Specs and features Apple Watch Series 1

TypeSmart watches and bracelets
BrandApple
Release date 2016, December
Dimensions 30gram
Communication
Sensors

    Wristband sizes

    SizeLength
    M 130–200 mm

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    Apple Watch Series 1 overview

    Apple Watch Series 1 (AWS1) appeared together with the Apple Watch Series 2 in the autumn of 2016. And when the second generation has received a number of improvements in performance and set of functions, AWS1 has just become an easy update of the original Apple Watch.
    Now you can only buy aluminum Apple Watch Series 1 in silver or gray colours.
    There are versions with a screen of 38 mm and 42 mm, with 272x340 resolution and 312x390 resolution respectively. According to the data of March 2018, Apple still sells AWS1. This model is suitable for those who are only getting acquainted with smart watches and do not want to spend a lot of money on the third generation. As Apple Watch Series 2 was officially removed from sale, we will compare AWS1 and AWS3 to decide what watch is better.

    Apple Watch Series 1 functions

    AWS1 is the same original Apple Watch with a more powerful processor. With the installed watchOS 4 operating system, the watch has received almost the same set of functions as the second or the third generation.
    1. Notifications, calls and messages. After being synchronized with the iPhone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the watch will show all notifications from the smartphone. Using AWS1, you can call or answer incoming calls. There is no keypad, but it is easy to answer a message with a voice. Siri can show reminders and tasks.
    2. Trainings and fitness tracker. With watchOS 4 the watch offers applications for training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The gadget measures the pulse, counts calories burned, monitors steps and speed. There are modes for training in applications: walking, running, bicycle, training machines.
    3. Activity and motivation. Activity rings help to move every day. There are only three of them: "Warm up", "Mobility", "Exercises". The watch will remind you that it is time to warm up after sedentary job, do some exercises and burn calories, walk to the house.
    4. Music and playlists. When the watch is paired with the iPhone, you can listen to tracks from the watch on your smartphone, switch between them, change the sound level. There is an option to synchronize playlists — then they will appear in the watch memory, you can store up to 5.5 GB.
    5. Apple Pay. Double pressing on the side button — and any purchase can be paid immediately from the watch. Apple Pay works only at watchOS 4. When you pay you do not need to enter any confirmations or codes.

    Pros of Apple Watch Series 1

    1. Set of functions — almost the same as for AWS2 and AWS3.
    2. Memory — 8 GB, which is more than at its direct competitors.
    3. Siri is still a great companion.
    4. Design — faces for any taste and versatile straps.
    Set of Functions. All previous section is one big advantage of Apple Watch Series 1. With the updated watchOS 4 operating system, the watch has received almost all functions of the future models. It is limited only by its performance.
    Memory. The maximum internal memory of gadgets in the same price category from Samsung, Asus and Huawei is 4 GB. The storage capacity of AWS1 (If we do not take into account place for OS) is 5.5 GB. This volume can be filled with applications and music designed by other developers.
    Siri. Although the assistant cannot speak, as in AWS2 and AWS3, it remains to be invaluable. It is convenient to adjust the face of Siri. It shows notifications, reminders, weather, news, events. Siri recognizes the voice and answers questions.
    Design. The same slots for the straps of all smart watches from Apple allow you to change them easily. You can choose from the following options: soft silicone, sports nylon with hook-and-loop fastener, steel Milanese loop, leather. The same is true about watch faces. All screensavers from watchOS 4 work in the first model of the watch. The faces can be customized, you can make your own one.

    Cons of Apple Watch Series 1

    1. Compatibility — only with the iPhone.
    2. Battery — it can withstand 18 hours in the active mode.
    3. The processor is slower than in AWS2 and AWS3.
    4. GPS — there is no one and it is not even planned
    5. Water — protection only from splashes, you can not swim wearing watches.
    6. Glass — Ion-X strengthened glass gets scratches easier than sapphire crystal.
    Compatibility. The main problem of all Apple devices is their exclusivity. The watch will only work after being synchronized with the iPhone, it is not compatible with other systems. Native applications work better. Failures and bugs in programs designed by other developers are much more common.
    Battery. The claimed battery life is 18 hours, including 45 minutes spending in applications, 30 minutes listening to music and 90 time checks and notifications. The watch needs to be charged every night if you use it actively. Due to its weak battery, it is difficult to use the gadget for sleep monitoring — the AWS1 is not charged on the arm.
    Processor. A dual-core S1P processor is weaker and slower than S2 one from the second or S3 from the third generation. New models work more smoothly. Applications load faster. In AWS1, the average time even for the native program launch is 5 seconds, and the programmes designed by other developers can hang for 30 seconds.
    GPS. There is no navigation in the first watch either. This means that the watch will not be able to track the movement without being connected to the iPhone and then synchronize. Meanwhile AWS1 stores running tracks in the internal memory. It is enough for simple trainings.
    Water. Apple Watch Series 1 has only protection against splashes. The watch will not fail after a short rain or washing hands, but do not swim wearing them. Even if you drop a gadget into the water for a minute, in this case repair is not covered under warranty.
    Glass. The first series is sold only in an aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass. It gets scratches and can be hit quite easily. Sapphire crystal in steel and ceramic cases AWS2 and AWS3 is much more durable.
    • The watch cannot be hooked up to the iPhone. Solution: check Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, reboot the watch and smartphone, break the connection and reinstall it.
    • The digital crown does not work. Solution: clean the watch turned off — rinse the crown under warm water without soap, reboot the gadget.
    • Bluetooth does not work. Solution: check the charging, cable and watch on other devices, it will help you to understand what the problem is.
    • The watch does not track activity. Solution: enable tracking in general settings, check how tightly watch fit the skin.
    • The watch does not update the OS. Solution: Reboot both AWS1 and iPhone. If it does not help, open Watch on the smartphone and enter the "Software Update". You can delete the update file there and download the latest version again.
    • A fundamental solution to all problems with the software is to reset it to factory settings. To do this, open the watch general settings on the iPhone and select "Reset". You can delete all the content on watch too. To do this, press and hold the side button until the shutdown message appears. Press the button again and select "Erase existing content".

    Performance improvement of the Apple Watch Series 1

    AWS1 with a weak processor often works slowly. Here are three tips to improve watch performance:
    • Reduce the transparency: Find "General" — "General Accessibility" — "Reducing Transparency" in the Watch app on your smartphone. The function is almost invisible on a not very bright watch screen, but it makes the processor’s work easier.
    • Delete extra faces: watchOS does not remove faces after activation, they are stored in memory. To remove them, strongly press the screen and swipe unnecessary faces up from the bottom of the screen. This will free up the RAM.
    • Clean Dock: The watch stores not only faces in its memory, but also different applications. Open Watch-Dock on iPhone, select "Edit" and remove unnecessary applications from the upper list. Leave only the most useful ones.

    Other tips for using the Apple Watch Series 1

    For more comfortable work with Apple Watch Series 1 you can:
    • Upgrade to watchOS 4 = access to new applications, bug fixes.
    • Buy a protective glass and a bumper = less risks of scratching or hitting the watch.
    • Delete applications designed by another developers = they will not clog the interface and memory.
    • Enable energy saving mode = the battery will last longer.
    Applications reinstalling can help to solve problems with bugs. If there is still a problem, try to reset the watch by pressing the side button for a long time.
    If the watch case or battery are severely damaged, it is better to contact an Apple Service Center. If the repair is expensive, think about buying a new watch.

    Apple Watch Series 1 vs Apple Watch Series 3

    Now Apple sells only two watch models: the first and the third generation. AWS3 is equipped with GPS, water protection up to 50 meters and a powerful processor. Thanks to the operating system, Siri can speak in this watch. There are also AWS3 versions with the LTE-module, so the watch can call without being connected to the iPhone. In addition, the battery life of AWS3 is two full days.
    But the first generation based on the watchOS 4 platform works with the same applications, that is, the set of functions is practically the same. If it is your first watch, then it is better to choose AWS1 — you can save $ 80.

    Prices of Apple Watch Series 1 and its competitors

    Comparison with other smart watches:
    • Huawei Watch 2 — from $200.
    • Samsung Gear S 2 — from $190.
    • Asus ZenWatch 2 — from $120.
    • Pebble SmartWatch — from $50.
    All gadgets working not on WatchOS are compatible with both Android and iOS. The battery life of their competitors is longer. In terms of the ability of independent work, the most interesting alternative is Peblbe SmartWatch with an electronic ink screen. This watch has less number of functions than the Apple watch, but it works 80 hours being charged only once!

    Analogs Apple Watch Series 1 - Comparison

    Brand Apple Apple Fitbit Samsung
    ModelWatch Series 1 Watch 3 Ionic Gear S3
    Minimum price USD
    235
    USD
    314
    USD
    268
    USD
    300
    User rating 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.3
    Sensors
    Pulsometer
    Accelerometer
    Sleep Analysis
    Barometr
    Altimeter
    Light sensor
    Communication
    Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.0 LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
    SIM Apple e-SIM
    2G Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Networks HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 / 800 - Europe, Australia (A1891)
    4G Networks LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850) - Europe, Australia (A1891)
    GSM
    GPRS
    EDGE
    LTE
    Wi-Fi version 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
    NFC
    Navigation
    GPS
    GLONASS
    Design
    Material sensor Stainless Steel/Ceramic back Aluminum Stainless Steel 316L
    Material strap Silicone
    Item width 46 mm.
    Item height 49 mm.
    Item depth 12.9 mm.
    Item weight 30 gram 52.8 gram 59 gram
    Replaceable straps
    Display
    Display type AMOLED Super AMOLED
    Display size 1.65 Inches 1.42 Inches 1.3 Inches
    Screen-to-body ratio 55.4 % 48.1 %
    Touchscreen
    Multitouch
    Display backlight
    Display colors 16M 16M
    Constantly working screen
    Display width 348 px 360 px
    Display height 250 px 360 px
    Pixel density 303 ppi 302 ppi 278 ppi
    Protection Sapphire crystal glass Corning Gorilla Glass SR+
    Protection
    Water Resistant WR50 WR50 IP68
    Temperature minimum -4 °C
    Temperature max 113 °C
    Military-grade durability MIL-STD-810G
    Battery
    Battery type Li-Ion Li-pol Li-Ion
    Battery capacity 380 mAh
    Battery life - Waiting 96 hours 96 hours
    Battery life - Tested 1.5 hours 10 hours
    Charger
    Wireless Charger WPC
    Charging time 2 hours
    Synchronization
    Android version
    iOS version iOS 9
    Windows
    Mac OS
    Web
    Notifications
    Vibration
    Light
    Incoming call Ringtones
    Watch
    Digital faces
    Analog face
    System
    RAM 758Mb 768Mb
    ROM 8Gb 2.5Gb 4Gb
    CPU Apple W2 Exynos 7270, 1000 MHz
    GPU PowerVR
    Chipset Apple S3
    Operating System watchOS 4 Tizen
    Third-Party Applications
    Wearing
    Wrist
    Multimedia
    Dictaphone
    Microphone 4
    Play audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB
    Music control
    Photo viewer
    Play video
    Loudspeaker
    Contents
    Manuals
    USB cable
    Features
    Silence alarm
    Call initialization
    Read SMS
    Read Email
    IM
    Stopwatch
    Timer
    Voice control Siri S-Voice
    SOS
    Samsung Pay
    Fitness
    Dynamic heart rate
    Training mode
    Guided breathing sessions
    Calorie consumption
    Distance covered
    Active Minutes
    Sport
    Runing
    Workout
    Walking
    Elliptical
    Rowing machine
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