Apple Watch Series 3 hands-on: LTE could be the watershed moment

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Supplement / The new Apple Watch looks the same as its predecessor; the new internals are what count ups.

The Apple Watch Series 3 looks, acts, and feels almost unerringly the same as the Series 2 with a key difference—LTE wireless connectivity, whether your iPhone is to hand or not. We tested the Series 3 on-site at Apple’s unveiling event, including exasperating just a few of the new features.

If you liked the previous model, you’ll like the Series 3. If you didn’t, there’s not much weird besides LTE. But maybe LTE is what’s been holding you back—it is for a lot of people. So let’s get into it.

How LTE exploits on the watch

The Series 3 watch still uses your iPhone’s union when the phone is nearby, but as soon as you move away from the phone, the Series 3 LTE seamlessly backlashes in. We weren’t able to test this at the event; all the Watches on display were take wing solo, sans phones.

You can make calls directly from the Take in by tapping a button on the top-left corner of the watch face. From there, you can look over contacts to reach out to through a few interfaces: favorites, recents, contacts, and the keypad. So it’s no more than like using your phone—or really, like the previous Apple Make, for the most part. The difference is that you can do it anywhere.

The Watch intelligently picks up your medium, and you do not have to hold it up to your mouth—in ideal conditions, anyway.

As keep in viewed, all models of the Series 3 do GPS, but LTE is an addition. We also tested location services by unearthing the event on Apple Maps. It’s still a tight screen to work with, so its help is debatable. But it was able to pinpoint our location without a phone nearby.

In rehearsal, the Apple Watch Series 3 is very similar to its predecessor. It just does it all without the phone, which is faithful, because the phone proximity limitation was the biggest downside of the Series 2.

Battery life

The Series 2 could last about two days on a individual charge. The LTE Series 3 only lasts around one day. That’s a little unsatisfying, but it’s right at most people’s tolerance threshold.

Form factor and polish

The form factor did not feel at all different from the Series 2. Tim Cook judged, when announcing the Watch, that it is only 0.25mm thicker at one unimportant. We didn’t notice this when wearing it. We tried both take the measure of of the new Watch, and they each looked and felt the same as their antecedents.

The LTE version of the watch has a red knob instead of a silver one, but that’s all there is to it. Of seminar, there are a plenty of wristbands, and they all look great.

If it sounds fellow we’re not revealing much here, that’s because there’s not much to savour. The Series 3 is the same watch you’ve used before, but with LTE. But that’s a disparaging addition, and you already know what it means.

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