The 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular plummeted in price at Amazon and Walmart today

With a price like this, there's no reason not to get the cellular model.

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Now that we’re only a couple of a weeks away from the launch of a bunch of new Apple products (or so we hope), we’re finally starting to see some real deals on existing ones. I was already impressed with the price drops from the 2018 iPad Pros yesterday, but today both Amazon and Walmart and knocking down the price of the 38mm white Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and cellular to just $229.

That’s...wow. The retail price for this watch was $379, but until today, it’s never gone lower than $295 on Amazon. Unfortunately, if you want the space gray version, you’ll still have to pay $339.41.

For comparison, the same model without cellular is still selling for $279.

The Series 3 is still a fine and fast smartwatch, although the newer Series 4 has some flashier features like a slightly larger display, new watch faces, a built-in ECG and fall detector, and better battery life. Still, the Series 3 is good enough that I still use one, and I’ve never felt any pressing need to update (apart from some envy related to those watch faces).

If Apple releases an Apple Watch Series 5 this year—and the rumors are scant in that regard—that means this model will be two generations behind. The scarcity of rumors makes me doubt the Series 5 will offer any substantial improvements in features over the Series 4, but it would likely have a faster processor and slightly better battery life.

Of course, it’ll be much more expensive than this. If you're just looking to save money, this is a fantastic deal.

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