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Review: Apple Watch Series 3 is a useful tool for the health-conscious, with diabetes management coming soon

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Science & Technology News

In the meantime, I can report that the Series 3 takes a number of health care and wellness related functions up a level, not least because it's by far the best smartwatch on the market in terms of both form and function.

That said, it should be noted that smartwatches -- even one as cool as the Apple Watch -- still aren't for everyone.

The simple fact is that almost everything a smartwatch can do, a smartphone can do better. And since most people already carry phones, the whole idea of wearable tech is a classic case of solving a problem that doesn't exist.

That's not how Apple sees it. I sat down with some company execs who made a persuasive case for how an Apple Watch complements the iPhone, rounding out the digital experience with new convenience.

For example, they noted it's much more discreet to check messages during a meeting with a peek at your wrist, rather than picking up your phone.

Then there's the Series 3's biggest technical improvement: cellular capability. In other words, you no longer need a nearby iPhone to make calls or access the Internet.

 

That's undoubtedly a selling point for anyone who can't imagine being digitally untethered for even a moment. I just don't see a lot of people clamoring to make calls on their watch.

As a medical device, though, this turns the Series 3 into a lifeline. And that's why I say anyone with a chronic illness should sit up and take notice.

Here's what happened to me just the other night:

I took a walk with my dog and, foolishly, left both my phone and glucose tablets at home. Needless to say, I had a blood-sugar crash while out and about.

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