My Verdict – 4.5/5

This is an all-around great GPS watch. It’s perfect for those who are looking to have all of their iPhone features available on their watch. While also being a great piece of equipment for those planning to use it for fitness reasons. Read my full review below to find out more.

Apple Watch Series 3 Review
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Pros
  • Faster processor than the Series 2
  • LTE enabled (Find out more below)
  • Siri enabled
  • A ton of smart watch features
  • One joint number for your iPhone and watch

Cons
  • LTE will cost a monthly payment
  • Relatively similar to the series 2


 

The design

The design of the Apple Watch Series 3 is no different from the other two in the series. It’s exactly as you would expect an Apple product to look like. It’s slim and simplistic, while still being one of the most high-tec and best looking watches out there. For the actual shape of the watch, Apple chose to go with a more squared shape. This differs from the typical circular shape that you tend to see with other watches. I really like the shape and I think a lot of you will do too.

The watch is available in two sizes. You can either choose to go with the 38mm or the 42mm, dependant on the size you would like to have on your wrist. Neither of these sizes are particularly big or bulky so you won’t need to have any concerns about that.

The digital crown on the side of the Apple Watch that has appeared on the previous 2 in the series has stayed put, but this time with a tint of red to it! Not anything spectacular, but hey, it’s something.

A design feature that has stayed put from the series 2 is the material that the screen is made from. Now, if you’ve ever smashed an iPhone screen in the past, you’ll know how heartbreaking it is and then have the annoying job of having to get it fixed it. Well, that hopefully won’t be an issue for you with the Apple Watch 3. Apple uses something that is called ‘Ion-X strengthened glass’ for the watches display, which is supposed to have super strength. I’ve seen some rigorous testing on the watch and it seems to fair the majority of them.


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Features

I’m really not sure where to start with the features. The Series 3 is absolutely filled with them and I think your gonna be really excited hearing about them!

I think we should start with the smartwatch features and detail everything in regards to that because there really is a lot.

Apps: Apps are a great feature to have in the Series 3 and are perfect for when you’re on the go. To get them on the watch, it is as simple as accessing your iPhone, downloading the chosen app and then selecting the option ‘Show App on Apple Watch’. Don’t expect to have as much variety as you would on the iPhone with apps as it just wouldn’t work with the screen size, but things such as the weather, email, world/sports news, fitness and travel will all have apps associated to them. Feel free to check out 50 tried and tested apps on the Apple Watch here – Top Apps For The Apple Watch.

Also, a small little detail in regards to apps. The apps will appear on the home screen of the watch and just like the iPhone, you can sort and arrange these into the way you would like them to be.

Calls and texts: This will, of course, require you to have your iPhone and Apple Watch synced up, which will likely be one of the first things you do (if you own an iPhone). Once they have both been paired, then you are free to have calls and texts go directly to your watch. Perfect for anyone who is on the go, doing fitness or currently has their hands full.

Siri: If like me, you literally never used Siri on your iPhone, then this feature will probably be of no use to you. Of those of you who are a fond user of Siri, you will be pleased to know that she will be available on the Apple Watch as well. Siri will work exactly the same as it does on the iPhone. Select the option to use it and then speak to Siri.

Although, I’m not 100% sure if you can ask Siri as much you would be able to on the iPhone. If you ask Siri what she can answer, you will be given a list of things you can ask so because of that, you may be limited. But don’t hold me to that! I just really don’t use Siri.

Clock: Now, this part isn’t just going to be talking about how this watch has a clock, as that would be ridiculous. I’m talking about the extra features that come because of the clock. You can do pretty much everything you can do on the iPhone in terms of the clock’s features. Below, I’ll list those features:

  • Setting alarms
  • Creating set timers
  • Check out the world clock
  • See current time (obviously)

Calendar: Super useful feature for many people. If your someone who has a busy schedule and has to put a lot on the calendar then this will be perfect for you.

Notifications: The really cool thing about notifications is how they display. So, if your iPhone is locked, but your smartwatch isn’t, then notifications will appear on your Apple Watch. And that would work vice versa as well. You will also have the option to decide what notifications you want to appear on the watch, as well as being able to have no notifications if you don’t want them. Calls and texts that come through the watch would also be classed as notifications, but I felt that needed their own section in this review.

Flashlight: A flashlight is available to be used on the watch. Not sure often you might use this, but I suppose it is probably easier having this on your watch so you don’t need to pull your phone out everytime you need one.

Those are pretty much the main smartwatch features available on the Apple Watch. As you can probably tell, there is a bit of a recurring theme here, in terms of what the iPhone can do and what the Apple Watch can do. Apple have very much tried to make the two as compatible as possible and have done a very good job in doing so.

Apple Music On The Apple Watch
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Okay, moving on to the other features that are available. The main reason a lot of you will be looking to get this watch is for the GPS and fitness features that come with it. So, I’ll get into that as well as some other features. The first thing I’m going to mention though will be the how the watch is now LTE enabled.

So, what exactly is LTE? LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and in simple, is the technology that is used behind 4G. At the initial release of 4G, there were some unrealistic expectations set in terms of the speeds it could hit. Because of this, they needed something that could help to bump the connection speeds up to what they were originally said to be. This is where LTE came in. The introduction of LTE made some good improvements to connection speeds and because of this, 4G LTE was now a thing. So, having this on the Apple Watch series 3 is a great thing and will help to provide a better connection to those many features it has. With one of the extra features to LTE being able to stream music from Apple Music directly to your watch.

On to the sports/fitness features. As you would expect with such a hefty priced GPS watch, there are a fair amount of sports that the watch can track and be of service for. There is also, of course, the built-in heart rate monitor, something that would be expected from a GPS watch. Some of the sports/fitness types that you can select on the watch are as follows:

Cycling (Indoor/Outdoor), Swimming (Pool/Open Water), Running (Indoor/Outdoor), Walking (Step Count), Rowing, High Intense Training, Track Altitude (Snowboarding/Skiing or other high altitude sports).


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How does it compare to the Apple Watch Series 2?

Before we compare, it’s important to first clarify that both the Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 are great watches. Both are mavericks in the GPS/Smartwatch market in my opinion and neither slacked when compared with other GPS/Smartwatches.

Getting into the comparison, I’ll start with LTE. I won’t go too much into this as I just bored you with the details before reading this section so I’ll keep it short. The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 did not come LTE enabled. It was only made available with the series 3. Something to keep in mind with this is that you will need to get setup with a data plan to use this and it’s not something that will come free at the time of purchase. If you would like to see the data plan’s available in your country then check out this link – Supported Carriers.

The next thing worth mentioning is the e-Sim that comes with the Series 3. This, in my opinion, is massive. If your not sure what an e-Sim is, it is basically a tiny sim card that will never need to be removed because everything will be added to it through the network. The great thing about this sim is that it allows you to use the same number on your watch as your iPhone. What this means is that you will no longer require another contract to get a mobile number for the watch. Above this will be a link to the carriers available in your country so check that out if you are looking to buy the series 3.

With the introduction of watchOS 4 on the series 3, the option to use a flashlight on your watch came with it (as mentioned above). As this version of watchOS wasn’t available on the series 2, neither was the flashlight.

Another upgrade from the series 2 would the processor. With the series 3, you can expect to have a much faster processor that will improve overall functionality and the speed at which you can do things on the watch. The processor on the series 2 was still pretty fast so as you can imagine, the series 3 is pretty fast. Also, because of the introduction of this new processor, Siri is now able to talk back to you when you ask it a question.

While there has been a few changes/upgrades from the series 2 to the series 3, a lot has stayed the same. Things such as the weight, display size options, battery life and the depth at which they are both water resistant (down to 50m) are all the same for both of the watches. A lot of the features have also been carried over from the series 2 and there aren’t massive changes there either. But, don’t let that take you away from some of the awesome new features that I have mentioned above.

The Specs

Weight53g
Watch Size42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4mm
Water resistantDown to 50 metres
Screen size42mm (also 38mm – see dimensions here)
Battery lifeUp to 18 hours (dependant on how you use it)
MaterialStainless Steel
Operating systemwatchOS 4

Summary

My final opinion of the Apple Watch Series 3 would be a very positive one. All in all some great features and a watch that is hard to compete with. If this is the first Apple Watch/GPS watch you’re looking to buy then I would definitely recommend the purchase of it. It’s great for general day to day things, while also being a perfect companion to track data for any sports/fitness that you do. In my opinion, it meets all the criteria. Some kick-ass features, great connection, brilliant functionality and it’s unique design that is pleasing to the eye. Although, it is hard to conclude whether the Apple Watch Series 3 is really worthy of an upgrade for those of you who already own the series 2. There are some appealing new features that come with series i.e. LTE connection and the introduction of an e-Sim, which would mean you are no longer required to have a number associated to your iPhone and Apple Watch. But at the end of the day, it comes down to whether you feel it is worth spending the money to upgrade.

Not sure the Apple Watch Series 3 is for you, but are still interested in buying a GPS watch? Then feel free to check out one of my other reviews of the Garmin Fenix 5 here – Garmin Fenix 5 Review

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