Canadian Running - - OFF THE BEATEN PATH -

WATCH SE­RIES 3 $429–559 Third time’s a charm, as they say. And is it ever with the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3. The last it­er­a­tion was a fan­tas­tic watch for run­ners (and non-run­ners, of course). It had a pretty ac­cu­rate GPS and heart rate mon­i­tor, ac­cess to the thou­sands of apps in the Ap­ple ecosys­tem and of­fered other finer­ies like play­ing mu­sic to a set of Blue­tooth head­phones.

Se­ries 3 is the watch we all ex­pected when the ru­mours first started float­ing around a cou­ple years ago that Ap­ple was get­ting into the time­piece game. It can make and re­ceive calls and texts with­out a phone, and can ac­cess the in­ter­net via a 4G LTE con­nec­tion to stream Ap­ple Mu­sic (data us­age does ap­ply, of course). Oh, and Ap­ple qui­etly tossed in other good­ies, like a longer bat­tery life (now up to well over a day of in­tense us­age be­fore need­ing a charge) and an ul­time­ter, which trail run­ners will be happy about.

Ap­ple is clearly se­ri­ous about this de­vice, and run­ners should be ex­cited. Even if the prospect of tak­ing a call dur­ing a long run sounds un­ap­peal­ing, let’s be hon­est, you’d rather have the op­tion to screen the call than miss an im­por­tant sit­u­a­tion. And this de­vice could lit­er­ally be­come a life­saver, as there are built-in safety fea­tures if you find your­self in a dan­ger­ous or lifethreat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

As with the last ver­sion, Se­ries 3 will come in a va­ri­ety of sizes and build qual­i­ties (in­clud­ing a Nike+ ver­sion), start­ing at an im­pres­sively low price of $429. For what this watch can do, it’s a stag­ger­ing value. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s well made and el­e­gantly re­fined. For a pre­mium prod­uct com­pany, it’s pleas­antly sur­pris­ing that Ap­ple are of­fer­ing so much for a rel­a­tively rea­son­able price point. If you’re look­ing to buy your first or next run­ning watch, Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 should be a fi­nal­ist.

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