Hodinkee’s Ben Clymer was, I believe, the only reviewer seeded with an Apple Watch Series 3 Edition, and his review is excellent:
Now, what I haven’t mentioned yet is that there is actually a
sister product to Apple Watch Series 3 that is all but a
must-have: AirPods. Apple’s wireless Bluetooth headphones have
been with me since December of last year, and while the sound
quality is hardly audiophile worthy, they are incredibly
convenient. At this point, I couldn’t live without them, and I
felt that way even before I received this sample Series 3 to try.
They are an even bigger part of my life with the Series 3 in the
Indeed, Apple Watch with AirPods is a terrific combination, both for listening to music and for making phone calls.
On the ceramic case:
Again, the quality of the ceramic matches that of any high-end
polished ceramic watch I’ve seen in the market from Switzerland.
In fact, Apple has indicated they are using much of the same
finishing techniques that one might expect to see in, say, Le
Brassus or Le Sentier, and if you look through Apple’s “Designed
by Apple In California” book, and then tour Audemars Piguet for
example, you’ll see the very same tools.
And as Ben Thompson noted, this is probably the best line from any of the Series 3 reviews:
Still, we now have smartwatches from two of the three big luxury
watch groups, and likely more to come. And that’s before we
actually talk about sales numbers of Apple versus the
traditional players or the fact that all of theirs use what is
the equivalent of an off-the-shelf caliber in Android OS while
Apple’s is, to borrow a term they’ll understand, completely
in-house. Ironic, really.
★ Wednesday, 20 September 2017