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5 reasons the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t a great choice for most people

The Apple Watch Ultra is the latest addition to the iPhone maker’s coveted lineup of smartwatches. It has many things that people have always expected from an Apple Watch, such as a sturdy body and increased battery life.


However, it should be remembered that Apple designed the product for athletes, explorers and adventurers. So that also means that not everyone needs an Apple Watch Ultra.

So here are five reasons why the Apple Watch Ultra is NOT a great choice for most people!


1. Very expensive

Apple Watch Ultra is one of the most expensive Apple Watch models ever. Apple charges customers $799 for the GPS + Cellular model, and unlike the Series 8 or SE models, you can’t get a GPS-only Apple Watch Ultra.

For reference, the Apple Watch Series 8 is available for $399. So on a typical day, you can buy two Apple Watch Series 8s for the price you would pay for the Apple Watch Ultra.

The price of the Apple Watch Ultra would have been justifiable if it offered advanced features for the mainstream user. At the time, however, most of the new features of the Apple Watch Ultra were dedicated to extreme sports.

Therefore, unless you have some extra cash, the high price is a good reason not to buy Apple Watch Ultra.

2. Bigger is not always better

You may have noticed that Apple Watch Ultra is also one of the biggest devices in the Apple Watch lineup. Unlike the 8 and SE series, the Ultra model is available with only a 49mm case size.

While it’s always nice to have a bigger screen on smartphones, the same can’t be said for smartwatches. Most people don’t want a distracting big screen on their wrists.

Also, despite the 49mm case size, the Apple Watch Ultra only offers a bit more display area than the Series 8 model. So if you need a compact smartwatch that isn’t as distracting as your smartphone, you better stay away from the Apple Watch Ultra.

3. Comes in one finish

For reasons unknown to us, the Apple Watch Ultra is only available in one finish. Unlike 2021’s Apple Watch Series 7, which came in a Space Black Titanium finish, you can only get the Apple Watch Ultra in Titanium Natural.

However, you can get Series 8 and Apple Watch SE in different finishes, such as Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and Product (RED). Moreover, with the 8 series you can choose between aluminum and stainless steel.

So, you have limited options to customize the look of your Apple Watch Ultra. The only option to customize the device is the variety of bands from Apple and third parties.

Therefore, it might be a good idea to avoid the Apple Watch Ultra if you need an Apple Watch that can sync up with your style.

4. Bulkier than Series 8

Compared to the Series 8, the Apple Watch Ultra is bulkier. Apple made this decision so that it could fit a larger battery and additional buttons into the Apple Watch Ultra.

For comparison, the total weight of the Apple Watch Ultra is 61.3 grams, while the 45mm model of the stainless steel Apple Watch Series 8 weighs 51.5 grams. This is surprising because titanium is 45% lighter than stainless steel.

So if, like most people, you want a compact smartwatch that you can wear effortlessly, the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t a great choice.

5. Most people don’t need the extra sensors

As we mentioned, most of the new features in the Apple Watch Ultra are aimed at athletes, adventurers, and explorers. Therefore, most people don’t need the additional motion and depth sensors of the Apple Watch Ultra.

For example, the Apple Watch Ultra has a Retina display with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits. But 1,000 nits of brightness is more than enough for most people. Likewise, most people may not need the 86 dB siren to attract attention. You can still prepare your Apple Watch for emergencies without these “ultra” features.

We can’t say if additional features like a depth gauge, water temperature sensor and the Oceanic+ app appeal to regular users, but they probably won’t.

At the same time, more useful features such as collision detection, ECG app and cycle tracking are also available on the 8 series.

To buy or not to buy the Apple Watch Ultra?

In the end, it sort of boils down to one question: Knowing that you probably won’t use the extra features and sensors, would you buy an expensive and bulky smartwatch for the extra battery alone?

If you don’t have a big yes to this question, the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t ideal for your use case, and you’ll be better off with the Apple Watch Series 8.

However, if you spend most of your time exploring and adventuring, you might have more reason to get the Apple Watch Ultra.