There’s literally never been a better time to buy an Apple Watch Series 3. Head over to Walmart today, and you’ll find the 38mm GPS+Cellular modelRemove non-product link on sale for as little as $229, down from the list price of $379. If you want the 42mm modelRemove non-product link, it’s on sale for just $259 (down from $409). If you’re okay with not having the cellular connectivity, you can get the 38mm GPS-only modelRemove non-product link for as little as $199 and its 42mm counterpartRemove non-product link for $229.
There’s a whole range of optionsRemove non-product link available for sale, so check them out while the sale is still around. In most cases, these are the best prices we’ve seen for these models—and by a substantial margin, at that.
I will caution, though, that it’s likely Apple will announce the Apple Watch Series 5 either at Apple’s expected September iPhone event or at a later showcase. That will put this model two generations behind. I doubt it’ll be a substantial improvement over the Series 4—which introduced a slightly larger display as well as health-oriented features like a built-in fall detector and ECG—but it’ll almost certainly be faster.
I personally still use the Apple Watch Series 3, and it remains fast and capable enough that I’ve never felt a pressing need to upgrade to the Series 4 (although I totally admit I’d like to use the new watch faces Apple designed for the Series 4’s larger display). The battery life remains decent after over a year and a half of frequent use, and I have no trouble using third-party apps designed for the Apple Watch.
If you want to see why everyone is raving about the Apple Watch but don’t want to plunk out the full price for a new unit, this is a good model and price to start out with. For more information, be sure to check out our review from October 2017.