Series 3 38 vs 42mm Speed Difference?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Dunbar, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #1
    I bought a 38mm SS Series 3 AW as my first smart watch. I prefer the look of the SS 38mm AW over the 42. I was demoing a 42mm series 3 at Best Buy recently and it seemed noticeably faster than the 38 demo they had sitting next to it. In particular, Siri seemed to be more responsive. Has anyone else noticed a speed difference between the 38 and 42mm series 3 Apple Watches? One of the things I dislike about my 38 is that Siri and voice dictation can be annoyingly slow to respond sometimes.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2016
    #2
    No. Speed seems equally the same between both models being they share the same dual core processor between 38 and 42 mm Series 3.
     
  3. Dunbar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #3
    Do we know if the processors are clocked at the same speed in both series 3 watches?
     
  4. MandiMac macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2012
    #4
    This can be because the demo unit is running a specialised demo mode? My S0 was definitely slower than demo S0 units.
     
  5. Dunbar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #5
    The demo 38 felt the same speed as my S3 38MM SS which I’ve beeen using for 3 months. So I don’t think that’s the case.
     
  6. Felix Bomar macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2017
    #6
    There could be some speed differences because one of the watches has a more congested memory than the other. Resetting both versions should result in equal speed. Depending on how you use it, you might want ot reset the watch every week to three months.
     
  7. tobefirst macrumors 68040

    tobefirst

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2005
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    #7
    By "reset" do you mean erase all the settings, wipe the watch, reinstall watchOS and pair it with your phone again? As often as every week?

    Or, I'm hoping, do you mean just turning it off and then on again?
     
  8. sunapple macrumors 68000

    sunapple

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #8
    I really doubt you could notice a slightly lower clock speed while demoing the Watch, even if that was the case. It’s more likely something else caused the Watch to respond slow, should be fine during normal use.

    Btw I just got a S0 Watch and I’ve never even tried a newer generation. Curious what difference the speed makes, the S0 seems fine to me.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2016
    #9
    This member (CambookPro) did a really nice video comparison between the first Gen Watch and Series 3 Apple Watch speed test.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-watch-speed-test-series-0-2015-vs-series-3-2017.2076525/
     

Share This Page