Both LG and Samsung have released LTE watches, but Apple’s wearable is the only one in the industry to have made significant traction in the market. While the market’s demand for pure fitness trackers has declined, Apple has carved out a strong position and continues to place emphasis on health and fitness features. This is an area FitBit had all but sewn up a few years ago.
With a Series 3, you can make calls, send text messages, and have full access to LTE network speeds without needing to be tethered to an iPhone. In essence, it’s one of the world’s first wearable smartphones, and it provides a sneak peek into the future of communication devices. Unfortunately, it’s not quite ready to be cut loose and operate sans iPhone just yet.
There’s no telling how long it will be till we see an Apple Watch that doesn’t rely on an iPhone. There are some serious technological hurdles to overcome before the Apple Watch becomes the iPhone Watch — notably battery life, but also user experience.