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Apple Watch Series 6 Review

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With the Covid-19 pandemic effect gradually becoming a part of our daily lives, Apple has included another excellent feature to its recent watch on your wrist. The Apple Watch Series 6 possesses an app that measures blood oxygen levels. The watch isn’t only beneficial for health issues alone; it is also useful for athletes hoping to get the advantages of training at altitude.

Indeed, the Apple Watch is more than a smart gadget because it has already become a part of life, assisting people to be on top of their daily activity goals and ensuring that their sugar levels are well-controlled. 

Apple Watch Series 6 Design

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Apple did a skillful job with the ability to customize the Apple Watch and the small number of options on offer that enable you to select a model that fits your specific tastes. There’s also an option to create your bands if you’re looking for additional customization, and you can choose up any model with the built-in LTE connectivity by spending an extra $100.

The Series 6 comes in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium models, but the aluminum finish is the default option. After selecting the model, you get to choose the color. The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in a comprehensive selection of colors and high-quality finishes. It is available in silver, gold, space grey, blue, and PRODUCT(red).

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Immediately you’re done selecting the color and finish for the Apple Watch, and you will also get a similarly-comprehensive selection of bands you can choose from. The $99 Leather Link band looks incredible and completes the smartwatch design correctly. Another new band is the Solo Loop, a made-to-fit option that guarantees you a comfortable fit.

The Apple Watch Series 6 has a 1.78-inch Retina LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 448 x 368, with the sides softly curing out as they meet the case. The digital crown at the right is useful for interacting with the UI, and it also has a microphone and power button close to it.

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The individual speaker is located on the left, and the ceramic underneath the smartwatch is where the heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring sensors are located. You’ll also discover the quick-release buttons that will enable you to switch out the bands without stress.

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Besides, the Apple Watch Series 6 is available in several configurations. You can choose the 40mm variant for $399, and there’s also a 44mm variant that costs $429. The former variant is perfect for smaller wrists, while the latter is suitable for medium or large wrists.

Although, Apple Watch 6 physically looks a bit similar to the Series 5 and SE. It maintains the improved shape introduced at Series 4 and uses the same screen tech and quality. It also has a similar digital crown, used to scroll through menus and summon the menu screen.

Like the Series 5, there’s an always-on display, which you don’t have on the Apple Watch SE. This is likely the most incredible attractive feature that would attract people to the more expensive Series 6.

Apple Watch Series 6 Features 

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The Apple Watch Series 6 possesses a new sensor that allows Blood Oxygen monitoring that measures oxygen saturation in the blood for a proper understanding of fitness and wellness when oxygen saturation (also known as SpO2) levels decreases, which can be an indication of a severe illness.

Blood oxygen monitoring is enabled through four clusters of red, green, and infrared LEDs alongside four photodiodes underneath the Apple Watch. A custom algorithm added in the new Blood Oxygen app measures blood oxygen between 70 and 100%. 

Also, on-demand testing is available through the app, and the watch also takes background measurements whenever a person is inactive sometimes, most especially during sleep. Every data is made available in the Health app.

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is water-resistant and supports Apple Pay purchases, such as prior models. Also, it has every of the same health-related features as blood oxygen monitoring. Apple Watch Series 6 can measure steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, and heart rate. It can also take ECG readings, track sleep, watch out for falls with fall detection, make emergency calls with SOS, and look out for excessive loud sounds.

Apple Watch Series 6 WatchOS 7

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There are several watch faces to pick from, and you’ll discover various customizability options here, like the hardware. A specific neat feature is the Artist’s face, an unusual design that integrates different human faces that take turns based on the time of day. 

The Apple Watch Series 6 possesses significant health and wellness features, and the exceptional addition it has is blood oxygen monitoring. The watch frequently monitors your blood oxygen levels every few hours, and you can also manually check the levels. It’s the same for ECG, too; the watch takes a 30-second measurement and analyzes your heart rate patterns to detect arrhythmia.

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A well-timed feature is the handwashing timer, which automatically comes on anytime you’re washing your hands. This feature can be disabled out of the box, but you’ll have to visit the settings to turn it on, following which the watch depends on the mic and accelerometer to detect when you start washing your hands, so it creates a 20-second timer to ensure that you clean your hands properly.

Other beneficial features in the Apple Watch Series 6 are making calls and sending texts directly from the watch only if you have the LTE model, getting idle alert reminders, and activity tracking. The Apple Watch Series 6 is outstanding at automatically tracking activity, and you get to see well-detailed insights on calories burned, exercise duration, and other metrics.

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At the end of the day, you also get to see your heart rate data and the ability to measure indoor noise levels. The data is calculated in the background, so you can only see the detailed insights by checking them on your iPhone’s health app. It’s impossible to use the Apple Watch Series 6 with an Android phone. To access all of its features, you have to get an iPhone running on iOS 14.

Well, the only aspect where watchOS 7 is less satisfactory is sleep tracking. Currently, you don’t get any beneficial insights apart from the amount of time slept. Apple should have done more on this aspect.

Apple Watch Series 6 Specs

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ConnectivityBluetooth 5, Wi-Fi n, NFC, Ultra-wideband, optional 4G requiring e SIM and compatible plan
Operating SystemWatchOS 7
Water Resistance50 meters (5ATM)
ProcessorS6
Weight30.5 to 39.7g or 36.5 to 47.1g depending on the material
Case Size40 or 44mm
Case Thickness10.4mm
SensorsGyro, HR sensor, ECG, blood oxygen, light, microphone, speaker, NFC, GPS/GNSS, compass, altimeter
RAM1GB
Storage32GB

Conclusion 

If you turn everything on, i.e., the always-on screen, sleep-tracking, blood oxygen tracking, the location-based hand washing reminders, two GPS-enabled workouts per day, the watch merely lasts an entire day.

Since it requires about 30% of the battery to track your sleep, you have to charge it before going to bed.

Although charging a watch twice a day is absurd, with time, you might get used to it. It’s probably better to consider the Apple Watch as less wearable and more of a small iPhone you wear on your wrist. When you’re texting all day, no one finds it ridiculous that you have to charge your phone more than once daily.

Well, the most exciting features of WatchOS are still available on previous Series 4s and 5s, so if you have any one of them, you don’t have to get the latest model. But if this is the first time you’re getting an Apple Watch, I’ll still recommend the Series 6. It’s totally worth it provided you have an iPhone. 

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