Apple - Apple Watch Series 1 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case Black Sport Band - Space Gray Aluminum

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Durable, lightweight aluminum cases in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. Sport Band in a variety of colors. All the features of the original Apple Watch, plus a new dual-core processor for faster performance. All models run watchOS 3.

Requires an iPhone 5 or later.
$279.00

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Color:
Space Gray Aluminum

Overview

What's Included


  • 1m Magnetic Charging Cable
  • Space Gray Aluminum Case
  • Sport Band (can be configured for either S/M or M/L length)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6151 out of 6298)

Features


Aluminum case with Sport Band

Dual-core processor

Splash resistant¹

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4Ghz)

Bluetooth 4.0

Heart rate sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Ambient light sensor

OLED Retina display with Force Touch

Ion-X glass

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Up to 18 hours of battery life²

Magnetic charging cable

Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Milanese Loop, and Link Bracelet bands are not water resistant.

¹Apple Watch Series 1 is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch Series 1 during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch Series 1 is not recommended.

Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529.

²Testing conducted by Apple in August 2016 using preproduction Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2, and Apple Watch Edition, each paired with an iPhone; all devices tested with prerelease software.

All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours.

Battery life varies by use, configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.

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Customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.9

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple Watch Series 1 over Series 2

    Posted
    Zeke
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought the 42 mm silver case Series 1 over the Series 2 and saved $100. I bought it for the fitness tracking capabilities, especially the heart rate. It was a great decision as I do not need the new features of the Series 2. The performance of the Series 1 with the upgraded processor is excellent. If you have similar needs to mine, then you can save the money as well. If you are reluctant to spend so much money on a watch, as I was about the Series 2, then do yourself a favor and read this review. The differences that I considered included the following Series 2 features not available on the Series 1: built-in GPS, brighter display, and water resistance. I don’t need the integrated GPS in the watch for I will always have my phone with me when I need GPS. I won’t swim or shower with the phone. I took a chance that the display could be readable when I needed it in sunlight and I was correct. GPS My primary fitness work is outdoors doing fast-paced walking. I am not a runner nor a swimmer. The GPS is only needed when I am walking and I always have my phone because I listen to music during my walks. There is a slight difference between the distance recorded by the app on my phone (Map My Walk by Under Armour) and the app on my watch (Workout app from Apple). It amounts to less than one tenth of a mile after my 3 mile walk. If you require extreme accuracy beyond this, look into it in more detail. For me, I don’t need more than this for my distance and pace calculations for each workout walk. Brighter Display I don’t often need to see my watch in bright sun, but I do use it during my outdoor walks and rely on the information the Workout app on the Series 1 makes available to me during the walk. It displays distance walked, average time per mile, and average heart rate. I love having this information available during the workout and it is very easy to view these values during my walks in direct sunlight. It is easily bright enough for me read each value clearly at a quick glance. I can also read the clock and other displays in sunlight. Notifications with their smaller, dimmer text are challenging, perhaps, but I am not interested in these while outdoors during a workout. Water Resistance This was an easy decision. I do not do exercise while swimming and have never showered with my watch. Conclusion I am extremely happy with my choice of the Series 1 over the more expensive Series 2. My battery life is good for a full day, including my typical 45 minute workout. I wear the watch from waking to bedtime, which is typically 16 hours of wear and frequent use. At the end of the day I usually have slightly over 20% of battery life remaining. The Series 1 works well for me in my fitness routines and as an everyday watch. I wanted the Apple Watch for its tight integration with my iPhone, but I was reluctant to pay the full price of the Series 2. The $100 savings was the difference between my buying the Apple Watch or settling for one of the popular dedicated fitness trackers. Just remember, this is not the original version of the Apple Watch, so don’t get fooled. This is the upgraded, faster processor Series 1 Apple Watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall not a bad product but pricey!!

    Posted
    Ohanaman
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had my apple watch for over a year now and feel that I should do a review so here goes: If you’re looking for a general/average smartwatch, then yes, the Apple Watch is it!! I would put it up to any of the other general smart watches out there. Once you add the sport and fitness to it, you kinda have to discard the Apple Watch if you want accuracy and reliability especially in distance and heart rate. I have no doubt with these second generation Apple Watches they will address these two issues. I am a fitness person and have another watch ( Garmin Vivoactive) that I am using for comparison. The Pros of the Apple Watch: -The display is bright in low and high light situation, visually awesome -Super easy to use for a beginner -The watch faces seems to be very durable, I never take this thing off unless it is bedtime. I use it roughly through multiple crossfit workouts, wood working projects, lawncare and trailing running to name a few. -I love the fact that I can view text and e-mails right on my wrist as I move throughout my workspace or at home throughout the house. Not only can you view them but you can reply with a quick preset phrase or emoji or you can simply talk to text into. The greatest thing ever!! -The watch faces are easily set and configured to your liking -There are a ton of apps and games you can download to make it more customizable to your liking. One of my favorites is the ESPN app where i can quickly view the scores of my favorite teams. -Activity tracker concept with the rings are neat but the accuracy is left to be desired. The Cons: -The battery life sucks. I usually get a day and half out of it. I usually just charge it when I go to bed. It took some time getting used to this because in all my years in the Army I always wore a watch 24/7. -There is no sleep tracker and if there was you would have to charge this bad boy at some point during the day when you actually would be using it! -The price tag for what you get is high and I know that Apple products are historically higher than other brands but in the case of the Apple Watch (the first version) it is not worth the extra money in my opinion. -As I noted I love fitness and the apple watch has not dazzled me as there is no stand-alone GPS and the accelerometer is not that accurate. -the watch is not waterproof as stated by Apple. In my opinion I have not had any issues and I shower every day with it on and swam in the ocean on vacation and the pool several times with negative effects. So, I think Apple may have underestimated themselves on this point. In closing this is a great watch with a HIGH price tag that is solid but just missing a few things in the fitness realm. I think that with a few more generations it will be right where it should!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible

    Posted
    snaggletooth17
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is something I really grappled with because of the cost and I also didn't really know how it would integrate into my life. I worried about cost because just like any technology like this, it is going to be obsolete at some point. So you spend $300+ on something that you are going to have to replace after a few years of owning it. That is still something that I'm not too happy about. However, it was at the point where I just really wanted it and wanted to see what it could do for me, personally. I decided to buy it and would return it if it was something that I couldn't stand. Prior to purchasing it, I watched as many Youtube videos and talked to as people as I could who had one to get a better idea of if it was right for me. Since I have owned it, I found that you can watch as many video reviews and talk to as many people as you want but you really won't know how it will integrate into your life until you try it for yourself. For me, I found that it enhances the entire experience of being on my phone. In fact, another one of my concerns was that I was going to be more "connected" but I personally find that I am actually less "connected" because I'm not pulling my phone out of my pocket every time I get a message to see if its worth responding to. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this product both as a fitness tracker and as a smartwatch. Obviously, there are things that I would like to be a little bit better but that could be said about anything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly useful

    Posted
    Zakotak
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First let me say that I received this as a gift and I never intended to purchase one. With that in mind, this is a perfect gift because I think a lot of people don't imagine themselves using it enough to justify the cost. I am not someone who routinely buys $$$ watches and for me this replaced a $25 Time I bought a couple of years ago and a Fossil watch that was my "day off watch." It is comfortable to wear with the included wrist band, which I have not changed. The controls are simple and intuitive, although it is easy to active on accident. My 3 month old daughter likes to hold onto it when I'm holding her, and afterwards I find that I have started an excercise session, checked the hourly forecast, and started a breathing exercise. Now for usefulness: the ability to use the built in microphone to reply to texts is great, and works very well. Probably better than asking Siri to text someone. If answering a call with it the speaker is very quiet, but this is still a handy feature for times where your daughter just fell asleep in your arms and you can't reach your phone. Navigation was one feature that surprised me because it actually vibrates to let you know your turn is coming up before Siri tells you (something that has always come too late), and a glance at your watch reminds you of your next turn and how far away it is. This is useful for me because I do not keep my phone in my field of view when I drive. The breathe app is a little annoying, the heart rate monitor is handy but I have yet to double check it's accuracy. The fitness tracker circles are a neat way to know where you are at in your day at a quick glance. I use my calendar for work a lot and love that I get notifications on my watch as well as calendar invites. I have a Chevy truck with remote start and the new app is watch compatible so I can start my truck from my watch. My coworkers joke that I'm trying to be like James Bond, but I'm not sure that fits since I'm starting a Chevy truck instead of an Aston Martin, I guess that's more like Jimmy Bond.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Device for TECH gadget lovers

    Posted
    ates
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The update to Watch OS 3.1 dramatically increased the battery life to a minimum of 2 days of full usage on the series 1. Prior to that it was about one day and even less with the series 0. This is a great albeit unnecessary item, I say that because it is not essential. Everything this watch does you can just about do your phone (minus heart rate). But those who enjoy tech gadgets will LOVE this device. This has a built in pedometer, heart rate sensor, and an updated dual-core processor which is significantly faster than the original series watch. It does lack GPS, water resistance, and the brighter display of the series 2. But if you always have your phone with you then it will utilize the phone's GPS such as when using the Nike Run Club app. As for as the difference in brightness - there was never an issues with brightness with the original watch so this was just another marketing ploy by apple to beef up the series 2 differences. As for as the water resistance it will only benefit you if use this when swimming. What I do like about the watch is the notifications and being able to quickly see weather, text, emails, timers, physical activity stats, and scores. When using it while driving it does come in handy when someone calls because you can directly answer, listen, and speak to the watch. I wouldn't do it walking on the street but I find it very convenient especially for those who drive a lot. There is also integrated navigation and it works by vibrating to alert you when a turn or change is to made. It is also easier to glance at the watch then to pick up the phone and read texts so it does make driving a little safer. Text messaging uses voice dictation and is somewhat accurate albeit does not work that well in a loud environment or with background voices. The only issues I have with the watch is that sometimes text messages do not sync with the phone or fail to send. Accessing your daily activity stats through the Health app on the phone is also not as good as the FITBIT app- so there is some improvement needed there. Overall with OS 3.1, it is a much improved device then when the first original watch was released. If you're a fan of tech gadgets and Apple then this is a DEFINITE BUY.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple Watch vs. Pebble Steel

    Posted
    wordnrrrd
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    In September 2015, I purchased a Pebble Steel, which I enjoyed using for a year. Among its many benefits are the fact that the charge lasts for several days and you can wear the watch 24/7, including in the shower. However, the limitations of the watch were becoming evident, particularly when using it with an iPhone. The watch lost connection with the phone two or three times every day, requiring me to restart the phone app, the phone, or the watch itself -- or some combination of the above that often seemed like luck of the draw. Also, the Pebble Steel/iPhone relationship is relatively one-sided; the iPhone sends notifications to the watch, but communication from the watch to the iPhone is pretty limited. As a result, the Pebble Steel wasn't untethering me from my phone as much as I had hoped. After a few weeks of researching the Apple Watch, I finally purchased one, and I've never looked back. Finally, I have a watch that gives me freedom from my phone. As a teacher, it's impractical to have my phone on me all the time, but as long as my phone and watch are on the same wi-fi network, I can access my calendar, reminders, Todoist tasks, and more, and I can add items to any of the above using Siri on the watch. I've been a Runkeeper Go user for a while, and I was surprised to find that the activity rings on the Apple Watch more than serve my purposes; they remind me to move around at least once every hour, exercise for 30 minutes a day, and burn a target number of calories daily. I thought charging the watch every day would be a hassle, but it really isn't, and I find that I usually have at least 40% charge left at the end of the day. In the end, I've only scratched the surface of what the Apple Watch can do, but I've been quite pleased with it and feel that it more than fulfills all of the features I've been looking for in a smart watch. For the record, I obsessed over whether to buy a bumper case or other protection for the watch but ended up deciding not to, and I'm more than confident in this decision; the watch feels substantial, and I'm not as worried about damaging it as I thought I would be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This is a new version.

    Posted
    Kevtr0n
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    There seems to be a lot of confusion as to this being a new product or the same watch that has been out. For those who are uncertain, Apple released two new watches (hardware wise) this September, Series 1 and Series 2. The main difference between Apple's first generation and the Series 1 is the processor. The Series 1 and Series 2 feature a new dual core processor that makes it much faster than the original version. The difference between Series 1 & 2 is that the 2 is slightly thicker, has built in GPS, a brighter screen, and water resistance up to 50 meters. The starting price is a one hundred dollar difference. Also if you're looking at stainless models you can only get them in the Series 2 variant. So far I really like the Series 1; its much faster than the original. I deducted one star because I experienced a similar problem that I had with my original Space Gray Aluminum Sport version. There was a very small spot where the anodized finish flaked off. Its so small I was able to cover it up with a light touch of marker. I purchased Apple Care so if it continues, I know I am covered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The stories are true

    Posted
    ObiRob
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This watch is worth every penny. I bought the series one after extensive research into it. My main concern was that it's not technically rated for water resistance like the series 2. But boy I'll tell ya. It will stand up to pouring rain any day. As for the other features it's super quick to throw out a text or check any data that is available. My only qualm is the delay when answering phone calls. It seems there is a slight delay when using the watch as a phone. But if that's seriously what you're buying the watch solely to do, I suggest you just buy a phone. As a smart watch this thing is tops! It's comfortable to wear and isn't nearly as bulky as some people make it out to be. Sure it's not slim but to pack all the goodies into it you need a little heft. I love that I can control my music throw out a text and check the weather all without pulling out my phone. Seriously good piece of tech here. Oh and btw I'm certainly not a paid reviewer, I've heard about those a$$holes, this is not one. I'm a real guy who demands quality product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 56 reviews

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