Okay, friends, today, I’m sharing my APPLE WATCH 4 REVIEW!
I mean, when did I become someone interested in anything slightly techy? The Apple Watch is literally the only techy thing I know how to use. True story, I had to ask Madeley how to turn on the Apple TV the other day. I’m not even sure she knew exactly what she was doing…she just knew enough more than me that it actually came on. #sigh
So, if you’re new around here, let me back up a minute…
One day, I took my iPhone into the Apple Store to get it repaired and while they were fixing it, they had me sit down at one of those tables with the screens that play the same informational Apple commercial over and over again and this particular commercial was about the new Apple Watch. An hour later, my phone was repaired, and for inexplicable reasons, I thought I needed an Apple Watch (which was shocking to everyone who knows me because I AM NOT TECHNOLOGICAL SAVVY AT ALL!). So, I bought one and explained the many, many, many reasons why it changed my life (I mean, not really, but it totally enhanced my life!) in my first review. Really, the only negative thing I said about the watch in my post was that I wished it were waterproof. And then…Apple released the Apple Watch 2. WHICH WAS WATERPROOF…
So, after about a year of owning the 1, I sold that one and bought myself the Apple Watch 2. I reviewed the Apple Watch 2 in July of 2017.
The biggest difference between the 1 and the 2 was that the new one was waterproof which basically meant I never ever ever ever ever had to take it off. And friends, I want to wear it all the time, so that made me really happy!
Look at my watch in the water.
I basically thought Apple couldn’t improve on their watch…but silly me, Apple runs the world and can improve on ANYTHING, so it didn’t take long before they came out with…
…their Apple Watch 3.
It was brilliant.
I traded in my Apple Watch 2 to the Apple Store and bought myself the 3. You can read all about it in my review HERE, but basically, the 3 was independent of your phone. Meaning that you do not have to have your phone anywhere near you to make the texting/email/phone work (if you add it to your phone plan and pay for the watch to have cellular). So, I could leave my phone at home and drive to the grocery store and still be able to make/receive phone calls, text messages, emails etc. Does that make sense? The 1 and 2 require your phone to be somewhat near you for that stuff to work. I explain it further HERE, but I loved that I could go for a run/walk and still have access to my phone in the event of an emergency but actually leave my phone at home.
So, I was super pumped about my 3 and then, of course, Apple came out with the 4.
And that my friends, is why we’re here today…
So, in December, I traded in my 3 and got money back to put towards my new 4. I took a picture of my 3 and my 4 together before I mailed off my 3 for my refund. As you can see, the biggest difference is…
So, the 4 comes with a larger screen (mine is the 44mm) and the screen itself is thinner. The pink one is my 4 and the gray one is my 3.
I’ve been wearing it every day for over a month now, and even though there isn’t this huge difference between the 3 and the 4 (like there was between the 1 and 2 and then the 2 and the 3), I do think it has some updates that make it worthwhile…
…starting with, in my opinion (because I could not find this documented on Apple’s site anywhere), the 4 handles cold weather SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER ONES.
So, if your watch gets too hot, it shuts down (just like your phone does). I really think over the years, mine has only gotten too hot like twice (and I am outdoors in 100+ weather all.the.time), but in my experience, my watches would shut down if they got TOO COLD. My watch would be fine and then all of a sudden, the battery life would zap down to zero (even though like a few seconds before, the life would be like 50%) and my watch would shut down in cold weather. AND OUR WEATHER ISN’T EVEN REALLY THAT COLD. I would say that all three of my previous watches did this several times a year. The battery would just run down to nothing if my watch was too cold outdoors. So…because that always annoyed me, I decided to take my new watch to Park City after Christmas and put it to the test. IT NEVER ONCE SHUT DOWN. Look at those temps! I skied with my watch on every single day and the battery never went down.
Speaking of the battery, I do think that with every new watch that Apple has released, the battery life has gotten longer and longer. I always charge my watch at night while I’m asleep, and this 4 is typically around 50% at bedtime (and I put it on at 5:00 AM, so I wear it about 17 hours a day). I use my watch for at least an hour every day for a workout, I text and make phone calls on my watch daily too, plus, I’m always using the timer on there…so that’s a lot of activity for only 50%.
When you watch the videos on Apple’s website about the new watch, they do emphasize that the activity/calorie counter is more accurate with this one. I do think that is probably true. Before, when I did exercises like the Peloton on my former watches, the calorie count wasn’t as high as I thought it should be because when you use a stationary bike, your arms are not moving (they’re on the handle bars), which throws off your watch’s ability to track movement and work…but the new watch is apparently able to read heat and heart rate better, so my very hard Peloton workouts (seriously, they’re so hard!) reads better with the 4.
Speaking of the activity tracker, I honest to goodness from the bottom of my heart think that the Apple Watch keeps me healthier. As crazy as that seems, when it beeps and tells me I’ve been sitting too long or it beeps and tells me that if I would just get up and take a brisk 15 minute walk, it inspires me! I love that it tracks my progress for the day, week and month. I love that it sends me little encouraging messages like “hey, you’ve done six workouts this week, do one more for a perfect week”…call me crazy, but that stuff motivates me!
Here are just a few other facts and tidbits about the 4 (many are the same as the 3):
1: So, the first two Apple watches needed to be near-ish your phone in order to make/receive phone calls and/or texts along with using other internet based apps. So, at home, I could talk on my watch and such with my phone downstairs in my purse, but the minute I set out to walk the dog, etc., I could no longer do that. With the 3 or 4, if you call your cellphone carrier and add the watch to your existing plan, then you can use it independently from your phone (it was $10 a month for me to add mine to my plan). So, I walk the dogs, go for runs, bike rides, etc without my phone every single day. I don’t bring my phone because I don’t want to carry one extra thing and I also don’t want to be bothered with it while I’m out and about. BUT, I’ve always been a little nervous because what if I have an emergency? What if I fall and get hurt? What if (God forbid) the dogs get hit by a car? What if I get attacked by a dog OR PERSON? I am out by myself with no phone. Now, I can use my watch. I can call and/or text without having to have my phone out and about with me. Also, what if there is an emergency at home that I need to return for? No one could reach me either…but now, they can. I can also use apps to pay for things with my watch. We live near a Starbucks, so I’m always walking/running/biking over there and now, I can just open the Starbucks app on my watch to pay for drinks and such without having to have my phone or wallet. You can also use things like Apple Pay and other apps to make charges with your watch. Also, if I hop in my car to go pick up my kids, run an errand or whatnot, I don’t necessarily need to bring my phone…if I need to make/receive a call/text while I’m out, I can do so.
2: I bought the 44 mm watch (there is also a 40 mm watch). I love the bigger screen. I have always bought the watch with the biggest screen (they have always had two versions), but now with the 4, the largest version is 44 instead of 42 and call me crazy, but those 2 mm make a huge difference!
3: I bought the Gold Aluminium case with the Pink Sand Sport Band and love that band…but I love buying other bands too, so I also bought myself the band in Hibiscus (shown above). Switching out bands takes seconds, and for me, it’s fun to have several choices.
4: Speaking of bands, I always buy my bands at the Apple store. I bought one a few years ago on Amazon because it was less expensive and it broke the first day I wore it. Thankfully, I found my watch face on my rug in the living room, but what if I’d been out and about when it broke? After that, I decided just to stick to bands sold at the Apple store.
I mean, I’m sure there are many, many, many other things I can do with my watch now that I couldn’t before…but let me remind you, I’m technologically challenged, so I’m learning them more slowly 🙂 .
Now, Andrew bought an Apple Watch Series 1 at the same time I did a few years ago and still LOVES HIS! He has never wanted to change or upgrade his watch to a new version. He wears his to work every single day and it still works like a charm. He did want me to point out that he thought there was a big difference between the 1 and the 2 and then the 2 and the 3, but that he’s not as impressed with the 4. Let’s be real, it’s hard to beat the 3! When they added cellular to the watch, that really was such a huge improvement. That being said, my screen is bigger than his and my watch is more thin, so I feel like that’s a pretty nice little victory 😉 .
Whew! So much info, right? You really should go back and read my other reviews for even more reasons why I love my Apple Watches. Here they are again:
Apple Watch 1 Review
Apple Watch 2 Review
Apple Watch 3 Review
One last thing…I just didn’t think I could do an Apple Watch Series 4 Review today without…
…giving one away 🙂 .
I am giving away one Apple Watch today (with a value of $550) to one lucky winner!
To enter to win, you just have to enter the Rafflecopter below.
A review, a giveaway, a pretty great Tuesday, right?!
If you have an Apple Watch Series 4, please share your favorite features! I seriously probably didn’t mention most of them. Ha! Good luck with the giveaway!! I will announce the winner on FRIDAY!! xo