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General
Operating systemwatchOS 4
DatesAnnounced date2017, SeptemberRelease date2017, September
Design
Body52.8gram
MaterialsSensorStainless Steel/Ceramic back
StrapReplaceable
ProtectionDisplaySapphire crystal glassWater ResistantWR50
WearingAnywhereWristNeckChestPocketEarsArmWaist
Display
TypeAMOLEDDisplay colors16M
Size1.65inches55.4%
TouchscreenMultitouch
Resolution303ppi
Camera
Primary cameraMP
System
CPUApple W2
BasicChipsetApple S3
Memory cardCard slotROM
RAM758Mb
GPU - Video cardPowerVR
Interfaces
ConnectionNFCFM RadioInfrared port
NavigationConnected GPSGPSGLONASSCompass
Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
USBUSB
Cellular network
SIM CardApple e-SIM
ТехнологииGSMGPRSEDGE2G3G4GLTE
Multimedia
SoundHeadphone input 3.5mmDictaphoneMicrophone
SpeakerLoudspeaker
FeaturesPlay audioPhoto viewerPlay videoJavaBrowser
Power
BatteryLi-IonReplaceable
ChargerWireless charger
Battery lifeBattery life - tested1.5hours
Features
NotificationsVibrationIncoming call
WatchDigital facesAnalog-digital faces
TimeStopwatchTimer
ConrolVoice control
Remote controlRead SMSRead EmailIMMusic control
SecurityFace IDFingerprint

Apple Watch Series 3 and available models review

Apple Watch Series 3 — AWS3 is the third and by far the most advanced generation of smart watches. It is an all-purpose gadget. This watch can work together with your smartphone or separately as a fitness tracker, player or companion. In LTE version it can work even as a phone. Apple Watch works only with devices based on iOS and for its start-up it should be synchronized with iPhone.
AWS3 is available in two configurations: GPS + LTE for calls without smartphone connection and simply GPS. Unfortunately, the former version is officially unavailable in some countries where operators do not support virtual SIM cards with the same number as a physical chip in the phone, so LTE just will not work. Therefore, the main feature of the new watch — autonomous calls — is still useless and that is why it is reasonable to buy only GPS-versions there.
What is more, all versions are available with a screen of 38 mm, with angular resolution of 272х340 or 42 mm, a resolution of 312х390. There is one more difference: the memory capacity in GPS + LTE is 16 GB, in simply GPS version it is 8 GB. It is important for music storage.
Standard GPS-versions:
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Fog Sport Band — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and gray rubber band;
  • Gold Aluminium Case with Pink Sand Sport Band — gold aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and pink rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Gray Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and gray rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and black rubber band;
GPS + LTE-versions:
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Fog Sport Band — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and gray rubber band;
  • Gold Aluminium Case with Pink Sand Sport Band — gold aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and pink rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Gray Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and gray rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and black rubber band;
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Seashell Sport Loop — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and gray nylon band;
  • Gold Aluminium Case with Pink Sand Sport Loop — gold aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and pink nylon band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Dark Olive Sport Loop — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and dark olive nylon band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Soft White Sport Band — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and white rubber band;
  • Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Black Sport Band — black stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and black rubber band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and a band in the form of Milanese loop;
  • Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Milanese Loop — black stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and a black band in the form of Milanese loop;
GPS-versions from Nike:
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Pure Platinum/Black Nike Sport Band — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and platinum/black rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and anthracite/black rubber band;
GPS + LTE versions from Nike:
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Pure Platinum/Black Nike Sport Band — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and platinum/black rubber band;
  • Space Gray Aluminium Case with Anthracite/Black Nike Sport Band — gray aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and anthracite/black rubber band;
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Bright Crimson/Black Nike Sport Loop — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and red/black nylon band;
  • Silver Aluminium Case with Black/Pure Platinum Nike Sport Loop — silver aluminum case with Ion-X strengthened glass and black/platinum nylon band;
GPS + LTE versions from Hermes:
  • Stainless Steel Case with Noir Gala Leather Single Tour Rallye — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and black leather band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Marine Gala Leather Single Tour Eperon d’Or — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and deep-blue leather band with ornament;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Indigo Swift Leather Double Tour — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and deep-blue leather double band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Fauve Barenia Leather Double Tour — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and brown leather double band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Indigo Swift Leather Single Tour — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and deep-blue leather band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and brown leather band;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Ebene Barenia Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and dark leather band with clip fastener;
  • Stainless Steel Case with Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle — stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and brown leather band with clip fastener;
GPS + LTS versions from ceramics (Edition):
  • White Ceramic Case with Soft White/Pebble Sport Band — white ceramic case with sapphire crystal and white rubber band;
  • Gray Ceramic Case with Gray/Black Sport Band — gray ceramic case with sapphire crystal and gray and black rubber band;

Main functions of Apple Watch Series 3

In its third version Apple has taken all the best qualities from the second one, has raised productivity, added LTE and a few nice little things for everyone. Design has remained identical to AWS2, except that now the watch is slightly thicker.
In the new model, there is a new operating system — watchOS 4. Due to its content and available applications it is ahead of all Android platforms for smart watches. In comparison with watchOS 3 it has given more opportunities too. Innovations and main functions of OS and watches in order of their importance:
Training and health monitoring: There are several training patterns in this watch: for walking, running, cycling, swimming, various types of training equipment and mixed training. The gadget constantly monitors pulse and heartbeat of its user. For professional athletes these possibilities might seem not to be sufficient, but for the amateurs they are quite enough.
Activity rings: If you do not exercise, the watch still motivates you to do it. Every day it offers to fill in the rings. "Calories" help to keep track of weight, "Exercises" make you move more, "Warm-up" reminds you every hour that it is necessary to walk. All rings can be customized for you.
Notifications: The main function of the watch as a companion is to send notifications from the phone. AWS3, as well as watches of both previous generations, shows incoming calls, messages, emails, reminders, notes, events. To make these options active, it is necessary to connect the watch to the smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
*Calls and messages without iPhone connection: Using Apple Watch Series 3, you can call and answer calls even when you do not have your smartphone with you. In this mode, a battery discharges much faster, the operating time falls to 6 hours. Operators charge 10 USD a month for LTE connection.
  • Streaming Music: The watch can replace the player. If you subscribe to Apple Music and wireless headphones, then using AWS3 you can listen to music without being connected to the smartphone. In usual versions without LTE you can switch from the watch to tracks, change volume, put music on pause But it is only possible with the iPhone connection.
  • Apps and opportunities for every day Apple Watch 3

    • Apple Pay — you can pay just right from the watch, even without your iPhone being nearby;
    • Camera Remote — you can operate your smartphone's camera, view photos and watch videos;
    • Apple Maps — navigation on the watch screen, all the number of maps’ functions is saved;
    • iTranslate — simultaneous translation, sound reproduction by using watch’s loudspeakers, 90 languages;
    • Overcast — downloaded podcasts, subscriptions to channels, playlists, notifications.
    • Slopes — speed, height, distance, information about ski lifts;
    • Breathe — breath control and meditation.

    Pros of Apple Watch Series 3

    • Performance is higher than that of the first generation;
    • Battery life is an average of 18 hours, which is much longer than in the previous model;
    • Memory — 8 GB in the GPS version or 16 GB in the LTE-version;
    • Siri — now responds with a voice;
    • Tracker monitors the health;
    • Water resistant is 50 meters;
    • Design — new screensavers and straps.
    It is necessary to regard Apple Watch Series 3 as two different gadgets: when the watch works together with the iPhone and when it works independently on its own. In the former case, there are definitely more pros.
    • Performance. Apple claims that the power of the third series has increased by 70% than in the first one. It is not possible to measure it, but subjectively the watch really works faster. Native applications are launched in a second, apps developed by other companies start working in 2-3 seconds. In AWS1, the startup takes from 5 seconds.
    • Battery. Together with the processor, the battery was improved and the efficiency of its working time was enhanced too. According to the manufacturer's tests, the watch can work 18 hours without being recharged with 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes spending in applications, 30 minutes of training with music via iPhone. Being used together with the smartphone, AWS3 withstands up to 3 hours of talk time and 10 hours of music. If you only check time and notifications, then you do not need to charge the watch during 60 hours. In normal mode, with music and training, it is enough to charge the gadget every second night. It is all true only when the watch works together with the iPhone.
    • Memory. With the weight of the OS being deducted, there remains to be at least 5.5 GB for GPS watch. This memory can be filled with music and you can listen to it without being connected to streaming services. The storage capacity of Apple's direct competitors Samsung Gear S3 and Huawei Watch 2 Sport 4G is only 4 GB.
    • Siri. A new chip increased performance, so Siri can now respond in a voice, not just by writing text. The feature is useful in training or in the car, so as not to look at the face once again. But to call Siri it is still necessary to activate the screen.
    • Tracker. If the system notices that a person does not move, but his or her heart rate is fast, then a notification about problems with the heart will appear. It is useful and allows you to call the doctor in time. Detailed statistics are also available in the companion app on the iPhone.
    • Water Resistance. You can take this watch in the shower and swimming pool, there is a mode "swimming" in training. But when you swim or take a bath it is better to block the sensor so that it does not react to water. In comparison with Apple Watch Series 3, the water resistance of Samsung Gear S3 is 1.5 meters and no longer than 30 minutes.
    • Design. The set of customized faces Includes 20 items. There are simply digital or analog watches, photos, animated screensavers, even a globe like Google Earth. The most convenient is a Siri face with information about the weather, traffic jams, notifications. The most amusing is Mickey Mouse face with a distinctive voice. There is a wide choice of straps: Milanese loop of stainless steel, nylon with hook-and-loop fastener, standard rubber, leather. All straps from previous versions are suitable for AWS3.

    Cons of Apple Watch Series 3

    • Compatibility — only with iPhone;
    • Independent work — maximum of 6 hours without being connected to the smartphone. Innovation — There are almost no changes since AWS2;
    • Glass — Ion-X strengthened glass is worse than sapphire crystal;
    • The price — from 329 USD, it is much more expensive than the price of competitors.
    Problems with the Apple Watch Series 3 appear if the watch works without the smartphone.
    • Compatibility. The watch will not work without the smartphone on iOS at all. The number of functions of applications designed by another developers is reduced too. For example, you can reply to messages only through iMessage — in order to gain access to other messengers you have to use the phone. The same about music: Apple Music works without complaints, but Spotify does not. The flagships of watches made by Samsung, LG, Huawei and Fitbit are compatible with both iOS and Android.
    • Independent work. In the mode without iPhone connection, the watch can withstand a maximum of half a day. Apple does not regard its smart watches as a phone replacement. Its independent work capacity is enough for a morning run or during going shopping and no more.
    • Innovation. There are few changes: LTE, a new processor with more performance, more storage capacity, an altimeter. It does not make any sense to change your Apple Watch Series 2 for Apple Watch Series 3 now, For someone, even an old design will be a disadvantage. It does not differ from the second series at all, except for a red wheel in LTE-versions.
    • Glass. The GPS versions, which are officially sold in the CIS countries, are supplied only with Ion-X strengthened glass. It gets scratches more easily than sapphire crystal..For watches that can be accidentally hit against a wall or a door it is important.
    • Price. The GPS-version costs 329 USD, and the starting price for LTE is 399 USD. The most expensive is the Edition-version from ceramics — it is 1,299 USD. if you compare, Fitbit Ionic on Amazon is sold from 270 USD, Samsung Gear S3 — from 230 USD, Huawei Watch 2 Sport 4G — from 215 USD, LG Watch Style — from 130 USD.
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    • Medical devices affect the work of the watch. In intensive care units, where there are many such devices, AWS3 can reboot spontaneously;
    • There is some condensation in case. If you press on the edge of the screen that is turned off, you can see thin strips on the sides — when the display is turned on, there are none;
    • The watch has Wi-Fi connection instead of LTE one. This happens only when the watch works separately on its own without the smartphone . Fixed in the watchOS 4.0.1 patch;
    • The weather request to Siri reboots the device. This problem arises only when there is a question about the current weather . Fixed in the watchOS 4.2 patch.
  • Found by users:
    • Applications designed by another developers fail. Friezes, crashes, bugs with messages and widgets are especially frequently found in Nike, Telegram and Facebook Messenger applications;
    • The watch cannot find the iPhone. A synchronization error may occur after a reboot and exit from flight mode;
    • The watch does not monitor activity. A bug appears when the device loses contact with user’s wrist or with the iPhone;
    • The watch turns on flight mode or night mode automatically.

    Tips for using Apple Watch Series 3

    Many problems can be solved by rebooting. This is the first thing to do if you find a bug in the application or the watch has started to behave strangely. Just press the side button to restart.
    If you have Apple Watch with Ion-X strengthened glass, then it is necessary to buy accessories. A glass screen protector, even the simplest one, will protect the screen from scratches, small splits and cracks. The bumper case will cover the case and also protect it against damage.
    If the battery discharges quickly, you can try several options:
    • Turn on power saving mode or enter flight mode;
    • Turn off notifications that you do not need — in AWS3 or iPhone settings;
    • Turn off the screen wake up when you turn your wrist;
    • Decrease screen brightness in AWS3 settings;
    • Buy a strap with built-in portable battery.
    With some problems with applications, reinstallation can be helpful. It is better to delete unnecessary apps. For native applications, Apple is trying to produce patches and updates, but you should not hope for the improvements of programs designed by another developers. Always try to update watchOS to its latest version.
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