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The Apple Watch 8 Review. How Does It Compare to Other Smartwatches?

The new Apple Watch 8 isn't much of an improvement over the previous version, but it does have some exciting new features.

Apple Watch 8

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LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño

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The Apple Watch 8 was released on September 16. Although it competes with the Apple Watch Ultra (which will be released on September 23), it is worth reviewing how good a product it is.

What's New About the Apple Watch 8?

In terms of performance and battery life, the Apple Watch 8 is identical to its previous versions, the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch 7. However, the Apple Watch 8 has several new sensors, including two temperature sensors, a new high gravity accelerometer and a new gyroscope.

These new sensors allow the watch to perform its new functions, temperature measurement and accident detection. Although the watch does not allow you to run a manual temperature measurement, the user can see their temperature when Sleep Focus is activated.

On the other hand, accident detection works in conjunction with the watch's barometer, GPS, and microphone to detect extreme impacts and sudden changes in speed and direction. If it detects a very abrupt shock, the watch can automatically call the emergency services, with a cancellation period of 10 seconds.

Mind you, if you already have an Apple Watch 7, there doesn't seem to be much reason to seek the upgrade. At $399, the new Apple Watch is an expensive purchase that doesn't offer many improvements over the original, particularly when it comes to the device's short battery life. It still needs to be recharged from day to day, which can be inconvenient or inconvenient for some users.

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A controversial feature of this watch is its ability to detect ovulation and menstruation cycles more effectively than previous versions. Although Apple says this is to promote "reproductive health," this feature raises privacy concerns for women.

Other smart watches on the market

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

One of the best Android watches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is much cheaper than Apple's version , ranging in price from $280 to $300. Its battery also lasts much longer than Apple's, lasting an average of 2 days. It also has a temperature readout and a display that is designed to be scratch resistant.

FitBit Sense

Compatible with both IOS and Android, the FitBit Sense is the ideal smartwatch for people who are more interested in their health than having a perfect cell phone companion on their watch. Priced between $250 and $300 depending on location, the FitBit Sense is also the cheapest option for most people. Speaking of its features, the FitBit Sense not only has an FDA-approved ECG sensor and blood oxygen reading, but it also has the ability to measure electrodermal activity and skin temperature.