Is a series 3 still a decent upgrade from a 2?

TH55

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I just bought a Jailbroken X and am unable to get the series 4 that I wanted as it requires iOS 12 or higher. I am forced to get the 3. Is it still a solid upgrade from the 2 (which I just shattered) or should I just get another 2? I hate that I'm spending almost as much for a 3 as I would for a 4. The 42 mm aluminum gps 3 is $359 on eBay. Is that steep? Thanks!
 

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I just bought a Jailbroken X and am unable to get the series 4 that I wanted as it requires iOS 12 or higher. I am forced to get the 3. Is it still a solid upgrade from the 2 (which I just shattered) or should I just get another 2? I hate that I'm spending almost as much for a 3 as I would for a 4. The 42 mm aluminum gps 3 is $359 on eBay. Is that steep? Thanks!
I would not purchase another Series 2. I would consider the Series 3 between the two options, the Series 3 offers the LTE, a faster a dual core processor, the battery life also seems much improved due to the processor, even though both watches a rated at 18 hours. The Series 3 would also be slated to receive more watchOS updates overtime versus the Series 2.
 
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dotzero123

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The S3 is a good watch. IMHO wouldn't buy from ebay for that price unless you've had great experience w/ the seller. There are going to be plenty of S3s around for purchase soon.
 
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I just bought a Jailbroken X and am unable to get the series 4 that I wanted as it requires iOS 12 or higher. I am forced to get the 3. Is it still a solid upgrade from the 2 (which I just shattered) or should I just get another 2? I hate that I'm spending almost as much for a 3 as I would for a 4. The 42 mm aluminum gps 3 is $359 on eBay. Is that steep? Thanks!
The Series 3 is great. That price is high if it’s been used for a year. If it’s unopened, then maybe.
 
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TH55

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The Series 3 is great. That price is high if it’s been used for a year. If it’s unopened, then maybe.
It's unopened
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The S3 is a good watch. IMHO wouldn't buy from ebay for that price unless you've had great experience w/ the seller. There are going to be plenty of S3s around for purchase soon.
How much would you spend? It's brand new unopened.
 
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Relentless Power

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Dang, that’s not bad. The only place I would trust to buy a refurbished Apple device is from Apple themselves. 3rd party sellers, you never know if they’re honest about it or not. Usually, they’re not.
Entirely agree. Apples refurbished Apple Watch is actually is a slightly different process than the iPhone replacements, the casing is usually re-used due to soldered components, but the battery and the display are typically replaced in _most_ cases (The battery has to test above 80%). However, you still have the one-year warranty and Apple will make the situation right if something does go wrong with the replacement watch.
 
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Entirely agree. Apples refurbished Apple Watch is actually is a slightly different process than the iPhone replacements, the casing is usually re-used due to soldered components, but the battery and the display are typically replaced in _most_ cases (The battery has to test above 80%). However, you still have the one-year warranty and Apple will make the situation right if something does go wrong with the replacement watch.
Unrelated, but I bought a 2011 refurbished MacBook Pro and 2013 iMac from Apple that are still my go-to computers. The laptop is finally too old for update, but in perfect condition.
 
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batman75

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The Series 3 equals the battery life of the Series 4 and almost equals the speed. So unless you need a portable EKG or have bad eyes, the Series 3 is a great buy. I think the Series 3 right now is the value sweet spot.
Actually series 3 beats the battery life of series 4 by about 10%. However both are over double the battery life of the series 0 and 2.

The article shows the series 4 battery is 16-19% smaller than series 3 depending on which series 4 you buy.

https://bgr.com/2018/09/26/apple-watch-series-4-battery-life-vs-series-3-what-you-need-to-know/
 
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perezr10

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Speaker is much louder on Series 4.
I totally agree. I have a Series 4. I just don’t know if that’s worth the extra $300 over a Series 3. Without a doubt the Series 4 is a better watch. But when used cellular Series 3 watches are starting at about $250 you are paying ALOT to step up to the Series 4. Value for the money, the Series 3 wins hands-down.
 
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I just bought a Jailbroken X and am unable to get the series 4 that I wanted as it requires iOS 12 or higher. I am forced to get the 3. Is it still a solid upgrade from the 2 (which I just shattered) or should I just get another 2? I hate that I'm spending almost as much for a 3 as I would for a 4. The 42 mm aluminum gps 3 is $359 on eBay. Is that steep? Thanks!
If you get the cellular version it is.
 
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batman75

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I totally agree. I have a Series 4. I just don’t know if that’s worth the extra $300 over a Series 3. Without a doubt the Series 4 is a better watch. But when used cellular Series 3 watches are starting at about $250 you are paying ALOT to step up to the Series 4. Value for the money, the Series 3 wins hands-down.
True.

BTW while series 4 speaker is louder it isn’t loud enough.
 
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I just bought a Jailbroken X and am unable to get the series 4 that I wanted as it requires iOS 12 or higher. I am forced to get the 3. Is it still a solid upgrade from the 2 (which I just shattered) or should I just get another 2? I hate that I'm spending almost as much for a 3 as I would for a 4. The 42 mm aluminum gps 3 is $359 on eBay. Is that steep? Thanks!
https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/apple_watch
 

vintagekeys

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How loud would you expect a speaker to be as a device that is Worn on your wrist? You have to consider it only has much limitation for internal space.
I agree, its louder but not loud enough for a quick call outdoors, in crowded enviroments on my AW4 i have to pull the watch near my hear to hear what people are saying, it is good in a quit room or such. i hope future AWs are able to be louder in busier places when i am not carrying my earpods.
 

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I agree, its louder but not loud enough for a quick call outdoors, in crowded enviroments on my AW4 i have to pull the watch near my hear to hear what people are saying, it is good in a quit room or such. i hope future AWs are able to be louder in busier places when i am not carrying my earpods.
Who would want to take a call on their watch in a crowded place anyway?
 

batman75

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Who would want to take a call on their watch in a crowded place anyway?
Many instances. You are out sightseeing, your phone battery dies. You summon an Uber on the watch. However you can’t find the driver so you need to talk with him. You call on your watch but you can’t hear anything over the street noise. Driver cancels, you lose $10 for the time, and you still have no ride.
 

Rangers94

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It is but then again I feel coming from Series 3 that the Series 4 is a bigger upgrade from 3 than 3 is from 2.

There’s something to be said about Series 4 bigger display, thinner more elegant design, snappier processor, 50% louder speakers and also being able to put more complications on the display that I were you I’d really try to get the Series 4 if possible. I had the 3 and the 4 to me has me loving the Apple Watch again.
 
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