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The Series 1 Apple Watch is $100 cheaper at Walmart for today only

Business Insider logo Business Insider 5/14/2018 Brandt Ranj

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  • The 38mm Series 1 Apple Watch is $100 cheaper at Walmart today (from $249 to $149).
  • It has a slower processor and less exceptional Siri experience than the Apple Watch Series 3 and some strong competition from Fitbit, but the Series 1 Watch can still compete with both.
  • As someone who's worn an Apple Watch for years, I've found it to be an incredibly useful tool for iPhone owners who want to use their phone less and track their health.

Although it's getting some fierce competition from the Fitbit Versa, the Apple Watch is still a gadget I personally rely on every day. It helps me keep track of my health, stops me from staring at my phone all the time, and is the only fashion-related accessory I keep on me at all times. 

If you've caught yourself being curious about whether or not the Apple Watch is worth its asking price, Walmart is having a one-day sale on the 38mm Series 1 model. Normally $249, you can get the watch for $149, which is the lowest price I've ever seen for it. 

The Series 1 Apple Watch has many of the same features as the top-of-the-line Series 3: a dual-core processor, heart rate sensor, Siri support, and 8GB of storage for apps and music. Its processor is slower, and Siri won't provide audio responses, but those extras won't diminish the experience too badly for the average person.

The bigger deal might be that the Series 1 watch doesn't have GPS built in, which will make a difference for runners. Some will also point to the fact that the Series 1 Apple Watch is only water resistant while the Series 3 is waterproof, but I've worn my original model several times while swimming and never had any issues. 

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Instead of looking at features, there are two questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not this deal is right for you: Do you care about knowing more about your health? And do you want to use your phone less? If the answer to one, or both, is yes, then don't hesitate. 

The Series 1 Apple Watch will track your heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned, and store the data in the Activity app on the device itself and your iPhone. The heart rate sensor can also detect abnormalities in your heart rate and alert you to take medical action. 

It might seem silly, but having your fitness goals on your wrist, where you can check them in real time at any point during the day, can make a big difference in your routine. It has for me. 

Although health tracking is arguably the Apple Watch's most important feature, support for notifications is my personal favorite. You can limit which apps send notifications to your Apple Watch — for me it's exclusively calls and texts — and each time you receive one it'll pop onto your wrist.

That's a lot more useful (and less rude) than having your phone's screen light up on a table, or feeling a vibration in your pocket. I have my phone out a lot less than I did before getting an Apple Watch, so if you're trying to curb your reliance on it, this is a good investment. 

Normally the Apple Watch is expensive enough that I'm hesitant to recommend it to everyone, but at this price it's a really good deal. Yes, it only applies to one model in one size, but if you've been on the fence looking for a reason to cross over, now's a good time.

Apple Watch Series 1 38mm, $149 (originally $249), available at Walmart [You save $100]

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