82
Engadget
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Apple Watch Series 3 review: A good watch, a so-so phone replacement

All told, the Apple Watch Series 3 feels like two separate devices. When it’s used as a traditional smartwatch — by which I mean it’s connected to, and in range of a phone — it’s the best wearable Apple has ever made. Performance is much improved, battery life is strong, and watch OS 4 feels notably more thoughtful than earlier builds. Some of that polish fades when using the Watch as a standalone device, though. When everything works the way it’s supposed to, the Series 3 is a capable watch-phone hybrid. Unfortunately, wireless performance can be inconsistent and the toll it takes on the battery can be tough to swallow, especially when the feature will cost you $10/month.

Pros
  • Improved performance
  • Great battery life when connected to a phone
  • Valuable new fitness features
  • Siri feels more useful
Cons
  • 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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Score Breakdown

 
75
Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Battery life

64
 

Design and form factor

83
 

Display

85
 

Storage capacity

80
 

Features

78
 

Durability

80
 

Ease of use

78
 
 
80
CNET
The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best overall smartwatch you can buy, but battery limitations and add-on fees keep it from being a must-have upgrade.
 
80
Wired
Whether you’re a hyper-connected hyper-marathoner, or just looking for a few minutes away from the attention-sucking din of your iPhone, this is the first Watch that really works.
 
60
The Wall Street Journal
The Series 3 is the strongest indicator yet of what Apple believes the watch ultimately can be: a stand-alone tiny wrist computer that doesn’t need your iPhone. But if the Series 3 is any indicator of how that’s coming along, we should all hold off until, say, Series X.
 
80
Mashable
Apple's smart upgrade to its popular wearable takes the Apple Watch to a new level of responsiveness and constant connectivity.
 
70
Associated Press
It can be handy to untether the watch at times, but it’s not always necessary. Even when tied to the phone, Series 3 offers improvement such as tracking elevation, so you get credit for climbing stairs or jogging up a hill. And you can now hear Siri responses on the watch speaker.
 
50
The Verge
Considering that my Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE (both first and second review units) didn’t function like it was supposed to, I can’t recommend buying it — and paying the monthly cell fee — based on promises. I know I’m not.
 
80
Forbes
Not everyone wants a connected watch but if you do, Apple’s is the best around and this new version is a big leap forward.
 
80
Wareable
The Series 3 is about those windows through the day where a cellular watch can be freeing. It’s not yet time to ditch the smartphone, but Apple makes a more convincing case for a standalone smartwatch than anyone else so far.
 
90
TechRadar
The two versions of the Apple Watch 3 impress - but the cheaper, non-4G version of the wearable delivers good value for money and top fitness capabilities from the wrist.
 
90
The Independent
The Apple Watch is an immaculately built, elegant-looking watch with brilliantly configurable apps and features. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy one, the addition of cellular connectivity means this may be the right moment.