Which is the best Apple Watch to buy in 2018? With the new Apple Watch 4, a cheaper Apple Watch 3 and multiple sizes, connectivity options and special editions to choose from it is a daunting decision to make.
Apple lists a staggering 43 Apple Watch models for sale on their website, and that’s not even including the size options for each of these. Thankfully while there are loads of options the decision ultimately comes down to;
- Should I Buy the Apple Watch 4 or Apple Watch 3?
- Aluminum or Steel Apple Watch
- What Size Apple Watch Do I Want?
- Do I Need LTE Connectivity?
- Do I Want a Special Edition?
When you break it down like this, it makes a tough decision much easier to figure out. We’ll break down each of these sections further to help you decide.
Apple Watch 4 pre-orders start at 12:01 AM Pacific on September 14th and you can read these tips to make sure you get the model you want. We also walk through the reasons to pre-order the Apple Watch 4 and the reasons not to.
What Apple Watch is the Best to Buy in 2018?
Ultimately the Apple Watch 4 is the best model to buy in 2018. If you want the most flexibility buy the LTE model. If you want an extra watch face, buy the Nike+ edition. For most users the aluminum Apple Watch is a better option as it is cheaper, lighter and more resistant to scratches.
This is more expensive, but it comes with a bigger screen exclusive new Apple Watch 4 features that will not come to the Apple Watch 3 and it’s going to get software support for a longer period.
The Apple Watch size that you buy mostly depends on your wrist and how big of a screen you want. The features are the same, so this is a very personal choice.
If you want to leave your iPhone at home and be able to make calls, send texts and stream Apple Music, you need to buy the Apple Watch with LTE. If you’ll have your iPhone with you 99% of the time, you can skip LTE and save $100 and monthly fees.
If you want special watch faces or bands, you can buy the Hermes or Nike+ Apple Watch 4 models. This is another personal choice. The Hermes models are much more expensive, but the Nike+ Apple Watch models are the same as the standard, and include an extra watch face.
Should I Buy the Apple Watch 4 or Apple Watch 3?
If you want a bigger screen, the ability to take an ECG, fall detection, better speakers and other Apple Watch 4 exclusive features, you should buy the Apple Watch 4.
The Apple Watch 3 is still a very good device, and it’s a deal starting at $279, but ultimately the Apple Watch 4 offers a lot for the added $120. All the best Apple Watch bands work on all models.
With both models you get Hey Siri, and Siri will talk to you. You can swim with either of these and you can get LTE with either of them.
- Buy the Apple Watch 4 if you want the best health features, a bigger screen and want to keep your watch for a long time.
- Buy the Apple Watch 3 if you want to save money without waiting for deals and you don’t need the advanced health features.
Should I Buy the Aluminum Apple Watch or Stainless Steel Model?
After you decide on which Apple Watch Series to buy, you need to decide what material you want. Apple Sells the Apple Watch in aluminum and in Stainless Steel.
Most people will want to buy the aluminum Apple Watch because it is cheaper, lighter and less likely to get scratched with use.
If you want one of the higher end luxury looks, opt for the stainless steel model. This is what you get with Hermes, or with the Milanese and stainless steel bands. You can buy most of these bands separately and attach to the aluminum model.
- Buy the aluminum Apple Watch to save money and because it doesn’t damage easily.
- Buy the stainless steel Apple Watch for fashionable bands included or
What Size Apple Watch Do I Want?
The Apple Watch 4 is available in four sizes across the Apple Watch 3 and Apple Watch 4 models. The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in 38mm and 42mm. The Apple Watch Series 4 comes in 40mm and 44 mm.
Overall the smaller sizes and the larger sizes are pretty close in size. This is the most personal choice for the Apple Watch. The larger model features a bigger screen and slightly better battery life, but the bigger physical size makes it unwieldy for smaller wrists.
You can try on the current Apple Watch sizes and get a general feel for which size you want. Keep in mind this is not a clear-cut decision as it also plays into the styles you can pick with the Hermes Apple Watch edition.
I choose the larger Apple Watch 4, while my wife opts for the smaller Apple Watch model.
Do I Need LTE Connectivity?
Most users do not need the Apple Watch with LTE. This is a feature that lets you leave your iPhone at home and still take calls, send texts, stream Apple Music and use other apps that need the Internet.
I purchased the Apple Watch 3 with LTE, but I’ve only used the LTE connection a few times. I use Spotify and will not switch to Apple Music just so I can use it on my watch, which limits my ability to use the Apple Watch as a workout companion without my iPhone. I’m paying $10 a month for the watch’s LTE connection, and rarely using it since I take my iPhone with me almost everywhere.
Your needs may be different than mine. If you want to leave your iPhone at home and stay connected, spend $100 more up-front to get the LTE model, and $10 more per month on service.
- Buy GPS if you typically have your iPhone with you.
- Buy GPS + LTE if you want to be able to use the Apple Watch without your iPhone.
Do I Want a Special Edition?
The last decision is one of the easiest, and you probably already know if you want one.
The Nike+ Apple Watch is the same price as the standard model. You get a special band and an exclusive watch face.
The Hermes Apple Watch collection includes special watch faces and a range of high-end fashionable bands.