On September 7, Apple presented a new product category at its headquarters in Cupertino. Or rather, a new twist to an existing product. Your Apple Watch smart watch has a new older brother in stores today, much stronger, more resistant and sportier than the Watch we knew until now.
Users who love risk and adventure are the target audience that the apple company wants to address, since they have designed a team that is very focused on sports such as diving, mountaineering or climbing. The new Apple Watch Ultra, in addition to being made of titanium, withstands altitudes, temperatures and extreme environments. Among its novelties, on the outside, a renewed design stands out with a single size of 49 mm and a customizable Action button to control training, mark a reference point on the compass or start a dive. Among its new functions, a dual-frequency and high-precision GPS, the compass, its up to 60 hours of battery life in energy saving mode or the dive computer that allows dives at depths of up to 40 meters stand out. Of course, it doubles the price of its younger brothers, the Apple Watch, reaching 999 euros.
The truth is that the segment of smart watches has been a growing market for a long time, and Apple is the king of sales. But with the Watch Ultra, those from Cupertino open a new horizon by entering a very specific category and not focused on everyone, and also at a fairly high price.
In this market, there are companies that have been working on smart watches for the most demanding athletes for some time. One of them is Garmin, in whose catalog it is possible to find from specific watches for golf lovers to divers or triathletes. Specifically, the Garmin Descent Mk2S is a dive computer but designed to be useful as a sports watch out of the water. It has different dive modes and stores up to 200 dives, but on land, it is perfect for recording swimming, running, cycling, hiking, rowing, skiing, surfing or golf training, among others. It also lasts up to 7 days without recharging. It also has functions such as pulse oximetry or advanced sleep monitoring, and is capable of storing topo and ski maps. A very complete team that is sold from 1,099.99 euros.
Garmin is also the Tactix 7, which for the same price as the previous model (1,099 euros) boasts above all of its GPS. Its super-resistant design, based on military standards or its 28-day battery life are other strong points of this equipment that will be difficult to get lost with, because in addition to having several GNSS systems integrated, it has a powerful flashlight for when the night falls.
In the case of the Polar Grit X Pro, we are facing a device also with a titanium case to increase its resistance and sapphire glass. Like the Apple Ultra, it resists extreme hot and cold conditions as well as up to 100 meters deep underwater. In order not to get lost, it has GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS satellite navigation systems that allow you to train with the best positioning experience. The titanium version starts at 599 euros.
Another brand very focused on extreme sports is Suunto. Its 9 Peak model is a GPS watch with more durability for the most demanding conditions. Suunto 9 Peak is the thinnest and strongest watch ever made by the Finnish brand, made from stainless steel and featuring 3D heat maps and turn-by-turn navigation. Its price is 429 euros.