Apple Watch Ultra Series: How Big an Upgrade Over Regular?

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The Apple Watch Ultra Series is the ultimate smartwatch for those who demand the best. Earlier the Watch Ultra and now the Watch 2 Ultra is a worthwhile upgrade over the regular Apple Watch 8 or 9 series, though it comes at a price. While it is designed for athletes & adventurers it also works well for anyone who wants the most capable smartwatch on the market.

Here are a few of the ways the Apple Watch Ultra beats the regular Apple Watch:

  • Battery life: The Apple Watch Ultra has the longest battery life of any Apple Watch. While my older Apple Watch 8 ended at around 50-60% at the end of a 12 hour workday, my Apple Watch Ultra 2 finishes the same period at around 80% battery. Astounding. This means you can wear it all day, even when you’re on the go, without having to worry about running out of battery.
  • Display: The Apple Watch Ultra has the largest and brightest display of any Apple Watch. It’s a 49mm LTPO OLED display with a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits. This makes it easy to see the screen, even in bright sunlight. Most importantly, unlike the regular Watch which has a curved display, the Apple Watch Ultra series has a flat display which was a huge win for me!
  • Durability: The Apple Watch Ultra is built to withstand the most extreme conditions. It has a titanium case, a sapphire crystal display, and a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters.

Apart from the above, the Apple Watch Ultra has a number of features that are not available on the regular Apple Watch, including a built-in siren, a new Wayfinder watch face with compass and backtrack functionality, and a new Action button that can be customised to launch your favourite apps. However, an average user may not want to pay extra for these features. But, the battery life, display & durability more than enhances the overall user experience.