Deciding between S3 vs S5 (or S4 maybe)

Which would you suggest for a newcomer

  • AW3 42mm

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • AW5 44mm

    Votes: 11 84.6%

  • Total voters
    13

Starcrowl

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 22, 2017
23
2
Im planning to get an AW nowadays and never used it before, it will be my first time. Price of the AW3 42mm is awesome but it doesn't feel futureproof enough, I lean towards Series 5 but it is almost 2.5x more expensive than it. I don't wanna spend my money on a device that won't satisfy me but picking an older device can also effect my thoughts. S4 is very close to the price of S5 in my country that's why I don't included in my options. What should I do?
 

Namara

Contributor
Apr 16, 2020
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East of the sun, west of the moon
Im planning to get an AW nowadays and never used it before, it will be my first time. Price of the AW3 42mm is awesome but it doesn't feel futureproof enough, I lean towards Series 5 but it is almost 2.5x more expensive than it. I don't wanna spend my money on a device that won't satisfy me but picking an older device can also effect my thoughts. S4 is very close to the price of S5 in my country that's why I don't included in my options. What should I do?
Waiting for the S5 to go on sale might be worth it. I imagine we’ll see an S5 price drop once the S6 is available. Do you have the Apple Refurb Store in your country? There are good discounts there for the S5.
 

Starcrowl

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 22, 2017
23
2
Waiting for the S5 to go on sale might be worth it. I imagine we’ll see an S5 price drop once the S6 is available. Do you have the Apple Refurb Store in your country? There are good discounts there for the S5.
I can't wait to buy it actually, everyday new taxes comes in way and electronic products become impossible to buy in my country. Since I have money for it, I decided to get one. Sadly we don't have any Refurbished Store here. S4 is almost same price as S5, its very awkward...
 

Shirasaki

macrumors G4
May 16, 2015
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3,879
S4 and S5 don’t really have huge differences other than AOD, so it makes sense that S5 has similar price than S4.
 
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waw74

macrumors 68040
May 27, 2008
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the size difference in screens between the s3 and s4/5 is HUGE.
the display area for both sizes is about 1/3 more than the similar size in the series 3.
It may not seem like much, but it's a very noticeable increase.
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
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34,514
Ultimately, if I had to make a decision, it wouldn’t be about performance, it’s simply about the new/larger display size. The Series 4/5 makes a huge difference in terms of interacting with the display with the extra display ratio. For that alone, then I would recommend anything from the Series 4 and above.
 

zkap

macrumors member
Jul 6, 2019
65
41
I was in a similar boat, contemplated between the very affordable S3 and a much better display on the 4 or 5.
I went for the Series 4 44mm, I found one at a discount. It turned out to be an open-box unit so it was discounted to 84% of the price of the S5 44mm. Decided to get it and I'm loving it.

I decided not to buy the S3 because of the display and general future-proofing.

Also, I wouldn't wait for the S6 to be released, if you have the money just buy the S5 and you'll be happy with it (or the S4 if you happen to see a discount on it).
 

QCassidy352

macrumors G4
Mar 20, 2003
11,018
3,645
Bay Area
I went from the S3 to the S5, and it's a big upgrade. I wouldn't recommend getting a S3 a couple of months before the S6 is going to be available. I think you're setting yourself up for slow performance and limited future support.
 

fridayxiii

macrumors member
Oct 14, 2011
86
24
Tampa Bay, FL
Im planning to get an AW nowadays and never used it before, it will be my first time. Price of the AW3 42mm is awesome but it doesn't feel futureproof enough, I lean towards Series 5 but it is almost 2.5x more expensive than it. I don't wanna spend my money on a device that won't satisfy me but picking an older device can also effect my thoughts. S4 is very close to the price of S5 in my country that's why I don't included in my options. What should I do?
Are you fully dedicated to the idea of the AW or is this a trial run? I'm a new user as well, but chose the 42mm S3. I'd been using a Fitbit Inspire HR and wasn't sure if how I'd like the Apple Watch, if I'd find the utility and value. (As it turns out, I love it.)

But to my point, I read more than a few reviews from various sources that swayed me towards the S3. I don't need AOD, and the S5 didn't have enough other feature advantages to convince me it was worth the extra money, especially as this was basically a trial run for me. Another factor: I'm planning to get the iPhone 12 this year, so a big portion of my tech/toy budget will go towards that. Given the fact that I love my Apple Watch, I'll plan on getting the latest & greatest in 2021 (S7?), so it'll be minimal cost for the first year of ownership.

Just my humble opinion, but I think you'll be happy no matter which model you choose.
 

compwiz1202

macrumors 68000
May 20, 2010
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the size difference in screens between the s3 and s4/5 is HUGE.
the display area for both sizes is about 1/3 more than the similar size in the series 3.
It may not seem like much, but it's a very noticeable increase.
Honestly, I think size is really the only thing I feel good about with getting 5 instead of 3. I could take or leave AOD. I don't have meetings at work where I need to glance down at the time instead of raising the watch.
 

snipr125

macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2015
178
125
UK
My Apple Watch series 1 is getting very long in the tooth now, battery life is just not lasting like it used to you which is understandable considering I brought it in 2016. I actually mainly use it as a glorified fitbit, to track my steps and exercise in airplane mode and then sync with my iPhone at the end of the day only. I want to upgrade to a Apple Watch 4, but the prices are just too high at the moment. I’m hoping once the Apple Watch 6 is released, the AW4 will take the place of the AW3 in the £199 price point on the Apple store and other retailers.
 

Monkswhiskers

macrumors 6502
Feb 6, 2018
251
123
My Apple Watch series 1 is getting very long in the tooth now, battery life is just not lasting like it used to you which is understandable considering I brought it in 2016. I actually mainly use it as a glorified fitbit, to track my steps and exercise in airplane mode and then sync with my iPhone at the end of the day only. I want to upgrade to a Apple Watch 4, but the prices are just too high at the moment. I’m hoping once the Apple Watch 6 is released, the AW4 will take the place of the AW3 in the £199 price point on the Apple store and other retailers.
I think the 4 is discontinued so maybe the 5 will be the cheap version, probably a bit more expensive than the 3 is now as it has a sapphire back (alu model). Apple need to keep a cheaper option to get people into the product. I have a SS4 and am happy with it EXCEPT, for swimming AOD would be handy, so if it was £230ish I would keep my 4 and just use the 5 for sports (Unless the 6 is utterly groundbreaking of course).
 

snipr125

macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2015
178
125
UK
I think the 4 is discontinued so maybe the 5 will be the cheap version, probably a bit more expensive than the 3 is now as it has a sapphire back (alu model). Apple need to keep a cheaper option to get people into the product. I have a SS4 and am happy with it EXCEPT, for swimming AOD would be handy, so if it was £230ish I would keep my 4 and just use the 5 for sports (Unless the 6 is utterly groundbreaking of course).
if its the apple watch 5 then even better but it has to be less than £250, as dont want to spend too much on the watch as will also getting iphone 12 5’4 inch model and maybe the ipad air 4 when released. As you Probably know us UK apple customers get fleeced, so need to save where i can!!!
 
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