After much delay I finally decided to get an Apple Watch 3. It was mainly driven by the reduced price that I could get through work (who can say no to $150 off?) and the fact that my original Apple Watch starts running out of power at 6PM. I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted about this before and that I wouldn’t get a new watch till number 4 came out. I got the exact same watch as my wife which is the Apple Watch Nike Edition, the difference being is that mine is a 42MM and hers is 38MM. It’s very nice that I can go ahead and re-use my link band from the original Apple Watch, it doesn’t look as snazzy as when I had it with the chrome finished Apple Watch edition but it still looks good enough to me.
I got the LTE version and I might be activating the LTE on it just to give it a try. my wife has the LTE edition too but she doesn’t want to go running outside, too many snakes and other vermin in my neighborhood that she doesn’t want to deal with but I want to use mine for going out and walking the dog or going to the nice walking area outside of my hotel without my phone but still be able to get my text messages. I’ve watched reviews saying that the LTE is hit or miss but that was a while ago when the watch first came out and there have been a few updates since then. I’m sure its better now but I just don’t feel like dealing with the $10 a month that I’mg going to have to pay. We’ll see how useful it is, I think I have a month to try it out and see how it is.
So far, the watch is noticeably faster than my original one, thats to be expected since its 3 years behind in terms of technology and speed. The battery part was never its strong suit but the increased battery life of this Apple Watch is just awesome. My wife doesn’t make fun of me anymore when my watch turns off, even after putting it on power save mode. Siri is also way more useful too, it actually responds in a decent time frame rather than just sitting there spinning and then timing out since it can’t figure out what I wanted. Most of the stock apps are also very good too now, I’ve made good use of the work out app during this weekend and I’ve been closing my rings without having to worry about the watch running out of power as it counts steps or how many times I’ve done the water rower.
I have to say that I’m happy with my purchase of the Watch 3. I shouldn’t have waited so long but I was skeptical of upgrading. I’ve been trying to reduce my upgrade cycle, not really because I can’t afford the new toy, but its more evaluating if I need the latest and greatest toy (case in point my iPhone 7 and iPad Air 2). Both still work great, although I want something that can use an Apple Pencil. The iPhone I won’t be replacing until maybe 2019, unless something truly WOW comes out in September with the newer phones. Now I just have to wait for the box so I can recycle my old Apple Watch, this way I’ll at least recoup another $75. Money is money after all!