Feature-packed Apple Watch 3 is not for everyone: review


Posted at Sep 27 2017 04:28 PM

Jeff Williams, Apple COO, speaks as product images are shown behind him during a launch event in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. Stephen Lam, Reuters

MANILA - The new Apple Watch brings a ton of improvements, but it's still far from being a must-have device, a tech journalist who has been reviewing it said on Wednesday.

Apple Watch Series 3 comes with LTE connectivity for the first time and was launched earlier this month alongside the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

"This watch actually has the potential to change how we do things, how we can get around and still be connected without having to have our phones," said Brian Tong, senior editor at CNET.com. 

But Apple's latest wearable "is not going to be for everyone," Tong told ANC's Early Edition.

One of the device's best features is its ability to use an eSIM and connect to cellular networks, he said.

This means you won't need your watch to connect to your phone to send and receive calls and messages, listen to music and get notifications. You won't need to use another SIM either as the watch "clones" your number.

He also said that the quality of calls on the Apple Watch was very good and almost indistinguishable from calls on the iPhone, even without using a headphone.

Tong also said Siri, Apple's voice-activated intelligent assistant, works great on the new Apple Watch with voice dictation now faster and more accurate.

However, social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram only work when the watch is connected to the phone. Tong said this was probably an issue with the apps and not with the watch itself and could be addressed with app updates.

But he also noted that there were issues with sending and receiving text messages on the Apple Watch. He said users couldn't use the device to send and receive SMS to Android or Windows phones. 

"If you're someone who's on the go and still wants to be connected but not distracted, I think it's gonna work for you," he said.

The Apple Watch still doesn't come with a camera.

"What I miss most is being able to capture moments on the fly with your phone," Tong said.