Apple Watch Series 6 Review

Apple Watch Series 6 Review: The Best Got Better!

The Apple Watch Series 6 is the latest iteration of the the most popular smartwatch in the world. Launched in September 2020, this popular smartwatch became available at Startech Store outlets in Qatar on October 2nd. In this blog, we are going to discuss the new features and improvements of Apple Watch Series 6.

At a first glance the Series 6 is identical in design to the Series 5, but there are some notable health-related additions along with a faster chip for better performance. Let’s take a deeper look at it one by one.

Blood Oxygen Monitoring

The biggest update on Apple Watch Series 6 is the presence of a new sensor that enables Blood Oxygen monitoring. In a nutshell, it measures the oxygen saturation in the blood for a better understanding of fitness and wellness. When oxygen saturation (also known as SpO2) levels drop, it can be a sign of a serious illness.

Blood oxygen monitoring is enabled through four clusters of red, green, and infrared LEDs along with four photodiodes on the back of the Apple Watch, all of which measure light reflected from the blood. A custom algorithm included in the new Blood Oxygen app measures blood oxygen between 70 and 100 percent. On-demand testing is available through the app, and the watch also occasionally takes background measurements when a person is inactive, including during sleep. Data is available in the Health app.

ECG Monitoring

ECG monitoring was originally introduced in Series 5 and the new version also keeps it. With the ECG app, Apple Watch Series 6 is capable of generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. It’s a momentous achievement for a wearable device that can provide critical data for doctors and peace of mind for you.

Electrodes built into the Digital Crown and the back crystal work together with the ECG app to read your heart’s electrical signals. Simply touch the Digital Crown to generate an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds. The ECG app can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation — a serious form of irregular heart rhythm — or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal pattern.

Monitoring Sleep

Sleep Tracking isn’t an Apple Watch Series 6 exclusive but rather one that arrives with the recent watchOS 7 updates. To take advantage of Sleep Tracking, you can either activate Sleep Mode manually each time you head to bed or set a sleep schedule for the week. The new Sleep app helps you establish a regular bedtime routine and keep track of your sleep trends night after night so that you can set and achieve your personal sleep goals.

Automatic Handwashing Detection

The timing of this feature couldn’t be any better considering the state of the world. It essentially starts a 20-second timer on the watch and encourages you to wash your hands thoroughly.

It works by listening out for running water and is generally accurate. The animation can sometimes take a few seconds to appear, because the watch is checking that you’re washing your hands, but those missed seconds of animation are accounted for.

Fitness Tracking

Everything mentioned above is paired with a range of new fitness options including dance tracking, core training, functional strength training, and cool down. These arrive as part of watchOS 7 and sit alongside more traditional options like running and cycling.

The Apple Watch Series 6 uses Vo2 max readings to monitor your cardio fitness levels as well. An update rolling out later this year will enable notifications that warn you when Vo2 max levels are too low.

Music and Podcasts

The Apple Watch Series 6 lets you listen to music and podcasts, including 70 million songs on Apple Music.

Display & Watch Faces

The Retina Display on the Watch Series 6 looks identical to the ones featured on the older Watch Series 4 and Series 5. But Apple has made some key changes that improve the overall experience.

Namely, the Always-on-Display that was introduced only last year has received a bump in brightness. Apple says the feature is now 2.5 times brighter than before and that’s certainly noticeable in day-to-day use.

The Always-On Retina display is now significantly brighter outdoors when your wrist is down. So you can see all the information on your watch face more easily than ever — without having to raise your wrist to wake your watch.

Apple Watch Collection

This year’s Apple Watch models come in aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, with Apple introducing new blue and (PRODUCT)RED color options for the aluminum models. Stainless steel Apple Watch models come in silver and a dark gray graphite shade, while titanium models come in silver and space black.

There are three new Apple Watch band options this year, two of which eliminate closures and straps. The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop are available in soft silicone and braided yarn, respectively. Each one slips over the hand and onto the wrist, with Apple offering nine sizing options. There’s also a new Leather Link band that’s a redesigned version of the Leather Loop.

Stay Connected

Apple Watch Series 6 keeps the people and things you care about right there with you, no matter where life takes you. And with available cellular, you can stay connected even when you don’t have your phone.

Family Setup

Family Setup in watchOS 7 extends Apple Watch to the entire family by allowing kids and older family members of the household who do not have an iPhone to benefit from the connectivity, safety, and fitness features of Apple Watch. Kids can take advantage of communication and personalization capabilities, access Emergency SOS at any time, enjoy an Activity rings experience that has been optimized just for them, and utilize a new mode called ‘School Time’, which can help them stay focused and attentive while learning at home or in the classroom.

Battery Life and Performance

There’s an updated S6 System-in-Package chip in the Apple Watch Series 6, which is based on the A13 Bionic in the iPhone 11. It is up to 20 percent faster, allowing apps to launch 20 percent faster, and it offers the same all-day 18-hour battery life. Apple Watch Series 6 offers faster charging and can be charged to full in 1.5 hours. Battery life has been improved for tracking workouts like indoor and outdoor runs, too.

New to the Apple Watch Series 6 is the same U1 chip and Ultra-Wideband antennas introduced in the iPhone 11 models, which Apple says will enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences like digital Car Keys. Apple offers the Series 6 with both GPS and GPS + LTE functionality. LTE Apple Watch models can operate over LTE without an iPhone nearby.

Alongside the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple introduced the lower-cost Apple Watch SE, which is priced starting at $279. The Apple Watch SE is identical in design to the Apple Watch Series 6, but it is lacking several key features to keep costs down. It has an S5 chip that was in the Series 5, but it lacks an always-on display, comes only in aluminum, has no blood oxygen sensor, doesn’t do ECG readings, has no U1 chip, and doesn’t support 5GHz WiFi.

Other than that, it supports all basic Apple Watch functionality such as heart rate monitoring, fall detection, activity monitoring, emergency SOS, Apple Pay support, sleep tracking, water resistance, and more. It comes in cellular and GPS options much like the Series 6.

Apple Watch Series 6 Price in Qatar

Pricing for Apple Watch Series 6 varies based on case size, case material, band, and collection. You can refer this link for the latest price and available models with us.

How to Buy Apple Watch Series 6 in Qatar?

You can buy the Apple Watch Series 6 directly from our Startech online store or retail stores. Check out this link for more details and to place your order for a same day home delivery anywhere in Qatar. You can also visit any of the Startech retail outlets in Qatar and get your hands on it!