Series 2 or 3...

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  1. allthingsapple! macrumors regular

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    I’m having a hard time differentiating between the series 2 and 3 watches...I am not interested in the LTE model therefore I am simply referring to the GPS model. What is the difference? What features does the 3 have brag the 2 lack that justify the price difference? Thank you!
     
  2. Sebby macrumors 6502a

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    Series 2 has 8GB storage, S2 processor, no altimeter.

    Series 3 (GPS) has 16GB storage, S3 processor, altimeter.

    They’re pretty similar, the main difference being the Series 3 is faster.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The other noteable differences with the Series 3, it has a stronger battery, faster dual core processor, W-2 chip, and audible Siri.
     
  4. allthingsapple! thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the reply! Are these subtle differences that you won’t notice from day to day usage? Audible Siri is cool but I rarely use Siri on my iPhone so I doubt I’ll use it on my watch.
     
  5. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    Notably faster (Siri, wireless data transfers, app starts, UI smoothness), Siri talking, barometric altimeter, (probably) Qi charging capability.

    LTE would additionally feature more than twice the storage and ceramic back.

    If you ponder a second-hand S2, an S3 would also offer a new battery with no wear from charging cycles.

    On a side-note, S3 seems to come with different watch-/band combinations, so if you'd e.g. be interested in new band colours or materials, they might be cheaper when purchased together with a new watch.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Most seem fairly impressed with the speed of the faster dual core processor with the Series 3 Apple Watch. And the battery life Being reportedly stronger as well.
     
  7. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    Using Siri on the watch is far more natural and a completely different (better!) user experience than on the phone.
     
  8. allthingsapple! thread starter macrumors regular

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    Which watch do you have if you don’t mind me asking? I’m assuming series 3?
     
  9. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    I think the S3-GPS only is 8GB.

    I never use Siri on any other device, but I use it on my S0 watch pretty regularly. Looking forward to my S3 when I finally get around to updating from my iPhone 5...
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I think having audible feedback is nice, that way you don't have to look down at your watch for the generated response on the display.
     
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  12. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    Switched from S2 to S3 a few days ago. Prior to that I had the S0. Siri experience on the S0 wasn't something to write home about. S2 made me use Siri on a regular basis and with S3 it has started to be fun and feel quite seamless. Never bothered with Siri on the phone after a few underwhelming tries.
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    Even more important imho: the net available storage. 5ish GB on the 8GB, 13ish GB on the 16GB. With the new CPU and wireless speeds of S3, more 3rd party apps may eventually become viable.

    And for the sake of completeness: Apple's imposed music storage limit is 2GB on an 8GB watch and 8GB on a 16GB watch.
     
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    With multiple playlists on WatchOS 4, this is going to be really nice...
     
  14. allthingsapple! thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is a nice feature to have but I don't see myself listening to music from my watch. I use my iPhone a lot and would still need my iPhone because I do not have wireless headphones or airpods.
     
  15. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I've been finding myself using my Airpods paired with the watch more often on the street now. In part, I think, because the Bluetooth connection from my aging iPhone 5 isn't that great. For now, I have it filled with a random album of stuff I haven't listened to in a month. I look forward to being able to add a few specific albums (such as recent additions to my library) as well.
     
  16. allthingsapple! thread starter macrumors regular

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    I definitely think before 2018 i'll be the proud owner of a pair of wireless beats. I recently (about a year ago) purchased beats and they work just fine which is why I'm in no rush to upgrade them but I do plan on using my watch mainly for fitness purposes so I do think it'd be helpful at the gym to have wireless headphones and not have to lug my phone around.
     

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