The Apple Watch series 2 smartwatch is one of the best fitness trackers for women on the market. Unlike the first Apple Watch that was released a few years ago, this new and improved model is water resistant and comes equipped with GPS for improved functionality.
Our Verdict: Clearly one of the most versatile fitness trackers on the market, we would recommend this model if you’re looking for a fitness tracker that can do so much more than track your fitness stats. If you want a model that can essentially replace your phone and one that comes loaded with a wide range of bells and whistles, then the series 2 is the best option.
Keep on reading to learn why this model received top marks.
Overview and Features
Not only does the newest model from Apple come with GPS it’s also loaded with a much faster processor, which makes it a true multitasking powerhouse.
Take advantage of the fitness stat tracking features to monitor steps taken, how active you were throughout the day based on the time of day, choose from a wide range of preloaded activities for improved tracking, and use the activity app as a way to stay motivated to keep going.
The top of the line fitness tracking features will also help you keep close tabs on your daily caloric intake. This is especially important if you lift heavy and you’re concerned about how to burn fat without losing muscle.
Ultimately, this all in one watch does an excellent job of keeping you on track and motivating you to stay active.
Water Resistant Design
Now that the Apple watch is water resistant, you can wear it while you’re showering or swimming. You can use the workout app to track your next swimming session, logging in distance, laps, and the type of stroke you used and whether you’re swimming in a pool or in open water.
The watch will automatically lock the touchscreen once your swimming workout begins. This helps to prevent the touchscreen from activating as you take a stroke or a splash of water hits the display screen.
The addition of GPS is a big deal. Now, you can take your Apple watch outdoors for a bike ride or run and the watch will calculate your distance. It will also display a map of your run or ride via the activity app.
Unfortunately, the biggest drawback of GPS is how much it drains the battery. While the watch has a battery life rating of eighteen hours, when you use the GPS tracking feature it can easily drain your battery in as little as four hours.
Activity Tracking Options
The exercise options and activity tracking for the 2 are pretty similar to what you’ll find on the first Apple watch.
You can choose from a cardio, HIIT, run, jog, weight lifting, walk, cycling, yoga workout, and more.
Another great feature that pops up when you’re working out is a reminder to breathe deeply during a workout.
Syncing Workout Data
Your workout data is seamlessly synced via Bluetooth with the activity app on your smartphone.
The biggest change Apple offers with their activity app is the ability to share your stats with friends. This feature will send you a notification if one of your friends is working out, allowing you to give your friend props for finishing a workout.
Want to listen to your favorite tunes as you sweat it out during your workout? You can easily sync your iTunes library so all of your workout jams will go wherever you do.
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Aside from functioning as a fitness tracker, the Apple 2 still offers smartwatch features for a multitasking machine that’s part fitness tracker, and app notification center.
The updated software provides a more intuitive user interface, allowing you to skip from one menu or feature to the next. When you swipe down you’ll get a list of notifications. When you swipe up you’ll get the command center.
It’s obvious that Apple paid close attention to what loyal iOS users need in a fitness tracker/smartwatch. However, despite the improvements, such as the inclusion of GPS, there are still some bugs that need to be worked out.
Fitbit is one of Apple’s top competitors when it comes to fitness tracking sales. Their latest model, the Fitbit Versa Fitness Tracker not only offers a four-day battery life compared to the 2’s eighteen-hour battery life, but it also features a much better display screen design, allowing you to easily read the screen even in bright sunlight, while the 2 does not.
Aside from issues with display screen visibility, you’ll also run into issues when you try to sync your iTunes library. It can take several attempts before you’re able to sync all of your music. However, the larger 2 GB storage space is a nice addition. Apple has already claimed they’re working on this syncing issue, so it should be resolved with their next update.
Overall, in terms of performance, this model can easily blow competing models out of the water. There are no other fitness trackers in this price range that can multitask the way the Series 2 can.
Apple Watch Series 2 Smartwatch Pros & Cons
- Water resistant
- Intuitive user interface
- Long battery life
- Activity tracker app
- Smartwatch functionality
- GPS quickly drains the battery