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Apple Watch Series 2 - Stainless Steel 42mm

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With enhanced storage, improved battery life and a wide range of colours for added personalisation, a refurbished Apple Watch Series 2 represents a considerable improvement on its predecessor.

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Apple Watch Series 2 42mm Review

If we were tasked with choosing between the 38mm or 42mm iteration of the Apple Watch Series 2, we'd probably opt for the latter timepiece. It certainly boasts extended battery life, while the introduction of advanced GPS capabilities and significantly enhanced water-resistance offer huge advantages in terms of functionality. It also benefits from a slightly larger display with an improved resolution, while the 'all-day' power pack can keep going as long as you can. All in all, a refurbished Apple Watch Series 2 is a stellar choice for those looking to monitor fitness with ease.

Where advanced design and exceptional build quality

The 42mm iteration of the Apple Watch Series 2 weighs in at a hefty 52.4 grams, which is heavier than the 38mm version and the first-generation device. However, it retains the same thickness as its smaller, Series 2 sibling, creating a robust but stylish frame that retains Apple's trademark curved edges and premium crystal glass. You can also buy the 42mm model in aluminium, stainless steel and new ceramic models, with each of these looks providing a premium (but variably priced) aesthetic.

Get swept away with the Apple Series Watch 2's functionality

Having owned so-called 'water-resistant' watches in the past, we would find it useful if brands made the distinction between devices that you can go swimming in and those that can barely survive an unfortunate plunge into the toilet. In this instance, Apple's advanced, water-resistant chassis is incredibly water-resistant, meaning that you can opt for a quick dip in the nearest pool without damaging the watch or its internal components. The device also features Apple's innovative 'wet mode', which is activated upon entry into the water and automatically locks the display and disables touch functionality.

Introducing a capacious, dual-core processor

When using the Apple Watch Series 2 48mm model, we couldn't help but be impressed with the brand's new, dual-core processor. Referred to as the S2 chipset, it represents a huge upgrade on the first-generation device and allows for far greater multitasking. More specifically, it enables users to navigate menus with greater speed and efficiency, with scarcely a single beat between activating the dock button and accessing the main menu. At the same time, this processor allows you to keep a larger number of apps open at any one time, without compromising noticeably on either speed or performance.

Does the new battery offer all-day performance?

We spoke earlier about the increased thickness of this watch, with the 52.4mm frame supporting a 334 mAh power pack that can survive sustained periods of both moderate and heavy usage. To this end, the Apple Watch Series 2 42mm device delivers on the brand's promise 'all-day' battery life, while this is helped further by the inclusion of a refurbished GPS chip that runs with far greater efficiency.

Outstanding resolution and picture quality

Apple is renowned for making small but targeted upgrades with new devices, and the Series 2 Watch embodies this approach perfectly. To this end, the 42mm timepiece maintains the same display technology as both the first-generation watch and its 38mm sibling, although the larger screen definitely contributes to a more immersive viewing experience. More specifically, the 1.65-inch display boasts an outstanding resolution of 390x312 pixels, which increasing the brightness to a reported 1000 nits has also enabled Apple to achieve optimal brightness with this device.

As we can see, there are relatively subtle differences between the Apple Watch Series 2 variations, with the 42mm model boasting a noticeably bigger power pack and a display that offers more real estate for users to play with. To see how our refurbished Apple Watch Series 2 can improve your life, take a look at our smartwatch deals now.

5 real-life highlights

  1. Apple's 'wet mode' keeps your device safe and secure at all times, and the speaker will emit a pulse to drain any residual water
  2. We love the fact that we can receive notifications through the Apple Watch Series 2 42mm device, while the brand's Taptic feedback engine creates a soothing vibrating system
  3. Apple's heart rate monitor has been dramatically improved in the second-generation timepiece
  4. The Apple Watch Series 2 42mm is also capable of tracking other fitness activities, including cycling and elliptical machines
  5. The improved battery and GPS chip means that the device definitely retains power for longer
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