Apple Watch Series 6 vs Series 5: Worth switching, or not?

Are you thinking about getting the new Apple Watch? In this comparison, we list the differences between the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch Series 5

Apple will add two new watches to the range in 2020. In addition to the affordable Apple Watch SE, you can also buy the Apple Watch Series 6. Are you unsure about your purchase choice? In this article, we list the differences between the Apple Watch Series 5 and 6 so that you can make an informed choice.

1. Design: New colors

Starting with the appearance. Little has been done to the design of the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple smartwatches have looked about the same for many years and this is no different with the latest generation.Apple Watch Series 6 officially

However, the Apple Watch 6 is available in some new colors. Do you necessarily want a blue or red Apple Watch? Then you have to be with the Series 6. Of course, Apple has also released a few new watch straps, so that you can adjust the clock even more.

2. Screen: Slightly brighter

The screen of the Apple Watch Series 6 is largely the same as that of the Series 5. However, Apple has done a lot of work on the always-on display, the function that makes the display ‘always’ on and you can, for example, check the time.

The screen is 2.5 times brighter on the Series 6. This is especially nice for outdoor people because the display is now easier to read even in bright sunlight. Apple also introduces a new kind of strap with the Series 6, the Solo Loop. This consists of one stretchable silicone unit and therefore has no buckle.

3. Health: Oximeter steals the show

Apple sees the Watch primarily as a health accessory. Every generation, the company, therefore, adds some functions that specifically focus on improving your health. This year the pulse oximeter is the big eye-catcher.Apple Watch Series 6 officially unveiled

This infrared sensor can measure the oxygen content in your blood. And that’s great because that way (underlying) health problems can come to light. The pulse oximeter also works at night, if you wear the watch at least so that you can gather reliable health data in the long term.

4. Hardware: more powerful thanks to S6 chip

Technology never stops. Every generation of new hardware – whether you are talking about computers, telephones, or smartwatches – is therefore improving. Similarly, the Series 6. The new Apple Watch is about 20 percent faster than its predecessor. The Series 6 has the S6 chip, which is based on the super-fast A13 Bionic processor, which we know from the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

5. Price: Cheaper, with one big but

Just like its predecessor, the Apple Watch Series 6 is available in two case sizes: 40 and 44 millimeters. For the entry-level model you pay 429 euros, the larger version costs 459 euros. The Series 6 is, therefore, cheaper than its predecessor.

However, there is a catch. Apple does not include an adapter in the packaging as standard. You need this to power the watch. Have you never had an Apple Watch or is your current charger broken? Then you have to buy a new adapter separately and the new Apple Watch is therefore not cheaper at all.

Purchase advice

In summary, is the Apple Watch Series 6 worth the switch? For most Watch Series 5 wearers, the answer is simple: no, probably not. Only if you absolutely want to work with the pulse oximeter or if your eye has fallen on the new colors, the Series 6 is worth switching. In terms of functions and possibilities, the watches differ very little from each other.

Are you currently wearing an older Apple Watch, such as the Series 2 or Series 3? Then the new Watch is a lot more interesting. Since the Series 2/3, Apple has added a lot of cool features, such as the ECG function for heart films and pulse oximeter. In addition, the Series 6 is a lot faster compared to previous generations.

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