40mm vs 44mm, my take

BigCanoe

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This is my first Apple watch. I am at home because of the pending hurricane. So my wife helped me out with some crafting. I have a 6 7/8 wrist (~175mm). I am wearing these around looking "cool". It's still not easy to decide!

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BigCanoe

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The Apple Watch isn’t square.
LOL oh...well.
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On your iPhone open the Apple Store app. Select the watch, scroll down to Compare size. This will display the actual size of the watch. You can set your phone on your wrist and see how it will look.
Brilliant, thank you!
[doublepost=1536940315][/doublepost]Mods, feel free to delete this thread, I cannot figure out how.
 
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Mabus51

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Good tip. 44 is really big
Also remember that the screen on the new 40mm is about the same size as the old 42mm. So it’s a huge increase if you’re used to the 38mm in roughly the same size watch. If you had the old 42mm watch you’re basically keeping the same size screen in a slightly more compact chassis. Hope that helps anyone trying to decide.
 

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On your iPhone open the Apple Store app. Select the watch, scroll down to Compare size. This will display the actual size of the watch. You can set your phone on your wrist and see how it will look.
AND use the actual size on the web site to craft a test model that more resembles the actual watch. “A” for effort though on creating tools to help you’re decision!
 

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I think 44mm on most people wrist it will look big unless you have a wrist like Dwayne Johnson. I used Apple Store app to try on 44mm looks huge but 40mm looks a bit small. 42mm was actually perfect size for most men, why Apple has to make it bigger?
 

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I think 44mm on most people wrist it will look big unless you have a wrist like Dwayne Johnson. I used Apple Store app to try on 44mm looks huge but 40mm looks a bit small. 42mm was actually perfect size for most men, why Apple has to make it bigger?
Coming from the Garmin Fenix/Suunto Spartan lines of watches, the 44mm is still quite small to me. :) Those things are HUGE!
 

Mabus51

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I think 44mm on most people wrist it will look big unless you have a wrist like Dwayne Johnson. I used Apple Store app to try on 44mm looks huge but 40mm looks a bit small. 42mm was actually perfect size for most men, why Apple has to make it bigger?
40mm isn’t that small considering Patek men’s watches which roughly sell for $80,000 come in 38 & 39mm.
 
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The 44 mm is the way to go. I just want the larger viewability and see more content. I think it’s going to do really well once consumers have hands-on just physically see it. I was hoping Apple would increase over the 42 mm, and I’m glad that they did.
 

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lol. i remember doing the same thing when the 6+ came out back in 2014. it was the first time Apple came out with a plus model so i would go back and forth with both sizes. i decided to go with the plus.

and as a current 42mm owner, the 44mm seemed like a no brainer. :)
 

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Heh...I did the same thing when I was trying to decide which size to buy in 2015. At the time, it was a 1.5 hour drive to the nearest Apple store (this was before Best Buy and other retailers started carrying them). I actually printed templates that had little app icons and everything :rolleyes:

It did help me get a sense for which size looked better on my wrist (I like to have a little band showing when you look down at the watch). For my 170mm wrists it was the 38mm that looked more watch-like. The 42mm spanned most of the top of my wrist in a way I did not like. While paper cutouts can give you a sense of what the real thing will look like, it's no replacement for seeing them and trying them in person. When I did finally make it to the Apple Store, I figured I might as well try to like the larger size, and in person the 42mm did look just fine on my wrist. Unfortunately it just didn't feel right on my wrist. I tried different bands and different band lengths, but it just felt awkward. I'm sure I could have gotten used to it, but whenever I'd try on the 38mm it just felt right and looked right to me. I found that the difference in readability was not that great, which was my primary reason for wanting the larger size. I was relieved to find I could easily read the smaller watch.

So for me I am 90% sure I will want the 40mm size, but I'm still going to try on the 44mm. When I bought my current Apple Watch several years ago, I was had not worn a watch in many years. Now that I'm used to wearing one, perhaps the 44mm will feel more normal to me? Or perhaps the 40mm will still feel better. Only one way to know for sure. Just make sure you try them out with different band styles, focusing mostly on the band you plan to wear most of the time.
 

BigCanoe

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Im sitting here thinking I want to pre-order. And then cancel if I change my mind. At least then I will have a spot in line.
 

BigCanoe

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This is interesting...so is the 44mm referring to the case size or the screen size? It looks like the screen size, which means the case is actually larger? I am confused :)
[doublepost=1536951773][/doublepost]Nevermind, 44 is the case size, not the screen size...

https://www.imore.com/apple-watch-series-4-size

 

RBDan

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This is interesting...so is the 44mm referring to the case size or the screen size? It looks like the screen size, which means the case is actually larger? I am confused :)
[doublepost=1536951773][/doublepost]Nevermind, 44 is the case size, not the screen size...

https://www.imore.com/apple-watch-series-4-size

42 = 1.65354 inches
44 = 1.73228 inches

The 42mm case on my wrist measures about 2 inches diagonally. So it would be display size.

Dan
 

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On your iPhone open the Apple Store app. Select the watch, scroll down to Compare size. This will display the actual size of the watch. You can set your phone on your wrist and see how it will look.
Today I am Homer Simpson... “I am stupid...”. So, I have seen multiple references to “compare sizes” in the Apple App Store. Got the app. But where the heck is the “compare size” option?? No matter what I click, when I scroll (and scroll, and scroll and scroll...) All I see is e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-n-g-l-e S4 watch. Then when I finally reach the bottom all I see is: “Need help? Send a message or call...” Doesn’t matter I’m in the “discover” menu, the “shop” menu or even filter. I don’t mind being humiliated. School me! Where is this compare sizes option??
 

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Today I am Homer Simpson... “I am stupid...”. So, I have seen multiple references to “compare sizes” in the Apple App Store. Got the app. But where the heck is the “compare size” option?? No matter what I click, when I scroll (and scroll, and scroll and scroll...) All I see is e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-n-g-l-e S4 watch. Then when I finally reach the bottom all I see is: “Need help? Send a message or call...” Doesn’t matter I’m in the “discover” menu, the “shop” menu or even filter. I don’t mind being humiliated. School me! Where is this compare sizes option??
You're almost there. Tap on any one of the watch options, then scroll down just a bit to the Case Sizes section and tap "Compare case sizes."
 
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Today I am Homer Simpson... “I am stupid...”. So, I have seen multiple references to “compare sizes” in the Apple App Store. Got the app. But where the heck is the “compare size” option?? No matter what I click, when I scroll (and scroll, and scroll and scroll...) All I see is e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-n-g-l-e S4 watch. Then when I finally reach the bottom all I see is: “Need help? Send a message or call...” Doesn’t matter I’m in the “discover” menu, the “shop” menu or even filter. I don’t mind being humiliated. School me! Where is this compare sizes option??
Select any one of the watches and look underneath the “buttons” to select 40mm or 44mm.
 
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I think 44mm on most people wrist it will look big unless you have a wrist like Dwayne Johnson. I used Apple Store app to try on 44mm looks huge but 40mm looks a bit small. 42mm was actually perfect size for most men, why Apple has to make it bigger?
I love bigger watches now if we can just make it go on a diet and be thinner.