Apple Watch Ultra video review: Let’s see what it can really do

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We may have reviewed the Apple Watch Ultra back in September, but you didn’t think so done, do you have? The $799 Ultra was billed as the Apple Watch for outdoor adventurers and triathletes. So over the past three months we’ve come up with a series of mini-reviews focusing on several of the Ultra’s selective features.

For starters, we wanted to see how well the Ultra’s revamped Compass app and 86dB emergency siren worked on an off-the-grid hike. So my colleagues Becca Farsace and Vjeran Pavic got lost with the Ultra in Yosemite National Park to test the limits of the Ultra’s navigation capabilities and the Backtrack feature. Plus, we pitted the Ultra’s siren against a $4 safety whistle to see which one had the longer range.

While I got to splash in a pool with the Ultra for our initial review, that’s not exactly a true test of how the Ultra works as a dive computer. The Oceanic Plus app finally launched last month, and while we’re not a diver on the Forget staff, we enlisted the help of a pro to see how the Ultra performs deep underwater – and how it compares to a Garmin dive watch.

But suppose you are not a hiker or diver. The Ultra should be the ultimate smartwatch for any athlete. So to test the action button, battery, multiband GPS, and fitness-tracking capabilities, Vjeran took the Ultra up some slopes in Tahoe, logging some serious miles as I ran around the GPS-nightmare New York City.

In terms of durability, we didn’t crack the Ultra as much as the Pixel Watch. But that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. So we took the Ultra to the experts at iFixit to see how repairable the Ultra is in case something happens is doing bite.

So does the Ultra live up to the hype? Have our opinions changed after three months? You’ll have to watch the video to find out, but we recommend heading to the sections you’re most interested in.

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