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Tech review: Apple watch series 5

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Always-on display broadens appeal of smartwatch sector's flag-bearer

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Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

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Apple Watch Series 5

If you've never worn a smartwatch before - or have dabbled with a Fitbit - Apple's Watch seems like a logical place to start. I've been wearing its just-launched Series 5 model for a week and I have no doubt on one key point: this is easily, by some distance, the most feature-packed smartwatch on the market.

So if you're an iPhone user and want a range of uses from a smartwatch, as opposed to a narrower fitness band with longer battery life between charges, this is your clear choice. Apple's updated smartwatch adds a pivotal main feature and one I've been waiting for for five years: an always-on display. This means that you can glance at it without having to twist your wrist around to 'wake' it, as was the case with previous Watch models. The display is dimmed, but still clearly visible; the actual brightness level on the dimmed display depends on the ambient light levels around it.

To me, this is genuinely a big deal. Having to wake the Watch's display into life has been the thing that bugged me most about previous models.


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