Updated 16 Mar 2018

Apple

Watch Series 1 (WatchOS 4)

Snapshot: The Apple Watch series 1 - 38mm is not waterproof, without GPS but has a heart rate monitor. It only works with iOS phones.

Watch Series 1 (WatchOS 4)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$399

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Test results

Overall score
70
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10
Active heart rate accuracy
?/10

Good points

  • Good for fitness functions.
  • Very good for smart functions.
  • Easy to use.
  • Good for apps.
  • Good features.
  • Has a very accurate heart rate monitor.

But

  • Poor battery.
  • Is not water resistant.
  • Doesn't have GPS.
  • Only works with iOS.
  • No sleep tracker.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$399

More test results (/10)

Apps
6.7
Features
7.3

Specifications

Type
Smartwatch
Weight (g)
55.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
49
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
130

Features

Water resistant
×
Swimproof
×
Bluetooth
NFC
GPS
×
Works with iOS
Works with Android
×
Screen (touch)
yes (yes)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / yes / yes
Make and receive calls
Control music playlist and playback
×
Navigation
Control phone camera
Heart-rate monitor
Sleep tracker
×