At the beginning of the year, Apple attempted to fully open the gates and put the smartwatch into the must-have zone, therefore actually generating significant interest towards this new device.
While Pebble is all about functionality and simplicity, the Apple Watch feels a lot more friendlier and it attempts to engage people, not just be a passive gadget that you remember about it only when checking time or emails.
But did it actually manage this, is the Apple Watch worth buying? Yes and no. Smartwatches can be the future of smartphones and Apple Watch does have a lot of interesting features that do give us a glimpse into the things that may come.
Besides this, it works like a wonder right now, especially thanks to its updated software. So if you like a gadget that monitors you heart rate, tracks your steps, you can play music wireless, send people animated emoji, dictate messages, view notifications, send your heartbeat to your loved-ones and more, then you will appreciate owning an Apple Watch.
It helps you to look at your phone less, while keeping you connected, but don’t forget, it’s not a standalone device. In order to enjoy all of its functions you need to have it connected to an iPhone (you need to be at a range of around 30 feet of your phone or you can connect through the WiFi to further extend the range).
Now let’s get a more in depth view of what the Apple Watch has to offer!
The Apple Watch is without a doubt an attractive watch, featuring a discreet and elegant look, with clean lines and a curved glass that unites with the curved metal. Yes, you won’t find a single sharp edge.
The case is made from stainless steel (also rose gold or aluminium) and it’s rather thick, but because it curves inwards, it looks thinner than it actually is. Most smartwatches are plagued by this issue and unfortunately, right now, we have to accept that the smartwatch technology hasn’t evolved as much as we would like yet.
Still, the Apple Watch feels reasonably balanced (weighing 1.5 pounds and measuring 0.4×1.4×1.6 or 0.4×1.3×1.5 inches) and if you wore a watch before, you most likely won’t feel that the thickness is much of a compromise. The watch comes into two variants, a one inch and a half and a 1.3 inches case. This differentiation has been made in order to please both males and females, but the bigger one does have better battery life.
On the right side of the Watch you’ll find the Digital Crown and a button which you can use to show or hide friends, access Apple Pay with a double click and turn the watch ON or Off.
At the base of the watch you can find the heart rate sensor and the magnetic inductive charging system (Qi compliant). There’s also a tiny speaker and microphone on the left of the Watch for calling, but you will barely notice them.
Yes, the Apple Watch may be better looking than most smartwatches on the market, but it does cost a lot more.
Our Apple Watch came with three straps, a Black Sport Band, the Milanese Loop and the Leather Loop. The sport band is very comfortable, but similar to other plastic bands on other smartwatches and it has a unique clasp mechanism that you’ll get used to in not time.
The Milanese Loop has a mesh-like texture and it nicely complements the metallic case, but it does feel a lot more feminine than any other strap option. It’s quite flexible, feels comfortable, is easily adjustable and it is suitable for either casual or more classy clothing. The clasp is magnetic and stays shut (because the bracelet is really lightweight it may be better to leave the band looser so it balances with the weight of the watch itself).
The Leather Loop bracelet also closes magnetically, it uses magnetic segments that attach to each other. But there are a few shortcomings, as we noticed some scratches on the clasp after a few days of use and you may find yourself in the position to adjust the strap throughout the day as it tends to slip a link or two once in a while.
The Apple Watch features a 1.5in (or 1.3in for the 38mm) OLED display with a resolution of 312×390 pixels (or 272x340p) and a pixel density of 326ppi (just like the iPhone 6). The Retina display is a bit different than the one found on iPhones because Apple has chose a flexible OLED from LG rather than the usual LCD technology.
The display is covered by a toughened Ion-X glass (for Apple Watch Sport) or a sapphire glass, both meant to protect it from scratches or minor bumps into furniture.
The OLED screen is bright and colourful, with high colour accuracy and overall it is one of the most vibrant displays we’ve seen from any smartwatch, but still it isn’t as sharp as the one from Samsung Gear S (which also has a much larger colour palette).
But let’s focus a bit on the Force Touch technology (something new in the smartwatch world) which senses the level of force, distinguishing between light or hard presses, thanks to its tiny electrodes around the display.
It is an interesting addition that adds some more options and functionality to some apps without adding more buttons or overcomplicating things.
Hardware and Battery Life
The Apple Watch packs a 500MHz Apple S1 processor, a PowerVR SGX543 GPU, 512MB RAM and 8GB of storage (when connected to an iPhone, you can fully access its storage memory).
The watch is also equipped with a heart rate sensor, that uses both infrared and visible light LEDs along with photodiodes to determine you heart rate; there’s also a gyrometer, an accelerometer and unfortunately no built-in GPS.
Also inside the case you can find a 205mAh (or 246mAH) Lithium Ion battery. It promises 18 hours battery life on normal use, 6 hours of music playback or working out with the heart monitor, 3 hours of talk time and up to 48 hours of juts checking time.
The software that runs on the Apple Watch is called the WatchOS 2.0 (an updated version to the more laggier first generation) and in order to be fully operational, the Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or a later version.
The watch is not designed for prolonged use, it provides a better experience if used in shorter periods of time, especially because some apps are a bit slow and not many complex apps are developed (using Facebook or any other Google app on the small screen of the Apple Watch may prove undesirable in the long run).
Now, let’s talk about the interface. If you swipe away, you get the watch face with notifications and Glances and if you press the Digital Crown you get access to the apps. There is without a doubt a learning curve, but after a few days of using the watch you get accustomed to the way things operate.
The watch faces have a series of new options (since the new update) that let’s you change the colour, add new elements or remove them.
Besides the usual notifications and watch faces, you get to choose one of the single screens with quick summaries of information from apps you view frequently. To access the Glances you can either swipe up on the watch face or ask Siri to open it for you, even if it’s not in your active glances list.
Watch faces and glances look pretty cool on the Apple Watch, but there’s a lot more to it. You get the Taptic Engine, an innovative feature that actually taps you on the wrist when a notification arrives so you won’t miss anything important, it can also be used when navigating, it can tap you on the wrist several times for left or right turns or you can use it along with the Digital Touch.
Digital Touch is a unique way of messaging which works exclusively between Apple Watches and allows you to send taps, finger sketches or your heart rate.
There’s also the Apple Pay (similar to what you can find on your iPhone) which is a really great feature, if you find places that accepts this type of payment. What is does it to offer the ability to purchase goods or services with a single touch of the watch on the pay terminal (two taps of the button is all it takes to summon your card). It also works without an iPhone present.
Besides all this abundance of apps and features you get the versatile Camera remote that allows you to see a preview of your iPhone’s viewfinder and even focus, set a timer or trigger the shutter.
So how has our experience with the Apple Watch been so far? Well, it hasn’t been too different then with any other smartwatch. You get notifications, it allows you to keep your watch in your pocket, unless it’s something important, it’s more discreet, you get a gentle tap on the wrist, unlike a ringtone and overall, meeting up with friends and family is more engaging since we look less on our phone and focus more on the discussion.
The obvious conclusion is that the Apple Watch is not a must-have device, you don’t really need it, but if you can afford it it will make you life a little easier in some small aspects.
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Source by Mark R Benson
0xC1900200 errors are caused by Windows 10 being unable to install updates onto your system.
The typical reason is a lack of hard drive space – although, a number of other causes can contribute, from network setup issues to having corrupt files / settings inside Windows.
To fix the error, you basically have to get Windows Update working properly again. To do this, you need to first clean out any of the issues it may have and ensure that the undering systems are working correctly within the OS.
The error typically shows with the following message:
Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0xC1900200: Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586.
As mentioned, the cause is due to Windows Update being unable to affect the changes required by the new upgrade.
The typical problem is due to lack of hard drive space – while other "settings" issues also contribute.
To fully appreciate what the problem exists – whenever you "update" your system, what you're really doing is downloading a new set of files which Windows will then "install" (replace on your hard drive).
Obviously, to do this – you need to have adequate hard drive capacity to ensure that it's going to work effectively. Without this, you're going to end up with errors like the one cited.
The steps to solve these are relatively simple.
In 90% of cases, the issue is that you're basically looking at "freeing up" hard drive capacity. This can be done using the steps outlined below …
- Restart Windows Update (and use the Troubleshooter)
- Check the "System Reserved" disk partition is large enough
- (Potentially) Install an updated version of Windows from ISO
1. Restart Windows Update
The Windows Update service is what runs in the background and downloads the updates & installs them as required.
One of the largest reasons for problems for the system lies in the way in which this service is not able to progress properly.
To fix it, there are several steps to take:
- Run The Troubleshooter
- The first step is run the "Windows Update Troubleshooter"
- This is incorporated into Windows 10 and basically fixes any of the core issues besetting the service
- To access it, click on the "Start" button (bottom left taskbar)
- Click the "Settings" (cog) icon from the left of the menu that appears
- Select "Update & Security"> "Troubleshoot"
- Click on "Windows Update"
- Follow the on-screen instructions
This will ensure that the registry settings and various specifics of the updater are working properly.
After this, you need to restart the service itself:
- Restart the Windows Update Service
- Press "Windows" + "S" keys on your keyboard (brings up "search" box)
- Type "CMD", right-click the listing that appears and select "Run as Administrator"
- Type "net stop wuauserv" and press "Enter"
- Type "net stop cryptSvc" and press "Enter"
- Type "net stop bits" and press "Enter"
- Type "net stop msiserver" and press "Enter"
- Type "Ren C: WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old" and press "Enter"
- Type "Ren C: WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old" and press "Enter"
- Type "net start wuauserv" and press "Enter"
- Type "net start cryptSvc" and press "Enter"
- Type "net start bits" and press "Enter"
- Type "net start msiserver" and press "Enter"
Considering the above works correctly, it will stop the core Windows Update service and allow it to maintain stability etc.
If it does not work properly, the last "trick" is to use the SFC / DISM tools in Windows.
- Run SFC / DISM
- Press "Windows" + "S" keys on your keyboard (brings up "search" box)
- Type "CMD", right-click the listing that appears and select "Run as Administrator"
- Type "sfc / scannow" and press "Enter"
- After it finishes scanning, type "dism / online / cleanup-image / restorehealth" and press "Enter"
- This should take some time, but will clean up any of the corrupted "update" files / folders in Windows
If the above does not resolve the issue, restart the system and try the updates again.
Failing that, follow the next steps …
2. Resize "System Reserved" Disk Partition
The core cause of the problem is that the "System Reserved" partition of Windows is too small.
This partition is used by Windows to provide a core space for all its files. The size is entirely handled by Windows, so it's rare that it should cause a problem.
Unfortunately, the 0xC1900200 error is most often caused by your system not having enough space in this partition – leading to all sorts of issues.
To resolve the problem, you can actually increase the size of the "system reserved" disk. This can be done using the steps shown here:
- Download an effective "partition manager" tool from the Internet (I use the EaseUS free one)
- Load up the tool and click on the "System Reserved" partition
- Expand the partition to ~ 500mb
- Reboot your system and retry the update
3. Use an Updated Windows 10 ISO
Finally, Microsoft has introduced a new "update" system into Windows 10.
It used to be the case that you would be able to "repair" a Windows installation to get it working properly. Not so in W10.
The Windows 10 system comes with an "in situ upgrade". This is a code-word for "repair using an up to date ISO".
Now, if you're a complete novice with systems, you might be better seeking the support of someone else with this. However, it's generally very simple:
- Search for "Windows 10 media creation tool"
- Click the first link ("Microsoft")
At this point, there are two options.
The first is to use the "Update Assistant" (which is not 100% effective), and the second is to use the "Media Creation Tool" (which works relatively well).
The Update Assistant is much less intrusive, so we'll use that first:
- Click on "Update" at the top of the Microsoft page
- Save the file to your system
- Run it
- Click "Update Now" and let it run (the time it takes will vary depending on the size of the update)
- If the update succeeds, you can restart your system and all should be resolved
- If it does not succeed, you should try using the "Media Creation Tool" method
The Windows Media Creation Tool basically gives Windows 10 users the ability to download the latest version of the ISO and get it working on the system:
- Click on "Download Tool Now" on the Microsoft page
- Save the file to hard drive
- Load it up
- Click on "Upgrade This PC Now"
- Let it verify the download
- When the "Ready to install" screen appears, make sure that "Install Windows 10" and "Keep personal files and apps" are checked
- Click "Install"
This basically replaces all the core files of Windows, fixing any of the core issues which may have beset the system. It's the most common fix for deeper issues like the one you experienced.
Source by Richard Peck