Apple Watch Series 3

8.3/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 3

Plenty of improvements and upgrades on a proven formula – the Apple Watch 3 is the best smartwatch available.

- Richard Easton, TrustedReviews 


This is a smartwatch like none I've ever used before.

- Trevor Long, EFTM 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Apple
Warranty 12 months
Release date 22-September-2017
Size 3.86 x 3.33 x 1.14 cm (1.5 x 1.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 28.7 grams
(1.01 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Solid design and build quality
  • Snappy performance
  • Bright display
  • Fitness tracking improvements

What's bad

  • LTE drains battery life
  • Cellular model expensive and tacks on additional fees
  • Requires iPhone to divert messages and phone calls

Apple’s third iteration of the Apple Watch comes in two flavors - one with cellular connectivity and another with just GPS. However, aside from LTE connectivity, both models are identical (except for the price).

So is it worth getting your hands on the Apple Watch 3?

Let’s find out!

The Apple Watch 3 comes only a year after the release of the Apple Watch 2. Not much has changed on the outside. It still comes in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. This means you can still use your old Watch 2 bands should you upgrade.

When put side-by-side next to the Apple Watch 2, reviewers couldn’t tell the difference, so if you’re looking for a different design, you’ll be let down.

Fortunately, that also means it carries over the 50-meter water resistance. Dropping it in a puddle or a sweaty workout won't come with adverse side effects.

It still features the same OLED display with a resolution of 390-by-312 pixels. Critics also noticed no decrease or increase in bright light legibility.

While many new models get smaller than their predecessors, the Apple Watch 3 is slightly thicker than the Apple Watch 2. However, most reviewers barely noticed the difference—especially since the weight has not changed.

Apple's new S3 processor impressed critics with its fast performance. They found the interface snappy and using Siri was a breeze, unlike earlier models. Reviews felt this made the watch more useful for common daily tasks, such as setting a timer or checking the weather.

Apple has also improved the fitness tracker with a new barometric altimeter. This measures elevation, which is great when hiking or skiing. Critics also found it useful to see how many flights of stairs they’ve climbed. However, some found an inconsistency in terms of what they climbed versus what the watch measured.

Aside from that, it has the same fitness-tracking features as the Series 2, including heart rate measurement, step counting, and support for high-intensity, interval training workouts.

One of the biggest complaints surrounding earlier Apple Watch models was their dependence on a phone to provide functionality. The cellular connection in the Apple Watch 3 addresses this issue. Unfortunately, many experts found it lacking—especially for the added $10 per month they had to pay in carrier fees.

Not only was setup frustrating, it still required them to have their iPhone powered on in order for it to communicate with the phone via the cloud.

With that said, call quality was good, though they recommend using a Bluetooth headset as the onboard speaker was just not loud enough to hear in most situations.

The biggest concern for most reviewers, however, was battery life. When using the Apple Watch 3 as a standalone device, they only squeezed 3-4 hours of life out of it. Typical usage included listening to music, using the GPS, and making some calls.

Although reviewers loved the new performance boost and fitness addition, most found the LTE connectivity uninspiring. Tech Radar states, “... if you want the best smartwatch on the market, go for the Apple Watch 3 but only get LTE if you want to leave your phone at home when working out but really feel the need to stay connected.” The Verge adds, “The Apple Watch may not ever be the promised device that liberates us from the shackles of our smartphones... but it is a very competent and capable smartwatch.”

Critic Reviews


GottaBeMobile

The best smart watch you can buy

from GottaBeMobile

The Apple Watch 3 is a giant leap ahead of the Apple Watch 2, with better battery life, faster apps and an LTE option. This is the Apple Watch to buy.

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The Apple Watch 3 is a giant leap ahead of the Apple Watch 2, with better battery life, faster apps and an LTE option. This is the Apple Watch to buy.

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BGR

Marathon-grade fitness that's boardroom ready

from BGR

If you’re serious about fitness, it allows you to track any parameter you would need for your fitness session, and have past references to compare. It also includes a social element where you can compare with friends or fitness buddies you trust and depend on for additional motivation.

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If you’re serious about fitness, it allows you to track any parameter you would need for your fitness session, and have past references to compare. It also includes a social element where you can compare with friends or fitness buddies you trust and depend on for additional motivation.

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The Indian Express

A good buy purely as a watch

from The Indian Express

The Apple Watch 3 is clearly the best smartwatch you can buy now. But are you really using a smartwatch this powerful to its full capabilities? I guess not. For that I presume the users will need to get smarter.

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The Apple Watch 3 is clearly the best smartwatch you can buy now. But are you really using a smartwatch this powerful to its full capabilities? I guess not. For that I presume the users will need to get smarter.

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TechGearLab

Loaded with smart features and functionality

from TechGearLab

This top-of-the-line smartwatch is sleek, stylish, and loaded with smart features and functions. It also has an impressive set of fitness tracking features, a fantastic display, and a decent battery life.

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This top-of-the-line smartwatch is sleek, stylish, and loaded with smart features and functions. It also has an impressive set of fitness tracking features, a fantastic display, and a decent battery life.

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512 pixels

A high-end, fashionable fitness tracker

from 512 pixels

The Apple Watch Series 3 is powerful but has great battery life, packs an LTE radio in a (basically) unchanged chassis and runs the best version of watchOS yet. I’m far less torn about this device than I was in 2015. I enjoy wearing my Apple Watch everyday, and the utility it provides is worth the upfront (and now monthly) costs.

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The Apple Watch Series 3 is powerful but has great battery life, packs an LTE radio in a (basically) unchanged chassis and runs the best version of watchOS yet. I’m far less torn about this device than I was in 2015. I enjoy wearing my Apple Watch everyday, and the utility it provides is worth the upfront (and now monthly) costs.

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NDTV

Delivers improvements in overall performance

from NDTV

If you lead an active lifestyle and fitness-focussed features are the main attraction, the latest Apple Watch is a great pick.

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If you lead an active lifestyle and fitness-focussed features are the main attraction, the latest Apple Watch is a great pick.

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The Verge

Without a doubt the best smartwatch for the iPhone

from The Verge

The Apple Watch may not ever be the promised device that liberates us from the shackles of our smartphones, but three years into its existence, it is a very competent and capable smartwatch. Now if only it would show me the time all of the time.

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The Apple Watch may not ever be the promised device that liberates us from the shackles of our smartphones, but three years into its existence, it is a very competent and capable smartwatch. Now if only it would show me the time all of the time.

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TrustedReviews

Best smartwatch available

from TrustedReviews

Overall, the Apple Watch Series 3 has become a solid fitness tracker and the watchOS 4 update cements this. This is paired with one of the best smartwatch implementations, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

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Overall, the Apple Watch Series 3 has become a solid fitness tracker and the watchOS 4 update cements this. This is paired with one of the best smartwatch implementations, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

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DC Rainmaker

No other device comes close to the level of polish

If you’re looking for mostly an all-day watch that you use for less technically demanding sports, the Apple Watch 3 is an awesome bet. Whereas if you’re the inverse of that, you may want to look elsewhere.

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If you’re looking for mostly an all-day watch that you use for less technically demanding sports, the Apple Watch 3 is an awesome bet. Whereas if you’re the inverse of that, you may want to look elsewhere.

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T3

Now with cellular, it’s still the smartwatch to beat

from T3

Cell connectivity is an excellent addition to a category-leading device. There's no better smartwatch out there.

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Cell connectivity is an excellent addition to a category-leading device. There's no better smartwatch out there.

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