Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 (GPS)

Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 (GPS)

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Michael Low

The first thing you should know about the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 is that only the GPS model is avail­able in Malaysia at launch. Sure, an LTE-en­abled Ap­ple Watch was one of the highly re­quested fea­tures from the com­mu­nity, but that’s not to say that there aren’t any sig­nif­i­cant changes un­der the hood to sat­isfy Se­ries 1 own­ers and new users alike.

Un­der the hood, the third-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple Watch brings with it a faster dual-core pro­ces­sor, and a new W2 wire­less chip that not only de­liv­ers im­proved Wi-Fi per­for­mance, but is also 50-per­cent more en­ergy ef­fi­cient com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. App load­ing is no­tice­ably quicker, while the UI ex­pe­ri­ence ben­e­fits from smoother in­ter­ac­tions. Also new to Se­ries 3 is the baro­met­ric al­time­ter to track the num­ber of stairs climbed, as well as to mea­sure el­e­va­tion gain dur­ing hikes or other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Se­ries 3’s de­sign is rel­a­tively un­changed, though the 38mm and 42mm mod­els are now 0.25mm thicker than the now-dis­con­tin­ued Se­ries 2, most likely to ac­com­mo­date the added func­tion­al­ity of the cel­lu­lar model. Mean­while, wa­ter re­sis­tance is still rated at 50 me­ters, which makes it safe for you to take a dip in the pool – with the ap­pro­pri­ate band and pre­cau­tion, of course. Speak­ing of bands, Ap­ple in­tro­duced two new ny­lon-weave straps to the col­lec­tion: the Sport Loop and Wo­ven Ny­lon.

Of course, much of the QoL im­prove­ments come from watchOS 4, which is pre­in­stalled on the Se­ries 3. Both the Heart Rate and Work­out app re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant up­dates – with the for­mer mea­sur­ing heart rates dur­ing walk­ing and rest, and the lat­ter now ca­pa­ble of track­ing back-to-back work­outs and high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing (HIIT) ex­er­cises. Soon, gym­go­ers can pair the Se­ries 3 with GymKit-com­pat­i­ble fit­ness equip­ment for even more ac­cu­rate work­out re­sults. The Ac­tiv­ity app, on the other hand, will nudge you to close the three rings be­fore the end of the day with sug­gested ac­tiv­i­ties.

watchOS4 also adds three new watch faces: the Siri face dy­nam­i­cally dis­plays in­for­ma­tion that are most rel­e­vant at that mo­ment in time; Kalei­do­scope lets you al­ter its pat­terns by ro­tat­ing the dig­i­tal crown; and Toy Story de­lights with cute an­i­ma­tions of Woody, Buzz, and friends. Bet­ter yet, you can down­load third-party games, as well as pro­duc­tiv­ity and health apps that are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble from your wrist. The same goes for Siri, who can now an­swer aloud, thanks to the built-in speaker.

De­spite the per­for­mance upgrades, Se­ries 2 own­ers may well sit this one out, as the cel­lu­lar model makes for a bet­ter up­grade.

A sec­ond-to-none smart­watch, es­pe­cially when it comes to the iphone.

Spec­I­fI­cA­TIonS

Color op­tions Space Gray, Sil­ver, Gold ConneCtivity 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Blue­tooth 4.2 Fea­tures Ac­celerom­e­ter, gy­ro­scope, baro­met­ric al­time­ter, heart rate sen­sor, am­bi­ent light sen­sor, GPS and GLONASS

in­ter­nal stor­age 8GB Bat­tery Li­ion War­ranty 1-year Con­taCt Ap­ple Malaysia Sdn Bhd tele­phone (03) 2265 7000 url www.ap­ple.com/my

The Heart Rate app can de­tect ab­nor­mal heart rates, and then no­tify you im­me­di­ately

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