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Apple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm) vs Apple Watch 2 (38mm)

Side by side comparison between Apple Watch 3 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 (Hermès 42mm)11Points
Apple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)
1.65"
AMOLED

390x312

N/A
MP

768MB
RAM

32bit Dual

352
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
01PointApple Watch 2 (38mm)Compare Apple Watch 3 X
Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
1.5"
AMOLED

340x272

N/A
MP

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

273
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better smartwatch? Apple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)

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Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)11 Advantages Apple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)vsWatch 2 (38mm)1 Advantage Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
+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
+16GB (10GB available)100%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs8GB (5GB available)
+390x312 pixels32%
Higher resolution screen
vs340x272 pixels
+303 PPI4%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs290 PPI
+1.65"10%
Larger screen
vs1.5"
+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
vsNot supported
+(4G LTE) 150 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(Not supported)
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+352 mAh29%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs273 mAh
+4.2 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP is newer and faster
vs4.0 + A2DP
53 grams (1.86 ounces)vs+42 grams (1.47 ounces)26%
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22 Common items in both devices
11.4 millimeters (0.45 inches)
Stainless steel body, glass front, ceramic back
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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
ModelWatch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Watch 2 (38mm)
Other model namesApple Watch Hermes Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Stainless SteelApple Watch Series 2 Stainless Steel A1757 38mm, iWatch S2
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)36.4 x 42.5 millimeters (1.43 x 1.67 in)33.3 x 38.6 millimeters (1.31 x 1.52 in)
Weight53 grams (1.86 ounces)42 grams (1.47 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaNot supported
Build, materialsStainless steel body, glass front, ceramic backStainless steel body, glass front, ceramic back
Protection against water and others50 meters waterproof50 meters waterproof
System (OS)Apple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
Operating systemWatchOS 4.0WatchOS 3.0
Firmware updateWatchOS 5.0WatchOS 5.0
HardwareApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
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 storage16GB (10GB available)8GB (5GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
Display typeAMOLEDAMOLED
Screen size1.65" inches1.5" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~55.4% (screen-to-body ratio)~55.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution390x312 pixels340x272 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)303 PPI290 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassSapphire GlassSapphire Glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
e-SIM (Eletronic)
Not supported
Maximum download/upload150/50 Mbpsfeature not registered
Network technology2G, 3G, 4Gfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 3G networkA1891 model (Europe,Australia):
UMTS 800/850/900/2100

A1861 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
UMTS 800/850/1700/1900

A1892 model (China):
UMTS 2100
Not supported
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4

A1891 model (Europe,Australia):
LTE (Bands 1,3,5,7,8,18,19,20,26)

A1861 model (USA,LATAM,Canada):
LTE (Bands 2,4,5,12,13,17,18,19,25,26)
TD-LTE (Bands 41)

A1892 model (China):
LTE (Bands 1,3)
TD-LTE (Bands 39,40,41)
Not supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTENot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
MessagingSMS, E-mailSMS, E-mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingNot supportedNot supported
Call controlVoice dialingNot supported
CameraApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
Active noise cancellationNot supportedNot supported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedfeature 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
- Leather bands (Hermes edition)
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Colors: Space black, Silver
- Sport or leather bands
- 1000 nits screen
- 3D Touch display
- Siri
- Requires an iPhone 5s/iOS 11 or later
Power supplyApple Watch 3 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
BatteryLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity352 mAh273 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 (Hermès 42mm)Apple Watch 2 (38mm)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)0.35W/kg (head) | 0.18W/kg (body)feature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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