One of the best things to come out of Apple’s early September event — which brought about a suite of new iPhones, a 7th-gen iPad and a potentially game-changing streaming service — was something you’ll find few people talking about: the Apple Watch Series 3, originally released in 2017, will continue to be sold by Apple and it will cost just $199.
The news came on the heels of Apple’s unveiling of the Series 5, which boasts some impressive new features and even comes in a new material, titanium. But for soon-to-be Apple Watch wearers just looking to cover the basics, the Series 3 remains an excellent place to start. It’s efficient, accurate and comes with the option of LTE if you want to leave your smartphone at home during runs around the block or to the store.
The reduced price makes it competitive with a Fitbit Versa 2 or Garmin Forerunner 45, but neither of those integrates as neatly with Apple’s greater ecosystem of phones, computers and more. This makes the Apple Watch Series 3, a two-year-old device, perhaps the best entry-level smartwatch you can buy in 2019.