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.