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Apple Watch deal alert: Save $80 on Series 3 models on Amazon

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Save $80 on all sorts of Apple Watch Series 3 models.
Save $80 on all sorts of Apple Watch Series 3 models.

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Although the Apple Watch Series 4 is the company’s latest in wearable devices, the Series 3 is still the greatest with people looking for a bargain. The Apple Watch Series 3 is the previous generation, but it’s still top-notch — especially since the 38mm and 42mm models are now on sale for $80 off their list prices on Amazon.

SEE ALSO: Which fitness tracker should you get?

The Apple Watch Series 3 usually goes for $279, but the 38mm GPS model is priced at just $199. It features a GPS tracker, optical heart sensor, and digital crown made from premium aluminum. This model syncs directly to your iPhone for connectivity on-the-go, while it also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope for tracking workouts and your running routine with up to 18 hours of battery life. In addition, the Apple Watch Series 3 is swim-proof, so feel free to wear it when you’re doing laps at your local pool. 

The smartwatch runs the latest watchOS 5, so even if the Series 3 38mm is a generation behind, its operating system and functionality are not. If you’re looking for an Apple Watch with its own mobile data service, the Series 3 38mm with cellular and GPS built-in is on sale for $299 on Amazon too.

The Apple Watch Series 3 42mm GPS model is also on sale for $229, or $80 off its retail price of $309 on Amazon.

While the 42mm model has nearly the same internals and features as its 38mm counterpart, there are some differences that might make you want to opt for the bigger model. Both models have built-in GPS, an optical heart sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope, and a digital crown. However, the 42mm version has a larger display size and a bigger battery with more than 18 hours of battery life.

This model also runs watchOS 5 and connects to your iPhone via WiFi and Bluetooth. But it really comes down to wrist size. If you have a larger wrist, it’s recommended you go with this model instead of the 38mm version. 

In addition, if you want an Apple Watch with its own cellular system, the Series 3 42mm with mobile data and GPS is on sale for $329 — which is also $80 off its list price. This model doesn’t require an iPhone for data, but you do need to sign up for a separate monthly mobile plan from just about any U.S. carrier, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint.

All of these Apple Watch Series 3 models are a great value, so you (and your wallet) won’t be disappointed with any version you pick up.

Take $40 off the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus cellular models at Walmart

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The Series 3 watch gives you cellular capabilities without a phone.
The Series 3 watch gives you cellular capabilities without a phone.

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Apple Watches are the enviable devices when it comes to wearable technology. I mean they’re basically a tiny phone you can have on your wrist at all times.

This kind of advanced technology does not come cheap — the watches require you to drop a couple hundred bucks — so, when there’s a sale, you want to jump on it while it lasts. And here’s some good news: Walmart lowered its prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 GPS plus cellular models

The Series 3 with GPS and cellular gives you the power to leave your phone behind. Take calls and ask Siri to send messages for you directly from the watch. Of course it also works as a fitness tracker to monitor your health and activity: Track your workouts with the watch and stream music or podcasts to Bluetooth headphones to go phone-free during your exercise. (There’s a reason why we dubbed this the “smartest smartwatch yet.”)

You have a couple different size and color options with the Apple Watch Series 3. Pick from white and silver or black and space gray. The 32 millimeter model is on sale for $339.

The larger 42 millimeter watch has a reduced price of $368.

Save $50 on the new Samsung Galaxy Watches at Best Buy

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Keep your life on your wrist with Samsung's best wearable yet, now under $300.
Keep your life on your wrist with Samsung’s best wearable yet, now under $300.

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Situations where it pays to be a Samsung person: Waiting for new releases to go on sale.

While Apple devotees probably won’t see a sale on the Apple Watch Series 4 for months, Best Buy has the just-released-in-September Galaxy Watches for $50 off — the first time we’ve seen them on sale since Black Friday.

What may be Samsung’s best wearable yet (according to Mashable’s video review), the new Galaxy Watch could be yours to flex for just $279.99 for the 42 mm or $299.99 for the 46 mm.

“Galaxy” is a powerful name previously only associated with Samsung’s flagship phones — so you know you’re about to be impressed when they finally allow a smartwatch into the club.

Unlike Samsung's other watches, the Galaxy runs on its own OS called Tizen.

Unlike Samsung’s other watches, the Galaxy runs on its own OS called Tizen.

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The Galaxy Watch’s exterior takes after a traditional analog timepiece, but there’s nothing traditional about its abilities. Track your health and heart activity in major detail, get a detailed picture of your sleep habits, and stay on top of your daily schedule and reminders via the display — just as you would with a smart home device. 

Speaking of smart home devices, you can also control those right from your watch.

The sAMOLED display is always on and adjusts to daylight or darkness, so the time is always available without a button. This also means that apps like Spotify, Uber, Samsung Pay, and more are readily accessible to keep you moving without messing around. (iOS support isn’t great here, so if you’re an Apple person, you should stay there for now.)

Stress, sleep, and calorie tracking on the Always-On display.

Stress, sleep, and calorie tracking on the Always-On display.

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With up to five days of battery life, 39 fitness activities to measure, and a 5 ATM water resistance rating, there’s virtually nowhere that it can’t accompany you — and that’s the peace of mind that a smartwatch should give you.

Grab the 42 mm smartwatch on sale for $279.99 (regular price $329.99) or the 46 mm smartwatch on sale for $299.99 (regular price $349.99).

Withings ECG smartwatch is an analog Apple Watch killer

The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor.
The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor.

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If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, the first one you’d probably consider is the brand new Apple Watch Series 4. It’s one of the best looking, and it includes an electrocardiographic sensor (ECG) for detailed heart monitoring. 

Now, Withings is challenging Apple directly with its new Move ECG smartwatch that also includes a ECG sensor — just like the newest Apple Watch. It also sells for about a quarter of the price at $130.

Unlike the Apple Watch, the Withings Move ECG does not include a touchscreen. It can’t send you push notifications, text messages, or let you control your music from your wrist. So what makes it so special if it can’t do any of those things?

Withings decided to keep the Move ECG’s  components mostly traditional compared to other, flashier smartwatches. The Move ECG looks like any analog watch you’d buy from a company like Timex or Swatch. It’s a classic design that fits most styles.

The Withings ECG looks like a normal watch, but contains a powerful electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor. It sells for $130.

The Withings ECG looks like a normal watch, but contains a powerful electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor. It sells for $130.

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The bulk of the “smart” features included on the watch are accessible through the Withings Health Mate companion app. It pairs with the watch and tracks data like the number of steps you’ve taken, heart rate, and the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using the ECG sensor.

The benefit of having an ECG sensor attached to your wrist is that you can closely monitor the rhythm of your heart, and in extreme cases, detect any irregularities. It’s a great data point for anyone who might be concerned about the health of their heart, or anyone who simply wants more information about their body (perhaps to even share with their doctor).

The Withings Health Mate is a  companion app that pairs the the Move ECG smartwatch.

The Withings Health Mate is a  companion app that pairs the the Move ECG smartwatch.

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Withings has a long history of debuting some of the most talked about health products at CES. Just a couple of years ago, the company debuted a non-invasive thermometer that won several awards. This year, it looks to do the same with its new, affordable ECG smartwatch.

As someone who literally just bought an Apple Watch, I must admit I’m thoroughly impressed. The design of the Withings ECG is much more subtle, and doesn’t scream, “I’m a dad!” to anyone who sees you wearing it. Plus the battery life is infinitely better (12 months per charge!), and the app design is much more focused on health. In sum, I wish I’d have waited to buy this watch instead of my Apple Watch. 

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