I really like the idea of the apple watch, but I have a Garmin now that requires weekly charging. I can't imagine going back to daily charging. The older smart watches and bands that I had before required charging every 24-48 hours and I often had a dead watch at just the wrong time (like just before a workout).
Apple Watch is a great starter smartwatch, but if battery life matters - the Coros is a better product.
I realize some people may use their watch more, or may do much longer workouts (or more of them) but I do use GPS with mine as I don't carry my phone with me when I run.
Battery life is never a problem for me. I know that sounds like "works for me" or whatever, but I don't see how people are struggling given I have tons of battery to spare at the end of the day.
I never, never, carry my iPhone outside the house anymore. And in a perfect world, I could activate my Apple Watch eSIM standalone, and I would throw my iPhone away. It is liberating.
I've forgotten my Garmin charger, gone on a weekend trip where I did hikes w/GPS, and come home with plenty of battery life to spare. I could never have done that with my previous watches (or with an Apple watch).
I've had Garmin watches, admittedly, not a newer one as I only used it for running. But I just can't see one being all that useful compared to the Apple Watch. I really like the Fitness integration features.
The ONLY thing I sort of miss is the ability to better handle interval training. I had to download an app (Intervals Pro) to handle it on my Apple Watch, and it's a bit confusing to configure, but it does the job.
If I were more an athlete and needed serious use of my watch in that athlete type use case, I'd consider a Garmin again.
While I'm interested in an updated model, unless the battery story is significantly better then my prior experience, I can't justify the amount of money.
I love my Amazfit Bip. Yes, I realize that Apple Watch can do much more. But Bip does everything I need—counting steps, tracking heart rate, showing notifications—but needs charging every 22-23 days! And costs $60 brand new, not $4-600, has 20,000 (really) watchfaces, and the always-on display is very readable in direct sunlight. The idea of wearing a watch that needs charging daily is preposterous.
I have the 3, but thought they had achieved 24 hour battery life in recent versions
I get selling older stuff for price differentiation, but only when it is being supported fully. I'd feel bad for anyone who purchases a Series 3 in 2021 and expects to get a normal lifetime of usage out of it.
Plus no price reduction ($200) for a four-year-old piece of hardware that is suffering badly from age, no longer represents good VALUE either.