Hands-on video walkthrough: Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3—worth the extra $120?

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Apple Watch Series 4 is a seriously praised smartwatch for a good reason, but last year’s Series 3 is no slouch and it comes with some pretty compelling features. You can get a baseline 38mm aluminum Series 3 with a sport band from Apple right now for as low as $279 versus $399 for a 40mm aluminum Series 4. The new Series 4 watch has been redesigned from top to bottom and offers even better features than the last year’s model, but is it worth the extra $120? iDownloadBlog’s video editor Harris Craycraft does the comparing for you, boys and girls, in his hands-on video walkthrough of Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3.

A whole new watch

Apple Watch Series 4, of course, brings a bit slimmer and flatter industrial design, but the thing you’ll notice immediately is a bigger edge-to-edge OLED display with rounder corners, resulting in increased pixel count and making those wonderfully curly complications possible.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 4 - round complications

Apple’s S4 chip is now 64-bit and noticeably faster than last year’s S3 in Series 3. Series 4 also brings clearer cellular phone calls with 2x louder speaker, repositioned microphone and better signal reception. As a bonus, you get that electrocardiogram on your wrist, the world’s first.

PRIMER: How the new information-dense complications on Series 4 work

Would that be enough to win you over? Let’s compare Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3.

Comparison: Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3

I’ll let our video guy Harris Craycraft to do all the talking.

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It’s worth pointing out that you could get Series 3 for even cheaper than $120 if you looked on eBay, Amazon, refurbished deals, used models and more.

What do you think about Harris’s Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 3 comparison?

Is getting a Series 4 money well-spent? Or maybe you’d recommend that average buyers who have never owned an Apple Watch purchase last year’s Series 3 model and save at least $120?

What would you recommend to a friend who is in the market for a nice smartwatch?

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments down below.