APPLE WATCH 3 CELLULAR REVIEW: A GAME-CHANGER FOR SOME, IMPRACTICAL FOR MOST

There are some product categories, where despite there being many players in the field, there are only a handful of products worth recommending. In the tablet category, it’s always the Apple iPad that keeps that category relevant. Similarly, when it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch has aced every quarterly sales report when it comes to numbers. Apple did not introduce the category, but it doesn’t have any stiff competition despite the many Android Wear, I mean WearOS, watches out there. With the Cellular variant of the Apple Watch, we get what is the natural evolution to this category. Apple has achieved this in an elegant manner by having an eSIM inside the watch, which barely adds much thickness to the overall dimensions of the Watch.

If you’ve been holding out for so long, is this finally the Apple Watch to go for? Is Cellular support really such a big deal?Find out more in our detailed review.

There are some product categories, where despite there being many players in the field, there are only a handful of products worth recommending. In the tablet category, it’s always the Apple iPad that keeps that category relevant. Similarly, when it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch has aced every quarterly sales report when it comes to numbers. Apple did not introduce the category, but it doesn’t have any stiff competition despite the many Android Wear, I mean WearOS, watches out there. With the Cellular variant of the Apple Watch, we get what is the natural evolution to this category. Apple has achieved this in an elegant manner by having an eSIM inside the watch, which barely adds much thickness to the overall dimensions of the Watch.

If you’ve been holding out for so long, is this finally the Apple Watch to go for? Is Cellular support really such a big deal?Find out more in our detailed review.

Apple Watch Series 3. Image: Apple

Apple Watch Series 3. Image: Apple

Build and Design: 9/10

Apple has been a design leader on many fronts. But at the same time, it also sticks to a winning formula for multiple generations. We have seen that happen from the Apple iPhone 6 through to the iPhone 8. The same logic applies to the Watch. The design of the Apple Watch hasn’t changed much since the first generation Apple Watch, except maybe adding a few millimetres to the profile of the Cellular variant. The Apple Watch Cellular gets a red-coloured Digital Crown to separate it from the other Watches and give you those extra bragging rights.

The rounded square design has been retained, as has that concave base that houses the heart rate sensor and the charging ports. The left-hand side of the Watch has the mic and speaker whereas on the right you have the Digital Crown and the back button. The grooves to slot the Watch bands are the same and you can use your previous generation watchbands with this Watch edition as well.

The only design disruption I see happening with future Apple Watches is going from the square shape to a round design, something that Samsung has got right with its Gear Sport. But for now, though, this will do. Just like the previous generation, the Apple Watch Cellular comes with the IP68 certification, which means that you can wear your watch when going for a swim to measure your swimming activity as well.

Speaking about dimensions, you get a 38 mm and 42 mm variant (this is the one I tested). Both measure 11.4 mm thick and weigh around 35 g, which is barely any weight on your wrists. The Watch is housed inside an aluminium case which can take a few scratches and some minor beating. The Ion-X strengthened glass did stand the test of time. After a point, I didn’t even bother checking the display despite brushing it against rough walls or accidentally banging the watch face into some metal or other such surfaces. The key word being “accidental”. Don’t go about purposely doing it. After a month of regular usage, I still can’t see any scratches, so I am quite impressed. There is really nothing to complain about with the build quality.

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