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Apple Watch Ultra first impressions [Gallery]

Apple Watch Ultra is here and I just took mine out of the box. Follow along for my first impressions of Apple’s 49mm titanium wearable with an all-new design, larger screen, and more. I’ll go into how it feels in size compared to the 45mm Apple Watch, weight, buttons, Alpine Loop, and more.

For reference, I have a smaller wrist of about 6.5 inches around and I’m from the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Ultra first impressions:


  • It’s noticeably bigger and blockier than the 45/44mm Apple Watch and I love it 😁
    • With that comes a really solid feeling
    • I enjoy it most with a band that connects directly to the Ultra vs a band/band with lugs (Solo Loop vs Alpine Loop)
  • The bezel of the flat screen adds to the big feel, but so does a great viewing experience – it really draws you in visually
  • It is impressively light!
  • The side button is very clicky – much clickier than my Series 7 or any previous Apple Watch
  • Digital Crown is nicely protected, but it also takes some getting used to
  • The new action button is very useful, such a great addition!

Alpine loop

  • Softer inside than I expected
  • Titanium hardware is super light and of course a perfect match for the Ultra
  • Lots of loops ensure a precise fit
  • I love the bright orange color
  • The lugs on the outside give it a larger fit, especially for those with smaller wrists
  • Watch out for the metal clasp if it can scratch things when you rest your wrist on your laptop, etc.
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  • Braided watch charging cable is very nice with a metal accent on the puck itself
  • Box and Ultra booklet is beautiful
  • Kijkwijzers really stand out on the huge screen
  • New Wayfinder watch face has neat animation when you raise your wrist to watch
  • Digital Crown spin to quickly access the red dark mode is very useful
  • I also really like the tight fit with Apple’s Solo Loop sport band

What do you think of Apple Watch Ultra? Did you get one too? Or are you thinking about picking one up or are you sure to skip it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Check out our full guide and learn more for a detailed look at the new Apple Watch range:

And here’s a nice unboxing from our friend and developer at Widgetsmith, David Smith:

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