Would it be worth upgrading from S0 to S3 LTE?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by evrard, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. evrard macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2014
    I keep asking myself this and arrive at different conclusions. Is battery life better? Is it faster? I feel my S0 is pretty sluggish (running watch OS 4)
  2. zerolight macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2006
    That's my plan. Get some waterproofing, some more responsiveness, improved battery (though it's never an issue on my current S0 SS), and hopefully my network and corporate tariff eventually supports LTE. Keep this one for the next couple of years then revisit again.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've been asking myself this very question

    Take a look at this thread: Original Apple Watch Sport (S0) Owners: Are You Upgrading?
    And this thread
    Didn't pre-order, what I am missing out on (S0-> S3)

    I finally ordered one myself because it seems the inclusion of GPS (which is important to me), LTE which may be useful, faster processor, completely water proof, and the battery should be better (old used battery vs. new)
  4. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    i bit the bullet and decided to upgrade from my S0 to the S3 LTE. It still seems very incremental but I'm looking forward to the performance improvements. I hardly ever use my S0 for anything but the time and notifications because it's miserable to try to do anything else on it. If anyone has experience with the S2 i'm curious what 3rd party apps are like with that, and if they still suck.
  5. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I’m the same way. I only use my Series 0 for the time and notifications. I’m hoping with my inbound Series 3 Nike+ that I will use the Watch for so much more.
  6. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    The screen is much better as well on the newer watches. You can see it better outdoors. Much brighter.
  7. Applenoob34 macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2014
    I also upgraded from Series 0 because the apps are so slow, I refuse to use them. LTE is icing on the cake for me, not the meat and potatoes.
  8. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I will be, but likely not until next year. Waiting to see what pricing my carrier does (Fido) - they and their parent Rogers aren't planning on offering support for the AW3 until next year. (they already support VoLTE - it's that they don't have the eSIM provisioning setup).
  9. AbsynthMinded, Sep 18, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017

    AbsynthMinded macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2015
    I decided to go with the S3 LTE because I wanted the cellular capabilities which is something I think the S0 should have had. Outside of that the S0 works for my needs, but as others have stated its essentially used for notifications, time, and in my case minimal fitness tracking
  10. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    I have a S0 black stainless steel Watch. I found it to be unusable due to the sluggish response and stopped using it altogether within the first 6 months of owning the thing. Went back to my trusty Omega. I told myself I wasn't going to buy the S3 but ended up ordering one anyway. I think the Watch will make ApplePay easier to use than the iPhone X and trying to line up your face while making a payment. With the Watch I'm already authenticated.

    The performance gain I've seen from my bosses S2 is pretty substantial compared to the S0 so if you have an S2 don't bother upgrading. If you have the S0 then it's worth an upgrade, if you find the Watch useful. As far as battery life goes, it's about the same as the S0 (new). 18 hours.

    I'm giving the Watch a 2nd chance, if I still find it useless to me I'll sell it here for a decent price. Not worried about losing a little coin on it.
  11. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    It's absolutely worth it for me. I don't plan on ever activating the LTE service with my watch but I ordered a 42 mm space gray series 3 Apple Watch Sport with LTE to replace my S0 42mm Apple Watch Sport. The battery life on my S0 is compete garbage these days and I had to turn off Hey Siri and other functions of the watch just to make it through a day. Not to mention that it's slowed to a crawl and I can barely use the watch for anything useful because of how long it takes for a task to complete.

    So I'll be gaining improved battery, much better/brighter screen, a HUGE bump in performance/speed, a talking Siri, waterproofing vs. water resistance, the ability for LTE should I change my mind down the road, a ceramic back sensor instead of composite, etc. It's definitely worth the upgrade to me after 2.5 years with my S0.
  12. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    Free to use cellular in the UK on the watch, that coupled with the speed bump, GPS and water resistance make it definitely a worthwhile upgrade for me.
    I went for the Aluminium LTE watch and AirPods instead of upgrading my 128gb i7+ this year. Haven't even opened the AirPods yet, going to be a fun weekend!
    iOS 11 and Watch OS4 tomorrow and OSX High Sierra a week today :)
  13. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Whats the workflow?
    Do you need LTE?

    If its just for health monitoring and you don't need or want to use it for swimming.... 0 will still do pretty much all the same things.
  14. KrisLord macrumors 65832

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Cellular is only free for 6 months I think, then £5 per month.
  15. ronm99 macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    There are a lot of upgrades from S0 to S3. For some people, the changes may be minor or even unnecessary. For me, it will be a HUGE upgrade.

    I run about 15km every day, and right now I always keep my phone with me because I like tracking how much I climb (I mostly do trail running with lots of ups and downs), and I like being able to stay in touch in case something comes up with my family or in case something happens to me on my run.

    My reasons for upgrading are (in order of what is important to me personally):
    1. GPS
    2. Altimeter
    3. LTE (being able to get notifications while running without my phone)
    4. Being able to eject water from the speaker (after a run, my S0 speaker often is effectively muted half the day because of being clogged with rain / sweat)
    5. Huge speed improvement (Siri is painfully slow on my watch, and I've read it is much faster on the S3)
    6. Brighter display
    7. Waterproof
    8. Siri can talk
    A bunch of these improvements came with the S2, but it wasn't quite enough for me to shell out the money for a new watch so soon after getting the S0.

    But now, being able to track my runs and stay in touch without carrying my iPhone is enough to get me to upgrade, and the other miscellaneous benefits are icing on the cake!

    I can't wait for my watch to arrive this Friday!!!
  16. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Sorry to nit-pick, but, again, not waterproof (that would mean regardless of depth and duration - think Marianas Trench for a year).

    Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 have a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010.

    ISO 22810 covers watches intended only for daily use and for swimming, while ISO 6425 covers watches that can be used while scuba diving.

    So, that means swimming yes, scuba diving no.
  17. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    Interesting .... Here you have a person who never really used their watch and is jumping in because the updates may make it more usable. There's a sale :) Then you have people like me who have had the AW since day 1 and use it constantly, particularly for Apple Pay and integration into the Apple sphere. For us, it makes sense to upgrade because we use it so much. There's another sale. Apple wins either way (and so do the users).
  18. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2007
    I wanted to use it more. But the slowdown of the 1st gen Watch was atrocious. I wasn’t patient enough to put up with it. Hopefully the S3 lives up :)
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    True. Series 2 is twice as bright with a 1000 Nits of brightness, where as the first generation Apple Watch and Series one has 450 Nits of brightness.

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