I walked 5000 steps with the Apple Watch 9 and Apple Watch 8 — and the results are surprising – Tom's Guide

As Tom’s Guide’s Fitness Editor, I love nothing more than putting some of the best fitness trackers on the market head-to-head. Fans of Tom’s Guide will know this isn’t the first time I’ve strapped two watches to my wrist and headed out for a walk, and it probably won’t be the last. Next up on the list was the Apple Watch Series 9 vs the older Apple Watch Series 8 — which watch would be more accurate over 5,000 steps? Read on to find out. 

On the wrist, the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Series 8 look pretty much identical, although there’s one big difference between the two watches, and that’s behind the screen. The Apple Watch 9 has Apple’s new S9 processor and U2 ultrawide-band chip. The processor enables a pretty neat trick: When you’re wearing the watch, you can double-tap your index finger and thumb to enable certain features, such as answering and hanging up calls, launch widgets, and more. It should come in handy for those times when your other hand is otherwise occupied, but you need to activate something on your Apple Watch. 

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