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Apple Watch 3 GPS (42mm)


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Apple Watch 3 GPS + Cellular (38mm)


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Apple Watch 3 GPS + Cellular (42mm)


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It’s fair to say that the Apple Watch 3 has been launched to replace last year’s somewhat problematic S2, especially given that the Apple Watch 2 has now mysteriously vanished from the Apple website. Still impressively standing its ground is the old Apple Watch 1, but looking at the massive jump in the features and functions from the S1 to the S3, it doesn’t seem the the S1 will be sticking around for much longer.

 

Creating a Hybrid

Apple have very obviously noted competition from Fitbit, who have made no secret of their desire to enter the smartwatch market with their (increasingly good) fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrids like the Fitbit Blaze and, more recently, the Fitbit Ionic. Apple have pretty much done the same but from the other side of the table, making an effort to blur the lines between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker with the inclusion of built-in GPS, an integrated altimeter, and a protective water resistant coating to 50m.

Despite the competition, it’s still advantage: Apple. Fitbit sadly still hasn’t addressed the whole ‘replacing your smartphone’ thing which really is the foundation that the concept of the smartwatch is built on. In fact, even Apple didn’t even get it right until the Apple Watch S3, with its 4G cellular option. Finally, we have a decent smartwatch offering where it’s actually possible to forget your phone… and not care!

Of course, the cellular option is just one of two S3 models: the GPS model and the GPS + cellular model. Both use GLONASS technology for an enhanced GPS experience, and as an added bonus the screen is two times brighter than the S1, so it’s even easier to see where you are (and if you don’t want to look, you can always ask Siri, as Siri Speaks is now a standard feature of the Apple Watch Series 3).

 

Performance

The original S1 chip transformed into the S2 chip, which has now morphed into the more powerful S3 chip. While not obviously noticeable, users upgrading from the old S1 will undoubtedly enjoy a smoother and less frustrating experience, especially when it comes to scrolling and opening apps. This new technology is very welcome, but it does have a downside. The S3 has the largest battery to date of all Apple Watches, which should mean a longer battery life. Nope. We’re still at an estimated 18 hours here, as the added tech, particularly the energy-draining GPS, isn’t such good news for the battery life.

 

Design

The Apple Watch S3 looks like an Apple watch, and for a lot of people that’s important. It can’t be denied that this is a good-looking piece of kit, although users of the cellular version may not appreciate the large red dot which appears to be stuck on the side as an afterthought. This is very unusual and very unlike Apple who are, of course, famous for their sleek and streamlined technology, like the iPad Pro.

The Good news is that the Apple Watch S3 is highly customisable, so it can look as sporty or as fancy as you’re feeling that day. There is a wide choice of both sports bands and sports loops available in every colour under the sun, and a couple of special editions such as the Nike and Hermes alternatives.

The only slight downside that some may find with the new S3 is that it is slightly thicker than the S1. It’s to be expected with the added technology, but it can feel quite chunky on the wrist at first, especially for those who aren’t accustomed to wearing a watch. This certainly isn’t a dainty watch by any means.

 

Worth Buying?

As far as smartwatches go, the Apple Watch Series 3 is the most advanced and most feature-rich model on the market today, and it’s even faring pretty well as a fitness tracker, too. While it may not have all the same functions as a dedicated Fitbit, as a hybrid it has to be said that this is really quite impressive, and we’ve got the GLONASS-enabled GPS, water resistance, and built in altimeter to thank for that.

This is, perhaps, the very first attempt at a smartwatch that will actually have people choosing to leave their phones at home, with the ability to make calls, send texts, access calendars, and everything else exclusively from the watch, even when there’s no WiFi thanks to the 4G capabilities. The Apple Watch S3 is showing that a phone-free future is a real possibility; something no other watch to date has done.

What’s in the Box

  • Apple Watch S3
  • Strap
  • USB Power Adapter
  • 2 Metre Magnetic Charging Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Apple Watch (Series 3)
Finally, Apple have added built-in GPS (and a cell option), but is a semi-autonomous smartwatch enough to leave your iPhone at home?
Design82%
Usability59%
Battery Life58%
Features90%
Display90%
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