1 Cool Thing: Apple Watch Series 6

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

hi everybody this is sasha sigan from pcmag.com here with one cool thing and today's cool thing is the apple watch series six and here to talk to me about the watch we have angela mosca rotolo our uh health and fitness uh reviewer um and angela is is there a lot of new stuff in this watch is there a lot to talk about in terms of changes um yeah there are a few changes a few big changes uh number one

Uh the biggest thing i will say so i'll show you the watch right here uh let me take it off so you can see i have the new blue color one it also comes in a red a product red and um every purchase from the product red uh model uh the proposed part of the proceeds goes towards um hiv and aids programs it's that usual product red thing yeah yeah exactly but i don't think that we've seen an apple watch in product red

Before so it's kind of cold that they have it now uh so yeah i have the blue model with the new stretchy band this is called the braided solo loop as you'll see it has no clasp or buckle uh this is an option that you can if you have the series five you can get this band for that as well but so the big change in the series six is the sp02 sensor which is blood oxygen saturation reading uh and we talked about this when we got

The uh galax the samsung galaxy watch 3 in because it also has a spo2 sensor um and basically this will tell you the uh oxygen saturation level of your blood um it's a pretty important uh new feature in light of coven 19. and what i like about it on the uh series six is that you can take um an spo2 reading at any time you want in 15 seconds and it's also measuring it in the background periodically so what it does is it like shines

Red and infrared light into your skin and measures the color of your blood so bright red blood is more saturated and dark red blood is less so and what we know is that an sp02 level of around 95 to 100 is normal so when i first took my reading with the series six it said i had a 99 uh saturate blood saturation level so i thought that was pretty good then i went on a three mile run and it said i had 100 so i was pretty happy about that

But if you get anything below a 90 then that's indication that you might want to see a doctor or if you're feeling sick maybe even go to the er uh so that's the big thing that we have and now i've heard some concerns about the accuracy of this spo2 sensor and about different spo2 sensors giving different kinds of readings have you been able to get any kind of a beat on that um

No not really uh to me uh i haven't really been able to compare it to any others i will say compared to the one on the fitbit sense it is a lot easier to take a reading on the series six because on the fitbit sense which this is another key feature that uh the the new fitbit sense which just came out um it only does it at night and you need a specific watch face so what i will say is it is a lot easier on the apple watch to take a reading um

As far as the accuracy i'll have to look into that a little bit more okay so uh blood oxygen level what else do we have in terms of new features yes so that was the big one uh the other ones that i will mention are a processor bump uh basically 20 faster and that has allowed apple to improve the brightness of the screen when uh your wrist is down so if you're just taking a walk and you're outside and you look down at your

Watch instead of bringing it to your face you'll be able to see the screen a little bit better the other feature is an always on altimeter for real-time elevation and you can put your elevation as a complication on the watch face so you can see it change in real time which has been kind of interesting for me because i live by the beach and um i i saw that like for where i live it's like 35 feet above sea level but when i go down to the beach like it

Is even below like in certain areas so below sea level um according to the series six well yeah if you're below the high tide line you're below sea level yes so it's so it's been interesting to see that and um and then other things that you'll get is um the watchos 7 and you don't need the series 6 to get watchos 7. it's available on i think the 3 the 4 the 5 and the new lower cost watch se

But there are so many cool features that are available as part of um watchpost 7 including the hand washing countdown timer which is really really great um in light of cobia 19 and every time i wash my hands now i cannot like live without that hand washing timer it's like so funny to me it's like when we first started using gps's and now we like rely on them to get everywhere for navigation

Now i like rely on the hand washing countdown timer every time i wash my hands and i when i don't have the apple watch on i'm like no how am i gonna know it's been 20 seconds but um yes and then as part of um watch os seven you also get the sleep tracking which is a new feature to the apple watch this year um i will say battery life is not that much better uh the apple watch has not had great battery life um ever

But um so apple estimates it's the same 18 hour battery life as the series 5. in my testing though we i actually got more than apple's estimate i did have the um do not disturb on most of the time but even with the always on display on with do not disturb i got like 25 and a half hours and then i still had like more than 10 so it it the battery life isn't great but i will say in my testing it's a little bit better than apple's estimates which is which is pretty good and that's really it i mean um not too

Many other major changes well there's one more thing they announced which i'm curious about your thoughts on which is this what everybody's thinking of as the peloton killer service yes um fitness plus fitness plus yes and as the fitness beat person what do you think of that do you think it is a peloton killer we'll have to see so they're not going to uh release it until they said before the end of the year so i have not been able to try

It yet but apparently they're gonna um launch it with like 10 big type of exercises um most of them are going to be like floor based exercises like um yoga and they are also going to have some like running ones and cycling workouts on there and that's why people are saying with the peloton um then it might be able to replace your you know replace like be an alternative to peloton you can get like a regular um cycling an indoor cycling bike and

Then just hook the fitness plus up and then basically it'll give you a peloton-like experience without the peloton price now it does seem that uh fitness plus is reasonably priced given uh but i will say though you do need also an apple watch to use it and you need either an iphone or an ipad so if you have those things then it's only like i think ten dollars a month but if you don't have those things then you're going to need to get those things

To use it so if you're already in the apple ecosystem then it is a viable option for you if not it's going to be an investment to get on it but we'll see i mean they say that they're going to have like world-class trainers and tons of classes and um you know everybody's getting into the fitness thing right now because everybody's at home and you know even all these connected fitness machines peloton etc

They're all flying off the shelves and you know you can't you can't like even get one right now because the wait times are just so long so it's a good idea to be able to maybe get like a a cheaper bike and use fitness plus with it we'll see we'll see so so apple's getting into this right now if you're fitness oriented and you're into an apple watch so should you get this seven should you get the sc there's another one still out there right i think i think they're still

Selling another model right they're still selling the series three and then there's also what they announced alongside the sorry i mean the six it's the os seven watch six yes yes so they announced the siri the watch se which is like a lower cost um apple watch and so if you don't care about the spo2 readings then you might be fine with the watch se the only things that the main things that it lacks that you will get on the series six

Is the always on display spo2 sensor and ecg readings for um your basically heart rhythm but it does have some really nice health and safety features that that are available on the series six um including fall detection um high and low heart rate notifications you get emergency sos and high decibel warnings and you're gonna get all of the same fitness tracking features so um the se is a good option so the series 6 starts at 399 or 100 more if you want the gps and cellular

Version the watch s e you can get the gps and cellular version of that one for and if you want the gps only model that one starts at 279. so i will say that one is a pretty good um option if you don't want or think that you need all of these advanced um health metrics or the always on display and so now i'm kind of i'm kind of putting together a but before we conclude i want to put together sort of a

A fitness uh package in my head and so you see so there's the 279 watch se and then you would pair that with the 329 base ipad and how much does a basic exercise bike cost you can probably get one for a couple hundred for really really like basic so we're a little under a thousand for this package compared to what for peloton over 2000 so there we go plus with peloton well you'll also need the fitness plus membership which is 10.99 a

Month but the peloton membership is 39 a month so um yeah you're you're gonna be able to do that for cheaper here yeah so uh that is the that is the apple watch uh series six what did you rate it and does it have an editor's choice yes it's an editor's choice 4.5 stars it's a great watch it really is and i'm still waiting to get the s e so uh we'll see what i rate that um i have not received that yet so

To be determined on the rating for the s e but it does seem very promising okay terrific so that's the apple watch series six thank you all for watching this has been one cool thing with pcmag.com thank you angela please like and subscribe and we'll be bringing you more reviews and cool things throughout the year

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