Apple Watch 3 hands-on review: A small upgrade and similar design

Apple is now dominating the smartwatch market with more than 80 percent market share. Last year, the Cupertino company shipped more smartwatches than any other manufacturer out there. With a great success of Apple Watch Series 2, Apple had something planned for the third generation Apple Watch in an attempt to take on other competitors.

Apple took a big step to accomplish that goal when the company officially announced the Apple Watch 3 at this year’s September event. The Apple Watch 3 is not a huge upgrade over the previous model, but it finally has some long-requested features users have been dying for, like LTE connectivity or faster processor.

The Apple Watch 3 will replace the Watch 2 when it launches this year and you may be wondering if it’s worth the upgrade. Don’t worry because we are here to help.

  1. Release date and pricing

Apple has confirmed that the company’s third generation Apple Watch will start at $329 for the non-LTE option, which is slightly cheaper than the last year’s model that retailed for $349. If you want to go for the LTE-included variant, you are looking at around $399, making it the most expensive Apple Watch ever made.

Apple Watch Series 3 has been available for pre-order since September 15, with an actual on-shelf date of September 22. Both LTE and non-LTE devices will run watchOS 4, which is now available starting today on the launch day.

  1. Design

Back in July, rumors claimed that the next generation Apple Watch might sport a new design with smaller bezels. However, there was nothing major changing when Apple officially unveiled the device at the event. The Apple Watch 3 features the same design as we have already seen on the Watch 1 and Watch 2 with aluminum finish and stainless steel.

Apple added new color options, finishes and traps to its smartwatch lineup this year. The biggest design change lies in its Digital Crown, which is now finished in a red accent. However, this is exclusive to the cellular devices.

  1. LTE connectivity

LTE connectivity is the best highlight of the Apple Watch 3. This is a long-awaited feature, as it allows users to get a data connection on their watch without the need for an iPhone. According to Apple, with LTE connectivity, Apple Watch owners can go for a run with their watch only, receive phone calls or interact with Siri even if they leave their iPhone at home.

The Apple Watch 3 uses an electronic SIM or eSIM that’s much smaller than a traditional SIM. Besides, the display of the device acts as the antenna for transmitting and receiving elements.

  1. Battery life and watchOS 4

According to Apple, the Apple Watch 3 will offer up to 18 hours after a single charge. By comparison, the Apple Watch 2 may offer up to two-day battery life. However, with the introduction of LTE connectivity, an 18-hour battery life is pretty impressive.

The Apple Watch 3 will run watchOS 4 when it launches this Friday, meaning that we have three new watch faces, a wide range of workout features, and new app updates.

The Apple Watch 3 is not a huge improvement over the Apple Watch family, but it is a better choice for those users who frequently head out the door.

Also read: iPhone 8 hands-on review: Faster chip and larger camera sensor

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