Apple Watch Cellular vs GPS An at a glance breakdown
Apple Watch GPS + Cellular
The Apple Watch GPS (Wi-Fi only) model is the least expensive and lightestweight of all models in the line. You get a longer battery life, but that’sbecause it doesn’t have a cellular chip. It requires an iPhone for daily use.From $199 at Apple
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: An at-a-glance breakdown
Source: Lory Gil / iMoreFrom a single glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between theApple Watch Cellular vs. GPS. There is a red ring around the Digital Crown onthe Cellular model, but they’re otherwise identical-looking on the outside.It’s the insides that make all the difference.The table below is based on the specifications of the Apple Watch Series 6.All battery life info is based on using cellular only (not connected to Wi-Fi).| GPS | GPS + Cellular —|—|— Battery life (talk) | N/A | 1.5 hours Battery life (audio) | 10 hours | 7 hours 5 hours with Apple Music streaming Battery life (workout) | 10 hours indoor 6 hours outdoor with GPS | 5 hours outdoor with GPS & LTE Apple Music support | No | Yes Minimum requirements | iPhone 6s with iOS 14 for Series 3 and newer | iPhone6s with iOS 14 for Series 4 and newer Siri support | Yes | Yes Family Setup support | No | Yes Storage size | 8GB for Series 3 16GB for Series 4 32GB for SE, Series 5, 6 | 16GB for Series 4 32GB for SE, Series 5, 6 Monthly cost | $0 | From $10 per month, depending on carrier
Apple Watch Series 3
As of September 2020, Apple no longer sells the GPS + Cellular version of theApple Watch Series 3. We no longer include its specifications in thiscomparison guide. However, the Series 3 GPS + Cellular does exist in the worldfor those considering upgrading from this model.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Apple Music and Podcasts streaming support
Source: iMoreThe GPS + Cellular Watch supports Apple Music and Podcasts app streaming. Ifyou have an Apple Music subscription, you can rock your socks off anywhere youwant without needing your iPhone or Wi-Fi.The GPS-only model doesn’t support streaming Apple Music, but you can downloadtunes onto it for direct listening offline. You are only limited by thestorage capacity on your Apple Watch — remember, the Series 4 only has 16GB ofstorage, but the Apple Watch SE, Series 5, and Series 6 all have 32GB ofstorage.
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Family Setup
Source: AppleIf you plan to buy or hand down an Apple Watch to a family member who doesn’talready own an iPhone, you don’t have to invest in both devices. Instead, youcan use Family Setup to initially set up the Apple Watch, and then they canuse it untethered. The Apple Watch Cellular + GPS is the only Apple Watchmodel that supports Family planning, so this is an important factor whenconsidering your purchase. You may not need cellular right now, but you maywant to pass along your old Apple Watch to a friend or family someday in thefuture.Family Setup works with the following Apple Watch versions: * Apple Watch Series 4 * Apple Watch Series 5 * Apple Watch Series 6 * Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch Cellular vs. GPS: Battery Life
Source: Lory Gil / iMoreDoes the GPS + Cellular Apple Watch have worse battery life than the GPS-onlyApple Watch?The answer is yes, but only while you’re using GPS + Cellular. Apple’s ownbattery tests peg Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple WatchSE at an 18-hour average, with specifics highlighted below:> All-day battery life is based on 18 hours with the following use: 90-time> checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout> with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over 18 hours.>> Family Setup battery life is based on 14 hours with the following use: 70> time checks, 45 notifications, 20 minutes of app use, a 5-minute phone call,> and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth,> over the course of 14 hours with LTE connection and Find My location sharing> enabled.>> Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth> during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) usage> includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to> iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.>> Apple Watch SE (GPS) usage includes connection to iPhone via Bluetooth> during the entire 18-hour test. Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) usage> includes a total of 4 hours of LTE connection and 14 hours of connection to> iPhone via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours.>> Apple Watch All-Day Battery Life testing was conducted by Apple in August> 2020 using preproduction Apple Watch SE (GPS) and Apple Watch SE (GPS +> Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices were tested with> prerelease software. Battery life varies by use, cellular coverage,> configuration, and many other factors; actual results will vary.While Apple doesn’t note which Watch configuration it used for these tests, itdid peg the Cellular watch at 18-hours with 4-hours of LTE and 14-hours ofiPhone connectivity — about what the average person might use in a given day.Specific battery tests, however, are far less forgiving. Here’s how the Series5 and Series 6 fared in Apple’s single-task tests: * Talk: 1.5 hour w/ Cellular * Audio: 10 hours w/ Bluetooth, 7 hours streaming playlist with LTE * Workout: 10 hours indoor workout, 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS, 5 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTEThe Apple Watch SE has a remarkably good battery life for being of the low-cost variety. That’s probably because the Apple Watch SE is supposedly anApple Watch Series 5 without the ECG monitor. * Talk: 1.5 hours w/cellular * Audio: 10 hours from onboard storage, 7 hours streaming playlist with LTE * Workout: 10 hours indoor workout, 6 hours outdoor workout with GPS, 5 hours outdoor workout with GPS and LTEWhile the GPS-only Apple Watch has better battery performance against the GPS+ Cellular model when using LTE, neither performs well for long-distancerunners.
Apple Watch GPS + Cellular
If the thought of going for a walk or jog without having to take your iPhonewith you is important, you’re going to love the freedom that comes with thecellular version of the Apple Watch. And if you plan on using Family Setup,even someday in the future, this is the watch you want.
Apple Watch GPS
Not everyone needs to use their Apple Watch without their iPhone. If you neverleave home without your iPhone, and you like it that way, or if you don’t planever to use Family Setup in the future, don’t waste the extra $50 – $100 onthe cellular model.We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.Apple Watch SE ReviewIf you find the $399 Series 6 too expensive and the $199 Series 3 too dated,the $279 Apple Watch SE should be just right. With the exception of an always-on display and sensors for blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) andelectrocardiogram (ECG), it offers almost everything else you get in theSeries 6, including a vast selection of downloadable apps, excellent callingand texting capabilities, and potentially lifesaving health features like falldetection, irregular heart rate and rhythm notifications, Emergency SOS, andinternational emergency calling. It also boasts a larger display, a fasterprocessor, and more safety features than the Series 3. That makes the Watch SEan excellent, cost-effective option for kids, the elderly, or anyone who wantsthe apps, fitness, and safety features of the Series 6 without paying apremium for its always-on display and advanced health metrics.
Apple Watch Series 6: Health and fitness tracking
When it comes to health and fitness tracking, the Apple Watch Series 6 is jam-packed with handy features. It can log the steps you take, the distance youtravel, the calories you burn, and the number of hours you stand each day. Ontest, we found it was accurate at monitoring our daily steps and distance.The Workout app on the watch can record 80 different types of exercises, fromwalking, running, cycling and swimming to boxing and strength training. Eightexercises, including running, cycling and swimming, are automatically trackedso it doesn’t matter if you forget to manually start the workout. The watchalso has GPS, so you can get an accurate figure for your pace whileexercising.Just like the Apple Watch Series 5, it can provide low or irregular heart ratealerts, offers an ECG function, and can detect if you have a fall and call theemergency services if you’re immobile or unresponsive as a result. It also hasthe ability to measure your SP02 level (the amount of oxygen your red bloodcells are carrying from the lungs to the rest of the body) so you can gaugeyour overall fitness, too. We found this was simple to measure during testing.
Apple Watch Series 6: Battery life
During testing, we found the Apple Watch Series 6 lasted around 18 hoursbetween charges. It’s quicker to recharge than the Apple Watch Series 5 too,taking one hour and 30 minutes compared to just over two hours to fullyrecharge.
C Spire Apple Watch Cellular
C Spire is right upfront about how much it will cost to add an Apple Watch toyour data plan; the first three months of service are free, $10 a monththereafter. C Spire also offers a useful summary of how the cellular serviceon an Apple Watch works and how to set it up.
3. Can You Use an Apple Watch Cellular without a Cellular Plan?
Apple Watches that are cellular-equipped don’t have to have to utilize acellular plan—they still have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, so they canuse the data and cell service from your iPhone. If you don’t intend to usecellular with your Apple Watch, though, it makes sense to go with the cheaperversion and purchase an Apple Watch GPS instead of a more expensive versionthat comes equipped for cellular.