When Apple originally launched the Apple Watch, it was really no surprise. Android manufacturers were already releasing their own smartwatches, so it was only natural that Apple would be next to bring out its own wrist companion. Suffice to say, as most things go that Apple launches, the original watch was extremely successful and warranted plenty of successors, all the way up to the most recent addition, the Apple Watch Series 4.
That said, Series 4 is pretty expensive, and that’s largely because it brings with it a ton of awesome features that you wouldn’t find in the Series 3 or Series 2, let alone the original Apple Watch; however, not everyone is wanting pick up the latest and greatest wristwatch from Apple, largely because of price. That has consumers looking at earlier versions, such as the Apple Watch Series 2 model. But, before you pull the trigger on one of these, it’s a good practice to understand the differences between the Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 4 before pulling the trigger. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Apple Watch Series 4
There’s only a couple of unique things that come to the Apple Watch Series 4. One of those is unique Series 4 watch faces, but then there’s also a “fall” feature. So, if you fall during a jog or really anywhere, the Apple Watch Series 4 is able to automatically call emergency services to get you help as soon as possible. Don’t worry though: this feature is on a timer that will allow you to stop it in the event that it was a small fall that you were or are able to easily recover from.
The other unique feature that comes with the Apple Watch Series 4 is the ECG feature — the software is able to take electrocardiogram readings right on your wrist for users that are 22 years and older. The ECG app even allows you to share your results with your doctor in order to help you communicate a potential problem to your doctor.
One of the biggest differences between the Apple Watch Series 4 and any other Apple Watch is the design. Apple with the Series 4 has moved towards an almost bezel-less display direction, which makes your Series 4 Watch’s display not only appear larger, but also gives it a fresh and premium appearance.
The Apple Watch Series 4 also comes with a much higher price point. Depending on your customization and hardware modifications, it can cost you anywhere between $400 and $500 for a Series 4 with just the silicone band.
Apple Watch Series 2
The Apple Watch Series 2 is a couple of years older, so naturally, there are going to be some major differences between this and the Series 4. A couple of those that are obvious are features that are unique to the Series 4 — that means that, in the Series 2, you aren’t going to get things like fall tracking and ECG measuring.
Another large difference is design — since the Apple Watch Series 4 has a bezel-less, corner to corner design, you’re going to get a slightly thicker border around the Apple Watch Series 2.
The Apple Watch Series 2 also wasn’t equipped with cellular technology, so if you’re planning to use your smartwatch as an independent device, you won’t be able to. Apple didn’t introduce that until the Series 3.
That said, the Apple Watch Series 2 is still an excellent device that can do much of what the Series 4 is capable of. Features largely come down to the software, and since the Series 2 and Series 4 are on the same version, many of those features are shared, except for the unique few that we already listed.
Again, excellent device, and the most attractive point to it might be the cheap price. Instead of paying $500 for an Apple Watch Series 4, you can pick yourself up an Apple Watch Series 2 for $200 or less.
As you can see, there’s a handful of differences to be aware of between the Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 2. If the differences aren’t major to you, it makes a whole lot more sense to pick up an Apple Watch Series 2 because of the major cost savings — and no matter what version you get, it still looks great on the wrist!
However, if you want to stay on the cusp of technology, the Apple Watch Series 4 is a great option that not only brings you an attractive design, but also brings you all of the latest and greatest features on the market.