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5 Reasons to Buy the Apple Watch 3 in 2019 & 2 Reasons Not To

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Is the Apple Watch 3 worth buying in 2019? It’s not the latest and greatest, but you get an amazing number of features and incredible pricing. Here’s a look at the reasons you should buy the Apple Watch Series 3 for Black Friday or Christmas, and a few reasons you may want to look at the Apple Watch 4 or Apple Watch 5 instead.

For most users, the Apple Watch 3 offers the best things the Apple Watch can do with a price that is way more affordable. In fact, the Apple Watch 3 is the go-to discount for Black Friday 2019.

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We’re seeing Walmart offer the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS for $129 starting Wednesday, November 27th online and in stores on Thanksgiving Day. Amazon is already selling the Apple Watch 3 with LTE for $199. We could see Amazon match the $129 price for the Apple Watch 3 with GPS next week and we could see Target work in some matching as well even though they only offer the Apple Watch 3 for $169. It wouldn’t be a shock to see an early Black Friday deal from Best Buy match the $129 pricing.

Here’s why you should buy the Apple Watch 3 in 2019, and why it will make a great Apple Watch for the next few years.

Price and Value

The Apple Watch 3 is still a good buy in 2019.

The Apple Watch 3 is still a good buy in 2019.

Then Apple Watch 3 is an amazing value at $129 for the GPS model and $199 for the LTE version. With the GPS model, you don’t pay any monthly fees, and with the LTE model, you can add it to your plan for about $10 a month on a carrier.

For this price, you get an Apple Watch that packs in most of the features of the newer models and you save a ton of cash that you can use to pay for a new Apple Watch band or other Apple Watch accessories.

Tons of Great Features

The Apple Watch Series 3 packs in all of the essential Apple Watch features and most of what you’d get with the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5. You can make calls, make payments, use as a remote for your camera, get notifications, use Siri, track workouts and much more.

You miss out on the Always On Display, Compass, ECG and Fall Detection, but basically everything else is there. This is a great way to get an Apple Watch experience without spending $400 or more on the latest model.

You get great battery life and all the bands and chargers are the same as the new models, so you have a ton of accessories to choose from.

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 38mm) - Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band
  • Gps + Cellular
  • Optical heart sensor
  • Digital Crown
  • S3 with dual-core processor
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope

Support for Years

Apple is still selling the Apple Watch 3 and offered watchOS 6 to the Series 1 and Series 2, which means you can expect to see watchOS 7 and maybe watchOS 8 come to the Apple Watch 3. That’s two+ years of software updates and support.

This is one situation where you can buy a cheap, older piece of technology and expect years of software updates to bring new features and fixes.

Cellular is an Option

You can still get cellular to enjoy leaving your iPhone at home.

You can still get cellular to enjoy leaving your iPhone at home.

You can still get the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and with deals that drop the price as low as $199, you get a lot of great additional features. With the LTE model, you can leave your iPhone at home and still take calls, send texts, stream music, and use apps.

It’s $10 a month on most carriers and it rings and sends texts using the same phone number as your iPhone. It’s a handy option if you like to workout without your phone or if you need to leave your phone in a locker or at a desk while working and want to stay connected.

It’s a Swimproof Model

Even though this is two years old, you can still use it while swimming and not worry about water damage. When you start a swim workout the Apple Watch 3 locks the screen so that you can avoid accidental taps and then you can turn the digital crown to play a noise that expels any water from the watch. While the Series 2 also offers swim workouts and waterproof levels, it’s not as good of a value as the Series 3.

Don’t Buy If You Need ECG or Fall Detection

If you’re buying the Apple Watch for heart health or to give to someone who needs fall detection, you should look at Apple Watch 4 deals on Best Buy and Amazon instead of buying a Series 3.

The Apple Watch 3 doesn’t support Fall Detection or the ECG feature that can help detect aFib. It does include a heart rate monitor, but you can’t take an ECG or turn on fall detection.

Don’t Buy if You Want a Bigger or Always on Display

If you want a bigger or Always-On-Display, you should go with the Series 5.

If you want a bigger or Always-On-Display, you should go with the Series 5.

The Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5 both offer bigger displays with some exclusive watch faces. If you want those bigger displays, you should look at either of those models.

The Series 5 also packs in an Always-on-Display so you can see the time and the complications without flicking or raising your wrist. It’s a cool feature and only on the Series 5, but only you can decide if it is worth paying nearly double the cost of the current Appel Watch 3 deals.

50+ Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

You can answer a call on your Apple Watch using it as a small Bluetooth speaker phone. You only want to use this for shorter calls because the audio quality isn't as good as when you are talking on speakerphone on your iPhone. 

The Apple Watch only allows you to answer your calls on Speakerphone, so you won't want to use this all the time. It is very handy when you are working on a project or busy with your hands. Definitely be conscious of where you are taking calls. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

If you buy the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, you can even make calls on the Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby. This requires adding the watch to your plan for $10 a month. You cannot answer a FaceTime video call on the Apple Watch. 

Last update on 2019-10-28. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

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