Which Apple Watch to buy? Decision-making tips

The Apple Watch is currently sold in four versions: As Series 3 and Series 4 and each with and without mobile phone connection. GPS is always on board. Prices for Series 3 start at 279 Dollars, for Series 4 at 399 Dollars.

When should I buy the Apple Watch? The best time to buy.

The Apple Watch of the 4th Series is up to date. The 3rd generation model is sold in parallel.

At this point we will always keep you up to date about the actuality of the product. Of course, as always with technology: if you need it, you should buy it.

green means: up to date
orange: approaching the end of the product cycle
red: update is imminent – better wait

The world of Apple Watch is quite clear

As mentioned Apple sells the Series 3 and Series 4 in parallel. The newer 4 Series costs 120 Dollars more than the Series 4. What do you get for it?

  • the new Display is larger by more than 30%
  • Digital crown with haptic feedback
  • S4 processor (twice as fast as its predecessor)
  • Electric heart sensor
  • fall detection
    • So the Series 4 Apple Watch display has gained a lot of display space. It’s really very pleasant and outwardly the biggest change in recent years. Moreover, the display is no longer exactly square, but rounded, similar to the iPhone Xs. This gives the Smartwatch, which has also become somewhat flatter, a very pleasing appearance. We like to take along the fact that the processor is faster.

      The digital crown, i.e. the small rotary wheel on the right side, has received haptic feedback. Similar to the iPhone with the Taptic Engine, the Apple Watch now also gives mechanical feedback when scrolling through the menu. Very pleasant.

      With the built-in electric heart sensor, the Apple Watch has taken a step in the direction of a medical device. This function is very powerful and gives the Series 4 a technical advantage over its predecessor, as is the fall detection. So if you are interested in medical monitoring or if you have to take care of yourself, the newer model is something for you.

      For beginners

      Apple Watch Series 3

      The cheapest versions are available from 279 Dollars. They come with an aluminium case, so they are lighter than the stainless steel versions and come with plastic wristbands. These models are waterproof up to 50m and are able to receive a GPS signal even without an iPhone.

      These entry-level devices are suitable for users who actually want to use the Smartwatch mainly as a watch or GPS tracker and can do without the new medical function. However, the display will also be slightly smaller.

      For athletes

      The Apple Watch Nike+ based on Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4

      These variants of the Apple Watch, based on the Series 3 or 4, are for all fans of jogging. The Nike variant offers special Nike dials, a perforated bracelet and an ideal connection to the Nike+ Run Club App. The models cost from 279 Dollars or 399 Dollars and have a GPS chip on board, mobile phone connection is optional. This allows you to track a run or swim even without an iPhone.

      Apple Watch with mobile connection

      Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 with LTE

      The two Apple Watch series are also available with a built-in mobile phone chip for making phone calls. Prices start at 379 Dollars for the Series 3 and 499 Dollars Euro for the Series 4.

      Apple Watch Hermès based on Apple Watch Series 4

      The Hermes version of the Apple Watch has a leather strap and costs 1,399 Dollars. The Hermès versions all come with an LTE mobile phone connection.

      It’s the nice big display.

      The main change in the new Series 4 is the beautiful large display with rounded corners. It just looks fantastic and gives the watch a fresh look.

      Nevertheless, the Series 3 is still a good Smartwatch. The material quality and the design are excellent and also the operating system is still up-to-date. Because of the very similar values (if you leave the medical functions aside) you can let your personal taste decide.

      Technical Specifications Series 3

      Apple Watch 38mm

      • Display with 272×340 pixels

      Apple Watch 42mm

      • Display with 312×390 pixels

      The same for both Series 3 models:

      • Force Touch Display
      • Taptic Engine (linear actuator, i.e. vibration alarm)
      • Heart Rate Sensor
      • Acceleration sensor
      • 8 GB memory, LTE model 16 GB
      • Changeable battery
      • GPS, LTE optional
      • Bluetooth 4.2

      Technical Specifications Series 4

      Apple Watch 40mm

      • Display with 324×394 pixels

      Apple Watch 44mm

      • Display with 368×448 pixels

      The same for both Series 4 models:

      • Force Touch Display
      • Taptic Engine (linear actuator, i.e. vibration alarm)
      • optical and electrical heart rate monitor
      • Acceleration sensor
      • 16 GB Memory
      • Changeable battery
      • GPS, LTE optional
      • Bluetooth 5.0

      • Our recommendation: As an athlete buy the Apple Watch Series 3.

        With its autonomous GPS and waterproof housing up to 50m, the Apple Watch of the second series is equipped for the sporting activities for which it was always intended. And all this without always having to rely on the iPhone. So if you want the Smartwatch for exactly this purpose, a Series 3 will do.

        But if you’ve fallen in love with the more pleasing new design with the improved display, you’ve already made up your mind. It looks simply fantastic and has also become a bit faster and equipped with more functions.

        The mobile phone version needs a corresponding contract!

        If you are interested in purchasing a mobile phone variant so that you can make calls with Apple Watch, you will need an appropriate contract. One with Multi-SIM should be sufficient. Since the watch has an eSIM, i.e. a built-in SIM card, so that you don’t have to insert a small piece of plastic into the Smartwatch, your provider must also play along.

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