Apple watch series 3 đánh giá

     

Three years later, the táo Watch Series 3 is still one of the best smartwatches around. As long as you get the non-LTE model, that is.

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ByCaitlin McGarrypublished 28 January 21

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The future of smartwatches is being connected, but the táo bị cắn Watch Series 3 doesn"t quite deliver on that promise. Get the non-LTE mã sản phẩm instead.


ForExcellent fitness-tracking featuresFaster SiriLTE is convenient while you"re working outApple Music streaming

The future of smartwatches is being connected, but the apple Watch Series 3 doesn"t quite deliver on that promise. Get the non-LTE mã sản phẩm instead.


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Excellent fitness-tracking features

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Faster Siri

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LTE is convenient while you"re working out

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Apple Music streaming


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The LTE táo khuyết Watch Series 3 is designed to lớn bridge that gap, but that"s it. It"s not an iPhone replacement. If you"re expecting to lớn leave your phone for extended periods of time & use the watch to lớn handle all your tasks, you will be disappointed. That disappointment sinks in after you showroom up the costs — $399 for the 38-millimeter mã sản phẩm or $429 for the 42-mm version, & then an extra $10 on your monthly cellphone bill so that the watch can draw from your data bucket. All that, and it can"t even last a full day on its own.

But even though I knew the watch couldn"t replace my iPhone, I still had high hopes. Those floated down to lớn earth as soon as I unboxed the device.

Apple Watch Series 3 activation: A frustrating process

The Series 3 pairs khổng lồ your iPhone the same way past generations did, with a dynamic image on the watch face that you scan with your iPhone camera. That part is just as seamless as usual. But then I got khổng lồ the part where I had to activate the watch"s cellular connectivity.

I eventually got my watch activated on AT&T"s network, but it took a trip khổng lồ my nearby AT&T store & the help of five customer service reps — four in-store and one over the phone — more than an hour to navigate the complicated thiết đặt process.

I ran into a myriad of issues when trying to lớn activate the watch on my AT&T plan. A customer service agent couldn"t help me figure out the problem over the phone, so I eventually paired the device to lớn an Apple-provided iPhone 8 on T-Mobile to test it out.

I experienced some launch-weekend jitters with phone hotline reliability, where calls on the watch over LTE would fail, but those issues seem lớn have been resolved. (If you run into a similar problem, try deactivating the watch"s data plan, and then reactivating & rebooting. That did the trick for me.) A look at Twitter và Reddit shows that other Series 3 buyers experienced the same early problems I did.

I eventually got my watch activated on AT&T"s network, but it took a trip to lớn my nearby AT&T store & the help of five customer service reps — four in-store và one over the phone — more than an hour lớn navigate the complicated thiết đặt process.


A watchOS update that hãng apple pushed out a few weeks after the Series 3"s launch fixed a bug that affected the watch"s ability to switch from Wi-Fi lớn cellular. The software update also added a manual setting in the Control Center, accessible by swiping up on the watch face, that lets you toggle among the iPhone"s connection, a Wi-Fi network and the watch"s own cellular connection.

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Before the update, you could connect lớn cellular only by putting your iPhone in airplane mode or leaving it out of công nghệ bluetooth range altogether. Now, if your watch gets hung up trying to lớn connect to lớn a Wi-Fi network, you can manually push it to lớn connect to lớn cellular.

Apple Watch Series 3 cellular connectivity: Battery killer


I quickly discovered the LTE Series 3"s limitations when I left my iPhone at home. I started the day with a 3.5-mile run, during which I streamed táo khuyết Music"s Pop Workout radio station the entire 37 minutes. When I returned trang chủ to eat breakfast, I checked my watch battery. It had drained lớn 60 percent after running every battery-sucking feature simultaneously. I managed lớn squeeze another 12.5 hours out of the watch by not relying on it too heavily for the rest of the day.

These activities aren"t battery killers on the Series 2 or Series 3 without LTE, but with the Series 3"s constant cellular connection, you can forget about it lasting 18 hours on a charge. Simply being connected lớn a cell network will reduce the battery life with mixed use from 18 hours to about 8 hours.

That"s why the watch is designed to rely on your phone"s connectivity lớn keep its own cellular connection from draining the device — and why it"s so important to have manual control over that connection.

Apple Watch Series 3 design: Unchanged, in a good way


Apple"s ability lớn put a cellular modem & bigger battery into the Series 3 without dramatically adding khổng lồ its kích cỡ is impressive. The watch is slightly thicker than the Series 2 — about two sheets of paper thicker, táo bị cắn says — but not noticeably so. The 38mm táo bị cắn Watch Series 3 is the only LTE smartwatch that looks good on my wrist. The Series 3 also comes in a larger, 42mm form size for people with larger wrists.

The ultrabright, 1,000-nit OLED display has the same size and resolution as the previous models: 272 x 340 pixels on the 38mm model and 312 x 390 on the 42mm version. The screen is Ion-X glass on the aluminum models and sapphire crystal on the stainless-steel và ceramic versions. The aluminum variety comes in gold, silver và space gray, while the ceramic version is available in white và gray.

Basically, it"s still one of the better-looking smartwatches on the market (yes, even though it"s square).


Apple Watch Series 3 fitness-tracking: Better than ever

Working out is the one use for which an LTE táo Watch is perfect. There is nothing quite lượt thích lacing up my sneakers, pairing my AirPods to my watch and hitting the pavement with no phone weighing me down. (I love my iPhone 7 Plus, but it feels lượt thích a giant barnacle attached to my body when I"m running.) Knowing that I can still get text messages và important notifications on my watch is reassuring.

Both Series 3 models, the one with cellular và the one without, thể thao a new barometric altimeter, which is a handy new data point for measuring elevation. That"s useful for hiking và skiing as well as actual stair climbing. I knew I climbed a lot of stairs, considering almost all subway stations are located underground, but I never really tallied them up before. After I saw that I powered through 21 flights of stairs after a Mets game at Citi Field, I realized why I was so tired (and promptly took a nap).

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Otherwise, the Series 3 with LTE has the same great fitness-tracking features that the Series 2 & Series 3 without cellular connectivity have, including accurate built-in GPS và an equally accurate heart rate sensor. Apple"s watchOS 4 nâng cấp put more fitness-tracking features on all of its smartwatches, such as alerts when your heart rate is elevated and tư vấn for high-intensity, interval-training workouts. A feature that connects your watch to lớn your gym"s equipment for more accurate exercise tracking is slowly rolling out.

Apple has added a feature to lớn the LTE watch that allows you to lớn turn off cellular connectivity and the heart rate sensor lớn save battery life, which is great if you"re going on a long run. I toggled on this feature for one run, but if you bởi this frequently, it makes it kind of pointless khổng lồ own an LTE watch. But with or without LTE, the táo bị cắn Watch 3 is one of the best fitness trackers.

Series 3 music: The missing piece falls into place

Apple touted the Series 3"s music-streaming capabilities in a series of TV commercials ahead of the device"s launch. Yet táo bị cắn dở Music streaming took weeks to arrive on the watch.


The good news: Now that it"s here, táo bị cắn dở Music streaming over cellular is an incredibly unique feature that actually makes me feel lượt thích I could ditch my phone someday. Táo packaged the streaming service in two apps: hãng apple Music, which requires a $10-per-month subscription, & Radio, a free watch tiện ích that anyone can use to lớn stream songs. Streaming music makes the smartwatch experience almost — dare I say it — magical.

There was no lag as I launched a radio station in my house, where my watch was connected to lớn my iPhone, or when I moved out of Bluetooth và Wi-Fi range as I mix off on my run. Táo khuyết Music never stuttered or dropped, even as I ran through Brooklyn"s massive, tree-filled Prospect Park.


I was hoping that the Series 3 would also support on-device podcast playback, but that hasn"t happened due lớn limitations in watchOS 4, as Overcast developer Marco Arment details here.

I still have lớn carry my phone with me when I want to listen khổng lồ podcasts on my commute, which I vì every day. The watch does allow you to control audio playback và save music offline from táo Music to listen to via bluetooth không dây headphones, but those features are neither new nor exclusive to the LTE model.

(Editor"s note: With watchOS 6, you can stream podcasts and audiobooks over cellular. You can also store them directly on the watch for offline listening.)

Now that it"s here, apple Music streaming over cellular is an incredibly chất lượng feature that actually makes me feel like I could ditch my phone someday.

Series 3 phone calls: Better with bluetooth earbuds

Sure, you can phone home from your watch. But do you really want to? Making or taking phone calls from your wrist is something of a novelty, and you"ll definitely tire of it. A pair of công nghệ bluetooth không dây earphones, such as Apple"s AirPods, elevates the experience — it"s about as pleasurable as a phone điện thoại tư vấn can possibly be.

When I first reviewed the watch, the device started khổng lồ heat up after a few minutes of talk time. I actually had to over a 13-minute phone gọi because the watch became uncomfortably warm on my wrist. After the software update, I didn"t experience those overheating issues.

The watch"s call unique is comparable lớn that of my iPhone, & when it"s paired with Apple"s AirPods, talking on the watch is effortless. You will definitely look like you"re talking to yourself without a phone in hand, but if you don"t care about looking slightly awkward in public, then proceed.

For quick check-ins with friends or significant others, the watch will bởi vì just fine.

Why you don"t need LTE


When the watch is connected khổng lồ a cellular network, it can quickly make calls, respond khổng lồ messages using voice dictation or the Scribble handwriting-to-text feature, và activate Siri khổng lồ answer questions or pull up directions. I experienced some issues downloading emails from my Gmail trương mục in Apple"s native Mail phầm mềm on cellular, và there were periods of time when the cellular connection would unexpectedly drop (denoted with a red X at the đứng top of the display), even when I hadn"t moved.

The things I love most about the táo khuyết Watch have nothing to vì chưng with its LTE capabilities. I appreciate being able to lớn save music offline to listen lớn with AirPods, use táo bị cắn dở Pay lớn buy stuff without carrying my wallet around, glance at the Siri watch face to get an overview of my day and track my daily activity in the Workout and Activity apps. But I can do all those things with a Series 3 that doesn"t have LTE, & those models start at $329. In fact, you can get all of these features with every watch apple sells.

Series 3 vs. Series 5

The hãng apple Watch Series 3 is more affordable now that the Series 5 is the newest watch in the lineup. But the Series 5 also has bells và whistles that the Series 3 can"t match, including a larger, more immersive always-on display, built-in compass, faster processor, và advanced heart health features such as an FDA-cleared ECG ứng dụng for taking on-the-go electrocardiograms & a passive atrial fibrillation alert that monitors your heart"s rhythm in the background.

If display, speed and medical-grade health features are essential, the Series 5 is worth the splurge. But if what you"re after is a solid smartwatch that works well with your iPhone, then the Series 3 is just fine. Kiểm tra out our in-depth Series 3 vs. Series 5 face-off here.

Bottom line

The Series 3 with LTE has had its problems, lượt thích the Wi-Fi software bug & launch-weekend carrier hiccups. But the watch has already improved by leaps và bounds, thanks khổng lồ a software update that added streaming music and manual control over cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity so your watch doesn"t get stuck somewhere between the two. Longer battery life will continue to lớn be a struggle at this size, even though the Series 3 has a bigger battery than its predecessors.

There are moments when LTE makes the watch feel truly magical: receiving a text while I"m running with just the táo Watch và AirPods, or downloading emails without a phone nearby after escaping the office khổng lồ pick up lunch. But those moments aren"t as frequent as I would lượt thích them lớn be. If you want the Series 3, get the non-LTE version, which starts at an affordable $199.

I can imagine a future in which a smartwatch can replace a smartphone for most of the tasks we use it for, but the Series 3 with LTE is not that future. At least not yet.