The best Apple Watch deals for October 2018

When smartwatches came onto the scene a few years ago, they left many people – devout techies included – scratching their heads. It didn’t take long for these smart wearables to catch on with users, however, nor did it take much time for Apple to overtake the competition. The idea of an iPhone on your wrist is something a lot of folks were ready to get behind.

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years owing to its great design, excellent software, and sleek aesthetics. In fact, the Apple Watch now commands the largest share of the smartwatch market, nudging out the venerable Fitbit as the biggest name in the game. With the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 2, and Series 1 all available on the open market, it’s no surprise sellers everywhere are competing for the lowest discount.

As much as we love Fitbit, it’s hard to deny the appeal of the Apple Watch. So whether you just gotta have all things Apple or you’re just in the market for a great smartwatch to connect to your phone, we’ve rounded up the best online Apple Watch sales available right now in this all-in-one, up-to-date October 2018 list:

Today’s Best Apple Watch Deals

Apple Watch Series 1

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Although it doesn’t feature all of the enhancements of later models, the Apple Watch Series 1 is still a solid watch with a lot of  wireless functionality. Somewhat confusingly, the Apple Watch Series 1 is actually the second-generation refresh of the 2015 original Apple Watch, meaning it’s technically the Apple Watch 2. It’s mostly identical to the original except that it boasts the newer S1P chip under the hood, making it roughly 50 percent faster than the older S1. This cheaper Apple Watch may not be the newest model, but it still pairs very nicely with that Space Grey iPhone or iPhone X and has a pretty decent battery life for a WatchOS device.

Like all Apple Watch models, the Series 1 runs on the intuitive WatchOS firmware (an iOS derivative purpose-built for the smaller Retina touch display), comes with a 38mm or 42mm aluminum case, and is compatible with a myriad of different wrist straps for sale — such as the black sport band, white sport band, and gold aluminum strap. There are also customizable watch faces, a stainless steel case for protection, apps, and a ton of Apple Watch bands to choose from. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable for easy syncing to your other iOS devices, and features 8GB of onboard storage and 512MB of RAM.

Pricing for the Series 1 starts at the price of $249, with free shipping from Apple, which is pretty reasonable for Apple hardware. We’re all about saving money, however, so you can score one for even cheaper with a discount on the most affordable option in the Apple Watch Series:

Apple Watch Series 1 Deals

($120) pre-owned

($221) Amazon

($179)  Walmart

($200) Newegg

Apple Watch Series 2

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The Apple Watch series received an update in 2016 when the Series 1 and Series 2 were launched alongside each other, with the Series 2 boasting a few refinements and upgrades over its sibling. Most notably, this Apple Watch edition adds built-in GPS functionality (great for everything from activity tracking to navigation) and two new case options – stainless steel or ceramic, with the steel case featuring a sapphire crystal face. Though the GPS is a helpful tool, the Apple Watch Series 2 also comes with a decent battery life, and an overall upgraded system.

The OLED screen display on the Series 2 is also twice as bright as that on the Series 1 watch, and the case is waterproof up to 50 meters, making it a better option for certain outdoor and fitness-tracking activities than the water-resistant (but not waterproof) Series 1. On the inside, the Apple Watch Series 2 runs on an S2 computer chip, a dual-core processor with snappy performance similar to the S1P. With an excellent screen, within a Space Gray aluminum case, you can browse apps and navigate messages effortlessly.

The Series 2 is a great “middle option” between the entry-level Series 1 and high-end Series 3, especially if you want a GPS tracker and brighter display, so if you’ve got an Apple Watch Series on your mind then be sure to take advantage of what these third-party smartwatch sellers are offering:

Apple Watch Series 2 Deals

($210) pre-owned

($199) Walmart

($250) Amazon

Apple Watch Series 3

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The most up-to-date version of the iOS watch is the Apple Watch Series 3, which just so happens to pair very nicely with the iPhone X. Released in 2017, the third-generation Apple Watch 3 utilizes the new S3 chip, which is 70 percent faster than the S2 and S1P found in the second-gen models. The Apple Watch Series 3 GPS system works great, and it also features a built-in barometric altimeter that adds to the already extensive suite of Apple Watch activity-tracking functions, and is supported by great battery life. With a heart rate monitor, and a whole host of different apps, this watch also doubles as an excellent fitness-tracking device — comparable to any Fitbit wearable.

Along with the many different case, band. and strap options, the Series 3 is available in two models: the standard watch version, and one which is capable of cellular LTE connectivity. This effectively lets you turn your smartwatch into a full-on mini smartphone, allowing you to send and receive calls and texts right from your wrist with no connected iPhone required. The cellular watch model comes with a boosted 16GB of storage as well. Not to mention there’s a whole host of Apple Watch Sport bands from Nike, stylish straps, and accessories out there that you won’t find at any Apple Store like the Fog Sport Band, Pink Sand Sport Band, Sport Loop, and more.

The Series 3 starts at $329 for the non-LTE model and $399 for the LTE-equipped cellular version. If you want the ultimate iOS smartwatch, then the best-looking Series 3 is the one to get. Take a look at these wireless Apple Watch deals and discounts:

Apple Watch Series 3 Deals

($260) pre-owned

($359) Ebay

($313) Amazon

($279) B&H

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4
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The newest Apple Watch in the Apple Watch Series is available for purchase, and the internet is still buzzing about the latest tech. Plenty of information about the Apple Watch Series 4 has already been found by our Apple enthusiast editors, but here’s a quick run-down to get you up to speed:

The newest Apple Watch will run on WatchOS 5, which includes improved health-tracking options, a walkie-talkie feature, and a podcast app. The 42mm Apple Watch Series 4 features a higher screen resolution, and runs on an upgraded Apple S4 processor. The Apple Watch 4 is available for purchase now.

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