Apple product integrity. 

Fill the circle with the blue drop through the movements of the crown unlocks the digital Watch after immersion. For charging, Apple still offers the same induction system, with a long cable terminated with a magnetic circle on which is put the watch naturally. This ergonomic first glance, the system can now be accompanied by a million leisure accessories (for night table, welcoming and iPhone Watch, suspended) via the always prolific prop turning around Apple. 

Apple Watch Series 2

INTERFACE AND USES
If any fundamental change is to take on the functioning of the watch or the OS, Apple operates here and there some tiny changes that make all the difference. For philistines, remember that the Watch can receive notifications of any kind from the linked iOS smartphone, send and respond to e-mails, SMS, Facebook Messenger conversations, mentions Twitter, etc., but also to receive and make calls, play games designed for the screen - why not... - view the time - yes, yes - with dials offering the ability to place "complications", these small dynamic annotations in connection with the activity, date, battery level, the number of notifications of a particular social network or news published on the site information that we follow the most. It is also possible to listen to music synchronized to the watch via headphones or wireless headsets (Bluetooth) or remotely control the music sent from the iPhone.

The cloud applications. A blow to take and ultra reactive system on the Series 2. Simply tap on the application or zoom in to her with the crown for access. Latest addition not least on its management potential, application Home, appeared with iOS 10 this fall and thus watchOS 3, lets deport wrist manage connected home objects compliant Home Kit. And many will in the weeks and months ahead. 

For the user interface, Apple keeps its iPhone torque / Watch. Deep managing notifications and apps downloads dials therefore takes place always from the application Watch on smartphone. The interface of the watch offers for its part the choice of dynamic dials recorded since the mobile, a menu like a swarm of mobile application icons in the form of pellets, various direct access to communication (direct link between owners of Watch for private messages, for example), the clock management (water lock, airplane mode, volume) or a function to find his phone via the emission of a sound. Everything is handled in a dance between the touch screen, the crown and the Home button, which can therefore now open a menu containing all the uses to which it wishes to access quickly (configurable on the iPhone too). The screen, however, still has its 3D Touch interaction. In the notifications panel, sliding the upper finger down the display of the watch, it is thus always delete notifications once by "pushing" the finger on the screen. 

The moments. It is accessed via the main button. They include applications and favorite functions (adjustable in the Watch app for the iPhone). If the Watch Series 1 can also enjoy the various software and ergonomic inputs, it can access the level of responsiveness offered by the Series 2. The S2 chip a lot of dust. The cloud of apps can be crossed without latency, transitions between uses no longer take 3 or 4 seconds or more and opening an app sees his time halved. Thus goes up 1 or 2 seconds to enable use, which may seem a lot more to the era of concrete smartphones, but it greatly erase the frustration of the First Watch and sometimes breadsticks time even to go to settings menu.

Finally, the contribution of GPS and tightness generates new features. It is now possible to get active without bothering an iPhone to track down a deep run, a walk, a bike ride or even a swim in open water or pool (clear distinction between the two). GPS locates the wearer of the watch and support parallel public Wi-Fi to triangulate the position quickly. Thus it does not need to wait any first teaser. We can leave home, switch on the required exercise and start without warning, the watch will offer a very specific starting point. Once returned to a connection with the iPhone, the Watch instantly sends the data of the session included all geolocation and is displayed in the Activity of the iOS apps. The accuracy of a few meters and can sometimes seem a little tortuous to view the report, but the road is still good.

Part Activity also offers now a finer management exercises, with speed and altitude trails and a pertinent observation a split year in running, for example. Color codes on established intermediate times, but also on the map using GPS, expose it more graphically. Convenient, swimming, GPS coupled with the accelerometer and the gyroscope of the Watch therefore possible to identify and count the number of lengths (one can learn the watch on the length of the basin) through the swim orientation changes. However, we managed to trap the watch, but not always, changing workplace orientation course. What a little cheating on lengths. Another good idea anyway, direct and quick access to a type of activity, rather than to reprogram each time its meeting. Useful to repeat exercises a single operation; it was not available, it is now. 

Watch the Series 2 can it, so, with all the software and material inputs, substitute for a good sports watch? Let us rather say that the sportsmen of Sunday wishing to cross several stages of activity will be interested, as those wishing to mingle effective sports watch and accessory connected to most city daily. The latter still lacks depth for the advanced exercise, but the border between product and watches / bracelets activity Garmin, TomTom or FitBit is only software and Apple seems to learn more quickly, as evidenced the upcoming release of a model Nike + Watch especially tuned to sports, but also the accessibility of tools and a graphic work that allows understanding and consultation of data instantly. 

AUTONOMY
Apple preferring to spend to communicate on the battery capacity of the Watch, but we can now speculate on what's in this watch. We already know that Apple sees greater for this new version, if only by the thickness of the case, but that the small size of 38 mm integrates a battery of 273 mAh against 205 mAh on the first of Watch same template. We can not imagine a bad battery Watch Series 2 of 42 mm with a slightly higher capacity 300 mAh or that offer some references on the Android Wear sector, as the Sport Moto 360 from Motorola, but also the S2 Gear - pending the 3rd shortly. - Samsung Tizen under 

This being, that is definitely the endurance of the Watch Series 2 on the ground, the wrist? Well you can not write that Apple spoils us a fabulous revolution on this point, since the independence of the Watch and one of its downward are almost identical. It should also be understood that here the most prominent battery comes primarily to cash the use of GPS, the chip S2 performance and high brightness of the screen. If the first Watch suffering from blatant lack of optimization watchOS 1, passing on Watch 2.0 and 3.0, it has consolidated its running time to almost two full days. It is relatively the same conclusion regarding a Series 2 which may well take until the end of dinner the second day after charging but where stamina will drop to almost one and a half days in case of use with great reinforcement fitness GPS.

And any sports outside, precisely, without using an iPhone with GPS and watch as the only ally of geolocation, do not count on more than 5 hours of practice before you see the Watch sink. More than enough for most outputs Mrs. and Mr. all-the-world-of-sports-du-Sunday. However, for a trip of several hours, the sports watch lapped seems more appropriate. For daily or regular race in the week, know that an outflow of 45 min to an hour subtilisera not more than 15 to 20% of the battery. Note that the "Reserve" mode is always on the menu and it allows, when the Watch approach to total exhaustion, to watch ... a simple watch that displays the time in a corner of 'screen. Thanks to the OLED, which in this case allows to save a lot of energy - almost the whole screen is black and therefore does not consume anything - the Watch can take between 5 and 10 hours.  

Finally, charging side Apple seems to have a relative effort since with a battery of larger capacity, full charge is faster, with an average time consistently less than 2 hours. 

STRONG POINTS
perfectly readable display even outdoors / Contrast infinite, high brightness when needed.
Finally sealing thoughtful for activities.
watchOS 3 finally brings the concept of Apple to a very good level of use.
Reactivity flawless system, far superior to that of the first Watch.
Part fitness increasingly thrust.
clear telephone call from one side to the other.
Voice guidance with highly effective Siri.

WEAK POINTS
Autonomy and yet always perfectible.
Thicker than the first Watch.
One last effort to make the coexistence WatchOS and watch buttons 100% logical.
No continuous time display.
Compatible iOS only.

CONCLUSION
As so often when Apple launches a new product type, we say that this second version should have been the first. Everything is better thought, especially through the provision of a watchOS 3 more logical in its operation. But if the first Watch also benefits from this OS, the Series 2 comes off completely by its S2 chip that offers him an ideal power, its seal that increases the range of possibilities and a GPS which makes it more autonomous. some still remain perfectible points, such as autonomy or digital crown that does not take its full measure, but Apple Watch and Series 2 is now hoist the level of demand that can be placed in this type of product.

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