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Wearable Tech

Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Ionic, Gear Sport and Garmin Vivoactive 3

Compare the new Apple Watch 3 with its smartwatch competitors.

With its Watch 3, Apple's flagship wearable is now capable of making calls over an LTE cellular signal. It also lets you talk directly to Apple's Siri voice assistant, and stream music directly from Apple Music.

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But there are tons of other smartwatches and fitness trackers you can buy right now that are likely cheaper than the Watch 3 and are capable of many of the same things. This includes the Fitbit Ionic and the Samsung Gear Sport.

If you want to know how these wearables compare in terms of hardware, check out the spec chart below.

Apple Watch 3 comparison chart


Apple Watch 3 Apple Watch Series 2 Fitbit Ionic Samsung Gear Sport Garmin Vivoactive 3
Display 38mm: 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm: 1.65-inch OLED   38mm: 1.3-inch OLED; 42mm: 1.65-inch OLED 1.42-inch LCD 1.2-inch AMOLED 1.2-inch
Resolution 38mm: 340x272 (290ppi); 42mm: 390x312 (302 ppi)   38mm: 340x272 (290ppi); 42mm: 390x312 (302 ppi) 348x250 (302 ppi) 360x360 (302 ppi) 240x240 (283 ppi)
Dimensions 38mm: 38.6x33.3x11.65mm; 42mm: 42.5x36.4x11.65mm   38mm: 38.6x33.3x11.4mm; 42mm: 42.5x36.4x11.4mm 29.21x21.09mm 44.6x42.9x11.6mm 43.4x43.4x11.7mm
Protection Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on steel and ceramic models   Ion-X glass; Sapphire crystal on steel and ceramic models Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 3
Strap size Interchangeable   Interchangeable Interchangeable Interchangeable 20mm Interchangeable 20mm
Build Aluminum; stainless steel, ceramic options   Aluminum; stainless steel, ceramic options Aluminum, stainless steel Stainless steel, fiber-reinforced polymer Stainless steel, fiber-reinforced polymer
Processor Apple S3   Apple S2 Unknown 1GHz dual-core processor Unknown
Memory 512MB   512MB Unknown 768MB Unknown
Storage 16GB cellular and GPS, 8GB GPS only 8GB (2GB for music) 2.5GB 4GB 7 timed activities, 14 days activity tracking data
Battery "Up to 18 hours" 38mm: 273mAh; 42mm: 334mAh "4-plus days" 300mAh; "3-5 days" Smartwatch mode: up to 7 days, GPS mode: up to 13 hours
Operating system WatchOS 4 WatchOS  Fitbit OS TizenOS 3.0 Proprietary
Scroll wheel Yes Yes No Rotating bezel Side Swipe
Microphone Yes Yes No Yes No
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Vibration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LTE Yes No No No No
Heart-rate sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Water-resistant 5 ATM; 50 meters   5 ATM, up to 50 meters Up to 50 meters 5 ATM, up to 50 meters 5 ATM, up to 50 meters
Price $399 with cellular and GPS, $329 GPS only   38mm starts at $370, £370, AU$529; 42mm starts at $400, £399, AU$579 $299.95 Unannounced $299.99 (stainless); $329.99 (slate)

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