Apple Watch Series 5
Best smartwatch for iPhone owners
If you’re upgrading from an older watch, the Series 5’s larger, always-on screen makes this model worth the price over the Series 3. The Series 5 is also faster. It comes in two sizes and is easy to customize with different straps and faces.
The Apple Watch Series 5 offers the best combination of style, message handling, app selection, battery life, and activity tracking of any smartwatch for any platform. And with the addition of an always-on display, Apple has solved one of the last remaining issues we’ve had with the Apple Watch since its introduction. If you’re upgrading from a Series 2 model or earlier, the Series 5 is the one you should choose. But if you’re using a Series 3 or 4, we don’t think you should rush to upgrade.
The Series 5 models—available in 40 mm and 44 mm sizes—have larger screens than previous Apple Watches in similarly sized bodies, and they are noticeably faster than the still-available Series 3. You can choose a model with LTE connectivity for a higher price, or more expensive steel, titanium, or ceramic bodies. But we think most people will be best served by the standard aluminum model.
Apple Watch Series 3
Still great, much less expensive
The Series 3 offers most of what makes the Series 5 great, but it has a smaller screen and 2017’s tech—at a much lower price.
The 2017 Apple Watch Series 3 is still available, and it’s a great choice if you’re looking to save some money, or if you’ve never owned a smartwatch and you’re thinking of testing the waters. But its smaller screen doesn’t show as much information as the Series 5’s, and it doesn’t offer an always-on option. The Series 3’s performance is a little slower than that of the Series 5, and the Series 3 lacks advanced health-tracking features like the electrocardiogram (ECG) and fall detection. But it otherwise gives you the same Apple Watch experience as the Series 5 at about half the price (or for about the same price as a less fully featured fitness tracker).