How to choose which Apple Watch to buy?


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A few years ago, picking an Apple Watch was a simple process. All you needed was to choose the size you wanted and you were good to go. Then in 2017, Apple introduced the Series 3 Watch with cellular connectivity, adding another factor to compare. In 2020, Apple launched the affordable Apple Watch SE. As innovative as Apple, the company is rumored to launch another rugged model for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Picking the Apple Watch over other smartwatches stands to reason since it is simply the best smartwatch for iPhone users. But, as wearables can be incredibly personal devices, which one should you choose? There is a multitude of options to explore. There’s even a camera on an Apple Watch now. Yes, the innovation just went to another level. Nonetheless, let’s check out which Apple Watch suits you the best.

The Best Apple Watch if You Are Outdoorsy

If you are a person who likes the outdoors and likes to take pictures at the same time then Wristcam is a great choice. Wristcam has put a camera on an Apple Watch and to be precise, it is a smart strap for the Apple Watch that packs in a Sony-based 8MP outward camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera. The cameras are capable of taking 4K photos and 1080p videos. Also, there are two microphones to record the audio, an integrated battery, and 8GB of storage.

If you love the outdoors, you’d be worried about the durability of the Wristcam strap. We are happy to report that despite just 33 grams, the strap is quite durable. It is IP68 rated water-resistant and it is dust resistant as well. So, if you want to go on a hike, ride your bike on a trail, or jump in the lake, and capture the scenery at the same time, Wristcam has got your back. 

The Wristcam strap works well with Siri commands and allows you to go completely hands-free. When you buy the Wristcam strap, you get two-sized straps in the box with a charger cable. To use the strap, you’ll need to download the free Wristcam iPhone app and then you can start snapping. 

The Best Apple Watch If You Have Limited Budget

If you are on a budget and you are tempted by the Series 3 because of its lower price tag, there are better options available. You can buy a used or refurbished Apple Watch. 

Also, if you are not sure about the smartwatch device and whether it will stick with you long term, this option makes sense. For one, you’ll get new hardware that works great with watchOS 8. For two, if you are not sure about the device you go out and buy a new one, accessories such as stainless steel or titanium case, or sapphire glass can add hundreds to the final bill. 

Buying a used or refurbished watch works best with Apple Watch SE, Series 5, or Series 6. Also, if you buy a used Apple Watch and use it with Wristcam and put a camera on the Apple Watch, it will be a whole new experience. Finally, we recommend not going for Series 3 or older as they struggle to run newer software. 

The Best Apple Watch For Your Kids

For your child, choosing an Apple Watch with cellular connectivity is ideal. We recommend buying the Apple Watch SE, Series 4,5, or 6. These watches are available in smaller sizes and are likely to fit their wrists better. Moreover, the lower price will put you at ease if your kid is prone to breaking things. 

As the Watch is for kids, you should use Family Setup, as it provides better parental control. There are technical specifications such as cellular connectivity that are a must to use the Family Setup and therefore, we recommend Apple Watch SE, Series 4,5, or 6. 

To Summarize

Apple Watches are incredibly personal devices that can do a plethora of things such as health data sharing, sleep, and blood oxygen tracking, podcasts, news, and now taking pictures and videos just to name a few. With a few Apple Watch options available, choosing the right one for you is important. 

Camera on an Apple Watch – FAQs

1. Is there a camera on the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is not designed with a camera. However, with the Wristcam strap, you can put a camera on an Apple Watch. With the rear-facing 8MP camera you can snap 4K photos and 1080p videos. Also, there is a 2MP front-facing camera, which allows you to take selfies whenever you want. 

2. Can you video call on Apple Watch?

You can use FaceTime on the Watch to make audio calls, but you cannot make video calls. However, Wristcam has changed the game. When you use the Wristcam strap on your Apple Watch, you can make video calls with its 2MP front-facing camera. It does not support FaceTime as of now, but the company is working relentlessly to add support and compatibility to the strap. 

3. Can you shower with the Apple Watch 6?

The Apple Watch is not waterproof. It is water-resistant. You can swim in the pool or a lake while wearing it but you have to clean it afterwards. Also, you can take showers with it but it is not recommended because soap can ruin the seals.

Rashmi is the Editor of PhonesWiki. She launched PhonesWiki back in 2018, turning it into a top spot for phone news and updates by 2019. Now, it's your go-to for leaks and solutions to phone problems. Her first phone was a Nokia 6610, but now she relies on an iPhone 14 Pro as daily driver. Rashmi's a tech enthusiast through and through, always tinkering with gadgets and gizmos. When she's not writing, you'll find Rashmi hanging out with her beloved pet, enjoying some quality playtime. Have a tip or just want to say hello? Contact her at


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