Upgrade to the series 3, or stay with the series 2 if no need for LTE

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I am pretty much always connected to the phone. Is the series 3 worth it for me to upgrade to?
 

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I don't think so and I'm sticking with my series 1. LTE is not yet available in my country but I always have my iPhone with me, and the speed improvement doesn't seem like a compelling reason to upgrade.
I think it is ok to upgrade if you have an original AW with the old and slow chip, but series 2 has the same dual core as mine and speed is not an issue with watchOS 4
 
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I am pretty much always connected to the phone. Is the series 3 worth it for me to upgrade to?
Ask yourself if you would appreciate independency away from your iPhone when you don't want to have it on you and would you want LTE?

Otherwise, Series 2 and Series 3 are vastly similar in terms of capabilities, aside from audible Siri, faster dual core processor and LTE.
 

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Ask yourself if you would appreciate independency away from your iPhone when you don't want to have it on you and would you want LTE?

Otherwise, Series 2 and Series 3 are vastly similar in terms of capabilities, aside from audible Siri, faster dual core processor and LTE.
I am certain that I will never be using LTE. I’ve had LTE on a smart watch in the past on my Gear s3 and I never used it. I wound up cancelling my smartwatch plan.
 

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I am certain that I will never be using LTE. I’ve had LTE on a smart watch in the past on my Gear s3 and I never used it. I wound up cancelling my smartwatch plan.
I think the Series 3 is more of a lateral grade from the Series 2, mainly because if somebody wanted Series 3, it's primarily going to be for LTE feature. And I think Series 2 is more than capable to compete with Series 3, even though the processor is clocked faster on the Series 3.
 
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Dave245

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it is a dilemma, for example i don't really want LTE since my iPhone is usually always with me, i use it for music, apps and so on the only time i go anywhere without it is when i go for a run. But if your buying the Stainless Steel Apple Watch it only comes in LTE, i currently have the Series 0 Apple Watch which i really like, i'm still deciding whether to upgrade or not i could just wait and see what next years Series 4 brings. The Black Stainless Steel looks really nice tho.
 

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Ask yourself if you would appreciate independency away from your iPhone when you don't want to have it on you and would you want LTE?

Otherwise, Series 2 and Series 3 are vastly similar in terms of capabilities, aside from audible Siri, faster dual core processor and LTE.
No one has mentioned that the Series 3 Cellular has 16 GB memory in addition to LTE capability. You now have the ability to store up to 8 GB of music on your watch without even streaming music.

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No one has mentioned that the Series 3 Cellular has 16 GB memory in addition to LTE capability. You now have the ability to store up to 8 GB of music on your watch without even streaming music.

Dave
That's true. Although, I don't store a lot of music on my Apple Watch. I'm mainly one that uses it primarily for fitness and notifications.
 

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I have a S0, S2 and now a S3.

Until I sell my S2 I use it whilst I charge my S3. In fact I am using it now. I have got so used to the S3 that it feels so slow now. I use the LTE, but I think you will find that just the speed increase makes it a lot more useful than the S2 - You can return it to Apple within 14 days if not, but I think you will find it is a keeper :)
 

jbachandouris

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I thought about upgrading, but the resale values for the SS series 2 are already abismal. I’ve only had mine 5 months.

LTE, better processor and 16GB of storage are the main selling points...and the red dot on the crown...

So, if none of the above 3 reasons matter, then I would wait it out.
 

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I am pretty much always connected to the phone. Is the series 3 worth it for me to upgrade to?
As an experiment, purposely disconnect yourself from the phone once in a while. Go on a walk, go to the store, or whatever -- just leave the house without the phone.

You'll understand why you're always connected to your phone. You'll find out what you miss about it. Are you always texting and calling people? Scrolling through Twitbook? Taking pictures of things? Editing work documents on the go?

For me, the main reason I kept taking my phone with me was for my wife or job to get a hold of me. If I can take care of that one thing by using a cellular-capable watch, my need for the phone drops by a lot (say, 80%, if I were to quantify it). I don't need all the other smartphone capabilities when all I'm doing is taking a walk or picking up milk n' eggs at the corner store.
 
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I thought about upgrading, but the resale values for the SS series 2 are already abismal. I’ve only had mine 5 months.

LTE, better processor and 16GB of storage are the main selling points...and the red dot on the crown...

So, if none of the above 3 reasons matter, then I would wait it out.
I would leave out the red dot on the crown lol it screams look at me.
 
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I am pretty much always connected to the phone. Is the series 3 worth it for me to upgrade to?
I’ve been switching between S2 and S3. Honestly, S3 is faster but not worth the upgrade if you don’t need LTE.
Because LTE is the single best feature I love about the S3, the freedom is something i didn’t expect I’ll love so much.
 
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I would leave out the red dot on the crown lol it screams look at me.
How so?

When I'm walking, the red dot is facing downwards. Nobody can see it 95% of the time.

The only time anyone can see it is when I lift my arm to look at my watch, and then only people to the right of me.
 
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I’ve been switching between S2 and S3. Honestly, S3 is faster but not worth the upgrade if you don’t need LTE.
Because LTE is the single best feature I love about the S3, the freedom is something i didn’t expect I’ll love so much.
This is fair. Mainly because the compelling feature for the Series 3 is the LTE feature And not being tethered to the iPhone. The speed is a nice upgrade, but not a necessary upgrade over the Series 2 strictly for that.
 
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