Series 3

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mel8899, May 16, 2019.

  1. Mel8899 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2017
    I’m thinking of getting a series 3 watch. Do you think it’s going to be outdated soon? Is it worth it?

  2. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    It's fast, will get updates for at least the next 3 years.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Technically, it already is outdated. The reality is, it depends what you’re using the watch for, The dual core processor is plenty powerful, but the 64 bit architecture in the Series 4 Apple Watch is the difference for longer support and app development.
  4. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    The Series 3 was a huge step up in performance. I recently sold my Series 4 and went back to the Series 3 because I didn’t care about having the bigger text or the heart rate monitoring. The Series 3 is 95% as fast as the Series 4 and battery life is about the same. Even after using a Series 4 for 7 months my Series 3 doesn’t feel any different.

    In fact, at this point with the Series 5 coming this fall, I’d recommend any first time Apple Watch buyers get a used Series 3 and buy the Series 5 when it comes out.

    The real risk is that Apple makes future features 64-bit only. The Series 3 is the last of the 32-bit watches. But as of now, that’s not an issue.
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    At this point, I’d say it is a bit outdated. Waiting for watch series 5 is a better choice, and you have more features with longer watchOS support. ECG if supported, can also become handy as well.
  6. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    I couldn't go back to the smaller screen after having my S4 *but* the S3 was a great watch. The S3 isn't that old.
  7. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I still use my Series 1. Works great for what I need it for.
  8. ChrisChaval macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2016
    I own a series 3 and a series 0. Even the S0 does everything I need it to do, just battery life ain't that great ..

    The S3 is very responsive and I like having GPS plus a certain degree of waterproofing

    In 4 months or so we will see the S5 along with price drops of the previous generations

    Wait if you can, if not, the S3 is a great watch if the price is right
  9. Mel8899 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2017
  10. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    The price differential between a S4 and S3 is approx. $160 in my neck of the woods.
    I'm not sure the S4 is worth that much more.

    It's tempting to pull the trigger on discounted sales on the S3...knowing it may go down even further if, and when the S5 is launched in September.
  11. rawCpoppa macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2010
    I got a refurbished series 3 space black stainless steel for $230 approximately off of amazon. Refurb series 4 is nowhere near that price even if they are aluminum.

    At that price point series 3 seems way more attractive.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The only issue I have with Amazon ‘Apple refurbished units’, they don’t always come from Apple where they are refurbished. That’s the thing with Apple, they _guarantee_ all their units are thoroughly/stringently tested, and not hacked with third-party parts that other sites might sell them for cheaper and labeled as ‘Refurbished’. You take a gamble when you purchase off Amazon, or any third-party site for that matter when it comes to refurbished units.

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