How much of an upgrade is a Series 3 from a Series 1?

Tekzilla

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I have a series 1 that I got Thanksgiving of 2016 I think, and its finally starting to show its age. I've been thinking if there are any good Black Friday Deals or what have you I may think about upgrading to the 3 (The 5 will likely be outside my price range).

How big of an upgrade would it be? Worth it? I'd probably do 42mm Aluminum GPS only like last time.
 

Shirasaki

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The biggest upgrade is the processor and cellular feature, plus full water proof in my opinion. However, if you can scramble a bit more money, you could get series 4, which is vastly improved over series 3 in many ways, including noise detection, larger screen, even better processor and still great water resistant.
 

DreamPod

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I upgraded from Series 0 to Series 3 because it was finally powerful enough for Siri to speak :)
 

Tekzilla

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I wonder if there will be any good Series 4 deals before all the stock is gone? I'd be open to getting one if so.
 

perezr10

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Series 1 (2nd gen) to Series 3 was a HUGE performance jump. And if you get a cellular model, you can make a 911 call even if you don’t hook up cell service.

As mentioned, Siri finally works and battery life was much improved. In my view, the only thing a Series 4 gives you over the Series 3 is bigger fonts and ECG.