Apple Watch Series 3 hands-on: LTE could be the watershed moment


Enlarge / The new Apple Watch appears the identical as its predecessor; the brand new internals are what counts.

The Apple Watch Series three appears, acts, and feels virtually precisely the identical because the Series 2 with a key distinction—LTE wi-fi connectivity, whether or not your iPhone is close by or not. We examined the Series three on-site at Apple’s unveiling occasion, together with making an attempt only a few of the brand new options.

If you preferred the earlier mannequin, you’ll just like the Series three. If you didn’t, there’s not a lot completely different apart from LTE. But possibly LTE is what’s been holding you again—it’s for lots of people. So let’s get into it.

How LTE works on the watch

The Series three watch nonetheless makes use of your iPhone’s connection when the cellphone is close by, however as quickly as you progress away from the cellphone, the Series three LTE seamlessly kicks in. We weren’t capable of check this on the occasion; all of the Watches on show have been flying solo, sans telephones.

You could make calls straight from the Watch by tapping a button on the top-left nook of the watch face. From there, you may browse contacts to succeed in out to by means of just a few interfaces: favorites, recents, contacts, and the keypad. So it’s identical to utilizing your cellphone—or actually, just like the earlier Apple Watch, for probably the most half. The distinction is that you are able to do it anyplace.

The Watch intelligently picks up your voice, and also you should not have to carry it as much as your mouth—in preferrred circumstances, anyway.

As anticipated, all fashions of the Series three do GPS, however LTE is an addition. We additionally examined location providers by finding the occasion on Apple Maps. It’s nonetheless a decent display to work with, so its usefulness is debatable. But it was capable of pinpoint our location with no cellphone close by.

In follow, the Apple Watch Series three is similar to its predecessor. It simply does all of it with out the cellphone, which is nice, as a result of the cellphone proximity limitation was the largest draw back of the Series 2.

Battery life

The Series 2 might final about two days on a single cost. The LTE Series three solely lasts round in the future. That’s a bit of disappointing, but it surely’s proper at most individuals’s tolerance threshold.

Form issue and styling

The type issue didn’t really feel in any respect completely different from the Series 2. Tim Cook mentioned, when asserting the Watch, that it’s only zero.25mm thicker at one level. We didn’t discover this when sporting it. We tried each sizes of the brand new Watch, and so they every regarded and felt the identical as their predecessors.

The LTE model of the watch has a crimson knob as a substitute of a silver one, however that’s all there’s to it. Of course, there are a loads of wristbands, and so they all look nice.

If it feels like we’re not revealing a lot right here, that’s as a result of there’s not a lot to disclose. The Series three is identical watch you’ve used earlier than, however with LTE. But that’s a essential addition, and also you already know what it means.

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