The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best Apple Watch worth buying right now. Apple cosmetically updated its wearable for the first time ever last year, leaving a stunning device that feels like the future.

Our Pick

Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS

The perfect wearable for most given its blend of features and looks

If you've never purchased a wearable before, the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS is the perfect place to start. It offers everything a wearable should, including fitness tracking and notifications, all in a sleek body that looks futuristic.

Who should buy the Apple Watch Series 4?

Just about anyone who wants to get into wearables. You get the health-focus features while also getting a solid amount of features that round out the experience. This includes a larger screen than past models and a longer battery. If you're interested in features like an ECG or a fall sensor, the Series 4 is a must-buy.

Is it a good time to buy the Apple Watch Series 4?

Apple doesn't update the design of its products very often, and it just updated the Apple Watch Series 4 with a redesigned display, so you can rest assured it is Apple's major update for at least a couple years. Apple, however, does update its products every year in the fall, but you have a few months before that happens.

Reasons to buy

  • Stunning display
  • Fitness tracking
  • Intuitive software
  • Notification access
  • Customization

Reasons not to buy

  • Expensive
  • Comparable to the Series 3

Wear the future on your wrist

When the Apple Watch launched in 2015, it instantly became a polarizing device. It just didn't seem to have an identity. Was it a miniature smartphone on your wrist or a fitness tracker? After many years of reformulating its purpose, Apple seems to have found the sweet spot with the Series 4, with its feature array and a stunning all-new design.

There are two main reasons to buy the Apple Watch Series 4: fitness tracking and notifications. Anything else is just a supplemental benefit.

Once Apple saw that the Apple Watch wasn't just a mini computer on your wrist, it doubled down on fitness tracking. Now the Apple Watch is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy. Through the Activity app, you can track just about any workout you want to engage in: walking, running, cycling, yoga, swimming, and many more.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is not only the best Apple Watch, but it's also the best smartwatch.

In fact, its ring system is one of the most addicting parts of the watch. They track three modes: move, exercise, and stand. And closing these rings has proven to be a fun and automatic hobby for Apple Watch users.

Expanding on the health focus, new with the Series 4 is the ECG (electrocardiography) feature, which keeps tracks of your heartbeat. It's the first time a wearable has offered the feature.

Notifications are the other reason to get an Apple Watch. It pushes out any notifications that come through your phone right to your wrist, eliminating the need to always check your phone. It's useful and convenient.

Besides that, you can also make calls, reply to text messages, download (or stream) music, and make payments using Apple Pay.

GPS, not LTE, is the best option

A big debate that may come up when considering buying the Apple Watch Series 4 is whether to go for the standard GPS version, which is our selection, or the cellular model. Truth be told, the cellular model is just not there yet, which is why we couldn't choose it as the best option.

Sure, untethering the Apple Watch from an iPhone sounds great, but it's not as magical as it sounds. Most of the time, it'll just reconnect back to the iPhone when you are near it, and when you use it as a standalone device with cellular connectivity, the battery life is laughable. It definitely won't last more than a couple hours.

It's just not worth the premium price tag, which is $100 more than the regular GPS model and needs an extra data plan you'll need to access a cellular connection. All that makes the GPS model a much better option for most people.

Other options

That being said, if you do want to consider the alternatives, there are some worth seriously taking a look at. Whether cellular connectivity strikes your fancy or you want something that costs a little less, the are other Apple Watches that meet that criteria.

Runner-Up

Apple Watch Series 4 with Cellular

It offers more connectivity, but also costs more

This version of the Apple Watch Series 4 with is everything our selection option is, just add cellular connectivity. This is great if you want to use your watch as a standalone device, but bad if you want to save some money.

The future where you can use your wearable as its own device is here with the Apple Watch Series 4 with Cellular (and GPS). You don't need your smartwatch to be tethered to your phone anymore. That kind of breakthrough is magical and expensive. It costs an extra $100 and the monthly plan you'll need to access the cellular connectivity. If that's important to you, this might be your best option.

Value Pick

Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS

Don't let its age fool you, this is still a great Apple Watch

If you don't need the best of the best and are looking to save some money, the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS does everything its newer brother does, just with a slightly smaller display.

Plainly put, if you buy the Apple Watch Series 3, you won't miss out on anything Apple offers with its wearable. All the apps work the same and it almost looks the same, except few minor cosmetic changes. It might be the best option for you if you want to save a few bucks.

Other Cellular Option

Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular

The original Apple Watch with cellular connectivity

The only downside to the Apple Watch Series 4 with Celluar is that it's quite expensive. The Apple Watch Series 3 solves that by offering the same functionality, albeit in an older body, and you'll save nearly $200.

The first time Apple introduced cellular connectivity was with the Apple Watch Series 3. While it's over a year old at this point, that doesn't negate the value and versatility this model still offers. And contrasting from the Series 4 option, it costs way less and that's always a good thing in our book.

Bottom line

The Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS is the best Apple Watch for most people. It does everything Apple offers with its wearable, except for cellular connectivity, and it does it very well. It's a combination of fitness tracking with smartwatch capabilities that let you make calls and answer text messages round out the experience for a device users will use on a daily basis.

We Recommend

Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS

The perfect wearable for most people given its blend of features and looks.

If you've never purchased a wearable before, the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS is the perfect place to start. It offers everything a wearable should, including fitness tracking and notifications, all in a sleek body that looks futuristic.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was the catalyst for his interest in writing. Down the road, the colorful iPod Mini jumpstarted his interest in technology and has been glued to it ever since.

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