SS Series 0 to SS Series 3

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  1. dmillar74 macrumors regular

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    I bought a stainless Series 3 to replace my Series 0. Here are my thoughts:

    - It is amazing how fast it is. I actually find myself clicking on the complications now as it opens without delays. I put the reminders complication on as am using it more frequently on the watch now. Checking detailed weather is nice too

    - Battery life is phenomenal. Where I would be somewhere around dead to 20% depending on activity, I’m now around 70-80%

    - Screen seems a little sharper although not a huge difference. I do keep it at 50% brightness (default)

    - Taptic feels stronger.

    - It’s nice having Siri talk

    I’m sure there are other things but that is my 24 hour take away. I was thinking I may return if there isn’t much of a difference. I probably won’t now as it feels so much more useful now.
     
  2. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    Are you using a 42mm or the 38mm? I’m currently on a Series 0 42mm and thinking of upgrading to a Series 3 42mm, my battery life isn’t that great. Running and working out massively lowers my battery life. I also find it a little sluggish on watchOS4, nothing major but still noticeable.
     
  3. d.steve macrumors regular

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    Thanks for posting your thoughts.

    I have an S0 and went to the Apple Store to take a look at the S3. Obviously super fast in comparison. Extremely tempting to upgrade.
     
  4. DougFNJ macrumors 65816

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    Series 3 is a definite upgrade from series 0. All day battery life should not be a problem unless you are on LTE all day. That includes using workouts, heart rate, and GPS. The processor makes Series 3 so much more usable. I really believe Series 3 is what they had in mind when they made it.
     
  5. BillGates1969 macrumors 6502

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    Just gone today to S3 from S2 and I am blown away by the speed...I still have my S0 and thought the jump form S0 to S2 was good, so the jump from S0 to S3 must be amazing.

    Impressed by battery too - put it on at 76% about 7 hours ago, played with it to death and used LTE for about 20 mins. It is on 60% currently!

    My best Apple purchase for a while - the Apple Watch I wanted in April 2015 :)
     
  6. dmillar74 thread starter macrumors regular

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    42mm. You won’t be disappointed especially if you run or workout! Battery life is great!
     
  7. wvayens macrumors member

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    I have gone from a 38mm original, to a 42 Series 2 to a 42mm Series 3....I don't look back at all. Each new iteration has made for an improved experience and, as a result, I rely on my watch even more.
     
  8. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    I have just gone from a SS Series 0 to SS Series 3. I always wear my watch but felt like the Series 0 was becoming pretty useless apart from telling the time and notifications. I had convinced myself that I would wait until a new design came out but I had a quick demo of the series 3 and its night and day on performance, everything is pretty much instant now. I actually want to use it again, i have turned off hey siri on my phone and just use it on the watch now. You wont regret it.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Unfortunately WatchOS 4 seems to be more stagnant for the first generation Apple Watch than it did overall benefit it, at least from reading on here. I just ordered the space black stainless and look forward to the upgrade. I was going to hold off initially, but there is no sense in waiting, when we don't know if a Series 4 is guaranteed in 2018 or not.
     
  10. minifridge1138 macrumors 65816

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    I saw a nice improvement in battery life and responsiveness upgrading my S0 to WatchOS 4. I saw an even nicer improvement when I bought a S3 Apple Watch :)
     
  11. d.steve macrumors regular

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    So after a day or two of thinking about it, picked up the SB SS 42mm S3 to replace my SS S0.

    Huge difference in basic usability from the speed improvements alone as mentioned above. This post helped, thx!
     
  12. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    Yup - no doubt - the Series 3 is miles ahead of the original in speed and responsiveness. As others have mentioned, it has become so much more useful as a result. I find myself using the watch in place of my phone in many more situations.
     
  13. jplusc macrumors 6502a

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    I have a SS S0 and have been tempted to upgrade as well. Question, do you notice the speed with home kit app/devices as well? I can deal with the delay for most things but I hate it when I'm trying to turn home kit devices on/off and I'm waiting for it to refresh the current state of my devices.

    The battery life improvement sounds enticing as well, I would like to wear my watch for sleep tracking but with the current battery life its a lot to juggle the charging. If I only had to charge once every two days that would be huge.
     
  14. angelofioren macrumors member

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    This thread is really helping me come to a decision. It's my 40th birthday this week and I'm thinking that upgrading from my S0 to and S3 (non-LTE) would be a nice upgrade. I'm finding the battery life has gone down the tubes in the last few weeks and that would be my main reason to upgrade. The speed upgrade is something I don't feel I need, but I'm thinking that once I give the S3 a try I will realize how wrong I am. Honestly, one of the things holding me back is the fact that I'll have to upgrade to High Sierra to get the unlock to work. I'm hesitant to upgrade my Mac because I have a podcast and my USB audio interface may have issues with High Sierra and that would not be good.
     
  15. d.steve macrumors regular

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    Yes, absolutely. It would take 10+ seconds for the app to load on my S0. On the S3, at work, it takes about 2-3 seconds for it to open the app and it refresh the current status. Tapping an action is as responsive as I can expect. No idea how fast at home, yet.
     
  16. jplusc macrumors 6502a

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    Damn, I'm going to be upgrading. Thanks.
     
  17. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502a

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    This is the change I made - from a SS S0 to an SS S3. I expected to take the S3 back within the two weeks tbh, but there's just no way - I've fallen back in love with the watch and am using it again as my primary watch; I had stopped using my S0 because it was so slow to do anything, the screen wasn't that visible, and the battery was dying late afternoon. The S3 is, for the first time, a viable replacement for pulling my phone out of my pocket for many tasks. Siri that talks back is a great feature too. The increase in speed and responsiveness is the main thing for me.
     
  18. dmillar74 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You will realize how much needed the speed is. Like one of the other posts, I was thinking I may take it back in 14 days and try this out if there isn’t much difference. I’m definitely keeping it now. I was a little away from my phone (but still in the same building) and one of my employees asked me to text a co-worker a question. I ACTUALLY went to the menu, selected messages, and dictated a message... all in a flash! Worked quickly and efficiently. I would’ve never done that with my S0. I would’ve walked back in my office and grabbed my phone because the S0 was so slow. Just shocked. I’m not activating LTE btw. I always have my phone close enough to keep my watch working.
     
  19. MsRandall, Oct 25, 2017
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    I didn’t plan on upgrading my S0 SS either but as I prepared for the X/10 preorder - I pulled the trigger. Sold my S0 SS on eBay for $170.

    After 1 week I can say I’m glad I did. My S3 feels like a totally different watch

    My plan is to sell my i7 plus to pay off the 6 payments on my watch - leaving me with X/10 payments only
     
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The speed improvements is obviously a major upgrade across the board from many reports. But I would say ultimately the speed is based on what you're doing with the Apple Watch to mostly appreciate it. It does improve with opening applications and navigating. But some applications require more speed than others in a sense of what they are loading. But if somebody is using the first generation Apple Watch for fitness and notifications, it still does that fairly well.
     
  21. strategicthinke Suspended

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    The speed alone is sufficient to make the Series 3 feel like a completely different beast. I’ve started to actually use APPS on the watch now. I sue apps to log in hours of study, sleep tracking, checking bank account balance, check emails, pay for Starbucks... he only thing I’m yet to use (due to poor optimisation from the app developer) is Uber. Still, I can’t wait till they update the app to work reliably.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 26, 2017 ---
    Btw, I also jumped from SS Series 0 to SS Series 3. What a leap! Exciting times. :)
     
  22. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I have a S2 and would love the speed increase and the altimeter addition. Don’t really need LTE (Love no interruptions when running)

    Is the speed increase noticeable enough from S2?
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    Even with opening the build in workout app, interacting with notifications and responding to texts via dictation etc, there is delay on my S2 - nothing massive but just keeps it a bit away from the fluid feeling I would love
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    This video describes the speed differences between the Series 1 (Same processor as Series 2) and Series 3.

     
  24. angelofioren macrumors member

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    I'm not planning on getting the LTE one. I'm getting a silver aluminum one because I like the way the silver goes with the black Milanese loop my wife bought me last year. I'm not sure why I don't like the black watch, because I much prefer black iPhones, but one can't account for taste I guess.
     
  25. angelofioren macrumors member

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    Thanks for everyone in this thread for making my decision that much easier - currently pairing my new watch and restoring my backup. I'm looking forward to see how much better this thing is!
     

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