The cellular Apple Watch Series 3 looks largely identical to the previous model (except for a red spot that we don't entirely like), and has a weaker battery life and a far more complicated setup process. Having access to cellular data in the middle of a run is pretty cool, but is it worth the sacrifices? The Series 3 is faster, on the other hand. The original watch was already struggling with watchOS 3 and even the Series 2 seems to have slowed up a bit on watchOS 4; give it a few more version upgrades and you may be wishing for the S3 processor's power. And we will add that the prices remain (in our eyes) reasonable, while the new straps and colour options look great. In a few generations it may seem strange that smartwatches used to be little more than glorified accessories for smartphones, and the Series 3 is clearly a step towards the product's future as an independent device. In the short term, however, and bearing in mind the battery drain, extra cost and hassle of setting up a contract, we'd probably encourage friends and family to pick the non-cellular model (which would probably get four stars, incidentally, but this is a review of the cellular model). If you're desperate to keep in touch while out running with your watch and no iPhone, however, then this is the product for you.
Great battery life when connected to a phone
Valuable new fitness features
Siri feels more useful
iPhone still needs to be on to receive texts
Lousy battery life on LTE
Call quality can vary
Apple Music streaming not ready yet
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