AP­PLE Watch Se­ries 3

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Price: from £329 What does it do?

It does a lot, al­though not all rel­e­vant to walk­ing. Once paired with your iPhone, you can do ev­ery­thing from mak­ing calls and con­tact­less pay­ments to send­ing texts and stream­ing songs, while also track­ing walks with the Watch’s built-in GPS. If you pay an ex­tra £70 for the cel­lu­lar ver­sion you can leave your iPhone at home and stay con­nected with just the watch, so it’s a de­cent op­tion if you track walks with apps like Strava or nav­i­gate with apps like ViewRanger. The Se­ries 3 is far from a rugged out­door watch, but has plenty of use­ful fea­tures to en­hance your walks.

Ease of use

If you’re com­fort­able us­ing an iPhone you’ll adapt to the Ap­ple Watch quickly. It op­er­ates via a touch­screen and a ro­tat­ing dig­i­tal crown, and the in­ter­face is easy to find your way around. The Ap­ple Watch comes loaded with plenty of use­ful soft­ware – like ac­tiv­ity apps and heart-rate mon­i­tors – and you’ll find hun­dreds more use­ful walk­ing apps in the Ap­ple App Store. Slight bug­bears are that it’s tricky to op­er­ate with gloves on, and isn’t fully wa­ter­proof.

What’s it like to wear?

Looks and feels great. It’s light­weight and com­fort­able with a huge choice of straps. The down­side is a small-ish screen (38- or 42mm on the 3; 40- or 44mm on the new £400+ se­ries 4). INFO: Weight: 30g Bat­tery life: Up to 18 hours Wa­ter­proof: No (Ap­ple de­scribe it as wa­ter-re­sis­tant) Bio­met­rics: Calo­ries, HR, VO2 max, sleep Smart­phone app/s: from Ap­ple App Store Web­site: www.ap­ple.com/uk

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