Watch series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6/iOS 11 (or later)

Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 / 800 - Europe, Australia (A1891)
  HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 800 - USA, LATAM, Canada (A1861)
  HSDPA 2100 - China (A1892)
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850) - Europe, Australia (A1891)
  LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 41(2500) - USA, LATAM, Canada (A1861)
  LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - China (A1892)
Announced 2017, September
Status Available. Released 2017, September
Dimensions 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4 mm (1.67 x 1.43 x 0.45 in)
Weight 52.8 g (1.87 oz)
Build Stainless Steel/Ceramic back
SIM Electronic SIM card (eSIM)
 - 50m waterproof
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1.65 inches, 8.6 cm2 (~55.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 390 x 312 pixels (~303 ppi density)
Protection Sapphire crystal glass
 - 3D Touch display - 1000 nits
OS watchOS 4.0, upgradable to 5.1.3
Chipset Apple S3
CPU Dual-core
Card slot No
Internal 16 GB, 768 MB RAM (to be confirmed)
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
 - MP3 player - Photo viewer

- Siri natural language commands and dictation (talking mode)

  Non-removable Li-Ion 279 mAh battery (1.07 Wh) - 38mm version
Stand-by Up to 18 h (mixed usage)
Colors Space Black, Silver
SAR 0.35 W/kg (head)     0.18 W/kg (body)    
Price About 700 EUR

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Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3

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In September, Apple pulled back the curtain on the latest iteration of its popular smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4. The Series 3 is already a superb device — as of 2018, it topped our list of the best smartwatches — so what could Apple possibly do to best it? A few things, as it turns out. The Series 4 has a number of new features (some subtle, some astounding), but it’s not a cheap gadget, and if you already own a Series 3, you may wonder whether the upgrade is worth it. Let’s break down the differences between the two models.


Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 3
Display size 40mm (44mm w/ cellular) 38mm (42mm w/ cellular)

324 x 394 pixels (368 x 448 w/ cellular)

272 x 340 pixels (312 x 390 w/ cellular)
Touchscreen LTPO OLED Retina display w/ Force Touch OLED Retina display w/ Force Touch
Wireless interface Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, LTE and UMTS Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, LTE and UMTS
Depth 10.7mm 11.4mm
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Optical heart rate Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Water resistant Yes Yes
Battery life 18 hours 18 hours
Price From $399 From $279
Availability  Available to order September 14, available September 21 Now

Design and display

The Series 3 was a familiar face for anyone who had one of the previous models, with the most notable difference being a colored dot on the crown. It was also just a tiny bit thicker than its predecessors.

The Series 4 sports a seamless edge-to-edge display, and Apple boasts that it is more than 30 percent larger than the Series 3’s. This is in keeping with the trend in mobile devices of purging bezels once and for all, and it makes for a sleek device.

The Series 3 expanded the functionality of the Apple Watch by adding cellular support, and the Series 4 builds on this with an improvement in form: The new watch has a back made of black ceramic and sapphire, which Apple claims will allow radio waves to flow with less resistance, improving reception. The Series 4 also rocks a speaker that is 50 percent louder than the previous generation’s. These factors combine to make a smartwatch that should be much better for making calls on the go — although whether this makes the Apple Watch a legitimate smartphone replacement is still up in the air.

A small but welcome touch is the addition of haptic feedback to the Series 4’s crown. As users scroll through screens, the watch will reward them with a comforting click.

Fitness and health-tracking features

The Series 3 was already a great fitness tracker. In our review, we described it as “clear, concise, informative, and encouraging, and with many different modes to suit the majority of people.” We also noted that “heart-rate monitoring is easy, and there are varied tracking options for walking, running, cycling, swimming, and more.”

The Series 4 pushes the design to new heights with the addition of an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor. When a user places their finger on the crown, the watch creates a “closed circuit” and can measure the rhythm of the user’s heart. It’s a major addition for customers worried about their heart health, and according to Apple it is the first ECG sensor available over the counter. Apple has already secured approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the Series 4 to be considered a legitimate medical device.

Another boon to the Series 4’s health tracking is the ability to detect when the user has fallen over. If the user remains on the ground for a minute, the watch can even place a call to emergency services, a miraculous feature for people who live alone and need assistance.

Battery life

With all these new features, one may wonder if the battery life has taken a hit. Apple hasn’t extended the battery life, but it has at least maintained it. Like its predecessor, the Series 4 will get 18-hour “all-day” battery life, although Apple did bump the outdoor workout battery life to six hours.

Pricing and availability

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The circle of wearable life continues, and with the arrival of the Series 4, Apple is dropping the starting price of the Series 3 to $279. The Series 4 will start at $399, or $499 for the cellular version. Customers will be able to place their orders for the Series 4 starting September 14, and the device will be available (in most markets) starting September 21.


If you’re strapped for cash, the Series 3 remains a lovely device, and you’d certainly be fine sticking with it (or picking it up at the new, lower price). For those who don’t balk at the Series 4’s price tag, however, it is undoubtedly the smartwatch to get, a bold evolution of what was already the premier device on the market. Its new health-tracking features are unparalleled, and a great addition for anyone concerned about their vitals.

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Series 4 vs. Series 3: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

Our comparison will help you decide. Photo: Apple

Apple Watch Series 4 is now available to preorder ahead of its official launch on September 21. It’s packed with new features, but considerably more expensive than its predecessors, with prices starting at $399.

Last year’s Apple Watch Series 3 is also still available. It’s not quite as impressive as the latest model, but it’s now more affordable at $279.

Which one should you buy? Find out right here in our 2018 Apple Watch comparison.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3

Choosing between the Series 4 and Series 3 Apple Watch is easier than you might think. One offers the very best Apple has to offer at a premium price. The other offers slightly older technology at a much lower price.

Here’s how they compare.

The specs.Table: Cult of Mac

Series 4 vs. Series 3: Performance

Apple Watch Series 4 is powered by Apple’s brand new S4 chip. It’s up to twice as fast as last year’s S3, which means snappier performance for everything you do.

Apple Watch Series 3 is certainly no slouch, however. It has two processing cores just like the S4, and it continues to run smoothly with watchOS 4 and the upcoming watchOS 5.

The S4 will obviously have a longer lifespan now, but for the foreseeable future, the S3 chip is more than enough for most Apple Watch wearers.

Apple Watch Series 4 health features: ECG and fall detection

The biggest difference between Series 4 and Series 3 is that the new model will be capable of delivering on-demand electrocardiograms. With just a tap of the Digital Crown, it can read your heart’s electrical signals and produce an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds.

This data can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation — a serious form of irregular heart rhythm. You can share easily share the data with your doctor to keep them up-to-date on your condition.

Series 4 is the first device of its kind with this functionality, which Apple describes as “a momentous achievement.” For some, this feature alone is worth the upgrade fee. (Note: The ECG app won’t work out of the box with Apple Watch Series 4. Apple plans to ship a software upgrade “later this year.”)

Series 4 also includes a new fall-detection feature that “utilizes a next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope, which measures up to 32 g-forces, along with custom algorithms to identify when hard falls occur,” Apple says. If you take a tumble while wearing the Apple Watch, it will send you an alert that you can either dismiss or use to call emergency services. If the devices senses that you remain immobile for 60 seconds after a fall, it will call an ambulance and notify your emergency contacts.

The latest Apple Watch lineup.Photo: Apple

Series 4 vs. Series 3: Displays

We’re all familiar with the OLED display packed into Apple Watch Series 3. It’s the same display Apple used in the Series 2 model. It’s still sharp and bright, and more than good enough for most smartwatch wearers.

But Series 4’s OLED display is even more spectacular. It stretches to the edges of the watch to provide over 30 percent more space, which means larger apps and larger faces with more room for complications.

The new display uses a technology called LTPO to improve power efficiency. So, despite its size, it won’t sap Apple Watch’s tiny battery.

Series 4 vs. Series 3: Design

For the first time since Apple Watch debuted in 2018, Apple made noticeable changes to the device’s design.

Series 4 is slightly thinner than Series 3, and it boasts a new Digital Crown that uses haptic feedback to deliver a precise, click-like feel as you scroll. It features a new speaker that’s 50 percent louder than previous models. That should help when making calls or using watchOS 5’s new Walkie-Talkie feature.

Series 4 is also the first Apple Watch with a back that’s made entirely of black ceramic and sapphire crystal. This allows radio waves to pass through more easily for improved cellular service, Apple says.

Despite all of this, Series 4 still delivers the same battery life — up to 18 hours on a single charge — as Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 4 looks simply stunning.Photo: Apple

Series 4 vs. Series 3: Connectivity

Just like Series 3, Series 4 is available with or without cellular connectivity. You can save money by buying the GPS version if you don’t need LTE. If you go with the LTE version, you’ll need a service plan to go with it.

It’s worth remembering that you can’t make calls on Apple Watch — or receive notifications when you leave your iPhone behind — if you don’t buy a cellular model.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3: The verdict

Apple Watch Series 4 is an incredible advancement for Apple Watch. You have to be amazed by how far Apple has pushed it forward. It’s by far the best smartwatch money can buy, and there are plenty of reasons why you should spend more on the latest model if you can afford it.

If you’re on a tight budget, however, Apple Watch Series 3 is well worth its cheaper price tag. It’s still a very capable device that’s great for fitness tracking, staying connected at all times, and lots more.

Which one are you buying?

Best Apple Watch Series 3 Bands in 2019

Apple Series 3 may not have got a brand new design, but the smartwatch has certainly become more independent than ever before. And it’s all thanks to cellular support. I know you have just got the all-new Watch and are willing to buy a befitting match for it, aren’t you? Take a closer peek at these best Apple Watch bands to choose a stunning companion for your endearing smartwatch.

Considering that not everyone buys a watch band for the same reason, we have included a variety of bands to suit different needs. From a simple, sporty band to an eye-catching bracelet, this collection has you covered from all aspects! All the below-mentioned Apple Watch Series 3 Bands are available for both 38mm and 42mm models.

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#1. U191U

Metal wristbands are my personal favorite. The cold feel that it gives on the wrist along with stunning looks is what catch the eyes. They are durable and does their job very well. This metal band is no different; it has all the qualities that you may look for in a watch band.

It also comes with a toolkit to adjust the size as per your wrist. Made with stainless steel, it securely holds the Apple Watch no matter what you do. Lastly, there are six color options at your disposal.

USP: Size adjustment toolkit included Check out on Amazon

#2. Mkeke

If you have a penchant for vintage design, Mkeke would instantly catch your eyeballs. Carved out of genuine leather, this watch band is the durable companion of your Apple Watch. The neat stitching showcases its craftsmanship.

As leather is anti-slip and sweat-absorbent, you will feel comfortable wearing it. The large-sized Silver stainless steel buckle and multiple holes boost user-experience. This refined strap comes with a one-year warranty and is available in two colors: black and brown.

USP: High-quality craftsmanship Check out on Amazon

#3. JFdragon

The unique feature of JFdragon wristband is that it is crafted from “Crazy Horse” leather. The peculiarity of this leather is that the touch or scratch changes the shade of the band. Besides that, a slight bend also fades the tone of the band. This makes it unique and impressive, as every band is different.

Besides design and look, the band securely holds the Apple Watch without letting it fall. Lastly, there are a plethora of color choices available to suit your preference.

USP: Crazy Horse leather Check out on Amazon

#4. V-Moro

If it’s time to look suave, you can’t go wrong with V-Moro. The top-grade leather with refined craftsmanship is the biggest highlight of this adorable leather case.

Double tour band swiftly wraps twice around your wrist making an elegant pair with the smartwatch. Courtesy the secure lugs; the watchband easily locks onto the watch.

You have more than 15 charming colors to pick out the best pair for your wearable device. Beyond colors, V-Moro is backed by a lifetime warranty.

USP: Double tour design Check out on Amazon

#5. Autoseeker

This one is primed for the folks who are looking for super comfy sports watch band. Created with the top-grade silicone material, it’s very soft and improves airflow so that you have the desired convenience while wearing it.

The strap comes with lugs on both ends that perfectly lock onto the watch. Pin and tuck closure allows it to fit snuggly. Above all, this chic watch band is available in five excellent color options.

USP: Pin-and-tuck closure Check out on Amazon

#6. eLander

eLander features a dynamic profile with the top-of-the-line stainless steel material. Double folding clasp allows you to install and remove the band comfortably. Courtesy of the durable built-up, it lasts longer. Adjustable length snuggly fits your wrist.

The included watch link removal kit and screwdriver offer you the required convenience to fine-tune it to your best comfort. That aside, you get three color options: silver, space gray and rose gold to select the ideal companion for your watch.

USP: Double folding clasp Check out on Amazon

#7. Yimzen

The simple and refined design make Yimzen a good deal for the folks who like to give their smartwatch a jaunty look. Crafted out of soft silicone material, the band has a nice feel, and you will love wearing it for hours. Smooth texture further enhances the comfort level.

The watchband features lugs on either side that allow you to install and remove it effortlessly. You get more than ten attractive colors to pick from. Besides, the band comes with a one-year warranty.

USP: High-quality silicone material Check out on Amazon

#8. Mifa

I’m fascinated by Mifa’s pro-looking design. With the genuine leather, the watchband looks authoritative with the smartwatch. The handmade design topped by visible stitching makes it an excellent pick for your high-profile outing.

The soft leather texture feels pretty comfy to the touch. Multiple holes offer the desired flexibility to adjust the band as per your comfort level. Besides, Mifa comes with a lifetime warranty and is available in three colors: black, brown and oyster.

USP: Classy design Check out on Amazon

#9. Secbolt

“Gorgeous” is the perfect word for Secbolt. Created with the top-grade stainless steel material, it has a glowing profile. What brings more charm to it is the rhinestones.

You can resize the band with ease just by folding the clasp. The availability of four beautiful colors: black, rose gold, gold, and silver offers you more freedom to pick a suitable match for your smartwatch. This nice-looking watch band comes with a one-year warranty.

USP: Glowing rhinestones Check out on Amazon

#10. KADES

One more genuine leather band secures its place on the list. The uniqueness of leather is that every band is different. Even if you buy two similar wristbands from the same company, both will have a different texture.

When it comes to safety, the band holds around the Apple Watch tightly without letting it fall. In addition to that, the clasp is made using 316L stainless steel that will securely hold on to your wrist. Lastly, there are six color options as well.

USP: Protective and secure Check out on Amazon

#11. VATI

For everyday use, VATI Watch band is up to the mark. The nylon band features soft cushioning to ensure you feel comfortable while wearing it. The watch lugs on both ends enable it to lock into the wearable device securely.

Like vibrant colors? With more than thirty-five color options, you have plenty of options to select the most elegant pair for the watch.

Furthermore, the manufacturer provides a lifetime warranty on this watch band.

USP: Soft cushioning Check out on Amazon

#12. SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

Flaunting a stylish design, SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro looks dapper on Apple Watch. With the snap on design, you can install and remove the band without any trouble.

The rugged construction makes it extremely durable. Precise cutouts ensure you have comfortable access to all the functions of your watch.

Better still, you have four stylish color options like black, blue, gold and red to select from and available for both the Apple Watch models.

USP: Rugged construction Check out on Amazon

#13. JETech

Pick this stylish band to give your Watch a handsome look. Made of high-grade stainless steel, it’s a long-lasting companion for the smartwatch. Metal clasp lets you quickly adjust the band to your comfort level.

The included tool allows you to fine-tune the length with ease. Additionally, this modish band comes with a reliable lifetime warranty.

USP: Superior craftsmanship Check out on Amazon


This wristband from Covery is simple, yet attractive and impactful. The genuine leather is soft on your wrist but at the same time boasts the elegant look. It uses stainless steel connectors which are durable and won’t tear and fall your Apple Watch.

Whether you are a professional or a student, this wristband has a beauty that suits every age group and gender. Lastly, there are also seven color options available to suit your Apple Watch.

USP: Genuine leather material Check out on Amazon

That’s all folks!

What’s your favorite band?

Which one of these awesome watch bands have got lucky to pair with your all new smartwatch? It’d be really cool to know its name and the features you have found adorable in it.

You may want to take a peek at these posts as well:

  • Best Apple Watch Leather Bands
  • Best Apple Watch Stainless Steel Bands

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