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Tdude96

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Eventually the small, incremental updates do add up over the generations. Determining if I wanted to upgrade from Series 4 to 7, I put this list together. The list was largely unnecessary, because outside of new headlining features that could be useful, for me the biggest reason to upgrade the watch is when battery life is no longer satisfactory. I'd always planned on a 3-4 year upgrade cycle.

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jsmith1

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Eventually the small, incremental updates do add up over the generations. Determining if I wanted to upgrade from Series 4 to 7, I put this list together. The list was largely unnecessary, because outside of new headlining features that could be useful, for me the biggest reason to upgrade the watch is when battery life is no longer satisfactory. I'd always planned on a 3-4 year upgrade cycle.

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This makes the case for 5 year or so…most of those greens are yellow
 

RRC

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I’ve only just upgraded my series 3 simply because it’s small and the storage is tiny. Other than those issues it still works as well as the day I bought it.

Upgraded to an SE Nike edition 44mm which although isn’t the latest and greatest it will serve me well for my needs for years to come.
 

Itinj24

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Nov 8, 2017
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5 years min might be worth it…maybe
That’s hard to say considering we don’t know what the Apple Watch will bring in two, three or four years from now. It comes down to personal needs/wants. Something is worth only what someone is willing to pay.

Hypothetically, let’s say you’re a diabetic. You also just purchased an S7 a few months ago. Two years go by and the S9 is announced with a break through non invasive blood glucose monitoring sensor…

Do you upgrade or wait three more years? I’d venture to say the vast majority of diabetic Apple Watch owners would upgrade straight away in this case.
 

jsmith1

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I’ve only just upgraded my series 3 simply because it’s small and the storage is tiny. Other than those issues it still works as well as the day I bought it.

Upgraded to an SE Nike edition 44mm which although isn’t the latest and greatest it will serve me well for my needs for years to come.
No real need too… I think mine is 5 don’t even remember…probably wait till 10 if ever
 

Sheepish-Lord

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Oct 13, 2021
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Probably just depends what you do honestly. I don’t care about any of the health stuff since it’s typically inaccurate or just a gimmick. Even as someone who lifts weights regularly and runs I could care less about the “fitness” features. When I had one, it was cellular, and mostly used it for listening to music while walking the dog or at the gym instead of have my bulky/expensive phone. Additionally, I have a few nice watches I prefer to wear at work as opposed to an ugly smart watch. Eventually got rid of it cause it was just another thing to charge and didn’t do enough.

On a side note, it always seems like out of shape people buy these as a new year’s resolution to exercise then never do it ha. Also has the worst resell value of any Apple product.
 

Itinj24

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Probably just depends what you do honestly. I don’t care about any of the health stuff since it’s typically inaccurate or just a gimmick. Even as someone who lifts weights regularly and runs I could care less about the “fitness” features. When I had one, it was cellular, and mostly used it for listening to music while walking the dog or at the gym instead of have my bulky/expensive phone. Additionally, I have a few nice watches I prefer to wear at work as opposed to an ugly smart watch. Eventually got rid of it cause it was just another thing to charge and didn’t do enough.

On a side note, it always seems like out of shape people buy these as a new year’s resolution to exercise then never do it ha. Also has the worst resell value of any Apple product.
Yes, very inaccurate and especially gimmicky… Just one of numerous instances

 

jz0309

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Sep 25, 2018
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Probably just depends what you do honestly. I don’t care about any of the health stuff since it’s typically inaccurate or just a gimmick. Even as someone who lifts weights regularly and runs I could care less about the “fitness” features. When I had one, it was cellular, and mostly used it for listening to music while walking the dog or at the gym instead of have my bulky/expensive phone. Additionally, I have a few nice watches I prefer to wear at work as opposed to an ugly smart watch. Eventually got rid of it cause it was just another thing to charge and didn’t do enough.

On a side note, it always seems like out of shape people buy these as a new year’s resolution to exercise then never do it ha. Also has the worst resell value of any Apple product.
Whatever works for you… yea, the #1 selling smart watch that out of shape people buy…
I’m gonna stop right now
 

jsmith1

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Probably just depends what you do honestly. I don’t care about any of the health stuff since it’s typically inaccurate or just a gimmick. Even as someone who lifts weights regularly and runs I could care less about the “fitness” features. When I had one, it was cellular, and mostly used it for listening to music while walking the dog or at the gym instead of have my bulky/expensive phone. Additionally, I have a few nice watches I prefer to wear at work as opposed to an ugly smart watch. Eventually got rid of it cause it was just another thing to charge and didn’t do enough.

On a side note, it always seems like out of shape people buy these as a new year’s resolution to exercise then never do it ha. Also has the worst resell value of any Apple product.
Of course they have to add something…they even know that, yea I don’t think I would even try and resell which is another reason why to wait 4-5 years…give or throwaway
 

Sheepish-Lord

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Yes, very inaccurate and especially gimmicky… Just one of numerous instances

In your article the guy had chest pains. Any normal person would have gone to the doctor regardless of what the ECG/EKG on an Apple Watch said. Additionally, you need medical grade equipment to perform proper tests regardless. Do you really think people were dropping dead before the Apple Watch?
 
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Sheepish-Lord

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Oct 13, 2021
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Whatever works for you… yea, the #1 selling smart watch that out of shape people buy…
I’m gonna stop right now
Never denied it wasn’t the best selling watch but go into a gym and count how many people that have an Apple Watch who aren’t reading a book on a stationary bike. It’s very small.

What seems like 95% of the people that review Apple Watches on YouTube don’t even talk about the fitness features because they don’t workout.
 
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Itinj24

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Nov 8, 2017
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In your article the guy had chest pains. Any normal person would have gone to the doctor regardless of what the ECG/EKG on an Apple Watch said. Additionally, you need medical grade equipment to perform proper tests regardless. Do you really think people were dropping dead before the Apple Watch?
Your argument was that the health features are inaccurate and gimmicky. The article I posted says otherwise. The patient in the article was prompted by his Apple Watch to see a Doctor which was verified with medical grade equipment.

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There are countless stories of people’s lives being saved by the Apple Watch. I wouldn’t exactly call it gimmicky. Not only the ECG feature but you also got fall detection where there’s no warning sign prior to a bad fall.

Furthermore, not everyone with heart problems experiences symptoms…

 
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Miha_v

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May 18, 2018
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Agree with OP. Honestly, if I had to live without one apple product, I would probably choose the watch. It's a good product, but phone is so much more important and useful piece of hardware.

My series 4 model was just recently updated; still looks nice and runs nice, battery is about the same it was (I briefly charge it every morning). "Wake on wrist raise" detection is clunky and annoying from my experience though. "Always on" would be a cool feature to have, but def. not a reason enough to upgrade.
 
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