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Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm) vs Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)

Side by side comparison between Apple Watch 3 Aluminum vs Apple Watch 2 smartwatches, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple Watch 2 XApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)05Points
Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)
1.5"
AMOLED

340x272

N/A
MP

768MB
RAM

32bit Dual

279
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
1.65"
AMOLED

390x312

N/A
MP

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

334
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better smartwatch? Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)5 Advantages Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)vsWatch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)5 Advantages Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
+1Ghz 32bit Dual-Core22%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs780Mhz 32bit Dual-Core
+768MB LPDDR450%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs512MB LPDDR3
+27 grams (.95 ounces)26%
Lighter
vs34 grams (1.19 ounces)
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+4.2 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP is newer and faster
vs4.0 + A2DP
Aluminum body, glass front, plastic composite backvs+Aluminum body, glass front, ceramic backAdvantage
More resistant material
340x272 pixelsvs+390x312 pixels32%
Higher resolution screen
290 PPIvs+303 PPI4%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
1.5"vs+1.65"10%
Larger screen
279 mAhvs+334 mAh20%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use

22 Common items in both devices
8GB (5GB available)
11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)
AMOLED
16 million
WatchOS 5.0
Capacitive
Multitouch
+15 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
ModelWatch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Other model namesApple Watch Series 3 A1858 GPS 8GB, Apple Watch S3, iWatchApple Watch Nike+ Series 2 A1758 42mm, iWatch Nike Plus
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateSeptember, 2017December, 2016
Depth11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)
Size (width x height)33.3 x 38.6 millimeters (1.31 x 1.52 in)36.4 x 42.5 millimeters (1.43 x 1.67 in)
Weight27 grams (.95 ounces)34 grams (1.19 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaNot supportedNot supported
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass front, plastic composite backAluminum body, glass front, ceramic back
Protection against water and others50 meters waterproof50 meters waterproof
System (OS)Apple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Operating systemWatchOS 4.0WatchOS 3.0
Firmware updateWatchOS 5.0WatchOS 5.0
HardwareApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Chipset32bit - Apple S3 (28nm)32bit - Apple S2 (28nm)
CPU processor1Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7780Mhz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A7
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6200PowerVR G6200
RAM memory768MB LPDDR4512MB LPDDR3
Internal storage8GB (5GB available)8GB (5GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Screen size1.5" inches1.65" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~55.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~55.4% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution340x272 pixels390x312 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)290 PPI303 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supportedNot supported
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Network technologyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedNot supported
Primary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
MessagingSMS, E-mailSMS, E-mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingNot supportedNot supported
Call controlNot supportedNot supported
CameraApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Back camera (main camera)Not supportedNot supported
Main camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (primary)Not supportedNot supported
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusNot supportedNot supported
Touch focusNot supportedNot supported
Image stabilizationNot supportedNot supported
ZoomNot supportedNot supported
Face/smile detectionNot supportedNot supported
BSI sensorNot supportedNot supported
HDRNot supportedNot supported
2ª cameraApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Front camera (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front camera resolutionNot supportedNot supported
Video recording (secondary)Not supportedNot supported
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, H.263MP4, H.264, H.263
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
ConnectivityApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
USBNot supportedNot supported
TV outputNot supportedNot supported
Audio outputNot supportedNot supported
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
Active noise cancellationNot supportedNot supported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Web browserNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Heart rate
Pedometer
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Heart rate
Pedometer
Other features- Colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray
- Sport Band or Nike Sport Band
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Colors: Space gray, Silver
- Sport or woven nylon bands
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Requires an iPhone 5s/iOS 11 or later
Power supplyApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity279 mAh334 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging
Magnetic charging (dock)
Standard charging
Magnetic charging (dock)
Talk time autonomy1080 minutes | 18 hours | 0.8 day1080 minutes | 18 hours | 0.8 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateApple Watch 3 Aluminum (38mm)Apple Watch 2 (Nike+ 42mm)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.17W/kg (head) | 0.03W/kg (body)feature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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