Apple Watch: Mobile Big Test of Clock

It will revolutionize your workouts, but perhaps above all do that you don’t have to take out the cell phone so often. We test how Apple Watch lives up to expectations.

Do you find it difficult to wait for the Apple Watch is to be launched in Sweden, you are forced to buy it abroad. We have tested the watch in detail and tells it what to expect. Yesterday’s Apple launched the new version of the watch’s operating system showed small improvements in communication and training features, but above all the ability to install apps that are not dependent on the phone all the time with you. This is missing from the clock today. One should also point out that the Watch OS 2 as the new version is not released until the autumn, so it is with its current functions relating to test it today.Let us look more closely at what it can.

If we start with the basics and you’ll get just as on the Iphone news items in a list when you swipe from the top down on the watch’s screen. The notifications that appear can be special from the clock apps, but also notifications from your regular apps in your phone. While notifications from klockappar go to act on and the phone displays phone notifications only with the decision to dismiss.

If instead you sweep from the bottom up when the clock face appears so you end up in the watch the overview view. It’s the Quick views Where an app can easily be accessible. Here you will find the app for music player and battery level, and the quick settings for volume, flight mode and so on. Even apps can occupy one of the max 20 overview views that you can be active at a time. That way you can get the news from CNN in a view, the recent Instagram Bilderna, weather forecast or calendar. What, however, turns out quickly is that the more views you enabled this, the longer it will take to find the one you are looking for at the moment.

Zoom and his resignation
If we now proceed with the basic functions, we have the two buttons on the side. The lower button will take you to your (up to 12) favorite contacts.

 

The top button, the so-called digital Crown, are both pushing in and turning on and by just turning, you can switch between your favorite contacts, zooming in and out of picture display, maps or in appvyn.

A press digital Crown takes you to the view with all the app icons, and if you’re already there, so it takes an additional pressure you to dial. In addition to this, there are also voice recognition to communicate with the clock and some apps and features supports what is called “force touch” which means that you press a little harder in the middle of the screen to bring up additional menu options. It is used in the situation with the dial to change settings and in the sms app to create a new message.

 

Strange to use
All in all, it’s a lot of inexperienced interaction manner introduced and it takes a day before coming out with how the clock is to be handled. After the learning period, I think, however, that it is easy to use, even if it is sometimes unclear which options available when some are hidden and only appear after a ‘ force touch “. However, it is not something that is unique to Apple Watch. There are, of course, regardless of manufacturer or operating system, major challenges with designing a workable system on such a small screen.

Among the applications that Apple ships with from the start, we find, among other things, workout app, as well as apps for music, phone calls and sms, which we already mentioned. There is also an app to control the camera remotely and an app to display images (right meaningless on a very small screen). Stocks and weather are also here but most of the originalapparna that actually works best is the Passbook. Here I have all my boarding pass and although one may question how much easier it is to have your boarding pass there compared to the phone so it is an app that is fast and trouble-free.Probably, it is because it has a clear, direct purpose and achieve what it is trying to do, which you definitely can’t say about many other apps.

 

Apple’s own mail app in the clock can display e-mail, but do not allow you to reply to messages. The idea is that it is not possible to do enough in the clock. Instead, you get just the ability to read messages, mark as unread, throw directly into the trash or flag to later grasp the matter in your phone or computer. Even reading e-mail more than 4-5 words I think becomes unwieldy in the watch, but it does not prevent developers from creating apps that lets you answer email through the clock. I try several different and it works best is Spark. Where is responding but either with short quick auto response or by dictate. It works, but it is still clear that email is better suited on a larger screen.

 

Any app for streaming services such as Tidal or Spotify are not yet available, but you can control the music on your Iphone from your watch. One of the apps that are included from the start is the music app and it can control everything that show music control start screen on your Iphone. This means that you can change the song in Spotify, pausing the audio broadcast listening to via National Radio Play and also control for example Youtube or Netflix. And all this despite the fact that none of the apps available as Apple Watch app.

Requires an Iphone

Apple Watch requires that you have an Apple Iphone to function at all, and is in addition to the faithful Apple in other areas you’ll notice soon that half the room you are in is lit up and beeping as soon as a new message. An sms (or Imessage), for my part, mac, Ipad, Iphone, as well as the watch to vibrate, light up and pipe. To a message at all to come to the watch requires that your Iphone is within reach. SMS is a brief message form that you can imagine that it would fit a watch. This is so clearly no keyboard, so now comes the Siri to your rescue. Among other things. By clicking on the mikronfonikonen in the screen, you can simply talk into an answer that both recorded to an audio file and that Siri interpreters to text. Often does voice interpretation well, but sometimes, especially when in a little Messier environments, it becomes helfel. Then you can instead send the audio file directly to your recipient. It is a convenient way for me using the clock but, I discover, a very rigid way for the recipient of the voice message. The Iphone will be erased audio messages automatically after a while and it is also, for example, in an open-plan office or in other situations where other people nearby are listening hard to listen. It gets I hear several times from people who are forced to put up with my voice messages. There are anyway more ways to respond. A set of animated smilies are unique to Apple Watch and is sent in the form of animated gifbilder.

Ergonomically designed
If we continue by looking at the watch exterior so delivered the sport version as we test this with a rubber wristband that you can size in seven different steps and the bracelet is also available in different sizes. The fit is very good, and unlike some other smart watches are not at all uncomfortable, but feels more like a standard clock than as a clumsy teknikklump on his arm. Just the ergonomics in today’s first generation smartklockor are often hesitant but the trap has not, in any case, Apple passed. People I talk to about the clock actually think on several occasions that it is a common clock and no smartwatch and that’s a good score to not arouse so much attention. Both dimensions weight makes it the format does not make you think about the unnecessarily so to speak.

 

Loading Apple Watch with the supplied charger which is a small puck and magnetically attaches to the back of the watch. During the period that I tested the watch have I got out a battery life of about one day, therefore, much like Apple themselves. This means that you must take off Apple Watch at least once every 24 hours to charge it and it takes about two hours. Do you want an accurate summary of how much you move during the day so it is recommended to charge your watch overnight, when you have at least the benefit of it.

It is time to stand up
It is said that Apple Watch will do wonders for your training. What can be seen most clearly when to use it, how it tries to motivate you to move around more in everyday life. Not then through more and harder workouts without, for example, by sitting still less. Periodically, I get a pling and a vibration on the wrist with the message “it is time to stand up!”. This is going if you sat still for extended periods of time and when you fielded you up and passed around a minute signal clock encouraging “You did it!”. That case one can think that it is a very modest achievement to stand up from sitting, but there will be many small streams and a generally more mobile everyday that will do wonders for your health. In addition to just how much standing during the day Apple Watch also measures how active you are in General. This is both to take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of taking the car, and then more demanding physical activity, and this is more strenuous than a brisk walk. Your achievements are summarized in three different rings to be filled each day. It’s about how much you are standing or sitting still, the amount of calories you consume and how active you are. This will be shown in the categories stand, movement and activity, and the idea is that you should strive to fill the rings each day.
During the period that I tested the Apple Watch, I’ve been training with the clock at both the gym and jogging outdoors. In addition to Apple’s own health functions are of course also health apps with their own Apple Watch-apps that you can use, one of which is the popular Runkeeper app. Unfortunately, the function of the watch very limited Runkeeper adds. Several times I had to simply take out the phone to start the training session and once the app is active are the benefits limited. I can see the time and distance as well as pause the workout, but despite the fact that Apple Watch is a heart rate monitor so it is nothing like Runkeeper app benefit. In addition, Runkeeper like most other apps in the clock entirely dependent on that phone is nearby. Launch the app in the clock without having the phone on hand, you just get an error message.
Apple’s own fitness app works even without the phone and then you can start a session and get the heart rate measured periodically during the session, and set your own goals and then spurred to achieve. If you run or take a brisk walk, it can have an effect, but in the gym, I feel that it has less impact. On the treadmill displays the actual screen on treadmill (and also other machines) much facts and much more in addition to your pulse can Apple Watch not bring. After (according to treadmill display) exactly one kilometre on the treadmill shows my Apple Watch at 0.95 km. Exercise is probably the biggest advantage of Apple Watch that you have all the physical activity aggregated in one place, but then it mainly low intensity exercise, yes the clock almost feels best for the type of activity that you do not even call for training. When I’m out running Apple Watch feels like a pretty impractical sports coach. It can certainly save my activity so I can study my achievements afterwards, but looking at the small screen during the spring tour is difficult. It is much better when you walk slowly just to see on the screen, but then adds the information to get there, on the other hand, not very much. In joggingturerna do I test both Apple’s own fitness app and Runkeeper. The result can be summarized with either or. Apple fitness app can save my heart rate, but has no gps connection. It is therefore only at the pedometer to measure distance. The advantage is that it can do without the phone. for its part, Runkeeper is dependent on the phone with and does not work at all without the Iphone. In this way, Runkeeper (via phone) gps position, but it has no access to the watch heart rate monitor. In addition, the app itself is buggy so when I test gives me several times up and must instead take up the phone to start and stop the training session. Just start and stop are in addition to the information on distance and time the only app in the clock adds.

Difficult to make a good clock app
In many ways, you can actually say that Apple Watch are suffering both to be so dependent on the Iphone and that it also has the disadvantage of not being able to use just the link to the Iphone as much as one could wish for. We look at the apps in Apple Watch, or for the part of the other smartwatch can be noticed quickly that it’s very difficult to build a good app. starting point to all the apps in your watch should have a counterpart in the phone for additional in-depth information is almost a must. With a screen that is to small, it is difficult to view the relevant content while providing the context. In addition, it will be extremely important to the apps do what they are intended for fast. It is, unfortunately, very few apps that do. It is Apple’s fault, and maybe the developers of apps. For the clock to be felt as it really helps me in daily life requires that I can quickly reach the function I need for the moment. The letters I get harder the more the clock trying to offer in the way of functionality. As soon as I installed more than ten apps, it becomes very difficult to quickly find the right app in the watch. To remedy this and quickly offer access to simple functions seems Apple have created a feature called Glances. By swiping from the bottom up from dialup ports I in quick views of up to twenty different apps. If the clock in some magical way could guess which of these that I am looking for at the moment, it would be perfect. For here, too, it will be difficult to find the right quickly if you have more than 3-4 different overviews. Because patience is about five seconds, it will be difficult to find the right clock before you realize that what you actually wanted to do had gone much faster if you directly had taken up the phone.

Siri
Apple’s voice-activated Assistant Siri has the potential to be the most sought after magical power which could make it easy to find features based on what we want to do at the moment. Unfortunately, she did not succeed completely.

Siri, you can activate by turning the hanleden to wake up the watch and then say “Hi Siri” followed by your case. The usage is firstly a little too slow for it to be smooth. Siri needs to have contact with the Iphone to both be able to interpret your voice and deliver a response and it will take a few seconds for a long time for it to be really useful. Then there is things you can ask her about the rather limited at present and includes for example not things individual apps can help you. You can ask Siri to find and launch an app on the clock, but it takes a long time for her and particularly apps with English names, it is difficult to say right so she understands when the language is set to Swedish.

Slow also
It’s not even so they överblickarna I mentioned earlier also they are particularly fast. To switch between glances so sweeping it sideways and a small indicator shows the location of the line of the glances you are. You see, however, was not the visibility you are looking for, see if you haven’t learned the order off by heart so clearly. So you know, for example, the latest news from the DN is point 12 of the twenty and even then it is possible the fast find. In addition, many of the överblickarna slow. A spinning wheel show that features loads and because a lot of information that needs to be loaded from your phone, this may take anywhere from 2 seconds up to sometimes thirty seconds. now, if the information is loaded at all, for it also occurs. I either are greeted by an error message or the spinning wheel is spinning forever.
The key to a more useful smartwatch is therefore both a faster and clearer link between the watch and phone so you always have the extended information which is not suitable in the clock available in the phone seconds after. Apple would be able to improve how the link between the watch and the phone works. Now I get notices not only from watch apps but from your phone’s apps that have no counterpart in the watch. The only way I can act on those is click the only button and it is the “dismiss”. Some do it because I have a little better idea of what’s going on in your phone without having to pick up the phone, but it doesn’t really solve the problem fully. Not even the notifications that the phone shows fast interaction right in the notification (reply to the message, like status, etc), I can act on in Apple Watch. Certainly you should in all honesty say that it is possible to turn the notifications from applications you do not feel you have the advantage of the Bell, but the impression is nonetheless to watch sturgeon more than it actually relieves me. Alerts in the clock is far more intrusive than those found in mobile. Are you busy so maybe a new notice in the phone does not engage or take attention, but a vibration on the wrist will become much more noticeable. Is it really important is positive, it is not important it becomes mostly just annoying.

Unclear connection

Just the connection between Bell and the phone gets confused on several occasions. When I’m in training tour for example (for once, manages to) launch Runkeeper in clock appears nothing in the phone if that function is active. I know that the Runkeeper app in practice is only a remote control to the Runkeeper in your phone, but despite that is visible even in the multitaskingvyn of the Iphone to function is active.

Syncing information between the clock and the phone also seems shaky. For example, it is often referred to as the list of sms and Imessage message in my watch is not consistent with what is seen on the phone. Because the map is much better in my phone and it therefore constantly have to switch any device to use, then that becomes a problem. It becomes clear that the phone must act as a continuous backup when the Bell does not offer enough functionality or overview. Even apps installed via the phone freezes sometimes and repeatedly stops your app installs halfway in the clock so that I can uninstall and then try to install again.

Some features of the watch is unique to it and have no mirror to your phone. It’s about possibilities to send small drawings, their heartbeat and vibrations to others with Apple Watch. I guess it’s just the idea that they are not visible on your phone, just that these features will only work between two Apple watches. It does, however, make it difficult to use these new forms of communication as part of a standard text-based communication. In order to send the heartbeat, drawings and vibrations, the recipient must in addition to having its own Apple Watch also be posted as one of your Favorites. It is only through the favourite contact menu that you access these unique capabilities of Apple Watch, which further limits the entire part.

Favorite contacts and much more of the settings in the clock attending to you via a special Apple Watch app since the last update is included in the Ios. Here you can choose for example which apps get resubmit notifications to the clock, what apps you want to appear on your home screen and glances. Yes, most of the time on the clock, you can simply control in this app.

Deficiencies in performance
Now, if Apple Watch is bad at fast offer me the feature I’m looking for when I’m looking for the performance is probably the one that most clearly put a spanner in the works for that. I would say that the average time it takes to launch an app from the homescreen is about five seconds. It comes from the time I found it in appkartan until the app is started. If the app then also need to download the information from the phone (latest news headlines for example) or even worse: find my position as your total time is easily up for 30 seconds before the app offers that I actually was looking for from the very beginning. Just position the letters I is particularly problematic, for I have not had the phone up but let it be a long time in your bag or Pocket, it takes extra long to find position.

Jerky bluetooth
In general it feels like Apple Watch is trying to do a lot of things, but only succeed in a few. In addition to calls that we had at any time been but about the works so here ill so is bluetoothstödet weak. We are testing a variety of headphones and wireless speakers and it is only after several attempts that we actually get a couple to work.

The music player in Apple Watch, in addition to control music playback on your Iphone to play music on their own, but then only to headphones or wireless speakers. The idea with this is simply to bring the clock on when you jog for example and play music to a pair of wireless headphones. When we tested, however, the clock had problems to find and connect to a number of lurking before we finally got it to work.

Also this feature to make calls with the clock leaves some to be desired. You can both receive and make calls directly to the watch as long as the phone is within range, some ten metres away, depending a bit on other obstructions, such as walls, and the like. Unfortunately, the talks so bad sound that it is almost impossible to have any use for it. Above all, the person you’re talking to on all our test call proper issue to hear, the sound stutters precariously you do well simply to pick up the phone when the signal for incoming calls on your arm.

Conclusion
Apple Watch is a product which differs significantly from Apple’s previous products right in the sense that it tries to do so much and fail so much. First of all, Apple a lot they can fix in upcoming software updates, but above all we should probably as a customer wait until the watch comes in a second or even third generation for it to provide real value.

 

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