Apple Watch Series 4 Hands On: Subtle Improvements
Apple event in Cupertino. While the new iPhones presented improvements on 2017's iPhone X, the new Watch debuted redesigned and reengineered." data-reactid="27">It’s already been said, but it’s worth repeating: The Apple Watch Series 4 was the star of last week's Apple event in Cupertino. While the new iPhones presented improvements on 2017's iPhone X, the new Watch debuted redesigned and reengineered.
Although a new version of the Watch has been rolled out every year since it was first revealed in 2015, it has always been the supporting player in an iPhone-heavy show. This year, Series 4 took center stage, looking sleeker, easier to perform basic tasks on, and full of innovative new features. Can the new Apple Watch live up to the expectations of its new leading role? We put it to the test to find out.
Series 4 looks and feels like a premium, high-end smart watch. The redesigned display is 30% larger than before (the 44 mm model has a 977 square mm display area, compared to Series 3’s 42 mm model with a 740 square mm display area) and it makes a big difference: Rounded corners that match the Watch’s shape, and thinner borders around the display — along with larger text and buttons — make viewing texts and emails a much easier experience. Despite the increase in display size, Series 4 is even thinner (10.7 mm compared to Series 3’s 11.4 mm) and doesn't feel bulky.
When turning the digital crown to scroll through messages or music playlists, you’ll now feel a pleasantly subtle clicking that mimics the sensation of turning the crown on an old-school (i.e. non-smart) watch. This comes courtesy of a redesigned digital crown with what’s known as haptic feedback. It might seem like a small change, and you’ll probably forget you didn’t have it before after a few days of using the Watch, but it makes a difference.