Apple Watch Ultra first impressions [Gallery]

The Apple Watch Ultra is here and I just unboxed mine. Stay tuned for my first impressions of the 49mm titanium wearable from Apple, which has a completely new design, bigger screen and much more. I’ll dig into how it feels size-wise compared to the 45mm Apple Watch, weight, buttons, Alpine Loop, and more.

For reference, I have a smaller wrist that measures about 6.5 inches around and I’m coming 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 feel
    • I enjoy it most with a strap that connects directly to the Ultra vs a strap/band with lugs (Solo Loop vs Alpine Loop)
  • The flat panel edge adds to the large feel, but it also provides a wonderful display experience – it really draws you in visually
  • It’s impressively easy!
  • The side button is very clicky – much more clicky than my Series 7 or any previous Apple Watch
  • The Digital Crown is nicely protected, but it also takes some getting used to
  • The new action button is really handy, such a great addition!

Alpine loop

  • Softer on the inside than I expected
  • The titanium hardware is super light and naturally matches the Ultra perfectly
  • Lots of loops ensure you get a precise fit
  • Love the bright orange color
  • External lugs make it a bulkier fit – especially for those with smaller wrists


  • Braided watch charging cable is very nice with metal accent on the puck itself
  • Box and Ultra booklet is beautiful
  • Watch faces really pop on the huge screen
  • The new Wayfinder watch face has nice animation when you lift your wrist to look
  • Digital Crown spin to quickly access red dark mode is really handy
  • I also really like the clean fit of Apple’s Solo Loop sports band

What do you think of the Apple Watch Ultra? Did you get one too? Or are you considering picking one up or are you definitely skipping it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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