Having long-ago fully adopted the Apple ecosystem in my daily work and personal life it was only fitting that I started getting the itch to try the Apple Watch again. I’ve gone down this road before but after reading numerous reviews about the new and improved Series 3 I thought I should give it another try.
My first go around in early 2016 was less than impressive. Being a 1st generation device I expected some hiccups but there were more than I could tolerate. Another issue was the inability to see the screen clearly. The vision issue was totally on me and has since been corrected with a different type of contact lenses.
The 2018 version of the experiment is already leaps and bounds ahead of where it was 2-years ago. The Series 3 Apple Watch is so much faster than before. A lot of the processing is taking place on the watch vs the phone as in the earlier models. Battery life is more than double of what is was before too. I’m getting almost 2-days worth of use between charges which is twice as much as I was getting with the first generation unit.
Apple offers the Series 3 watch in 2 sizes (38mm & 42mm) and 2 configurations (GPS and GPS+LTE). The LTE version acts like a stand alone phone, costs an additional $50, and requires a cellular plan. I opted for the GPS only version since I didn’t see the need for the cellular option.
I’ve completely changed my mind about the usefulness of the device and find it extremely useful for day-to-day tasks. From answering quick text messages to checking calendar appointments to controlling the AppleTV this thing is extremely capable.
If you’ve thought about purchasing an Apple Watch it’s really worth looking into the latest version. I really wish I hadn’t waited so long!