Apple Watch Series 6 review: A step ahead in terms of accuracy, fitness & health tracking

Except for a relatively shorter battery life, the Series 6 offers a well-rounded package.

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The Apple Watch remains the best smartwatch because of accurate health and fitness tracking.
Get It For: Starts at Rs 39,990
Highlight: SpO2 monitoring

Sales numbers speak for themselves, and they prove that Apple Watch has been the most popular smartwatch in the world. This is despite it being restricted to just those in the Apple ecosystem. Over the years, Apple has been adding health features like ECG, heart rate monitoring, cycle tracking. This year, the Watch Series 6 brings a SpO2 sensor that monitors the blood oxygen levels.


In terms of design, no one would be able to distinguish the Watch Series 6 from the Watch Series 5. It comes in two sizes — 44mm and 40mm — and the only change is the addition of new colours. The Watch Series 6 comes in all-new blue and red options. The always-on display works quite well and the display is really good to look at.

Apple’s focus with its smartwatch has been health and fitness. In terms of fitness tracking, the Apple Watch remains a step ahead (no pun intended) of all other watches in terms of accuracy.

The biggest talking point of the Watch Series is SpO2 monitoring. All you need to do is ensure that the Watch is strapped snugly and then rest your arm on a horizontal surface for 15 seconds to get the results. Do note, this is a “wellness” feature from Apple, so it doesn’t require FDA approval and isn’t meant for medical diagnostics.

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The Apple Watch remains the best smartwatch because of accurate health and fitness tracking. What makes it better for iPhone users is the support it brings for iMessage, phone calls and Apple Music effortlessly. Simple things like notifications, multifunctional watch faces and watchOS 7 make it a well-rounded package that others can’t offer to iPhone users. The one flaw it has is the battery life. There is no way you can get more than 15 hours at a stretch with the Watch Series 6 if you include workout sessions.

WatchOS 7 brings sleep tracking to the Apple Watch and it gives a detailed insight into your sleeping habits. A new 20-second hand wash timer is a novelty that fades away soon.

The only question that the Series 6 buyers will face is whether to buy this or the more affordable Apple Watch SE, which has a lot of good features of Watch Series 6 but costs less.

Starting at Rs 39,990, like most Apple products, the Watch Series 6 is expensive but it is worth your time and money. Apple doesn't need to reinvent the wheel with its smartwatch - a few important tweaks to hardware and software are good enough to ensure the crown doesn't slip away.

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-The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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