A woman runs through a desert, wearing the Apple Watch Ultra.

Apple Watch Ultra’s cool features mask the same issues as the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Apple made waves when it announced the wonderfully massive and feature-packed Apple Watch Ultra on Wednesday, and many of our fellow tech sites caved in to the hype. the edge (opens in a new tab) claims the $800 watch could make Garmin obsolete as a company, while Digital Trends (opens in a new tab) put Samsung and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in the blast, saying Apple gave it a template for a “real adventure smartwatch.”

In the face of all this hyperbolic zeal, I want to take a more nuanced approach here. Because, on the one hand, I agree that Apple did with Ultra what I Dear Samsung is all about the Pro in terms of adding more unique “rugged” features that cater to people who enjoy the great outdoors.

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