Apple Watch 4 versus Apple Watch 3: how does the new smartwatch compare?

Apple Watch 4

Apple has just unveiled its new smartwatch and you'll be shocked when you hear that it's called the Apple Watch Series 4.

As always, some interesting functions are included that can tempt you to upgrade and in this article we want to help you to distinguish the most important differences.

Below is everything that makes the Apple Watch 4 different from Apple Watch 3 from last year.

Design and display

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Apple Watch 4

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Apple Watch 3

Apple Watch 3

This is the biggest change we have seen in the design of the Apple Watch since the first generation was announced in 2015. The now iconic square dial design is back for the latest product, but Apple has squeezed more display in Watch 4.

While the Apple Watch 3 came in both 38 mm and 42 mm variants, the newer Apple Watch 4 is 40 mm or 44 mm.

It's just a bit bigger, but it makes Apple 30% extra screen on this newer version of the Apple Watch. We think this will make a bigger difference for the smaller version of the device.

The bezels are thinner on the Apple Watch 4 and so the screen curves around the edges of the screen. Although we do not know the exact size of the screen, it seems to be noticeably bigger than the Apple Watch 3 when navigating around the watch.

This should provide much more room to navigate through the app, but that does not make the display technology on the Apple Watch 3 superfluous.

At the moment we do not know much about the exact dimensions of the Apple Watch 4, but you can expect that it is bigger on your wrist. We will certainly update this as soon as we know more about the size and the weight.

You can buy any device in aluminum in the colors silver, space gray and gold, while the same color versions are also available for both watches. All belts that you already have for Apple watches work on both generations of the device.

OS and specifications

Apple Watch 4 against Apple Watch 3

On the Apple Watch 4 the WatchOS 5 software is installed by default and those with Apple Watch 3 can upgrade later in September, so you will soon have the latest version of the software, regardless of the watch you choose.

It is one of the best versions of a software on a smartwatch and you can also use all the advantages of the new external complications on the dials.

The Apple Watch 4 has a faster processor than the Watch 3 called the S4 which the company claims to be twice as fast as the previous generation. Or you will notice that the performance impact is unclear in real life, but if you want the fastest Apple Watch, you need the newer version.

The loudspeaker on the newer watch is also 50% louder than the Apple Watch 3, which according to the company is better for the new Walkie-talkie function and calls from your wrist.

Both watches are able to make a mobile connection – if you buy the more expensive model – but you want the Apple Watch 4 for the stronger connection.

The back is made of a ceramic this time that provides a better connection, according to Apple. How extremely well this will work, we will not know until the moment of our full assessment soon.


Apple Watch 4 against Apple Watch 3

Apple Watch 3 on the left with the Apple Watch 4 on the right

One of the biggest new features is that the Apple Watch 4 can take an ECG value. This has to do with your heart health, and although it may not be relevant to everyone, it is a groundbreaking upgrade for people with poorer heart health.

There is also a new feature that uses a new type of accelerometer to monitor if you have had a fall and call the emergency services. This can be especially useful for the elderly.

The Apple Watch 4 offers most of the same fitness features we've seen on the Apple Watch 3, including GPS tracking, a top-end heart rate monitor, a waterproof design and sleep tracking technology.

Everything you're used to on the Apple Watch 3 is available here, so you'll only get more features if you choose the more recently announced Apple watch.

When it comes to the battery, Apple claims that you will get a full day use of both watches. We turned out to be the case with the Apple Watch 3, but we can not yet confirm the same claim for the Watch 4.

Apple also said that the Watch 4 will be able to track outside activity – using a built-in GPS sensor – for up to six hours after a single charge, which is an upgrade from the last generation.


Apple Watch 4

This is where the Apple Watch 3 comes into its own. Because it is a year older, it is considerably cheaper, and the launch of the Apple Watch 4 has also lowered the price.

It is now $ 279 / £ 279 / AU $ 399 for the Apple Watch 3. The Apple Watch 4 starts at $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 599, so it is considerably more expensive, and both sets of prices are only for the GPS versions of the look.

That said, there is a lot of new technology here and it is comparable to the price of the Apple Watch 3 when it was announced last year around the same time.

Take away

Although the Apple Watch 4 will not change everything to the company's wearable game, there are some solid upgrades here that you'll probably be impressed by.

You probably do not have to upgrade to this if you own an Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 (unless you want the ECG features), but the small redesign is a big improvement and there are many reasons to buy the latest through the Watch 3 .

That price of the Apple Watch 3 is much more attractive, but if you want a long life, better design and additional features, you have to spend more and choose the Apple Watch 4.