Here it is. It’s thenew Apple Watch Series 5. It’s– you know what, it’s great. I’ve used a lot of differentsmartwatches in my life, and this one is the best. If you have an iPhone and you can afford the$399 starting price, there is nothing better. So, like, I know. I gave away the whole reviewat the top of the video. But keep watching becauseI do want to tell you what’s new in the Series 5 and also what’s new in watchOS 6, but I also want to seeif we can just figure out why no other smartwatch is even close to catching up to this. (intense hip-hop music) All right. So, what isnew with the Series 5, at least, compared to theSeries 4 from last year? Honestly, it’s not that much,just three things, really. Okay, well, four if youcount that Apple’s offering more material options for the casing. You can get it in aluminum,steel, titanium, and ceramic. This one is aluminum, and physically, it’s identical to the Series4, which was already great. They have larger screens than the older models of the Apple Watch, and the screen is the second thing that’s really new with the Series 5.

It’s always on. Finally. See, both the Series 5,and actually the Series 4, have a special kind of OLEDscreen that Apple developed. It’s a low temperature,polycrystalline oxide, or LTPO for short. What does that mean? Well, it means, like,pixel and screen stuff like electron mobility. What really matters is that the Series 5 has a bunch of other chips that let it have a variablescreen refresh rate, so the Series 5 can changethe pixels on the screen as often as 60 times a second or as little as once per second. That lets this use radicallyless power than other screens. You know, your watch doesn’t need to be refreshing that often when it’s just sittingthere in ambient mode, and that saves battery life. So now, instead of thescreen just being off, it shows a dimmed versionof your watch face, and it actually even still has some color, which other smartwatches don’t do. And the, of course, whenyou raise your wrist up, it goes ooh, full color, justlike any other Apple Watch. But all this means isyou can check the time without being, you know, that jerk who obviously looks at his watch in the middle of aconversation with somebody. Now, the big question isdoes that always-on screen hurt the battery life? And my answer is that itdoesn’t seem to hurt much. Apple claims that this still gets the same 18 hours of battery life that every Apple Watch is supposed to get.

And it does for me, evenwith kind of heavy usage. But it doesn’t get much more than that. Last year, Series 4 actually outperformed that 18-hour claim. Bottom line, you should plan on charging the Apple Watch every day. And yes, I know thatthere are smartwatches that last weeks or even months, but none of them can dowhat the Apple Watch can. The third new thing is a built-in compass, and it works well and even gives you this neat thing called a confidence cone that gets narrower as itbecomes more confident in where north is exactly. Now, if you have a magnetic watch band, that can mess with it abit, but, you know, magnets. That’s how they work. The fourth new thing is thatthere are more cellular bands on the cellular version,which means that it can do emergency calling internationally. Now, you should know that doesn’t mean that it’ll work for regular cell phone Apple Watch stuff, though. Apple still needs to makecarrier deals for that to work. So, new materials,always-on screen, compass, and international emergency calling. All in all, that’s a reallyminor update, but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the Apple Watch is so far ahead of the competition.

I think there’s a few reasons for that. One is the processor. Apple is just way betterat making processors for smartwatches than anybody else. Another is integration. Apple lets the Apple Watch do Apple stuff with the Apple iPhone thatit won’t let other companies like Fitbit or Wear OS orSamsung or Withings do, like replying to iMessages. Only the Apple Watch can do that. But also, watchOS is just really good. The new version here is watchOS 6, and it’s gonna land on every Apple Watch except the very, very first one. Now, inside this, there arenew watch faces, as usual. I like that you can set more of them to just be a single color. I do wish that therewere more watch faces, or, really, that therewere third-party options. I could get a prettygood face on this watch, but I can’t get theperfect watch face for me. The biggest new feature inwatchOS is the App Store, which lets you installapps without having to, you know, pull out your phone,except for the first time that you use the AppStore on the Apple Watch, where you have to enteryour password on your phone. And then sometimes, you installapps on the Apple Watch, and it needs its, like,parent app on the phone in order to work for the first time. It’s not completely independentyet, is what I’m saying. Now, it is nice to be ableto install an app in a pinch directly on your watch, I guess, but this big-deal feature isnot really a big deal to me.

Maybe when the Apple Watch gets a little bit more independent from the iPhone, it’ll matter more. Then there’s the cycles app, which lets you log andtrack menstrual activity. Now, this app isn’t for me, but I will say that I wishApple had paid more attention to women’s health sooner. Still, though, talking to people at Apple, it’s clear that they putsome care into this app. It’s scientifically cautious, and it’s thoughtful in its design. So, it could help you track information that could be useful foryou or for your doctor. But look, fertility canbe a really hard thing, so if you’re using it with kids in mind, you should talk to yourdoctor before doing anything with the information that it provides. Let’s see. What else? Siri. Siri is here, andit can identify songs. It can also bring upsearch results from the web and lets you click into the webpages. And my favorite thingever with the Apple Watch is still that you can load little tiny, itty bitty webpages on it. It’s kind of fun. Oh, one other thing. There is an option for the watch to detect ambient noise levels and warn you if it’s too loud for safety over a long period of time, plus I just like watching thenoise meter go up and down. It proves to me that thetrain that I ride every day is too damn loud. The main thing that’s missingfor me is sleep tracking, which for me and my healthis much more important than closing a standing ring or whatever. There are third-part apps, though.

I use Sleep++, but it seemslike a pretty obvious thing for Apple to add next year. Okay, so, why is theApple Watch so far ahead? It’s not that it has anLTPO screen or a noise meter or really any one of the features that I just mentioned in this review. It’s the fact that I’m talking about features in this way at all. With every other smartwatch, and I’m not talking aboutthe Garmin, Wilderness, Hiking, Sporting,Mountaineering, whatever watches. I mean, like, wrist computers. With those things, I usually have to check whether it can last more than 12 hours or whether it can open appsin less than 10 seconds or respond to a text message or if the software is buggy as hell. All that stuff was actually pretty bad in the very first Apple Watch, but it quickly got turned around, so now, Apple gets to work on filling out more advanced features.

It’s like the AppleWatch is in high school and is taking AP courseswhile everybody else is repeating the seventh grade for the third time. Sure, the Apple Watch hasn’treached anything close to its full potential yet, but right now, thisthing is an overachiever. ♪ Ah, that’s still going ♪ ♪ Ah, can’t take the watch to it ♪ ♪ Ah ♪(Laughing) Hey, everybody. Thankyou so much for watching. Let me know in the comments if you’re getting an Apple Watch, and if you’re an Android user, let me know what you think you could do ’cause I don’t have a goodsmartwach answer for you. Also, if you missed it, Neil and I reviewed the iPhones yesterday, and you should definitelycheck those videos out.

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