Apple Watch SE Strip Watch FaceSource: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

In a lot of ways, 2020 was a banner year for Apple Watch. Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 6 — the upgrade to last year's model that we expect every year —but the company also released the more affordable Apple Watch SE. On top of that, Apple still kept the Apple Watch Series 3 as a low-cost entry-level option in the Apple Watch lineup.

When I reviewed the Apple Watch SE, I mentioned that the SE provided the most value to most people. I specifically mentioned that it is a great Apple Watch to buy if you're upgrading from the Series 2 or older, but the Apple Watch Series 3 fits an even greater niche —the first time Apple Watch buyers and people looking for a great fitness tracker.

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Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) | $179 at Amazon

The base-model Apple Watch Series 3 is $20 off right now at Amazon, dropping it down to $179. At that price, it's a no-brainer buy for anyone considering their first smartwatch or wanting a pretty great fitness tracker.

$179 at Amazon

It's not about the best features, it's about the essentials

If you decide to buy an Apple Watch Series 3 over one of the new Apple Watch models, you won't be able to take advantage of the best and newest features. Things like the always-on display, Blood Oxygen, and ECG apps, and the compass are all things you won't find on the Apple Watch Series 3, but if you're buying an Apple Watch for the first time, does that really matter?

iPhone and Apple WatchSource: iMore

The Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there, and the way it integrates with the iPhone is impressive regardless of which model you get. The Apple Watch Series 3 has all the essentials. You'll be able to answer your phone, read and respond to text messages, play games, and so much more with the wide selection of apps available for watchOS. You won't find a more comprehensive app store on any other smartwatch platform.

You don't need all the fancy features of the newer models to enjoy the Apple Watch as a smartwatch to keep you connected throughout the day. The convenience and core functionality of the Apple Watch is still alive and well on the Apple Watch Series 3.

A great fitness tracker for the price

Apple Watch and Fitbit BlazeSource: iMore

Fitness tracking and health data have always been a huge part of the Apple Watch, and although the newer models do have better sensors and can track more activities, there are plenty of fitness-tracking abilities that the Apple Watch Series 3 still provides.

Most of your basic exercises like running, walking, cycling, elliptical, and even swimming are all able to be tracked on the Apple Watch Series 3 with no problem. Whether you are doing cardio outside or hitting the weights at the gym, it's a perfect companion to have on your wrist when you decided to get your sweat on.

If you take into consideration the price, the Apple Watch Series 3 may be the best fitness tracker to pick up on Black Friday this year. Not only can it track most exercises you'll likely want to track, but it's also a fabulous smartwatch. If you look at other trackers from companies like Fitbit, they just don't offer the same value that an Apple Watch is going to give you when you pair it up with your iPhone.

Other Apple Black Friday deals

While I am super stoked on how much value the Apple Watch Series 3 can provide people at its sale price, it's not the only Apple product that you can nab for a lower price.

There are tons of great Apple Black Friday deals that you can take advantage of right now. Whether you're looking for a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or something else, don't miss out on these great deals this holiday.

Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) | $179 at Amazon

The base-model Apple Watch Series 3 is $20 off right now at Amazon, dropping it down to $179. At that price, it's a no-brainer buy for anyone considering their first smartwatch or wanting a pretty great fitness tracker.

$179 at Amazon

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