watchOS 9 brings Nike watch faces to any Apple Watch… and there’s one that convinced me

watchOS 9 brings Nike watch faces to any Apple Watch... and there's one that convinced me

One of the late novelties of watchOS 9 is that, since There is no longer a new Apple Watch Nike for saleAnd it’s been years since Apple “released” the straps of this edition, now the Nike spheres are offered for any Apple Watch as long as it is compatible with this version of the operating system.

Nike spheres have always had a double function:

  • The aesthetics, convincing to buy a slightly more expensive model than the normal one.
  • And the functional one, granting direct access to the Nike training application on our watch, apart from other possible customizations.

And although I saw it as complicated, one of these new spheres has convinced me.

reducing complications

During the last months I have been using the sphere called Infogramfor the simple reason that it is the one that allows the most complications to be shown. Up to eight: four in the corners, and four on the inside of the analog clock. However, since I prefer precision and speed when reading the time, I configured the top center complication with the time in digital. I would have gladly put the analog needles out of my sight, but the Watch doesn’t allow it.

Old Nike

Sphere Infogram as used until now.

In that sphere he had quite a bit of information, namely:

  • The current ability to start a workout thanks to the Athlytic app, which takes into account accumulated fatigue, heart rate, sleep…
  • The time I have slept during the previous night, thanks to AutoSleep.
  • My level of tiredness based on the sport performed today, also by Athlytic.
  • activity rings.
  • The remaining battery.
  • The next alarm to sound.
  • And the button to start a workout.

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Reviewing what options the new Nike spheres offered, I did not see any that were very satisfactory for my needs. Almost all contain an overly large clock and little information.

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The spheres that the Watch application allows you to choose now, including the new ones from Nike.

However, I ended up finding an option in the ‘Nike (Hybrid)‘, which with a slight adjustment offers the digital watch in the center of the case, in a much larger size than I was already used to, as well as five complications to choose from (apart from the fixed Nike one): four in the corners , one in the upper central arch.

I configured that one sacrificing a part of the information that the previous one contained, leaving only:

  • The remaining battery.
  • The sleep goal in AutoSleep.
  • The current capacity for training according to Athlytic.
  • activity rings.
  • And a direct access to the Training app, which shows the most common type of ditto that I do, but that can be modified by pressing it.

And so the sphere remains as I have configured it.

I lost something along the way, but now I have gained a much more visible time, complications that are never hidden by the needles (as in the capture of my previous dial, where the remaining battery is not well appreciated when the hands are around half past six), and the possibility of greater color customization. In fact, the orange color is designed to combine with the Loop Alpine strap in orange, one of the novelties announced at the last event that will go on sale in a few days as a companion to the Apple Watch Ultra.

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Paradoxically, the Nike sphere I find it sterile in one section: the Nike complication. I do not use it nor do I want to use it as a replacement for the native app to go running. Too often I have found it to be buggy or perform poorly enough to trust it. Some counterpart had to have this sphere.

Said that, the greatness of the Apple Watch also goes through its ability to customize it for our wishes and needs. One of the best tips you can give someone with this watch is to convey the ideal of wasting a few minutes finding the right setting. It is a small effort that we will later see more than returned.