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The Apple Watch Series 3 Review



If you've been living under a rock for the past few years, let us tell you that the Apple Watch is currently the best-selling watch in the world. It beats most traditional watches and has overtaken most luxury watch brands as well. It's not just the leader in the smartwatch segment, it also crushes other watch manufacturers. Just a bit of info here as the Apple Watch outsells Rolex, Casio, Swatch or any other watch brand you can think of. 

Apple launched the new iteration of the Apple Watch along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and we've been using it for the past month to get to know it better. The watch performs better than before, lasts longer than before and is more accurate than before. So let's get into the details as to why the AW3 is probably the best smartwatch in the world.


The Apple Watch Series 3 Review© MensXP

Not much has changed since the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 as it looks identical and follows the exact same design language as before. In fact, the only difference we noticed was the thicker silver coating. Apple never released the 4G LTE version of the Apple Watch in India (due to a lack of carrier support), so we got the non-Esim version for review. 

However, Apple has introduced new straps for the Apple Watch so that you can customise it according to your liking. I tend to use a leather strap that I bought from a third party manufacturer, but the Sports Loop strap is also one of my favourites. 

The OLED screen on the watch is the same as before i.e. it can reflect bright colours and makes it easy to read content or notifications on the watch. The Digital Crown is back and can be used to navigate menus and messages and a gentle press to the crown selects different options. The other elongated button below the Digital Crown now acts like a back button where it takes the user to the previous menu or opens a list of recent apps. The Apple Watch Series 3 is also waterproof up to 50 meters, which is an added bonus if you are a swimmer. 

Using The Apple Watch Series 3 

The Apple Watch Series 3 Review© MensXP

Since we got the non-LTE version of the smartwatch, using it feels somewhat similar to the previous Apple Watch models. You can use it to send iMessages by using stock replies or the scribble system. The watch traces every letter you scribble on the touchscreen and forms words for your replies. If you do not like to tap on your watch screen that much, you can even use your voice which will be transcribed as words. I prefer the voice-to-text feature best as it is very convenient and works incredibly well, most of the time (unless you're in a noisy environment). 

Siri on the Apple Watch has also been improved as it launches faster than before and can help with making calls or replying to texts. The new Apple Watch also has additional storage space for music files which makes it very convenient for runners who don't want to carry their phone anymore. You can download playlists from Apple Music to your phone and it will sync and transfer to your Apple Watch automatically. This was one of the features that we loved because while I'm in the gym, I do not have to scramble to look for my phone to change tracks. 

We found third-party apps for the Apple Watch still lacking as popular apps like WhatsApp still does not have a native app for the smartwatch. You will still receive notifications from these apps whenever you get a message, however, you cannot reply to them straight from your watch like you can on iMessages. Some apps like Facebook Messenger and Downcast would hang which only proves that many apps are not optimised for the Apple Watch yet. 

All these apps and others may receive updates to change this situation in the near future. But for now, the Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't work well with third-party apps.


This is one area where the Apple Watch Series 3 has improved the most as it now has a new dual-core processor under the hood. The new iterations feel faster from the get-go and you can notice the difference when you launch Apple apps like iMessage and weather. The experience is far smoother and responsive and opens the apps up with lightning speed. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with WatchOS 4 pre-installed and works differently than before. You now have a dock which shows recent apps that you can scroll through vertically. You can even browse using the Digital Crown and you need to swipe left in order to close the app. 

If you like to customise your watch, you now have new watch faces that you can play around with. If you are a fan of 'Toy Story', you can now have your favourite characters such as Woody, Buzz or Jessie on your watch face. 

The biggest disappointment from the Apple Watch Series 2 was the battery life and we are happy to report that the Apple Watch Series 3 has great battery life. The smartwatch can last at least three full days on a single charge and we were relieved to see some much-needed improvement in this area. We used the phone to stream music during workout sessions at the gym and used it to respond to text messages all day. The new continuous heart monitoring system doesn't affect the battery life much which is a plus point, in our opinion. 

Fitness and Tracking

The Apple Watch Series 3 Review© MensXP

The Apple Watch has always been one of the most accurate smartwatches in the world and the story remains the same with the Apple Watch series 3. The watch is informative and also encourages users now to go for a run or a 10-minute walk. Earlier, the Apple Watch would only ask you to complete your rings, however, WatchOS 4 now tells you how much you need to watch in order to reach your goal. Adding heart-rate monitoring is easy, and there are varied tracking options for walking, running, cycling, swimming, and more. Everything gets collated in the Activity app on your phone, where it's laid out in an easy-to-understand interface. 

When you activate the 'Breathe' application, it vibrates on your wrist creating a very relaxing sensation and works in-sync with the pulsating animation on the watch to help you take longer breaths. 

The Final Say 

The Apple Watch Series 3 Review© YouTube

If you already have an iPhone and you are looking for the perfect companion smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 3 is it. It has improved a lot in terms of performance and activity tracking and now has a longer battery life. The smartwatch acts as a great fitness tracker with accurate GPS, steps and heart rate tracking to make it the perfect smartwatch for your iPhone. If you have INR 29,900 at your disposal to spend on a smartwatch, the buck stops here.


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