Apple’s smartwatch is better than ever

The Apple Watch Series 5 improves on previous models and remains the best buy, says Nicole Garcia Merida.

Apple Watch Series 5

The latest iteration of the Apple Watch, the Series 5, continues its domination of the smartwatch market, says Samuel Gibbs in The Guardian. It only works if paired with an iPhone 6s or a more recent model, but that doesn't take away from the extraordinary qualities of this watch it's expected to outsell all Swiss watchmakers this year. The most important change is that the screen now stays on all the time, a welcome change that won't affect the 18-hour battery life. "Simply put, the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch you can buy right now."

The watch boasts a bigger display screen than older versions and it's available in sizes of 40mm or 44mm, and models made of aluminium (starting at £399), stainless steel (£699), titanium (£799), ceramic (£1,299) and a designer Herms edition (£1,249). Paired with the Sport Loop strap, Gibbs notes, the Apple Watch becomes one of the most comfortable time pieces out there and beats some of the "very best that Swiss watchmakers have to offer".

Another feature that has reviewers waxing lyrical is the built-in compass. "The compass combines with an updated Maps app so you can see which way you are facing, so in turn you can see which way you should be heading," as Jeremy White puts it in Wired. This added feature will be even more useful when hiking or running, but it also means there is no longer a need to "wander around trying to get your bearings".

A great health tracker too

The Series 5 of the Apple Watch has been acclaimed by reviewers far and wide, making it a solid buy. Jeff Parsons in Metro sums it up nicely: "it improves on what was already a fantastic product, offering the right balance of connectivity, fitness and fashion".

Recommended

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters
Alternative investments

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters

Now is an ideal time for collectors to go shopping at the art auctions. 
29 Nov 2019
Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today
Alternative investments

Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today

It’s been a record-breaking ten years for the art market – even Old Masters of questionable provenance are selling for hundreds of millions. But where…
15 Nov 2019
The art market endures after a jittery 2019
Alternative investments

The art market endures after a jittery 2019

Wealthy Americans stepped up to help calm the art market's jitters in 2019. Chris Carter reports.
10 Jan 2020
Hi-tech help with New Year’s resolutions
Spending it

Hi-tech help with New Year’s resolutions

From a sports watch that monitors your heart rate to a subscription service to help you cook healthier meals.
31 Dec 2019

Most Popular

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
What would negative interest rates mean for your money?
UK Economy

What would negative interest rates mean for your money?

There has been much talk of the Bank of England introducing negative interest rates. John Stepek explains why they might do that, and what it would me…
15 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020