Is a used Apple Watch 4 still worth it?

Updated Aug 1, 2023 - Here's why the Apple Watch 4 is still worth a look if you want to get a cheap Apple Watch this year.

Used Apple Watch 4 Review: Is it Still Good?

The Apple Watch Series 4 was released in 2018. Let's look at it now and see how it stacks up against some of its competitors to see if it’s still worth buying.

Will a Used Apple Watch 4 Feel Sluggish?

After using this refurbished Apple Watch 4 for a few weeks, I can say with certainty that you will not feel any hiccups when it comes to performance. This feels and performs just like any new Apple device.

How Does the Refurbished Apple Watch Series 4 Feel Like on the Wrist?

Let me just say that compared to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, the refurbished Apple Watch 4 felt as slick as a feather.

Running with this refurbished Apple Watch 4 felt great, and for anybody that never wore a smartwatch for a workout before, I don’t think you need to worry about comfort. Although there is a bulge on the bottom of the device—like there is with any fitness tracker that has a heartbeat sensor—this watch still felt really comfortable and it wasn’t hard to forget that it was even on my wrist. Except for the fact that I had to charge it daily :’( If you want a fitness tracker that you don't need to charge daily, consider getting a Garmin watch--these will generally last for a week (except for the Garmin Venu that comes with a power-hungry OLED display) and the Garmin app provides more data than its Apple counterpart.

When comparing the Apple Watch to other smartwatches like Samsung watches, it really is a matter of preference. Yes, Apple is know for having more accurate heart rate sensors, but many praise Samsung's user interface as being sleeker when it comes to navigating apps and watch features.

Tracking Workouts

If you didn’t already know, it’s well known among tech geeks that Apple Watches have some of the best fitness tracking sensors on the market. They can track heartbeat and GPS coordinates better than most of their competitors, no matter what workout you’re doing. The native Apple activity app doesn't offer much insights, but it has a slick and simple user interface (as does any Apple product), and you can easily install a plethora of other apps to show more data from your workout if you're hungry for more numbers.

My Favorite Apple Watch Feature? The Rings!

Whether you’re getting a new or older refurbished Apple Watch, one feature that you’ll find on it no matter what are the fitness rings that motivate you to achieve daily fitness goals. Unlike other fitness watches, the rings feel like the most intuitive approach to tracking calories burned, exercise time, and standing time.

What Features are Missing on this Older Apple Watch?

Just because this is an older Apple Watch, doesn’t mean it won’t serve you as well as a new one! For one, the only “main” features that it’s missing compared to the Apple Watch Series 6 are the always-on display and blood-oxygen levels, so if you can find a good deal on an Apple Watch Series 4, you should probably go for it if those features aren’t integral to you.

Closing Remarks on the Used Apple Watch Series 4

As we already said, this is no longer the newest Apple Watch. But it has the exact same body and display as the newest Apple Watches, in addition to all of the best Apple Watch features. Therefore, if you want to get a cheap Apple Watch on a budget, this refurbished Apple Watch Series 4 might just be the perfect smartwatch for you.

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Written by Clare Austen SmithExpert Brand Copywriter

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