By Alex Roth
Seven months after the release of the latest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 4, we’re finally seeing some decent discounts. The Series 4 is our top pick for the best smartwatch for iPhone owners, and several colors and band styles are on sale in both the 40 mm and 44 mm sizes. Or, if you don’t mind a slightly slower watch with less robust health-tracking features, our budget pick, the Apple Watch Series 3, is also on sale.
The 40 mm Apple Watch Series 4 with the Sport Band (the synthetic-rubber band) or Sport Loop (the fabric hook-and-loop band) is typically $390, but Amazon has the space gray aluminum case with a black Sport Loop, the space gray aluminum case with a black Sport Band, and the silver aluminum case with a seashell Sport Loop for $350. If you have a larger wrist or just want a bigger watch display, the 44 mm model is on sale in two colors as well: the space gray aluminum case with a black Sport Band or with a black Sport Loop is $380, down $50 from the normal $430 price.
All Series 4 Apple Watches are water resistant up to 50 meters, get a full day of use out of a single charge, and can pair with different bands, including those from Apple or licensed third parties. Additionally, although these models are reliant on pairing with your iPhone for calls, texts, and other data features, they can track your running with internal GPS circuitry if you leave your phone at home. For full independence from your iPhone, you’d need to opt for our upgrade pick, the Apple Watch Series 4 (with cellular), which isn’t on sale.
We still consider the 2017 Apple Watch Series 3 a good value, and Walmart has both the 38 mm and 42 mm models at healthy discounts. The Apple Watch Series 3 38 mm version is $50 off, currently selling for $200, and the Apple Watch Series 3 42 mm version is $40 off, selling for $230.
Compared with the Series 4, “the Series 3 models have smaller screens—the biggest obvious difference—aren’t as speedy, don’t do automatic workout detection, and won’t support the Series 4’s ECG feature or fall detection,” our review notes. “Even so, the Series 3 is still fast, designed with the same GPS features and swim-friendly waterproofing, and equipped with a bright screen that’s easy to see outside.”
Read the original article: “Here’s the First Real Discount on the Latest Apple Watch.”
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