Early Adopters of Apple Watch Series 3 Share First Impressions and Unboxing Photos

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As customers around the world begin to unbox their new Apple Watch Series 3 models, some early adopters have started to share their first impressions and unboxings of the device in the MacRumors discussion forums.

    Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE shared by MacRumors reader gatorknight904

    We've already seen Apple Watch Series 3 reviews from the media, but opinions shared by regular customers can provide additional insight. We've rounded up some of the comments below, which we've edited very slightly for clarity.

    While there appear to be some early activation issues, particularly for AT&T and Verizon customers, those who have been able to set up their Apple Watch Series 3 are generally impressed with LTE connectivity and call quality.

    "LTE seems to be working great here in Dallas-Fort Worth On AT&T," said MacRumors forum member gatorknight904.

    "Agreed," replied MacRumors forum member 3goldens. "I've had no issues whatsoever."

    In the Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order thread, several MacRumors readers have shared unboxing photos of their new Apple Watch Series 3 models. Others are still patiently waiting for couriers like UPS or FedEx to arrive.

    There is a general sense of excitement throughout the entire discussion topic, with many customers upgrading from an original Apple Watch.

    Rose gold colored Series 1 (left) vs. gold Series 3 (right) shared by MacRumors reader sinerized

    "I have to say, this thing is super fast," said MacRumors forum member roncito. "Way faster than I thought, even coming from my first-generation Apple Watch. And the screen is bright too. I love my Apple Watch all over again!"

    "Just picked mine up from my local Apple Store," wrote MacRumors forum member virginblue4. "I haven't done much with it, but there is a definite noticeable speed improvement. Also loving the red crown!"

    Unsurprisingly, the red Digital Crown that differentiates the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular is a subjective matter.

    "I must say that the red dot on the Digital Crown sure sticks out like a sore thumb," opined MacRumors forum member largefarrva. "Was hoping it would be a little more subdued in person, but it doesn't appear to be the case."

    Apple Watch Series 3 unboxed by MacRumors forum member puckhead193

    MacRumors forum member rstark18 said he recently purchased an Apple Watch Series 2, but he plans to return it now, as he purchased an Apple Watch Series 3 and found it better delivers the watch experience he was expecting.
    Keep an eye on the Apple Watch forum section and a new first impressions topic over the weekend for more customer opinions.

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  2. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I wanna know the boot time! Sold my Series 1 to get a Series 3 w/o LTE.
    My Series 1 used to take like... 3 minutes to boot.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    That red dot though is off putting somewhat. But regardless, easily a nice upgrade from the first Generation Apple Watch owners.
  4. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    My Series 2 with watchOS 3 and iOS 11, seemed really snappy with Siri requests, finally.

    And you're looking at Series 3 with watchOS 4 and iOS 11, so things SHOULD be OK?
  5. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    I got the Series 1 Aluminum 42mm when they came out, with the expectation to eventually get a SS one once the platform matured a little bit. Unfortunately, the only SS options I see have LTE, which I don’t want.

    Maybe I’m just not looking in the right place.
  6. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    This is the product i want apple to redesign the most, to be honest...
  7. mikefj2004 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    I would love to have mine already but BestBuy seems to be having issues with AT&T and activating devices. I had an in store pickup today in NYC and i can’t get mine until it’s activated. Nice job BB. Reviews of the watch however are very encouraging.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agreed. I like the rectangular design. But a round variant would be appreciated and perhaps an offering of a larger display as well, but in a slightly thinner form factor. Aside from that, I would and many others would like to a see Watch Face store or addtional Watch faces.
  9. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    That red button will become a status symbol just like white earbuds when iPod came out.
  10. wilderkun macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    9FA1662B-B66F-43F7-BD88-4CF13CB34E19.jpeg F0AA8041-DD13-4D6B-9F14-5B3CE709060D.jpeg 4A2189A4-3C29-4B60-80C6-F83A9FFFE0A0.jpeg TheApple watch edition series 3 (white ceramic). Love it.
  11. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    I would love to believe this story, but the cable news networks are calling this, "The Rotten Apple" saying the Apple Watch 3's LTE doesn't work and criticizing the 1 hour battery life on phone calls.

    I doubt both are completely lying about this serious a bug, but I'm guessing this product is a miss this go round at least as far as LTE.
  12. Giantscruz macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2013
    Yay Area
    How often is it booting, and in that situation is it not usually on the charger?

    I noticed mine took a while yesterday after the WOS 4 update, but attributed it to the new install.

    Maybe if I was without a charger I would turn it off to conserve power. I rarely see mine boot.
  13. helyar macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2014
  14. JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
  15. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    I’m sitting here with the Watch 3 LTE on my wrist, AirPods in my ears all while holding my phone. I get a call and I’m so ****ING CONFUSED!
  16. eoblaed, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I just got the UPS delivery notice. My black SS Series 3 is waiting for me at home. Going to be a huge spec bump over the Series 0 Black stainless I'm currently wearing! :eek:
  17. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Got the Airpods on and LTE activated trying to figure out why the music won't play.
  18. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Ah, the humble cable news, looking for any scandal they can make headlines for.
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Good choice with the black stainless. The Diamond like carbon coating is nice a advantage with the protection against scratches. I still don't have any scratches on my black stainless Watch and it looks brand new with the help of the sapphire display as well.
  20. seatton macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I start to love the white ceramic more and more every day. I just cannot justify paying 100 bucks for AppleCare and 800 bucks for repair if the watch is out of warranty just yet. Maybe once of these days I will finally go for that beautiful white watch.
  21. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    There’s no way you guys could be happy with this thing as The Verge gave it a 5 score. You sheep.

  22. Yumbo macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2011
    Can’t see the dot when wearing the Watch.

    Music from iPhone needs to start from iPhone, and is only visible on wrist raise or Siri Face.
    Watch Music App is only for Watch Music.
  23. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    Apple did publicly respond to the LTE bug btw that causes it to NOT WORK and has promised a fix. Apple's response was on national news so it's not like it did not happen.

    Timmy has some explaining to do.
  24. TofSanity macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    I didn't know just how solid the stainless steel models were until I received my Space Black SS series 3 today. It feels really good to wear. a lot more flash than my original Apple Watch in Space Grey aluminum

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  25. Boardiesboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    Sydney Australia
    Anyone with a S3 Hermes that can share some pics?

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