11 days with the Apple Watch Ultra
There’s nothing wrong with the Apple Watch Ultra. Not even the stuff I expected to take issue with ended up bothering me.
It’s a premium smartwatch that improves upon older models in almost every way, and introduces a new category for Apple’s wearables family. I’m excited to see them further differentiate it in future generations.
But for now, I didn’t end up keeping mine. As much as I enjoyed wearing it, it doesn’t provide $1,200 CAD of additional value over my old but reliable Series 4.
A friend asked: what would provide additional value? I had no good answer, which told me that I shouldn’t be spending $1,200 in the hopes of finding out.
But before I shrug and move on with my life, I did want to share a few quick notes about my experience.
Things I thought would bother me that actually didn’t
- The size & weight. The titanium case feels a lot lighter than it looks, and while the additional height of the case was certainly noticeable, it didn’t cause any issues. It doesn’t manoeuvre as effortlessly under a tight sleeve, sure, but that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me. I think the absence of rounded edges makes more of a difference there than the height itself. Luckily, my wrists are also wide enough that it doesn’t look disproportionate on me.
- The price. This is an expensive toy, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t feeling too bad about spending the money given my history with this category. I owned the Series 0 from day one and held off on upgrading until the Series 4 rolled around. For something I use daily, wear on my body at all times, and don’t want to upgrade frequently, I don’t mind paying a little extra for quality. The Ultra’s fit and finish is impeccable, and since I also happen to be a diving enthusiast, I looked at it as a way to keep the features I want in a smartwatch while also giving me basic dive computer functionality that I don’t have to pay for in a separate device. Expensive? Yes. Overpriced? I don’t think so.
- The design. It’s still an ugly watch. I find the Ultra even uglier than the standard Apple Watch Series, but at this…