The Apple Watch 3 Is Still a Mighty Wearable
The Apple Watch 3 (or Apple Watch Series 3 if you’re being special) has been dropped several times, most recently the Apple Watch 6, and the Apple Watch SE – the latter of which could be a real rival to it, Because they are both budget models.
But the Watch 3 remains on sale — which is what we can say for the Apple Watch 4 or even the Apple Watch 5 — and is still heavily discounted.
The Watch 3 is available in two variants – one with cellular connectivity, and one with GPS only. As a replacement for the Apple Watch 2, this device was the flag bearer for fitness and longevity, with a water-resistant casing for run and cycle tracking and swimming on board, as well as a similar heart rate monitor on the bottom.
And while the new models pack in additional features and a faster chipset, Apple continues to support the Apple Watch 3 with software updates, most recently watchOS 7, which adds sleep tracking, new workouts, and more.
Update: watchOS 8 was announced on WWDC 2021, bringing more software and features when it fully launches later this year — and yes, it’s compatible with the Apple Watch 3. Eager fans can get the developer preview now if they are part of the developer program, or join the public beta in July.
Apple Watch 3 price and release date
- Launched 22 September 2017, still on sale from Apple
- Price £199 / $199 / AU$319 . starts from
- LTE version £299 / $299 / AU$469 . starts from
When launched in late 2017, the Apple Watch 3 was the most expensive wearable sold by the company, but now the price has come down since the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch 5. It’s still not an inherently affordable smartwatch, but it’s a lot more affordable now.
There are two variants of the Apple Watch 3, one with LTE/cellular capabilities and the other with only GPS onboard.
Previously priced at £299 / $299 / AU$469 / AED 1,199 or £329 / $329 / AU$519 / AED 1,329 (for the 38mm and 42mm bands respectively) these days due to a serious discount after the release of the Apple Watch 5 is.
The 3 Series GPS version is much cheaper at £199 / $199 / AU$319 for the 38mm and £229 / $229 / AU$369 for the 42mm.
It’s also worth noting that while Apple discontinued the Apple Watch 4 and 5, you can still get the Apple Watch 3 directly from the company, so it’s easier to get hold of.
Do we need LTE?
- Connects very well, can be a touch patchy
- Streaming your data from the Watch costs extra
The biggest upgrade to the Apple Watch 3 was its own cellular connection, so it can operate independently of your phone.
Does that mean you can buy one without an iPhone? Sadly not… not from far away. Really this means you can receive phone calls and some app notifications when your phone is at home, but otherwise it’s entirely up to your handset.
In terms of notifications, if the app you want to use hasn’t been upgraded to work in ‘standalone mode’ (as in, doesn’t require a phone connection to function), you’ll need to get updates and notifications. Even if LTE connection is enabled.
The ability to connect to a cellular network is fine, but doesn’t feel like the most important feature to add to it – although some people have already reported that it saved their lives.
Call quality from such a small device is really impressive – we had phone chats with someone on the go, and both the voice quality from the speaker and the sensitivity of the microphone were excellent.
This meant we could run very normally and still carry on a conversation without holding the Watch 3 over our heads. In fact, it was so fast that you had to move fast enough for people to stop hearing you.
It’s less useful when driving—ambient noise makes it hard to hear what’s being said—but it’ll work in a pinch and keep you from illegally grabbing your phone. We’d question whether you really need the functionality – not least because you’ll have to pay extra for it.
It’s especially sad that you need to spend between $5-$10 / £5 / AED 25 per month to get your data – which you’re already paying for – pumped to your device. has gone.
If adding data to the Watch was free and naturally extended to the wrist, it would be fine, but the added cost makes it hard to recommend an LTE version for this reason.
50 million songs on the wrist
Another upgrade is the addition of music streaming, something that was announced at the launch of the Apple Watch 3, but curiously wasn’t there at launch.
This feature – if you paid all the money for the LTE-enabled version of the Watch 3 and are paying extra cash every month to get data – is actually quite a nice extra.
You’re getting two things with new Apple Music streaming capabilities: straight to Apple Music, and Beats Radio. Both of these are most easily accessed through Siri – you can do Tap through the watch to get there, but it’s very fiddly.
The easiest way is to ask Siri to play the music you want while you’re on the go — whether it’s by genre, a playlist you’ve already created but not synced, or just a certain song.
It’s not perfect—especially when out and about on foot or running—but when it works it’s a dream, a futuristic scenario where you command almost any song in the world via chat from your wrist. .
- How streaming music on Apple Watch 3 inspired me to listen to opera by the lake
You Certainly It needs to be embedded in the Apple Music system to work well – you can’t browse playlists on the wrist, for example, and asking Siri to ‘play some ongoing music’ gives some weird options Huh. However, the playing playlist you’ve already created can be accessed in a second.
Well, let’s say in a sec… Too often Siri has trouble connecting and tells us to ‘Hold on… I’ll tap you when I’m ready’. And then don’t connect for ages, force to try again.
The overall Apple Music streaming setup is great when it works, you’ll enjoy when you ask for some music and it plays something you enjoy.
Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming to feel like you’re constantly hooked up to so many songs – and usually you’ll have your phone with you, which is a better way to access songs, but it’s a nice feature and a must-have. There will only be improvement.
Despite the Apple Music streaming capabilities, we still can’t see a good reason to recommend the LTE version of the Apple Watch 3, as the notion of not needing your phone to be running was taken care of by adding GPS to the watch. Second generation model.
Do we want another time when we are always connected? Isn’t it time to stop exercising? And are you willing to pay a very high price to have the ability to listen to music or use apps away from the phone?
With that in mind you should only consider the Apple Watch 3 LTE version if you’re worried about not being touchable while exercising, or unnecessarily leaving your phone in places.
design and screen
- Almost identical design to the previous model
- Screen is still bright and bright
- Apple Watch 4. smaller display than
The design of the Apple Watch has become iconic enough to let people know you’re wearing an iTimepiece. When you see a football player wearing a Fitbit, you’ll have to check which model it is, but with the Apple Watch it’s instantly recognizable.
Unlike the iPhone, we don’t see the need to upgrade the design with a watch, and Apple has done very well to keep the chassis almost identical, given that it’s now packing in a new chipset and the device itself. The two sizes have cellular connectivity. (38mm and 42mm).
It did this by integrating the antenna into the screen, which is an innovative way to save space… While the watch couldn’t have been made any chunkier, so is its square, curved design.
The build process has improved a bit, however, as clicking on the Digital Crown or Power button feels sturdier than on the Apple Watch 2.
It’s subtle, but it’s something we noticed every time we used the Watch 3. Other than that, the only significant difference is on the Digital Crown, which now has a red dot indicating that this is the new model.
It’s not a big deal, but we got a question about it while wearing the watch, indicating that people are interested when a new watch appears.
It’s elegant and lightweight, and while some may yearn for a circular display, the 1.65-inch display (on the 42mm version) is definitely the optimal size and shape for displaying more data – and as mentioned Yes, Apple has brute-forced acceptance of its view design in the market.
The screen itself, which uses OLED technology, has always been one of the most attractive on the market. It’s clear, vivid, and bright, and we never had a problem seeing it out and about.
Well, that’s not entirely true – the screen automatically turns off to preserve battery when needed, and that means you have to flick your wrist to see the display.
While it’s far from ideal, Apple has tuned the algorithm to such an extent that even a small jerk will set the display on fire — and it’s not always accurate when running, for example. For, it’s a lot very We saw better than the first version of the Apple Watch.
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