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    AW3 vs. AW4 vs Traditional timepieces

    Well, I picked up 3 Apple Watches today (one for me, my girlfriend, and my mom). Since we are all watch guys/gals, I thought I would post my first impressions of it vs. traditional timepieces and also the AW3 vs. AW4 in 2019 (for me). Quick video in 4K...




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    I am LOVING the Nike watch faces in different hues!

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    I’m interested in hearing later what you think of the aftermarket straps, what your charging routine is (bedside stand, or living room, etc), any pleasant or unpleasant surprises, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    I’m interested in hearing later what you think of the aftermarket straps, what your charging routine is (bedside stand, or living room, etc), any pleasant or unpleasant surprises, etc.

    Hi BarracksSi,
    I received the aftermarket bands (3 for $12) and the quality is good but not as premium as the OEM Nike strap. Meaning, they are a little thinner and the band is slightly narrower which makes the strap a bit more flexible and lighter. The straps seem secure when attached - so no problem there. I cannot complain at all about the straps when realizing their very low cost.

    I charge at bedtime. So far, I have REALLY enjoyed this watch! I love the activity monitoring, the crisp screen, vibrant colors vs. the black screen, and the comfort. It is a WONDERFUL companion to my current lineup ... Rolex Sub No Date, Tag Heuer F1 Chrono, Casio G Shock 7900, and an incoming Tag Heuer Monaco. Here's some photos of the straps...


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    With my GF and our AWs. Her aftermarket band really dresses it up.













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    Definitely not timeless. Most technology struggles to be timeless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kezcub View Post
    Definitely not timeless. Most technology struggles to be timeless.
    I agree with you, which is why I think the OP is smart to go with the 3 over the 4. The less money you invest in one of these up front, the better. They have very low resale value and you will want to replace it within a few years. I think it is smart to buy the previous gen each time in this case. Especially considering that the updates have not been Earth shattering, so you are not really missing out.
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    I definitely know i won't buy 3 apple watches because of a lot of reasons. Congrats though and enjoy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cashmonee View Post
    I agree with you, which is why I think the OP is smart to go with the 3 over the 4. The less money you invest in one of these up front, the better. They have very low resale value and you will want to replace it within a few years. I think it is smart to buy the previous gen each time in this case. Especially considering that the updates have not been Earth shattering, so you are not really missing out.
    I kinda think that the AW4 is a bigger jump than the Series 2 was, mainly because the AW4 runs a 64-bit CPU (making every Apple device 64-bit, fwiw). Checking on the iPhone side, the 64-bit models, starting with the 5S, have had the longest span of iOS support (the 5S debuted with iOS 7 back in 2013, and it still runs today's iOS 12). I would guess that the AW4 would stay supported for a similarly long time.

    There won't be much externally visual evolution because we're talking about wristwatches; and I'm not sure how much more complicated the UI can get, either. I didn't foresee the ECG capabilities, but I still think the next big change that makes a significant day-by-day impact will have to be battery technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    There won't be much externally visual evolution because we're talking about wristwatches; and I'm not sure how much more complicated the UI can get, either. I didn't foresee the ECG capabilities, but I still think the next big change that makes a significant day-by-day impact will have to be battery technology.
    I agree that battery life must have priority over new features. Apple needs to extend the battery life to a week.
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