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Apple Watch (1st Gen)

Apple Watch (1st Gen)
alaScore 95

2529 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2529 reviews of Apple Watch (1st Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Apple Watch (1st Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 2529 reviews)

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Expert review by: Alex Colon (

Apple Watch Series 1


The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch yet, but it's more of a luxury item than a replacement for your Timex.

Attractive design. Secure, comfortable fit. Plenty of third-party apps.

Expensive. Average battery life. Little functionality without connected iPhone.

Conclusions I definitely enjoyed my time with the Apple Watch, but I still don't think it's a replacement for my trusty old Timex. After all, the $699 model of the watch I reviewed is the same version I would want to buy, and I just can't see myself...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (

Apple Watch Series 1 review


You don't need a smartwatch. And if you think you do, paying more than a couple of hundred dollars feels pretty hard to swallow.

Same storage space, speed, and basic functions of Apple Watch Series 2, but for less money. WatchOS 3 is much-improved software over last year.

Lacks swim-ready water resistance and onboard GPS found in Series 2 models. Only comes in aluminum models.

Apple's step-down Apple Watch has everything most people would need at a more affordable price.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Scott Stein (

Apple Watch review


I'm up early to try to kickstart a habit at the gym, trying to teach myself to like the routine. My phone and wallet and car keys get in the way; I like to come here as minimalist as possible. My watch is the only thing that feels natural and it's...

Beautifully constructed. Handles messages well. A solid fitness tracker. Hundreds of apps. Can send and receive voice calls via an iPhone. Lots of design choices. Apple Pay-enabled. Stores music for local playback over Bluetooth.

Battery only lasts a little more than a day. Most models and configurations cost more than they should. Requires an iPhone to work. Interface can be confusing. Many apps load slowly. Lacks built-in GPS.

A year old and even more affordable, the Apple Watch remains the best designed and most capable smartwatch you can buy -- but we're hoping that the inevitable sequel makes it more of a must-have product.

May, 2016

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Expert review by: Andy Boxall (

Apple Watch review (Updated for OS 2.0)


The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch we've used, and the first that feels friendly and has character. Watch OS 2.0 adds needed app and Siri abilities.

A few months into its release, it’s still difficult to say whether the Apple Watch is going to break into the mainstream. It’s also too early to say whether our initial warmth toward it is because it’s new and fun. Only more time spent with the new...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Ho, Brandon Chester (

The Apple Watch Review


Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch, there had been rumors that Apple would make a watch for quite some time. In a broader sense, the wearables industry has become an area of significant interest as the next growth market after devices like tablets...

Finally, we get back to the question of whether Apple will be sell people on the concept of a watch. In the months since I first used the watch I’ve ended up wearing it every day. I distinctly noticed its absence when I forgot the charger on a trip. I...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case ( Stone Leather Loop)


Smartwatches are like that. People don't need another thing that has a screen, needs frequent charging, and costs as much as some phones or tablets . But the Apple Watch still represents some of the most forward-looking ideas in what it'll mean to be...

The Apple Watch is a beautifully constructed, compact smartwatch. It's feature-packed, with solid fitness software, hundreds of apps, and the ability to send and receive calls via an iPhone.

Battery only lasts a little more than a day; most models and configurations cost more than they should; requires an iPhone 5 or later to work; interface can be confusing; sometimes slow to communicate with a paired iPhone.

The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling


To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I've been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I've worked with it. I've traveled with...

If I have a smartphone in my pocket and a tablet in my bag, and perhaps a laptop too, do I really need a smartwatch on my wrist as well? Like every smartwatch I’ve tried, Apple Watch is imperfect. Much of that – like underwhelming third-party apps – is...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Susie Ochs (

Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating function


The Apple Watch's little annoyances are harder to ignore than the iPhone's, iPad's, and Mac's, because you're wearing them right on your wrist.

Haptic feedback and force touch gesture work well ; Supports Apple Pay even without an iPhone present ; Well-designed Activity and Workout apps provide good tracking and motivation

No way to hide built-in apps from the home screen ; Many apps and glances are slow to load

The Apple Watch excels as a remote control and activity tracker, but it's slow and requires a Bluetooth connection to your iPhone, among other quirks. Still, it's hard not to admire a smartwatch this...

May, 2015

Expert review by: (

Apple Watch review: a status symbol for iOS devotees


The Watch is the nicest smartwatch available, but it's more status symbol than wearable revolutionary. Most of the Watch's features can be categorized as nice to have (at best) or superfluous (at worst). As such, if you're not enamored with the Watch's...

Finely crafted hardware ; Strong app support ; Lots of personalization options ; Easy-to-use fitness tracking ; Best smartwatch available

Third-party apps can feel sluggish ; Some users will crave more control over notification settings ; Expensive

I don't think the Watch is for me. While I appreciate the thoughtfulness, quality and ingenuity of the hardware design, it's just not my style. Also, getting a Watch means locking one's self into an iPhone universe, and while it's an excellent handset,...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Joshua Ho (

Apple Announces the Apple Watch; Available Next Year


Apple has thrown their hat into the wearable ring with the Apple watch, which tries to bring a better user experience to the watch without trying to adapt iOS to the watch with multi-touch gestures that we're familiar with on the iPhone.

The Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone to work properly. It starts at $349 USD and will go on sale early 2015.

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications


Band colour:Beige, Grey / Black / Blue / Blue, Brown / Blue, Gold / Brown / Gold, Red / Grey / Grey, Pearl / Orange / Pearl / Pink / Red / Silver / Stainless steel / Violet / White / Yellow
Band size:L / M / S / XL
Removable strap: Yes
Wrist size:5.12 - 7.87 / 5.31 - 5.91 / 5.51 - 8.27 / 5.71 - 8.46 / 5.91 - 7.28 / 5.91 - 8.46 / 7.09 - 8.27

Energy Management

Auto standby: No
Battery Life:18


Buckle colour:Black / Silver
Buckle material:Stainless steel

Technical Details

Vibrating motor: Yes