Thinking about getting the Apple Watch, should I wait for next gen?

TH55

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I mostly want it for the ability to read and receive texts....will I be disappointed? I want something that's more low key than whipping my phone out at work. Should I wait for the next gen, what will they be adding? Lastly what are the main selling points? Sorry if this has all been covered in here I figured this would be easier than scouring the forums for my specific questions. Thanks!
 

OriginalAppleGuy

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Don't wait. For texts, it's awesome. It has simple reply's you can select from including emoji's. The scribble feature works very well and the speech to text seems more accurate than my iPhone. You'll have that now instead of waiting another 8 months or longer.

The biggest thing I've gotten from having the apple watch (I recommend the series 2 BTW) is notifications are no longer disruptive. Simple taps on the wrist are all you may want.

There are plenty of places to read about selling points and features of the watch so I leave you to find those yourself.
 
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TH55

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Don't wait. For texts, it's awesome. It has simple reply's you can select from including emoji's. The scribble feature works very well and the speech to text seems more accurate than my iPhone. You'll have that now instead of waiting another 8 months or longer.

The biggest thing I've gotten from having the apple watch (I recommend the series 2 BTW) is notifications are no longer disruptive. Simple taps on the wrist are all you may want.

There are plenty of places to read about selling points and features of the watch so I leave you to find those yourself.
Hell yeah, thanks man that's all I need to hear I'm sold! Which trim did you go w?
 

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I mostly want it for the ability to read and receive texts....will I be disappointed? I want something that's more low key than whipping my phone out at work. Should I wait for the next gen, what will they be adding? Lastly what are the main selling points? Sorry if this has all been covered in here I figured this would be easier than scouring the forums for my specific questions. Thanks!
If you're looking primarily for notifications, I would focus on Series 1. It offers a faster processor and is very similar to the first Generation Apple Watch and will be supported longer likely with WatchOS updates. Also, there are some great sales on the aluminum model if you search. The First Gen Watch is still plenty capable of handling tasks, but has a slower processor, however, has excellent sale prices right now.

I own the stainless model which offers the sapphire display, which is highly Scratch resistant. The aluminum model offers a much lighter casing and the Ion-X Glass display, which is similar to the iPhone display.

The biggest selling points of the Apple Watch is the freedom of not having the iPhone tethered to you and the fitness tacking is very good. You also have the option of Apple Pay if you want.
 

lordofthereef

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Aside from potential lte capability I feel like the second gen (and potentially even the first) does everything you'll ever need. If I didn't care about the gps I'd probably even be happy with a first gen.
 

Relentless Power

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Aside from potential lte capability I feel like the second gen (and potentially even the first) does everything you'll ever need. If I didn't care about the gps I'd probably even be happy with a first gen.
I certainly think we will see a Series 3 this Fall. Likely LTE as you stated, but no physical changes to the casing. The only other change rumored was the display being altered with a cheaper solution.
 

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If you're looking primarily for notifications, I would focus on Series 1. It offers a faster processor and is very similar to the first Generation Apple Watch and will be supported longer likely with WatchOS updates. Also, there are some great sales on the aluminum model if you search. The First Gen Watch is still plenty capable of handling tasks, but has a slower processor, however, has excellent sale prices right now.

I own the stainless model which offers the sapphire display, which is highly Scratch resistant. The aluminum model offers a much lighter casing and the Ion-X Glass display, which is similar to the iPhone display.

The biggest selling points of the Apple Watch is the freedom of not having the iPhone tethered to you and the fitness tacking is very good. You also have the option of Apple Pay if you want.
Cool, thanks. Which is the series 1?
 

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We don't even know if series 3 will be released this fall. It is a possibility, but they could announce it later and you'd have to wait about 6 months even in the best case scenario.
Series 1 would be a perfect fit for you, it the cheaper model and I guess you can find some deals if you don't buy it directly from Apple
 

TH55

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We don't even know if series 3 will be released this fall. It is a possibility, but they could announce it later and you'd have to wait about 6 months even in the best case scenario.
Series 1 would be a perfect fit for you, it the cheaper model and I guess you can find some deals if you don't buy it directly from Apple
Ok. Is the series 1 the fastest one available? What does it lack that the other models have?
 

Jacoblee23

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Ok. Is the series 1 the fastest one available? What does it lack that the other models have?
Series 1 doesn't have the built in gps and the screen is much less brighter than the series 2. I went from a series 1 to a series 3 and the difference between the screens in sunlight is very noticeable.
 

guyguy17

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I know this question always comes up. Should I buy the Watch now or wait.

I am very interested in the Apple Watch but I am not sure if I should buy the Watch 2 now or wait a few generations. I think Watch 3 or the newest version will be similar to Watch 2 in terms of hardware. I would like to wait and hold out until the Watch has Wifi or is completely untethered from the phone. I am not sure when the Watch will be completely independent from the phone. Again, I would like to wait but I would like to buy the Watch though.
 
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sboychuck

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I was on the fence for some time and finally pulled the trigger on a SB Stainless Gen 2 from the refurbished store. Saved $90 and the watch is perfect. The best thing is that I am not always looking at my phone. I can check the weather at a glace on the watch. Oh, it is also a great looking timepiece. It is not a necessity, and a bit of a luxury. I was not a fan of the aluminum bodies and colors. The black color with a black band is a great look.
 

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I know this question always comes up. Should I buy the Watch now or wait.

I am very interested in the Apple Watch but I am not sure if I should buy the Watch 2 now or wait a few generations. I think Watch 3 or the newest version will be similar to Watch 2 in terms of hardware. I would like to wait and hold out until the Watch has Wifi or is completely untethered from the phone. I am not sure when the Watch will be completely independent from the phone. Again, I would like to wait but I would like to buy the Watch though.

When you consider Apple Watch, the first question you need to ask is: Dp you like to wear watch? If yes then buy it now. This watch can do so much more than normal watch.

But if the answer is no and you're only interested in tech things in this watch and provide you don't care about fitness, then you can wait. And wait as long as you can. At least wait until the screen will be always on at minimum.
 

Relentless Power

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Series 1 doesn't have the built in gps and the screen is much less brighter than the series 2. I went from a series 1 to a series 3 and the difference between the screens in sunlight is very noticeable.
I think you meant Series 2, not Series 3. But yes, Series 2 is much brighter. It has 1000 Nits brightness over Series 1/First Gen 450 Nits.
 

jbachandouris

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I just sold my series 0 and I've been reading the responses here to decide on if/when I upgrade to series 2.

What I know: built in GPS, better processor (dual core), 60% brighter screen making it more visible in bright conditions (outdoors), and of course, 50m water resistance.

I choose to shop at Best Buy and that leaves me with two SS choices (that I would consider):
1. Space Black SS (comes with black sport band)
2. Silver SS (comes with white sport band)

I feel the silver is more versatile with band choices.

I hope my thoughts help with your decision.
 
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bluespark

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As others said, buy now! It is great with texts -- so great that it has really changed the way I interact with them. You'd be amazed at what you can do with 20 or so pre-set responses (which you can create), each of which get their own button. At least half of my interactions now are so quick that people around me probably don't even realize I've read and responded to a text. And for others, both the scribble and speech-to-text are great. The latter is almost uncannily accurate.

I bought the Series 2 Stainless Steel model and highly recommend it. For me, an aluminum watch would work for sports, but for everything else, I want a watch that really feels like (and is) a high-end timepiece. I still often wear my SS with sports bands, though.
 

TH55

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As others said, buy now! It is great with texts -- so great that it has really changed the way I interact with them. You'd be amazed at what you can do with 20 or so pre-set responses (which you can create), each of which get their own button. At least half of my interactions now are so quick that people around me probably don't even realize I've read and responded to a text. And for others, both the scribble and speech-to-text are great. The latter is almost uncannily accurate.

I bought the Series 2 Stainless Steel model and highly recommend it. For me, an aluminum watch would work for sports, but for everything else, I want a watch that really feels like (and is) a high-end timepiece. I still often wear my SS with sports bands, though.
Awesome, thanks. I think I am going series 2 black, I do a lot of kayaking and fishing and so the waterproof aspect is indispensable for me....now it's just a matter of aluminum or ss. I like the idea of it being lightweight so aluminum sounds like the one for me. As long as it's not that much more fragile. Do you recommend Apple Care, and will I experience any issues w my iPhone that is running iOS 8.1? I want to keep my jailbreak.
 

Relentless Power

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Defiantly wait until Apple comes out with the final version. I'm still waiting on the final iPhone and rocking my Motorola until it is released. Always wait because it is foolish to be enjoying something now.

Also this SAME basic thread is just a couple down.
https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...ple-watch-should-i-wait-for-next-gen.2040119/

Julien, is that you in this picture?:D:)

OP, I would focus on what you want from the Apple Watch and what features best suit your lifestyle. I would look into the Series 1, it's a great start. The Apple Watch serves quite a few purposes and is excellent with notifications/tracking physical fitness.
 
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Relentless Power

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Awesome, thanks. I think I am going series 2 black, I do a lot of kayaking and fishing and so the waterproof aspect is indispensable for me....now it's just a matter of aluminum or ss. I like the idea of it being lightweight so aluminum sounds like the one for me. As long as it's not that much more fragile. Do you recommend Apple Care, and will I experience any issues w my iPhone that is running iOS 8.1? I want to keep my jailbreak.
The 7000 Series aluminum is very durable and not holds up well against damage. It's very lightweight. As for your outdoor activities, I would recommend Apple Care for the added protection.

However, your iPhone and Apple Watch must have matching software updates to function together. I can't speak for your jailbreak situation.
 
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