Is the S4 without Cellular still worth it?

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  1. fjblau macrumors newbie

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    I live in Austria where there is no support for eSim, so getting the Cellular option is rather pointless. My question is.... Without the Cellular, how useful/game-changing is the S4? It feels like without Cellular it's just a fancy way to not have to reach into my pocket to read messages.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    I don’t want the cellular one. Costs more upfront and monthly on my bill . It is a fitness tracker and notifications is a big plus. I can’t usually hear my phone ring or feel it vibrate. On my wrist I can.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    What Else do you like about the Apple Watch? Have you owned an Apple Watch yet before? If so, would you appreciate a larger display? That’s a major consideration for someone upgrading to the Series 4.
     
  4. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

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    I've got the GPS only version (Nike S4 44mm), and love it! As a fitness tracker it's great, and you also a nice looking watch, notifications at a glance, maps at a glance etc...

    If you don't feel you need one, then I wouldn't get one but it's worth it for me.
     
  5. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    That’s the whole point of wearable tech in general anyway.

    Exactly this!
     
  6. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Why would it cost you more monthly ? You don’t have to activate and pay for the cellular connection.
     
  7. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    Yes true but I don’t want to pay for the monthly part which is another reason why I chose to get a gps model. Just don’t need it . Read the op question lol
     
  8. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    On the contract when I decided to get a watch I thought why would I not use the feature when it’s available. It makes me feel so much better not having to carry the phone to the gym or other places nearby when I don’t need it.
     
  9. Closingracer macrumors 68040

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    All I need at the gym is music and you can have your music on your watch so problem solved. No need to spend $10 a month for that . Otherwise I will have my phone on me.
     
  10. tromboneaholic, Oct 20, 2018
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    While it's easy to dismiss notifications as a small feature, having them on the watch is something you miss when you are not wearing it. it's useful to look at your wrist to see who is calling when you are carrying groceries in both hands for example. Not having to pull my phone out of my pocket, or go find it in another room, is actually a huge benefit to me.

    Activity and fitness tracking helps motivate some people to be a little more active and healthy than they would be otherwise.

    Don't forget that it can connect to wifi (as long as there is no web-based interface needed to log in).
    Once connected to WiFi, it performs the same as the Cellular version. You can even make phone calls if your carrier supports wifi calling.
     
  11. jesusplay macrumors 6502a

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    some mornings I like walking out my house with just my apple watch on my wrist.
     
  12. MCube74 macrumors 65816

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    For me in HK it is provided free to share my number with my watch. So getting LTE version is a good option for me.
     
  13. akosnitzky macrumors member

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    I pay $10 a month. For safety alone, it is worth it.
     
  14. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Just in case you were not aware, 911 emergency calls will work without a cellular plan.
     
  15. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it worth it? Only you can answer that question but consider this: with a GPS only version, you can do everything the GPS + Cellular version can with the exception of leaving your phone at home. And to your point, you can pull your phone from your pocket so maybe it's not for you?

    My primary reason for purchasing Apple Watch was fitness and activity tracking. I work at a desk so it's easy to sit for long periods of time. Since having it, I've discovered that I really appreciate the notifications for calls, mail, calendar, flight information & tickets, heart rate, sleep tracking, directions, music control and probably a slew of other things as well. You can do almost if not all of those things with your phone but I appreciate the convenience and motivation the watch provides. When my phone is laying on my desk and I'm in another room it's nice to look at the watch to see who's calling and that's part of the premise of having a GPS + Cellular version. That said, I always have my phone with me when I leave the house so cellular is not necessary for my use case. The value is not there for me with the additional monthly and upfront costs--just my perspective.

    Ultimately, it has helped me be more aware of my activity, heart health and has motivated me to get into the gym and for those reasons alone it has been worth it. The rest of the stuff I mentioned are the icing on the cake.
     
  16. <3raining macrumors member

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    Yes. I have cellular (not connected), but only because there’s no ss without cellular. My daughter has gps only
     
  17. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    I’m not sure if it’s related somehow but it seems that the Citymapper app just doesn’t respond to the route calculation option on cellular network.
     
  18. akosnitzky macrumors member

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    Thank you. Good to know. Most safety things I considered would not warrant a 911 call.
     
  19. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    i didn't think i would use the cellular version much but purchased it anyway. I love being on the run and being able to not have my phone on me and just tell it to play whomever i am in the mood to hear at that time. Hopefully i can find more ways to use the cellular portion out on the run or working out.
     
  20. Mac'nCheese Suspended

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    Sounds like a bad dream....
     

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