The first generation Apple Watch and the Series 1 are not the same

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At first I had my doubts, and that is that all users had them. What has changed? The new watch is the Apple Watch Series 2, so what exactly is the Series 1? Well, I will answer you: It is a new model, yes, this year, updated and very new. How is one series different from another? Which one should I buy depending on the use I give it and the user it is? Is it worth saving € 100 and opting for series 1 or better I jump to the second?

Today I will talk about it, and it is that I have made an important decision. José Alfocea already warned me that he would change his mind over and over again on this. I commented a lot that I did not recommend the Apple Watch Series 2 and it seemed very expensive for what it was. I stick to this, that is why I have thought about buying the Series 1 aluminum right now. I have been learning a lot about the differences and the advantages and disadvantages between both models. Read on for the details of the watch and my takeaways on this.

Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2?

As I say, I have seen articles and news that say that the new one is Series 2 while the other is 2015. It is not. It is true that in design they are all the same and that more or less is the same device, but there is something that changes. Between the first Apple Watch and the Series 1 there are several differences. In principle it is only the processor, but that translates into: More battery, better performance, in addition to a power never seen with the new dual-core processor. But it is that the differences that we will find with respect to the new Series 2 are not so many either. Many users who are going to buy the watch will go for the new one, the one that starts at € 439, which is the one they have presented as revolutionary, but the Series 1 may be more recommended if we are not going to make use of the novelties. So that you have it clearer. Below I will name and briefly explain what Series 2 has that Series 1 does not.

What you'll find in Series 2

  • Greater range and catalog of models. Series 2 is available in all models, from aluminum to Edition through stainless steel. On the other hand, the Series 1 will only be found in the aluminum one with a silicone strap. But if you were going to opt for this model, you will have no problem choosing between one series and the other.
  • GPS built into the dual-core processor. It's not a better processor for Series 2, it's the same. Faster than the first watches of 2015, but both series this year are the same. If you need or want the GPS, you will have to start from this model, as the Series 1 does not have it.
  • This Apple Watch is submersible to 50 meters in water. Series 1 was splash resistant, just like the iPhone 7 and 7 plus. That does not mean that the warranty covers water breakage, but it survives and there are even users who shower or bathe with it. The Series 2 yes you can wet it without fear and take it to the beach, the sea or the river and the pool in complete safety.
  • A screen brighter than ever. Up to double. Series 1 goes up to 450 nits, Series 2 even 1000 nits. They both look great, even in the sun, so it's not worth the price increase.

Reasonable similarities, prices that do not

That's it, those are the differences of the Apple Watch. The last thing that separates the series is the price. The difference is € 100. Is it worth paying more for the GPS, the ability to submerge it, or a brighter screen? I think that in my case not, because I was not going to use that. I prefer to save money, knowing that my model is the silicone one and it is in both series. The power is the same and therefore it will not be left behind. The 38mm Series 1 model costs € 339 and the 42mm model € 369. I go for the big one, like most users.


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  1.   jose said

    Question… what is the difference between the Sport and the Series 2?

    1.    Jose Alfocea said

      If memory serves me correctly, the differences between the Watch Sport (first generation) and the Series 2 is that the latter integrates GPS, a brighter screen, and a new, faster chip. I think there are no more differences, although I think I remember that it incorporates a little more battery, but this addition is canceled by the consumption of the GPS.

      1.    jose said

        Sorry, I was referring to series 1. It is the title of the post but you have not compared them

        1.    Jose Alfocea said

          Right, I compared you to Series 2. Well I'm not the author of the article haha. The difference between the Sport (first generation because as such it no longer exists), and the Watch Series 1, is that the screen shines brighter and the processor is faster. I think those are the only differences. It is the same watch but somewhat improved in those aspects.

  2.   Raul said

    The 7000 series; to which belongs to series 1 or series O. What was the new price of the 7000 series model? Thank you very much