Just got my Apple Watch Ultra this past weekend. Itâ€™s a big upgrade over my Series 6.
Coming from using Garmin watches since 2006 with very few complaints, and using AWs concurrently since 2018, the Ultra is very appealing. I'm currently using an AW7 as my "daily driver" and a 955 for sport-related activities.
That being said, I'd go all-in and get an Ultra, except for a couple nuances:
* I'm used to the manual rest mode while swimming; automatic rest drives me a little batty (I've tried it on my AW7)
* No distance alerts while swimming on the AW with the default Workout app; not sure if something like WorkOutDoors has that, but I like being able to "just keep swimming" and my 955 taps me when I'm almost done with my set
* Having to use "yet another" app to get all the data from Apple's "walled garden" to Strava/TP and then export to GC. The data's there, it can be done, but it's another step.
Battery life for me isn't as big of an issue, as I don't race full-distance events. As long as it can survive a 10-hour hike, though, I'm a happy camper (pun intended).
Are these things I can get over? Sure. Do I want to? That's the question that's been tormenting me since launch.
"Have courage, and be kind."