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Which Model Should I Buy: Is Apple Watch Series 5 Worth It?

Jessica Lee

| 2 months ago


With two models of the Apple Watch on the market, it can be tricky to choose which Watch is best suited for your lifestyle. Apple Watch 3 vs. 5?

What’s the difference between Apple Watch 3 and 5?

The Apple Watch Series 3 is definitely more economical, but will it offer sufficient features to keep up with new technology? The Apple Watch Series 5 is more advanced, but will its price tag match your usage of it?

With a $300 price difference between the two models, this can be a tough decision. Keep reading for our side-by-side comparison of the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 3.

In this article, we will be discussing the Series 5’s 40mm version and the Series 3’s 38mm version.


Key Differences

Series 5 (40mm) Series 3 (38mm)
Price $529 $259
Display 759 sq mm Always-On LTPO Retina OLED 563 sq mm Retina OLED
Resolution 324 x 394 pixels 312 x 390 pixels
Materials Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Ceramic or Titanium Aluminum
Crown Digital Crown with Haptic Feedback Digital Crown
Chip Digital Crown Dual-Core S3 Chip
Battery Life 18 hours 18 hours
Heart Health ECG and Heart Rate Heart Rate
Safety and Emergency Emergency SOS, Fall Detection and International Emergency Calling Emergency SOS
Storage Options 32GB 8GB, 16GB

Design and Size


The Apple Watch Series 5 is slightly larger than the Series 3 by several square millimeters.

The Series 5 also has an Always-On LTPO display, so can always see the information on your screen. You may think this would drain the battery, but it doesn’t, and we’ll discuss this later on.

Both devices have Retina OLED displays, giving both top-notch visuals. You won’t have to worry about squinting or getting headaches from trying to read your screens. They’ll be clear as day.

Finally, the digital crown of the two watches is different. The Series 3 features the classic digital crown, but the Series 5 has the digital crown with haptic feedback. This means it’s more responsive and can perform tasks with greater ease; just turn it!

Material and Finish

Apple Watch Series 5 Hermès Band

When it comes to materials and finishes, the Series 5 has far more options than the Series 3.

The Series 3 only comes in an aluminum case with Silver and Space Gray finishes.

However, the Series 5 comes in four different material types, each with its own set of finishes. The aluminum case comes in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The stainless steel case comes in Stainless Steel, Space Black, and Gold. The titanium case comes in Titanium and Space Black. And the ceramic case comes in White.

The Apple 5 Watch bands have also collaborated with high-fashion brand Hermes and sportswear brand Nike to create custom style ways and bands. For some extra money, you can make your Apple Watch stylish and functional. Make sure you’re familiar with changing your Apple Watch band.



Apple Watch Series 5 reviews are in, and the Series 5 uses a stronger chip than the Series 3.

The Series 5’s dual-core S5 chip runs twice as fast as the dual-core S3 chip of the Series 3. With it, you’ll be able to run programs faster. Learn how to add Apple Watch apps, or check out our top apps for the Apple Watch!

The dual-core S5 chip also enables the Series 5 to come with a load of new, great features. From the ECG (electrocardiogram) sensor to a louder speaker to plenty more, the S5 chip will offer you a much better Apple Watch experience.

In addition to the upgraded S5 chip, the Series 5 also comes with the W3 wireless chip for connectivity. With this, you’ll be able to connect your Apple Watch with new devices or switch between devices much more quickly.

Which One Is For You?


Apple Watch Series 5

If you’re in the market for the most advanced smartwatch, consider the Apple Watch Series 5 or the Nike Apple Watch Series 5.

The Series 5 offers the latest smartwatch technology. With its electrical heart sensor, S5 chip, and 18 hours of battery life, you won’t have to worry about missing out.

For the avid fitness enthusiasts who are also avid Apple fans, the Series 5 was made for you. Click here for our top health and fitness apps for the Apple Watch!

Apple Watch Series 3

Sure, besides the Series 5, the Apple Watch Series 3 may seem underwhelming, but don’t underestimate it. The Series 3 is still a fantastic smartwatch.

Able to track your heart rate and aid you in your journey to fitness, the Series 3 comes with a variety of great features that’ll help you get fit.

And, of course, the Series 3 will save you money. If the features of the Series 5 don’t impress you that much, try the Series 3 for an economic, but still amazing, smartwatch.

Find more tips and guides for your Apple Watch Series 5 here!

Products Covered

allapplenews-product-Apple Watch Series 5
Apple Watch Series 5
Release Date
September 2019


• 32GB
• Always on Retina Display
• W3 Apple Wireless Chip
• 3D Touch Display
• Up to 18 hrs Battery Life


More advanced and smarter than almost any smartwatch on the market, the Apple Watch Series 5 does more than keep track of your basic health statistics. With metrics on your cardiovascular health, fitness activity, and more, you can get a full rundown of your health so you know you'll attain your goals.

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