Ap­ple Watch Series 3 Ap­ple’s smart watch makes a splash

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This third ver­sion of Ap­ple’s Watch is hardly any dif­fer­ent on the out­side ex­cept for a red in­sert in the side knob (or Crown) to let every­one know you’ve bought the lat­est ver­sion. But on the in­side the hard­ware and soft­ware have been up­dated, with watchos 4 (also avail­able for older mod­els) bring­ing Siri voice as­sis­tance, im­proved health and fit­ness apps, and Gymkit, which con­nects to com­pat­i­ble gym equip­ment.

Fit­ness is in­creas­ingly the fo­cus, al­though the Watch is also good for no­ti­fy­ing you about in­com­ing mes­sages and let­ting you take phone calls and re­ply to text mes­sages with­out hav­ing to get your phone out. For the first time, it’s wa­ter­proof, so you can wear it swim­ming and it’ll track your lengths and heart rate, al­though it lacks ad­vanced op­tions like stroke de­tec­tion – avail­able on spe­cialised fit­ness bands.

The other big innovation is built-in 4G, which lets you con­nect to the in­ter­net when you don’t have your iphone. With GPS al­ready added, this makes the Watch a fully stand­alone de­vice, but you still need an iphone to make it work, and if you opt for 4G both must be on the EE net­work.

The Series 3 starts at £399 with 4G or £329 with­out, with prices ris­ing – de­pend­ing on size (38mm or 42mm strap), colour, strap and fin­ish to well over a grand. The Series 1 (a slightly up­graded ver­sion of the orig­i­nal model with­out GPS or 4G) is still avail­able from £249.

VER­DICT: It’s only for iphone users, but this is as good as smart watches get right now, and the abil­ity to wear it un­der­wa­ter is a great leap for­ward ★★★★☆

AL­TER­NA­TIVE: Huawei Watch 2 Sport £329 It’s not fully wa­ter­proof and the bet­ter­look­ing Clas­sic ver­sion is pricey, but with GPS and op­tional 4G this is the near­est An­droid ri­val

SPECIFICATIONS Retina

AMOLED touch­screen

• Heart-rate mon­i­tor

• GPS

• Op­tional 4G

• Fits 135-210mm wrist size

• One-year war­ranty

• Re­quires iphone 5s or higher (6 for 4G) with IOS 11 www.snipca.com/16795

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