For those of you who have been asking me, "When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah? When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah? When is the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version coming to Singapore ah?", you can stop bugging me now.
Here it is: The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with the new Explorer watch face. This watch face is only available on the Cellular series and yes, it’s finally here in Singapore.
The only catch? You can only currently get it with a NumberShare plan with SingTel. Oi, the other telcos, why you no support Apple Watch eSIM? I’m looking at you, M1. The reason it is not available with the other telcos is entirely in the hands of the telcos. So please go bug your telco if it hasn't rolled out Apple eSIM plans yet.
The Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) allows you to operate it without your iPhone on you. The number is the same as your phone’s. You can take calls and messages on it (the non-cellular models can too, but require the iPhone to be nearby) and here’s my favorite part: you can stream ALL your Apple Music on the Apple Watch without your iPhone. Your entire music library, and the rest of the world’s, inside your Watch. Amazing.
If you have not tried using the Apple Watch to make calls, you are missing out on the most scifi thing to do. I feel like I am living in a Dick Tracy world. The mic on the Apple Watch is able to send my voice clearly to the other party, despite the ambient noise. I used to be skeptical but I take my calls on my Apple Watch a lot more now. It just works.
Battery life is similar to the non-cellular Series 3, assuming about four hours of LTE use. When the Watch is near your iPhone, it will use your iPhone to connect, and only when it doesn’t detect your iPhone or a familiar Wifi spot, will it switch to its own LTE connection. This saves battery life. You’ll see four green dots on the Watch to indicate that it’s using its own cellular connection.
Now I can go swimming with my Apple Watch Series 3 LTE and not worry if I will miss any calls or messages while my iPhone is in the locker.
I really dig that red dot.