Is it worth getting series 3 right now?

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    Worth is always subjective. Ask yourself what do you want from the Series 3 right now versus waiting to see what September _might_ offer for the Series 4. If you want the Series 3, take advantage of it now. Otherwise, if you are completely undecided, I Would wait, as the Series 4 is indicating a possible re-design, larger display and improved battery.
     
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    If you get a good enough deal for it, yes. If you are paying full ride for last years hardware now, then no.
     
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    Just got S3 LTE yesterday because it's just released at my telco. Now I don't have to bring my phone when running. That's alone worth the price to have.
    If S4 is always-on I'll sell this & buy that. If not, I'll wait for S5 (hopefully.. because there's still a big chance I'll buy S4 anyway :()
    YMMV. :)
     
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    Just bought it for 40 dollars off.

    Very happy and I don’t mind when the Series 4 comes out
     
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    Thanks! Bought the S3 and I am in love
     
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    Just njoy it
     
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    I purchased a AW3 LTE few months ago. This is my first Apple Watch and I really enjoy it. If the new one is compelling enough, I will give this one to my kids and buy the next one.
     
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    I'm hoping the S4 doesn't have a red crown. For me, that hope is worth the wait.

    But the S3 is very capable. If you won't feel bad about not having the newest thing (and if you can get past that red crown), then buy it and enjoy!
     
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    The dot is tiny in real life, insignificant really. Assuming you wear the watch the standard way with the crown towards your wrist you can't even see it yourself when using the watch normally...

    It's too small a thing to get hung up on, IMO.
     
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    It really isn't noticable and lets face it that dot will stay so people know they are getting the LTE model.
     
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    I read somewhere (No Source) that Jonny Ive was not satisified with the Red Dot, and now he is chief designer again, perhaps that might change for future iterations of the Watch.
     
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    Love the red crown.
     
  14. matrix07, May 13, 2018
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    Really love red dot. The first thing I notice when opening the box. Sound strange but it’s so beautiful.
    (Don’t mind blue dot, green dot etc. in the future either)

    If you don’t like it, just cut a small round black sticker & cover it.
     

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    Red dot looks exquisite on the white ceramic watch IMO... I'd love to combo with a green woven nylon or sports band, if I had almost $1500 to spend on a gadget that is.

    I'm thinking nail polish would be more durable...
     
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    Looks great on the grey ceramic too
     
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    In all honesty will we see a series 4? What could they do (other then spec bump the processor)?
     
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    ^Series 4 will likely have some type of revamped design, but it’s been rumored to have a 15% larger display, increased battery efficiency and additional health related sensors or advancements. If anything, after three generations of the same Apple Watch design, I would expect at least the Apple Watch to tweak it’s form factor. Those hoping for a round design, _not_ likely.
     
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    Always On is only tangible improvement that's missing at this point (I'm assuming Face Store will be handled on iPhone) but I will pay for a much faster chip & a much better battery life though.
     
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    Personally I'm hoping for a slim/no-bezel display with rounded case contour corners, and - this is my personal dream feature - in-display touch ID sensor.

    Unlock the watch with the touch of a finger, instead of having to fiddle and poke at a tiny on-screen keypad.

    Also, one can probably expect the LTE cellular hardware in the next generation to draw much less power than is the case today.
     
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    My opinion, I don’t find an always on display completely necessary at all, and I don’t believe Apple will permit this, at least in terms of battery requirements I don’t think it would have been beneficial to the first generation/Series 1/Series 2 Apple Watch. Series 3 is likely much more efficient to handle an always on display. Raise to wake is sensitive enough as it is, where you have the option of allowing a 15 or 70 second screen wake. For me, if I’m not looking at my Apple Watch, why do I need an always on display?
     
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    It's great that it's working out for you but having a quick glance at your wrist is always faster, and also working universally on all positions even when you're lying horizontally, than lifting your wrist into the position that Raise To Wake will kick in.
     
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    Is raise-to-wake unreliable for you?

    On my first gen, it was quite slow and buggy, but when I upgraded to s3, by the time I've looked down my screen is on.
     
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    I understand what you’re saying, but with raise the wake, it’s almost instantaneous. Especially how much it has improved from where it was with the sensitivity from the first generation Apple Watch, I think it’s just unnecessary for an always on display when its such a natural reaction to raise your rest as it is to look at the time when you’re wearing the watch.
     
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    It's reliable as it can be.
     

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