It seems like everything today has some connection to Apple (kind of like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, ya know?). Now that the Series 3 Apple Watch is launched, I decided to give up the Fitbit to put Apple to the test. Today I’m giving a full fitness-related Apple Watch Series 3 Review.
My goal? Help you decide if the Apple Watch Series 3 is a great watch for your fitness + all around lifestyle; or, if you’re wasting your hard earned money!
Within my Apple Watch Series 3 Review today, I will explore:
- New Features of the Apple Watch Series 3 (vs Series 1 and 2)
- Heart Rate Features on Apple Watch
- Fitness Tracking Features on Apple Watch
- Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Charge 2
Ready? 3…2…1…let’s go!
New Features – Apple Watch Series 3 ReviewThere are two options you can choose within the Apple Watch Series 3: Either GPS Only Model, or the Cellular (LTE) Model. I have opted for the GPS Only model as I don’t need the cell-only version (my iPhone is always near me anyway), plus, I hate the idea of an additional $10 per month for my cell company to support the watch. BUT – if you like the idea, rock and roll and enjoy! Some of the biggest differences and new features include:
- Processor: Apple S3 vs S2 promises a faster user experience, and I can say that I agree! The watch is super responsive and apps/features do not hesitate on Series 3.
- Siri Talks Back!: You can have chats with your favorite buddy Siri within the Apple Watch. Siri will talk back to you within the Apple Watch feature and comes with many more ways to make your life incredible!
- Barometric Altimeter: The Apple Watch Series 3 now includes a Barometric Altimeter, meaning that the watch can track your elevations (giving an extra incentive to take the stairs vs the elevator!).
- HIIT Workout Tracking: The Series 3 also has support for HIIT Training, a huge win for people like me who love doing workouts such as Insanity Max 30
Heart Rate Features on the Apple Watch Series 3 ReviewWith WatchOS4, Apple Watch Series 3 will track your current heart rate, resting rate, walking average (avg heart rate while walking), and reecovery rate after workouts. I personally love the idea of the heart rate recovery feature after a workout, which I didn’t feel my Fitbit Charge 2 did a good job reporting. Within your iPhone you’ll also have the HEALTH APP – which, to be honest, I never used before I got my Apple Watch, and I thought the app was dumb. Now, I get it, and I love it. Other great Heart Rate Features of the Apple Watch Series 3:
- All day tracking of your heart rate and vitals
- Alerts for when your heart rate spikes unnecessarily when not working out or moving (great for Atrial Fib / Health Concerns)