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Apple 3 smartwatches do well in Consumer Reports testing

Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, shows new Apple Watch Series 3 product at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Consumer Reports is out with its test results for the new Apple Watch Series 3. These smartwatches were just unveiled a few weeks ago.

Not only did these watches make the recommended list, but they ranked near the top of the ratings. In fact, the Apple Series 3 with GPS and cellular, and a stainless steel case is the magazine's top-rated smartwatch, earning 95 out of 100 points.

Its sapphire crystal glass surface did very well on scratch resistance. It also earned high marks for step counting and heart-rate tracking.

The Apple Series 3 watches with aluminum cases also earned favorable ratings, but the Ion-X glass wasn't quite as scratch resistant.

The cellular models of the Series 3 make calls, receive email and text messages and stream music without a WiFi connection, just like a smartphone.

Some users and reviewers have reported dropped calls. Consumer Reports said it tried, but could not reproduce those problems with its tests.

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