Reviews - February 3, 2024

Apple Watch Series 9 is available starting today for $299.

Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Series 9, is back at its lowest price ever on sale at Best Buy for one day only. Normally selling for $399, the 41mm Apple Watch Series 9 is now just $299 for the GPS model. The larger version, 45mm, is also $100 off, bringing it down to $329. For both sizes, the discount applies to a variety of colors, so you can purchase the watch in Silver, Light Pink, Starlight, Midnight or (Product) Red with a sports band or nylon sports loop.

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Apple Watch Series 9 adds several new features to make interacting with your smartwatch more convenient. This includes Double Tap, a control option that doesn’t require you to touch the screen at all. Simply use the hand on your watch-like arm and squeeze your thumb and forefinger together twice. Take the specified action. For example, you can use it to pause or unpause music.

The Series 9 scored a 92 in our review and excelled, as usual, in the area of ​​health and fitness tracking, among other tasks. It also topped our list of the best smartwatches you can get this year. Apple also introduced on-device Siri for Apple Watch with Series 9. This means that the assistant can work even when the user is offline or does not have their phone with them. Apple also said it has improved the Series 9’s “Raise to Speak” feature, allowing you to more efficiently wake Siri without a voice command. All of this is made possible with the new S9 System in Package (SiP).

However, blood oxygen monitoring is not available on the Series 9, even though this feature was initially available. Apple removed this feature last month due to a patent dispute. But even without that, the Series 9 is a solid device that offers just about everything you need or want in a smartwatch.

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