Aluminium vs Stainless Steel

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  1. SD449 macrumors regular

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    So with the updated back are the difference between Aluminium and Stainless Steel now purely cosmetic?

    Or are the front glasses still different?
     
  2. rain111 macrumors 6502a

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    The stainless steal has the Sapphire crystal front glass, otherwise yes to the rest.
     
  3. oeagleo macrumors 6502

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    $529 ->$749 That's a pretty big jump for something that a decent screen protector will do.
     
  4. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    It really blows why Apple doesn't have non cellular version for SS. I paid $599 SBSS 42mm for Series 2, now aluminum is almost this price.
     
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  6. DDustiNN macrumors 68000

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    But then you have to have a screen protector on your watch... *barf*

    Plus the stainless looks so much nicer than the aluminum.
     
  7. barjam macrumors 6502

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    200 dollars not to look like a tool seems like a pretty good deal to me.

    Not saying the aluminum looks bad but the screen protectors do.
     
  8. Smoovejayy macrumors regular

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    I have an aluminum one and I've been waiting for this series to get SS. I didn't think they'd force cellular on the SS, thus me spending $750, since I want SB...

    It is ridiculous and am still trying to justify spending the money on what would be an iPhone Xr haha
     
  9. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Yeah I agree, $220 is a pretty good jump just for SS and sapphire display... And I could put that savings towards a getting a series 6/7 instead of holding out for a series 7/8
     
  10. cwanja macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure why that is a surprise, the series 3 was the same way. Heck, some rumors mentioned all cellular watches.
     
  11. DDustiNN macrumors 68000

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    Worth it. Aluminum looks cheap. SS looks much nicer. Screen protectors look awful, not to mention having to feel those edges all the time.
     
  12. vintagekeys macrumors regular

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    Too bad the resell value plumits by 50% or more even after the first year of each SS AW series. Too me not really worth the extra money for a "disposable" gadget, which i will upgrade a year or max 2 years later.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Not everybody cares about the resale value, that’s the nature of tech in general, it doesn’t hold value at all. If somebody wants to purchase the higher end stainless watch because of the aesthetics and the sapphire display, why not enjoy it for what it is and everybody will value things differently. All tech is ‘Disposable.’
     
  14. vintagekeys macrumors regular

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    Thats fair enough, i personally just go for the cheapest spacegrey alloy LTE version.

    I am pretty sure i will be upgrading again the year after, plus a lighter watch sounds a bit better then a more heavier one to me. The lack of sapphire glass will suck however.
     
  15. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    This! i much prefer the SS it looks better and the Saphire display is much more durable, i will be getting the Space Black SS this time around, not sure if the black still has the DLC coating tho? apparently that made the SS Black more durable than even the silver stainless steel.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I’m assuming Apple Still uses the DLC coating, they advertise it with the first generation space black Apple Watch, but then later removed it for the Series 2 marketing, but it was confirmed that the DLC coating was in fact still applicable to the space black Series 2 model. Basically with the DLC coating, you’re receiving extreme protection around the casing, which I never had scratches on mine, and then fact that it has the sapphire display, the space black was almost bulletproof.
     
  17. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    Thank you for that, i didn't know they had removed it for the Series 2, i looked at the Series 4 and didn't see it mentioned that's why i wasn't sure. I currently have the first generation Apple Watch in SS silver it's been a great watch especially when i go for a run, i'm guessing the Series 4 will be BIG jump over the first gen, it still tracks my heart rate on a run but i think the Series 4 will take it a step further? (if i've got the facts right). What will be a BIG help for me tho is being able to go for a run without needing to take my iPhone :)
     
  18. tim1000 macrumors regular

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    I have always got SS watch and currently have the cellular series 3. I don't use the cellular and am tempted to go with aluminum this go around. How does the aluminum hold up?
     
  19. metalsiren macrumors 6502

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    yea that's one of my concerns and prob why I will stay with the SS versions. I am OCD when it comes to scratches etc. and my SS S3 Black 42 still looks like its right out of the box. I go to Disney and parks like that with my kids and the watch gets banged around a little in those places especially water parks so the Aluminum would pro not hold up.
     
  20. WLS macrumors 65816

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    yes. I have the series 2 SS space black no cellular and it looks brand new. I like the series 4 but for those people who don't want lte on their wrist, the Series 2 SS is still a great choice. It's an instant classic. After much thought I will keep it and save a lot of money!
     
  21. Cnasty macrumors 68040

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    Totally agree with this and learned the hard way back in previous series.

    Had a space black and I could resell that thing for anything and let it go for such a huge discount. With these being released every single year, a stainless steel model doesnt hold its value at all and isnt worth the extra $ imo for me as I upgrade often. YMMV though.
     
  22. forge002 macrumors member

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    I brought a SS silver Series 2 watch 2 years ago, whilst it was a rather spontaneous purchase (i only went to pick up my jet black 7) it was a truly lovely thing. I got it with the Milanese Loop and it was so nice, the whole thing just had a lovely weight to it almost perfection. Certainly felt like i was wearing something that cost a good amount of money. Whilst an extra £200 is a lot, i would say its well worth, i would even suggest spending a little more just for the Milanese Loop, but thats just me.

    Try not think how much you can sell it for in a years time, buy it and enjoy it, this mind set will by far offset inevitable losses.
     
  23. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't realize what that meant...

    So with the Sapphire crystal front glass on the Stainless Steel versions, I don't need a screen protector?
    I was assuming I did.
     
  24. gorkt macrumors 6502a

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    I really wish they made an Aluminum with the sapphire screen, so I waffle back and forth between the two options. I had a series 0 with SS and found it a bit heavy, plus the beautiful case got scratched up. It also had terrible resale. I currently have a series 3 aluminum, and the screen took a beating, with a lot of noticeable scratches, even with a screen protector on it most of the time. It is nice and light though.

    I think I will try a SS again this time, and if I find that it seems too heavy again, I will swap it out and deal with the scratches.
     
  25. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

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    What exactly is the weight difference?
     

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