Hello fellow watch geeks! Today we will explore a very controversial watch in the watch community, that being my Apple Series 3 42MM smartwatch. This watch was given to me as a gift over the holidays and I had no idea what to expect from it nor a clue how to use it. Since then, I have learned so much about the little smart device, its' ups and downs, and why I think you should or shouldn't own one.
Main Functions of this SmartWatch
1. Complete Wireless connectivity ( no Phone needed with Cellular )
2. Bluetooth Hands-Free talking with volume through iWatch, Car, Computer, ect.
3. Great for working out and measuring your steps, calories, time elapsed.
4. Control music via Bluetooth
5.Send text messages in a breeze
6. Make calls with Siri while driving
7. Read news, weather, check emails, stocks.
Let us start off with some basic specifications on this exact model. Being the 42MM version or the larger version in comparison to the 38MM version we get a case diameter of 42.5 MM in a square case. The case thickness comes in at 11.4MM which is actually quite thin for the fast processor this device contains. The actual material of the case on my version is Aluminum, making it super light and comfortable for everyday wear on the wrist. If you were to remove the strap the case head itself weighs in at an ultralight 34.9 Grams ( GPS+ cellular version ). One thing I do adore about this watch is the fact that it actually has a water resistance rating of 50 Meters. Now, in terms of Swiss and Japanese watches this is generally a no no when thinking of submerging a watch in water, BUT I have taken mine in the pool without any problems what so ever. I assume it is safe to say the Series 3 is very capable in that manner. The aluminum is all brushed very smoothly and cut perfectly as expected from such a satisfying brand like Apple. There are two buttons on the right side of the watch, one is a wheel that spins and allows you to navigate , while the On/Off power button resides below that. A small hint of red covers the "crown" or the navigation wheel which is candy to the eye on a dark grey case.
Their really is not one permanent dial as many variations of different complications and apps allow you to create your own dial via your iPhone and plant It directly on your device. The crystal covering the dial is a Ion-X Glass which is new to me, but seems quite resilient to scratches and cracks so far. In terms of Pixels we are looking at 312x390 pixels combined with a OLED Retina display force touch screen. I was able to discover so many interesting faces to add to my watch and I have listed them below. Some of the complications such as split second chronographs are super expensive when it comes to mechanical watches. While there are also child friendly faces such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, and easy to read large number faces, I still find them amusing and satisfying.
( Yes Mickey does Speak the time when you tap him! Go Mickey! )
Some Face Options / Stock Options
Apple Watch series 3 uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery which lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge. When comparing stated battery life to my iPhone 8, the Apple Watch certainly is more accurate and this thing does stay alive for a full 18 hours. The charging cable is also unique and new, a small circular pod that hooks on to the back of the watch where the sensors are located and charges the watch.
Caseback ( Sensors )
The case back of the Apple Watch contains all. your sensors and is actually comprised of Ceramic, a material widely used in the Swiss watchmaking industry by brands such as Rolex. With these sensors, you can measure your heart rate, use a Baromatric Altimeter, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope,
The strap supplied with my watch is indeed a very flexible, comfortable, durable and dust free silicone band. There are two buttons on the back to release the band if you wish to change the strap. I do however reccomend using Apples bands only as they are the best quality I have found from testing other aftermarket rubber straps. There are holes where you can adjust it to the exact size when strapping it to the wrist for superior comfort. I must say, it feels like I am literally wearing nothing sometimes.
Conclusion from a Watch Geek
The Apple Watch series 3 has definitely made some serious improvements in speed, power reserve, and wireless connectivity capabilites since the release of the Apple watch Series 2, which is a good thing coming from a company who makes such subtle changes from one release to the next. The watch may not be your dream watch if you enjoy automatic or mechanical timepieces only, but it is always worth it to give it a shot. I find myself using the watch once a week or so due to its easy function, comfortable fit, and reliability. I can say one thing though, I definitely NEED to throw on my Rolex Submariner or Seiko automatic watch the following day as these creations of time are my true passion. I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions drop a comment below. I also left some links to purchase one if you feel like you would like to take a leap into smartwatch world.