The Black Friday sales begin in earnest today with a rush of savings on top-notch trackers and there’s a deal on the best of them all – the Apple Watch.
Amazon has taken more than £100 off the price of the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular). That’s the more expensive version which includes a SIM, so with the purchase of a data plan from a provider like EE or O2 you can leave your phone behind. It’s especially wonderful if you like to listen to music as you run, with the ability to command Siri to stream anything you like from Apple Music to wireless headphones bordering on the magical.
The Series 5 is not the latest Apple Watch – the Series 6 went on sale in autumn 2020 – but the improvements on the Series 6 were pretty limited, stretching to a SpO2 sensor (a technology which leaves us a bit cold) and slightly more accurate GPS tracking.
The major improvement with the Series 5 over the 4 was an always-on screen, which is especially helpful if you plan on using it to track workouts. What the extent of those developments show is that the Apple Watch is in a phase of evolution, rather than revolution, because it’s so good already. The last big step forward came with the Series 4 which replaced the somewhat shaky heart rate monitor, also adding the ability to take an electrocardiogram, otherwise known as an ECG.
You can rest assured the Series 5 will receive future watchOS software updates so it will continue to improve and more apps are being added to the extensive App Store all the time.
There are a wide range of models to choose from, starting at £386.10 for the basic 40mm, with the option to pay more for a larger 44mm case and/or a fancier strap.
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Jonathan Shannon has been the editor of the Coach website since 2016, developing a wide-ranging experience of health and fitness. Jonathan took up running while editing Coach and has run a sub-40min 10K and 1hr 28min half marathon. His next ambition is to complete a marathon. He’s an advocate of cycling to work and is Coach’s e-bike reviewer, and not just because he lives up a bit of a hill. He also reviews fitness trackers and other workout gear.