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Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch 6

Progress is known to be unstoppable. And so the Apple Watch is also subject to permanent further development. Their improved appearance now even includes the measurement of blood oxygen levels. You can find out what else the watch has to offer and what you need to know about the smart gadget in the following guide.

What model variants of the Apple Watch 6 are there?

The Watch Series 6 is offered in two different case sizes. As with the previous model, you can choose between 40 and 44 millimeters. This means the height of the clock. After all, as a user, you don't want to wear a bulky device on your wrist. The case is 10.4 millimeters deep and therefore a little bit smaller than the previous watch. Depending on the model, the Apple Watch weighs 30.5 or 37 grams. The versions "GPS" and "GPS + Cellular" are available. You then need your own eSIM for this.

The large selection for the Apple Watch bracelet has remained, because you can choose between numerous materials and bracelets. You don't like aluminum housing? Then just choose titanium or stainless steel and decide between the following colors:

The Apple Watch bracelet is offered in leather, among other things. But there are also high-quality Milanese and Nike editions to choose from. It gets particularly sporty with the loop version and a fabric strap, as well as the solo loop version with an Apple Watch strap made of stretchable silicone rubber. And if you still don't like it, then simply choose the braided Solo Loop, whose recycled polyester yarn has particularly environmentally friendly properties.

Apple Watch Series 6: The display on the test bench

Both model variants were equipped with a retina display. We see the resolutions as follows:

Large 368 x 448 pixels
Small 324 x 394 pixels

A maximum brightness of 1,000 nits is possible with both displays. However, this is reduced to 500 nits if you activate the so-called Always-on-Display function on your Apple Watch. Even in bright sunlight, the information on the display is easy to read. Vibrantly bright colors are combined with dark and rich black. Even if you look at the display from the side. The display also reacts relatively insensitively to sharp-edged objects, which are sometimes found in the jacket pocket.

What features does the Apple Watch have to offer?

Of course, the smart accessory on the wrist impresses with new features. One of the most exciting innovations is clearly the sensor for measuring the oxygen content in the blood. This is located on the underside of the watch and consists of four LED clusters and four photodiodes. Green, red and infrared LEDs are used to shine into the blood vessels so that the reflected light can be measured by the photodiodes. The O2 saturation is measured with a blood oxygen sensor, whereby the blood color is examined and special algorithms are used. The Apple Watch needs 15 seconds for this measurement process. You can read the result in the blood oxygen app. However, you will not get an exact value with this. Apple explicitly points out that the valuation is only intended for private and not for medical purposes.

The Apple Watch Series 6 still has the practical ECG function on board. So that you can have your personal electrocardiogram written, you simply place your finger on the crown to close the circuit. After 30 seconds, the watch will inform you whether atrial fibrillation was detectable or not.If you want a more detailed result, it is best to use the ECG app, the results of which you can also download as a PFD. However, always note that the watch does not replace a medical examination at a professional level. You also benefit from the following useful features with the Apple Watch Series 6:

Emergency call function
Ambient light sensor
Bluetooth 5.0
Apple Pay

The accelerometer makes it its job to recognize bicycle falls, to then call the stored emergency contacts and send them the location coordinates. The Apple Watch Series 6 is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters. It can be worn in the sea and is the ideal companion for hiking in the mountains, as the altimeter has been optimized. On the one hand, this is now permanently active and, on the other hand, the smallest height differences (up to 30 cm) can be shown on the display. Since the watch can be used as a navigation device if required, routes can also be followed on foot or by car.

Of course, text and WhatsApp messages and emails are also shown on the display. A small keyboard allows answering the messages. You can enter the letters manually or dictate your text to Siri. By the way, you can now use Siri as a translator. The sleep analysis is more comfortable with the Apple Watch Series 6, which can be attributed to the fact that Apple has developed a special app for it. And the watch is also convincing in terms of call quality. In order to be able to make calls, the GPS model must be connected to the iPhone. If you want to do this independently, you need the cellular version and your own SIM card. In this way you have the possibility to surf the Internet without the mobile phone being paired via Bluetooth.

How easy is the clock to operate?

If this is your first Apple Watch, you will probably need a little time to get used to it so that it can be used smoothly. After all, it is a smart gadget that has been crammed with countless functions. Nevertheless, it is a self-explanatory concept that aims for intuitive operation. You control the device with swipe gestures, using the built-in buttons and with the help of the crown. All apps are displayed with a suitable symbol so that you can already guess which functions are hidden behind them. With the watch you use the watchOS 7 operating system, which works without waiting times. This means that every command is executed with maximum performance.

How long does the battery last?

And that brings us to the downside of the Apple Watch. The watch does not last more than 24 hours at a time and therefore has to be charged every day. However, this is the absolute maximum, because the battery is usually empty faster. The watch is connected to the network at night, which is why sleep tracking can hardly be used at all. A stamina of two days should be desirable for many users. However, the watch scores in terms of its charging time: the battery is full again after 1.5 hours.

Which straps fit the Apple Watch 6?

Basically, all of our APPLE Watch straps also fit your Apple Watch Series 6 perfectly. When ordering, just make sure that you have the large or small model.