Apple Watch 3 LTE Review: Good Watch But Have Replacements

You all know by now that Apple Watch Series 3 features cellular, which has became the first of a new breed of Apple wearable devices works as a smartwatch and phone via LTE. With a dash of iPod thrown in for good measure, the latest wearable is ambitious, but its cellular features need work. Here are the details.

Apple Watch Series 3 Highlights

Here’s an Apple Watch 3 LTE with 38mm Gold Aluminum Case and the 42mm Space Black Stainless Steel model overview and comparison. Before that we have to share some of the reviews. When it comes to buld Series 3, Apple thought something that a wearable should be, and the second tried to be the perfect workout companion. Apple took everything it got right with the fitness-friendly Series 2, polished it up, and threw an LTE radio inside.

And now, lol, the $339 Apple Watch Series 3 became the first of a new trend of Apple devices, It straddles the line between smartwatch and phone. For those who’d rather play it safe, Apple also built a $329 Series 3 watch with just GPS and no cellular activity. In fact, that safe bet will probably pay off for most people — the cellular Series 3 is little too inconsistent for many’s taste.

Apple Watch Series 3 scores 82% hype?

When speaking about the pros of the Apple Watch Series 3, it has improved performance. Secondly, it has a great battery life when connected to a phone. Valuable new fitness features also embedded and there’s still Siri which feels and more useful. In brief, we’ll talk after the cons.

What actually Apple Watch Series 3 LTE variant needs is, iPhone still needs to be on to receive texts. Lousy battery life on LTE. Call quality can vary and Apple Music streaming is not ready yet.

Apple Watch Series 3 Summary: Highlights

It was told that the Series 3 feels like two seperate Apple Watch devices. When it’s used as a traditional smartwatch – by which we mean it’s connected to, and in range of a phone. It’s the best wearable Apple has ever made.

Performance

Fitness tracker

Apple’s Watch Series 3 performance is much improved, battery life is strong, and watchOS 4 feels notably more stronge than earlier builds. Some of those polished fades when using the Watch as a standalone device, though. The Series 3 is capable watch-phone hybrid, works the way it’s supposed to. Unfortunately, wireless performance can be inconsistent and the toll it takes on the battery can be tough enough to swallow, especially when the feature will cost you $10/month.

Hardware & Design

Rumors suggested something new is coming when we talk about its redesign, but this year’s Apple Watch is far the same as an Apple Watch. Shocking? The Series 3 comes in 38mm and 42mm sizes, so earlier bands will continue to fit just in fine. All versions of Series 2 feature a built-in GPS radio and 50-meter wter resistance. So you can take the Watch for a swim, but you almost certainly shouldn’t take it 50 meters underwater.

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE model

No clarification on the display change either. Still working with a tiny OLED screen running at 390 x 312, covered by a plate of Ion-X glass. Max brightness still tops out at 1,000 nits, which is more than exclusive to keep notifications and apps readable under bright sunlight. More interesting is the way the screen doubles as the Watch’s wireless antenna; it’s a nifty feat of engineering that seems to get the job done well.

How to know whether the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE enabled?

The only way to tell if a Watch is LTE-enabled or not: You need to spot the red dot. This particular red highlight serves no technical purpose; it’s purely for looks, and if you’re the type who likes visual metaphors, you’ll then notice a certain symmetry with the Watch’s red notification dot. Beware: That red flourish clashes with a lot of Apple Watch bands out there.

As the traditional Apple smartwatch, we finally have an Apple Watch that feels as fast as it should be. Swiping between watch faces is smoother than before, and launching of apps seems to take considerably less time. All thanks to Apple’s updated S3 chipset. Series 1 and 2 owners might not find the difference that pronounced, since both devices have dual-core processors of their own.

One of the best ways to witness all this power in action is by talking to Siri and, for once, the experience won’t make you want to tear your hair out. Siri can finally speak to you on the Series 3, while it uses the same natural-sounding voice you’d hear it use on an iOS device running iOS 11.

On the Series 2, Siri wasn’t used by many, because it required them to glance down at their wrist all the time. This year, Siri’s audible responses and generally spot-on voice transcription meant, could ask it to send a message or email for owners and not worry too much about what happened next.

Beyond handling messages and tasks, Siri on Series 3 has also been helpful for navigating to hole-in-the-wall restaurants and answering various random questions. As useful as Siri is now, it stil has its limits.

Apple Watch Series 3 Comparison

For one, you need to be careful with how you ask things — “open News” does what you’d expect it to, but “show me the news” kicked users out to external search results. And don’t forget that the Watch’s screen has to be to get Siri’s attention with a voice command. A new version of Siri that constantly listens for commands would be ideal, but that’d probably wreak as much havoc on battery life as, well, a cellular radio would.

After Siri, Apple’s new watchOS 4 offer a few other new features as well. You will get new customizable kaleidoscope watch faces, along with a handful of faces starring characters from Toy Story. The music app has also been updated with a new look and slightly more seamless syncing. Some playlists, like “New Music” and “Favorites,” are tranferred over by default while the Watch charges for the first time.

Individual tracks and playlists can be moved over easily as well, but literally any support for podcasts would’ve been nice. In order to make most of the Watch’s music player, though, you need to be an Apple Music subscriber; the Watch still offers media controls for whatever audio is playing on the iPhone. But again, you’re out of luck if you’d prefer to interact with Spotify’s superior player.

Apple watch Series 3 Technology

The Series 3 technically works as a standalone device. Attached to a phone that the Watch will spend most of its time connected to an iPhone anyway. This Watch Series 3 has a very good battery life as a result, though. It got nearly two full days of screen-on time before needing to charge the Watch again. Because, Apple bumped up the Series 3’s battery capacity to maximize cellular usage time, so while you pleased that tethered battery life has improved, anyone not surprised.

As a Standalone device

Apple Watch Series 3 connection between the wearable and an iPhone is the core process experience, and for the first time, the Cupertino-based company gave the Watch the tools to function independently. Seeing the Watch hop into an LTE network and use your same phone number is undeniably neat, but honestly, it’s not something we’d want to do very often.

First of all, you’re going to have to pay your carrier $10 a month for the privilege. Not to mention an activation fee once this first wave of promotions dies down. Setting up the Watch with AT&T phone plan was mostly a breeze, but some reviewers have experienced issues getting everything sqaured away, specifically when older rate plans were involved.

Going completely iPhone-free means the Watch’s battery life will take a huge hit. Apple has always been clear that the Series 3 is more of a temporary phone substitute than an actual replacement. As a fitness tracker, the Series 3’s steps count were in line with other wearables when tested it against. Thankfully, the Series 3’s blend of capable hardware and thoughtful software makes it a great choice for people who take their workouts seriously.

When compared to other fitness trackers, the Series 3 was consistently within +/- 10 steps of my friends counts (in his head, up to 250). The updated Workout app packs support for new workout types and easier controls for settings time or calorie burn goals for your swim, walk or run.

Apple Music streaming over LTE and the integration with gym equipment through GymKit on Series 3 Watch won’t be ready for a few more weeks. While the competition is in front, there haven’t been too many Android Wear 2.0 watches released this year, though, leaving LG Watch Sport at the top of the proverbial pack.

Chatting with Google Assistant is mostly a pleasure, and it (LG Watch Sport) uses a rotating crown button for navigation, just like what Apple’s Watch Series 3 equipped. When comparing, the only difference we find is that Android Wear’s assets has always been its visual flexibility. Many care to admit shifting through watch faces in the Play Store in hopes of finding the perfect look for their wrist.

The Sport can also jump onto cellular networks, but LG’s approach is problematic: There’s an actual SIM card slot inside, so the watch’s body is huge. The antennas extend into the watch’s unremovable bands. It’s solid option if you’re a smartwatch shopper who doesn’t care of Apple. But beware of its compromises, because of its open source solution.

Conclusion

The Apple Watch Series 3 often feels like two devices in one. When it’s connected to a phone, it’s an improvement over its predecessor in just about every way that matters. More important, the tight integration of improved hardware and more. A thoughtful software give the Series 3 a very hygienic edge over its smartwatch competition. Hoping Apple’s next step is as consistently good on its own as it is when connected to a phone.

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