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Apple Watch Series 1 (2016)

Apple Watch Series 1 (2016)
alaScore 88

1879 reviews

Jan, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1879 reviews of Apple Watch Series 1 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and software. The performance and design are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the image quality and water proof.

usability, design, performance, software, size

price, battery, water proof, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple Watch Series 1 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Matt Swider Gareth Beavis (

Apple Watch review


The iPhone-tailored smartwatch is an expensive convenience gadget

Stylish design ; Clever interface ; Dramatic OS update

Expensive at any level ; Battery life is one day ; Missing many key apps

Apple Watch is good, but better suited on the wrists of early adopters and boutique shop regulars. It's convenient but there's a learning curve you have to overcome and a high price that some people won't be able to get around.

Apr, 2017

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Apple Watch Series 1 review: it's still here and is quicker, too


We've updated our original Apple Watch review

Great design ; Lovely screen ; Accurate voice recogntion

Hard to learn interface ; Limited useful apps

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Apple Watch Series 1 review (updated): An affordable alternative


It doesn't have GPS and you can't swim with it, but that's okay: Series 1 might be the way to go for anyone who doesn't need those top-end fitness options.

Costs less than Apple Watch Series 3. Has Apple Pay, heart rate functions, and runs all the same apps. Similar design and uses same bands, too.

Lacks swim-ready water resistance and onboard GPS found in Series 3 models. Only comes in aluminum. Doesn't have the Wi-Fi music streaming and Radio app of Series 3 models.

If you're not a runner or a swimmer, the entry-level Apple Watch has most of what you'll need at a more affordable price.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Ashleigh Macro (

Apple Watch review: now superseded by Series 1


It's not without its flaws, but the Apple Watch is beautifully designed and has some great features for iPhone owners. Is it the right smartwatch for you? Find out in our Apple Watch review.

We can't help but think that Apple has tried to do too much with this first generation Apple Watch. There are so many ways of interacting with it and so many different features and elements to get used to that the learning curve is surprisingly steep....

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Alex Todd (

Apple Watch Series 1 Review: In Depth


Apple Watch Series 1 review: With Apple's first smartwatch finally hitting stores, here's our full in-depth review to help you decide if it's really worth...

Beautiful design ; Two day battery life ; Fast charging ; Great screen

WatchOS is awkward ; Unresponsive apps ; Expensive

So should you buy an Apple Watch? Maybe. If you’re after a smartwatch and use an iPhone, your options are this or the new Pebble Time or Time Steel, both of which are more affordable, but don’t offer as finely tailored an experience as the Apple Watch..

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Apple Watch is $100 off, but here's why you shouldn't buy one


Both Best Buy and Target are offering good discounts on the Apple Watch, but it still may be worth waiting for the Apple Watch 2.

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Apple Watch, meet your iPod ancestor


Before there was an Apple Watch, Apple had a watch. It was called the iPod Nano.

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Apple Watch Series 1 review

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The Apple Watch Series 1 is an updated version of the world's bestselling smartwatch. The latest form has a new processor and an updated operating system. But how does it compare with the original and, importantly, the Apple Watch Series 2? We sent it...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : David Price , Editor (

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3: Is it time to upgrade?


We compare 2017's Apple Watch Series 3 with the latest Series 5 model, covering design, features, specs and price

If you're running a Series 3, upgrading to a Series 5 makes sense: you get a compass, an ECG, better heart monitors, upgraded Bluetooth, more storage, fall detection, a much bigger (and always-on) screen and faster performance. Just be aware that the...

Jan, 2022

Expert review by : Kevin Thomas (

Apple Watch Review


The Apple Watch is one of the most stylish smartwatches yet and a lot of thought has gone into it, but it's still a luxury, especially given the price.

+ Stylish design ; + Innovative ; + Heavily customisable

- Expensive ; - Mediocre battery ; - Not essential

The Apple Watch is a fairly strong first attempt at a smartwatch but it’s also clearly a first generation device. Apple has nailed the look and thought long and hard about the interface, but it’s not without its niggles, the battery life needs...

May, 2015

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