David Smith: ‘Testing an Apple Watch Ultra in the Scottish Highlands’

David Smith:

While I was putting together this review I kept coming back to the analogy that the Ultra is like a pick-up truck. Useful in regular, daily life but capable of heading off-road or carrying gravel from the garden store. It still drives like a regular car, but can do more. The Ultra has retained its “Apply Watch-ey-ness” while expanding its range of uses, which is exactly what I want. If they had instead made a dump truck (which in this analogy are the highly specialized, sport specific watches) it certainly would have been able to carry more gravel than a pick-up, but also been way less useful overall.

I like this analogy quite a bit.

I also greatly enjoyed the video Smith shot documenting his expedition. His written review is a fine article, thoughtful and succinct, but his video gives you a real feel for his hike. It’s visceral. What a wonderful era we live in when we can all shoot and edit our own little personal documentaries like this. It’s a little over half an hour long, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Grab a beverage, get comfortable, and watch it.

Monday, 3 October 2022