Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3 – Should Series 3 Users Upgrade?

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Apple Watch Series 5 is the latest and greatest offering to Apple’s lineup of smart watches. Of course, the Apple Watch Series 5 is definitely better than the Series 3 with respect to design, performance, and features. Does this mean that the Series 3 users should upgrade to the Series 5?

Read on to find out if the changes between the Series 5 and Series 3 are significant enough for the Series 3 users to upgrade to the Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3 – Similar, yet different design language

Both the Series 5 and Series 3 Apple watches share a similar design language. The Series 3 comes in 38 and 42 mm sizes while the Series 5 comes in 40 and 44 mm sizes.

The Series 3 at 11.4 mm is 11% thicker than the Series 5 at 10.7 mm. Despite the slight difference in the case dimensions, both the watches look identical when worn on the hand.

The crown in the Apple Watch Series 5 is slightly bigger than the one in the Series 3, and also supports haptic touch.

Apple Watch Series 5 is available in Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Ceramic, and Titanium finish whereas the Series 3 comes in a single Aluminium finish.

Design alone is not a major factor for the Apple Watch Series 3 users to upgrade to the Series 5, unless you are someone on the lookout for a thinner smart watch with more colour options to pick from.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3 – Series 5 hosts a better display than the Series 3

When it comes to display, Apple Watch Series 5 is more refined than the Apple Watch Series 3. Series 5 has a bigger display (nearly 30 percent) with a higher screen to body ratio and thinner bezels when compared to the Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 5 hosts an Always-On LTPO Retina OLED display whereas the Apple Watch Series 3 hosts a standard OLED Retina display with no Always-On feature.

The Always-On display was a much awaited feature of the Apple Watch. Having the Always-On feature in the Apple Watch Series 5 is quite useful as it keeps the screen on throughout(slightly dimmed display when not in active use). With the Series 3, when you are not using the watch, the screen gets turned off in sometime, and only lights up when you turn your wrist to have a look at the time.

Some people actually prefer the Always-On display whereas some people find it a little awkward that their watch screens remain On the entire time, especially when they receive text messages or other personal notifications. The Always-On display could also take a toll on the battery.

Overall, the Apple Watch Series 5 with its Always-On feature, LTPO OLED retina screen and thinner bezel hosts a better display than the Series 3. The better display in the Series 5 is a strong moving force for at least a few people to upgrade to the Series 5 from the Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3 – Series 5 carries more features than the Series 3

The list of features is where the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3 differ considerably. Even though the two generations of Apple watches currently share the same watch OS 6 and a few other features, the Series 5 does pack some cool new features up its sleeve.

Apple Watch Series 5 has the second generation heart rate monitor with the option to take an ECG, whereas the Series 3 has a first generation heart monitor with no ECG feature. Both the Series 5 and Series 3 carries high/low heart rate and irregular heart rate notification feature.

Apple Watch Series 5 has a fall detection feature in which the watch detects if the user has fallen and automatically calls the emergency services. For the cellular version, the Series 5 has an International Emergency Calling feature in which the watch allows you to make emergency calls even from countries which do not have coverage for your cellular service provider.

People working in high noise environments would really appreciate the Noise App feature in the Apple Watch Series 5, that measures the outside noise and notifies the user if things gets a little too loud. This feature is not present in the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 5 owing to the presence of the S5 chipset is faster than the Apple Watch Series 3 which hosts the the S3 chipset. Series 5 also has the W3 chip that helps in faster connection and communication with other apple devices such as the Airpods

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Series 5 also hosts a louder speaker, improved accelerometer with nearly double the g-forces, higher internal storage (32GB) and more watch faces as compared to the Apple Watch Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs Series 3 – Series 5 costs nearly twice that of the Series 3

With a newer generation chipset, and an array of new features, the Series 5 costs nearly twice that of the Series 3.

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (38mm) is available for $169 at Amazon. The 42 mm model is also currently available at a discounted price of $199 at Amazon as against its original price tag of $299. Hence, if you are planning to go for the Series 3, now would be a good time to pick the 42mm version.

The 44 mm Apple Watch Series 5 is priced at $429 for the GPS version, and $499 for the GPS+Cellular version.

The GPS version of the 40 mm Apple Watch Series 5 is also available for a reduced price of $349 as against its original price tag of $400.

Should Apple Watch Series 3 users upgrade to Series 5 ?

Unless you want a smartwatch with some cool features such as ECG, Noise app, and a really good Always-On display, we wouldn’t recommend that all the existing Series 3 users upgrade to the Series 5.

However, for old aged users, we would recommend an upgrade to the Series 5 as it has the option to measure an ECG, Decibel Metering to identify harmful noise levels, and an automatic sos call when the user falls.

For new users wanting to pick between the Series 3 and Series 5, we definitely recommend going for the Apple Watch Series 5 despite it being nearly twice the cost of the Series 3 as it is has some really cool new features, and is a definite improvement over some of the existing features as well.

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