A detailed comparison of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 of the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Series 4 — new smart watch from Apple, which got severely updated design and many new features, including advanced heart rate sensors and ECG module, which, alas, is not working in Russia. But how very different Apple Watch Series 4 and the Apple Watch last year’s Series 3? And what model should I choose? Our most detailed comparison of smart watches answers to those questions.
And if it is short? Display from Series 4 on 32-35% more than Series 3. It occupies almost the entire front surface, making the watch’s appearance has been updated. Also, the display of Series 4 supports LTPO to reduce energy consumption.
The key difference between the Apple Watch Series 4 from Series 3 is the display, which is why the comparison should start from the screens of smart watches. In the Apple Watch Series 4 Apple for the first time since the launch of its first “smart” hours greatly increased the size of the displays. And he did it by reducing the frames around the perimeter, with no visible increase in size of the gadget.
Apple Watch Series 4 was released in two versions:
- Apple Watch Series 4 40 mm — 1.57-inch OLED display (368×448 pixels).
- Apple Watch 44 mm Series 4 — 1,78-inch OLED display (324×394 pixels).
Apple Watch Series 3 released with smaller displays:
- Apple Watch 38 mm Series 4 — of 1.52-inch OLED display (312×390 pixels).
- Apple Watch 42 mm Series 4 — a 1.65-inch OLED display (270×340 pixels).
Estimating the increase may seem that the displays of the Apple Watch Series 4 slightly more than the Series 3. However, the increase was more than impressive 32% in the case of the 40 mm model, and 35% in the case of the 44 mm version. For such a compact device is a decent indicator that clearly shows the compare area displays:
- Apple Watch Series 4 of 40 mm — 759 mm.
- Apple Watch 44 mm Series 4 — 977 sq. mm.
- Apple Watch 38mm Series 3 — 563 sq. mm.
- Apple Watch 42 mm Series 3 — 740 sq. mm.
The screen resolution of the Apple Watch Series 4 has increased in direct proportion to the size. Thanks to the increased resolution on the Apple Watch Series 4 will improve readability — app icons and fonts will be more.
Display in the Apple Watch Series 4 was not only more, but also received support for LTPO, which is responsible for the increase in energy efficiency. However, in the section “Battery and time” it becomes clear that this improvement was the Apple Watch Series 4 is simply necessary.
Other key features of the displays of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 are identical. The screens of both models have Retina type, high brightness up to 1000 CD/m2, and a protective glass Ion-X high-strength and support of proprietary tracking technology touch Force Touch.
And if it is short? The display influenced the design of the Apple Watch Series 4 the most, but there are other changes. Series 4 Series 3 a little more, but thinner. Rear panel Series 4 made of ceramic and sapphire glass to improve the quality of communication.
The enlarged display of the Apple Watch Series 4 impact on the appearance of a smart watch the most. The screen in the entire front face looks much more advantageous than display a thick frame around the perimeter, as in Series 3. Adds to the effect of “infinity” classic design decision Apple faces display have a special curve that follows the shape of the hull.
But in addition to that, Apple Watch Series 4 has a few improvements in terms of design. The watches were a little more, but thinner:
The Dimensions Of The Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 4 40 mm 40×34×10.7 mm
- Apple Watch Series 4 44 mm — 44×38×10,7 mm.
The Dimensions Of The Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch 38 mm Series 4 is 38.6×33,3×11.4 mm
- Apple Watch Series 4 44 mm — 42,5×36,4×11,4 mm.
Thickness has reduced by 0.7 mm. note Again that for a compact device such a change is quite noticeable.
In addition, Apple Watch Series 4 became heavier. Weight 40 mm model equal to 30.1 g, 44 mm to 36.7 g of the Apple Watch Series 3 the following figures: Series 3 38 mm — 26.7 g, Series 3 of 42 mm and 32.3 g.
Rear housing Apple Watch Series 4 made of ceramics and sapphire crystal glass. The use of new materials added hourly strength and allow easier to pass the signal. Apple Watch Series 3 rear casing made from composite materials.
It is important to emphasize that despite the change in all dimensions, Apple Watch Series 4 fit the straps of any of the previous models of smart hours Apple.
Apple Watch Series 4 Series 3 different from a large number of available body colors. Series are available in the case of aluminum and stainless steel (not sold in Russia). Aluminum model has three colors: silver, gold and grey (space grey). Version of were also released in three colors: silver, gold and black.
Apple Watch Series 3 sold only in silver and gray (space gray) colors. Apple stopped releasing the gold version of the Series 3, though initially this option was.
Wheel Digital Crown
And if it is short? Wheel Digital Crown in the Apple Watch 4 Series completely redesigned. It is thinner and more compact by 30%. The Digital Crown has received the support of the engine Taptic Engine for a particular tactile experiences while using.
Very important, but at first glance not much noticeable change in the Apple Watch Series 4 occurred in the scroll wheel Digital Crown. Apple for the first time since the launch of the first smart watches have completely redesigned the Digital Crown. The company has pericopal it again using a larger number of non-mechanical parts. The wheel is thinner and more compact by 30%.
But the key feature of the new Digital Crown is support engine Taptic Engine. In the Apple Watch Series 4 every interaction with a wheel is given a nice tactile response, similar to the vibration. Users of iPhone 6s and the newer models of the iPhone will definitely understand what the feeling of it. In the Apple Watch Series 3 never happened.
And if it is short? In the Apple Watch Series 4 has a S4 chip, which is just 50% faster than the S3 chip in Series 3. The gyroscope and accelerometer of the second generation better measure activity and are able to understand if a person suddenly fell, followed by a call to the emergency services. Series 4 has new wireless module W3 and 16 GB of internal memory instead of 8 GB.
In the Apple Watch Series 4 system installed on a dual-core 64-bit processor Apple S4. The new chip is up to 50% faster processor S3, which is installed in the Apple Watch Series 3. To perform any task on the new smart watches from Apple will be a bit faster than last year’s model. In particular, the application will begin to run immediately.
Apple Watch Series 4 is equipped with an accelerometer and a gyroscope second generation. The accelerometer can measure acceleration to 32 g, while the module in Series 3 had the opportunity to measure the g-forces only up to 16 g. Updated sensors have increased the accuracy of tracking of physical activity and enabled to implement the clock function support fall detection. Thanks to her, Apple Watch Series 4 will determine if the user suddenly became ill and he fell. If that happens, watch for 10 seconds will make a call to the emergency services and will send a warning text message to relatives (must be specified in the Health app as contacts in case of emergency).
Apple has also equipped the Apple Watch Series 4 new chip for wireless communication W3. In the Apple Watch Series 3 have a previous model of chip W2, which is less speed and lower stability.
Internal storage capacity of the Apple Watch Series 4 is 16 GB. Apple Watch Series 3 it is 8 GB. Other characteristics identical hours. Both models have a barometric barometer, ambient light sensor and GPS support, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS.
Protection from water
And if it is short? Model is identical — both can be submerged in water to a depth of 50 meters.
Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 is protected against the ingress of water equally according to ISO 22810:2010. The watch can be submerged up to 50 meters in the pool and in the river or sea.
And if it is short? In the Apple Watch Series 4 appeared the ECG sensor, performing a measurement in 30 seconds (yet is not working in Russia). In addition, the Series 4 is equipped with sensors to monitor heart activity and rhythm of the second generation. They monitor the heart rhythm continuously and can prevent diseases at an early stage.
Of course, the main innovation of the Apple Watch Series 4 — ECG sensor built right into the wheel Digital Crown. To perform electrocardiography users only need to run an application and put your finger on the scroll wheel Digital Crown. The procedure takes only 30 seconds and its accuracy is close to the maximum. In the Apple Watch Series 3 this was not possible.
Unfortunately, at the time of the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4 sensor ECG will work exclusively in the United States. The problem is that Apple needs to permit activation of such a complex module in other countries. The company has already started to take the first steps in this direction in Russia, so we should expect that in a short time, the EKG sensor will work with us.
Equally important improvements have occurred with sensors tracking heart rate and rhythm. First, in the lower part of the body of the Apple Watch Series 4 has a completely new electric heart rate sensor. And secondly, the watch has got an optical heart rate sensor of the second generation.
By joint efforts, these sensors are not only more accurately determine the pulse. They are constantly in the automatic mode, monitor heart activity and rhythm, alerting the user if the pulse is too high or too low.
And if it is short? In the Apple Watch Series 4 a lot of new dials that can be placed as much as 8 extensions.
Specifically for the Apple Watch Series 4 with large display, Apple has created a number of new faces that will not be available on previous models, including Series 3. The main feature of the new dials is the ability to install up to eight extensions different functions or applications. A vivid example of one of these dials is “Infograf”, which shows the user the maximum amount of useful information.
Upgraded the expansion. They became larger in size and provide more useful information.
Also a few new exclusive dials “Vapor”, “Liquid metal”, “Fire” and “Water” is made to emphasize the large display. Clicking on the edges of these faces leads to various beautiful effects.
Battery and operating time
And if it is short? The battery life of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 equally — up to 18 hours in normal use.
The battery life of the Apple Watch Series 4 has not changed compared to Series 3. Both watches are working up to 18 hours in routine operation. As we noted in the beginning, the use of more energy-efficient display has become mandatory for Series 4, as otherwise the gadget would be dipped autonomy.
Communication and sound
And if it is short? Apple Watch Series 4 now supports Bluetooth 5.0. Speaker hours was 50% louder and the microphone has shifted to a more clear sound for calls.
Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 support the same Wi‑Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz). But the Bluetooth in the new watch has improved. Series 4 support Bluetooth 5.0, and Series 3 only Bluetooth 4.2.
The speaker in the Apple Watch Series 4 was 50% louder than in Series 3. The microphone on the body of the new watch was moved to the opposite side to improve sound quality and reduce echo when talking.
And if it is short? Apple Watch Series 4 almost 10 thousand rubles more expensive than the Series 3.
Apple Watch Series 4 aluminum enclosure is sold in Russia at the following prices:
- Apple Watch Series 4 40 mm — 31 990 rubles.
- Apple Watch 44 mm Series 4 — 33 990 rubles.
Unfortunately, Apple decided not to sell in Russia Apple Watch Series 4 with stainless steel case. In addition, we again did not get models of smart watches with SIM card. The latter occurred due to the fact that the card format eSIM in Russia are not supported.
Apple Watch Series 3 are estimated as follows:
- Apple Watch 38mm Series 3 — 22 990 rubles.
- Apple Watch 38mm Series 3 — 24 990 rubles.
As you can see, the difference with the Apple Watch Series 4 is almost 10 thousand rubles. And it is important to note that the price of the Apple Watch Series 4 compared to the Series 3 has increased around the world, and not only in Russia.