Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1

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This month Apple unveiled the third iteration of its wearable product: the Apple Watch Series 3. Though the Series 3 looks no different than the Watches before it, it does have one big new feature: it now has built-in cellular connectivity, which means you can access internet-required services on it without needing to pair it with your iPhone. In a slightly unusual move, when Apple announced the Series 3, it discontinued the Series 2 Watch–but decided to keep the Series 1 Watch alive. So just how do the Series 3 and Series 1 Apple Watches differ? We took a look to find out.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1: Specs

Apple Watch Series 3

  • Processor: Dual-core Apple S3 + Apple wireless W2 chip
  • Memory: 768 RAM
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB (cellular model only)
  • Battery: 18 hours
  • Display: 38 mm or 42 mm Sapphire crystal (cellular) or Ion-X glass (GPS) OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • Connectivity: GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and (optional) Cellular LTE
  • Waterproofing: Water resistant 50 metres
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, Heart rate sensor, Barometer, Barometric altimeter

Apple Watch Series 1

  • Processor: Apple S1P dual-core processor
  • Memory: 512 RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Battery: 18 hours
  • Display: 38 mm or 42 mm Ion-X glass OLED Retina display with Force Touch
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Waterproofing: Splash resistant
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, Heart rate sensor

As you can see from the specs the Series 3 (both GPS and LTE models) beat the Series 1 when it comes to Processor, RAM, and Storage. It’s Dual-core Apple S3 + Apple wireless W2 chip will roast the Series 1 Apple S1P dual-core processor. The LTE model’s 16GB of storage is twice that found in the Series 1, and both Series 3 models have 50% more RAM than the Series 1. The Series 3 also features a new Apple wireless W2 chip, which is used for improved wireless connectivity.

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1: Display and Design

Both Series 3 and Series 1 come in two screen sizes: 38mm or 42mm. Both also feature OLED Retina displays with Force Touch. However, the LTE version of the Series 3 offers a stronger display thanks to its Sapphire crystal lens. The GPS-only version of the Series 3 Watch and the Series 1 Watch features the less strong Ion-X glass. As for design, the Series 3 Watch comes in an aluminum body or a stainless steel body. The Series 1 Watch only comes in an aluminum body.

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1: Connectivity and Sensors

As for as connectivity goes, we already mentioned that only the Apple Watch Series 3 features built-in GPS with a Cellular LTE option so you can use it as a dedicated device without required pairing with an iPhone. Other than that, the connectivity options between the Series 3 and Series 1 are all the same: NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.

The Series 3 does also have more sensors too. Like the Series 1, it has an Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, and Heart rate sensor. But the Series 3 also now features a new Barometric altimeter that shows your altitude.

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1: Waterproofing

Both the Series 3 and Series 2 offer water protection. But the Series 3 has a superior water resistance rating of 50 metres under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means the Series 3 can be worn in the pool or ocean while swimming up to 50 meters deep. The Series 1 Watch is officially “splash resistant” with a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. That means you’re probably okay with getting it wet in the rain or even the shower, but it’s not a good idea to go swimming with it.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch Series 1: Cost and Verdict

The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at £329 for the GPS model and £399 for the Cellular model. The Series 1 starts at only £249.

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