Which Apple Watch should I buy?

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it instantly became a polarizing device. It just didn’t seem to have an identity. Was it a miniature smartphone on your wrist or a fitness tracker? After many years of reformulating its purpose, Apple seems to have found the sweet spot with the Series 4, with its feature array and a stunning all-new design.

There are two main reasons to buy the Apple Watch Series 4: fitness tracking and notifications. Anything else is just a supplemental benefit.

Once Apple saw that the Apple Watch wasn’t just a mini computer on your wrist, it doubled down on fitness tracking. Now the Apple Watch is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy. Through the Activity app, you can track just about any workout you want to engage in: walking, running, cycling, yoga, swimming, and many more.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is not only the best Apple Watch, but it’s also the best smartwatch.

In fact, its ring system is one of the most addicting parts of the watch. They track three modes: move, exercise, and stand. And closing these rings has proven to be a fun and automatic hobby for Apple Watch users.

Expanding on the health focus, new with the Series 4 is the ECG (electrocardiography) feature, which keeps tracks of your heartbeat. It’s the first time a wearable has offered the feature.

Notifications are the other reason to get an Apple Watch. It pushes out any notifications that come through your phone right to your wrist, eliminating the need to always check your phone. It’s useful and convenient.

Besides that, you can also make calls, reply to text messages, download (or stream) music, and make payments using Apple Pay.

GPS, not LTE, is the best option

A big debate that may come up when considering buying the Apple Watch Series 4 is whether to go for the standard GPS version, which is our selection, or the cellular model. Truth be told, the cellular model is just not there yet, which is why we couldn’t choose it as the best option.

Sure, untethering the Apple Watch from an iPhone sounds great, but it’s not as magical as it sounds. Most of the time, it’ll just reconnect back to the iPhone when you are near it, and when you use it as a standalone device with cellular connectivity, the battery life is laughable. It definitely won’t last more than a couple hours.

It’s just not worth the premium price tag, which is $100 more than the regular GPS model and needs an extra data plan you’ll need to access a cellular connection. All that makes the GPS model a much better option for most people.

Other options

That being said, if you do want to consider the alternatives, there are some worth seriously taking a look at. Whether cellular connectivity strikes your fancy or you want something that costs a little less, the are other Apple Watches that meet that criteria.

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