Apple Watch Series 4 or AirPods?

innoutlover01

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Hey everyone. Just wanted to get your feedback. In the end, the decision is mine...but I wanted to see your guys' opinions.

I have an iPhone X and AirPods and I was planning on buying an AW Series 4 for Christmas.
But I ended up losing my AirPods on an airplane while traveling for the holidays.
So I have a dilemma on my hands.

Either I can purchase the AW Series 4 and just go with the EarPods that came with the iPhone

OR

Rebuy the AirPods and get a pair of Nike Epic react shoes I wanted as well lol

Is it that much of a downgrade with the EarPods compared to the AirPods?
 

Relentless Power

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Hey everyone. Just wanted to get your feedback. In the end, the decision is mine...but I wanted to see your guys' opinions.

I have an iPhone X and AirPods and I was planning on buying an AW Series 4 for Christmas.
But I ended up losing my AirPods on an airplane while traveling for the holidays.
So I have a dilemma on my hands.

Either I can purchase the AW Series 4 and just go with the EarPods that came with the iPhone

OR

Rebuy the AirPods and get a pair of Nike Epic react shoes I wanted as well lol

Is it that much of a downgrade with the EarPods compared to the AirPods?
The AirPods are a great accessory, but the Apple Watch is a totally different experience. If you’re into fitness and you want extension of your iPhone where you don’t have to carry it around with you all the time, the Apple Watch will execute both in those categories alone.
 
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akash.nu

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I guess it depends on how one uses both the accessories. Contrary to the popular vote so far, AirPods are more useful and valuable for me any day. The only update rumoured for this year is addition of a wireless case for the AirPods, which seems pointless to me given their already awesome battery life. I can easily live without the watch but not the AirPods.
 
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oeagleo

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Let's play with this for a sec. Remember, you can use ANY earpods with your Apple Watch and phone, from Bose, Skullcandy, Jaybird, etc, But you can't use just ANY watch with your Airpods. Hmmmm I choose the watch, much more useful, and you probably have some earpods laying around you can use until you can afford the airpods again, maybe even a new model.
 

mrex

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i say airpods and save the rest of the money for the watch or anything else.

the watch cant do anything more, only less, that your phone already does. airpods let you go free from cords. and if you get a watch on some day, you need airpods (or so) and now you have airpods for the watch - unless you lose them again xD

and the aw4 seems to have horrible quality issue with displays, i would wait until get one.
 

bbednarz

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i say airpods and save the rest of the money for the watch or anything else.

the watch cant do anything more, only less, that your phone already does. airpods let you go free from cords. and if you get a watch on some day, you need airpods (or so) and now you have airpods for the watch - unless you lose them again xD

and the aw4 seems to have horrible quality issue with displays, i would wait until get one.
A small number of users having a bad screen does not equate to the watch having horrible quality issues with the display. If you get a watch and the screen is bad, return it for a new one.
 

Relentless Power

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the watch cant do anything more, only less, that your phone already does.
Really? I mean, have you used the Apple Watch? The health features alone are a massive separation from the iPhone in terms of what the Apple Watch is capable of, especially with improved sensors, EKG, all the activity measures, etc.

and the aw4 seems to have horrible quality issue with displays.
This is broad-stoked statement. Have there been some users that had uneven displays? Yes. But it doesn’t even amount to a percentage of how many Apple Watches Apple produces compared to the stories you hear about on a tech site.

Also, for the record, my Series 4 display was without any issues whatsoever.
 
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Significant1

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This is broad-stoked statement. Have there been some users that had uneven displays? Yes. But it doesn’t even amount to a percentage of how many Apple Watches Apple produces compared to the stories you hear about on a tech site.

Also, for the record, my Series 4 display was without any issues whatsoever.
For the record i went through 4 watches ordered from 3 places from different batches (1.5 month timespan). 3 had bad displayes. 2 very bad. 1 not so bad (the one i am keeping). So I would say it quite a high percentage. Everything else regarding quality was perfect.
 

Disneymom2003

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i say airpods and save the rest of the money for the watch or anything else.

the watch cant do anything more, only less, that your phone already does. airpods let you go free from cords. and if you get a watch on some day, you need airpods (or so) and now you have airpods for the watch - unless you lose them again xD

and the aw4 seems to have horrible quality issue with displays, i would wait until get one.
Horrible quality issue with display? I have the 4 and don’t have any problems at all. And there is no know problem that I am aware of.
 

mrex

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Really? I mean, have you used the Apple Watch? The health features alone are a massive separation from the iPhone in terms of what the Apple Watch is capable of, especially with improved sensors, EKG, all the activity measures, etc.
yes, i have one.

ekg doesnt work outside usa - and it is useless for me anyway, i dont have problems with my heart. i dont think that the op need this kind of ”health features” either, otherwise the op has bought it or atleast told us that the hearth need to be monitored.

This is broad-stoked statement. Have there been some users that had uneven displays? Yes. But it doesn’t even amount to a percentage of how many Apple Watches Apple produces compared to the stories you hear about on a tech site.
my watch has a quality issue with the display, apple sent me new one (went back in the same day) - it was worse! i personally havent seen a good aw4 display yet. in the link under i have attached photos of the display of my watch, and the display of the replacement device.

the quality issues with watches of forum members
 
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x-evil-x

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get the watch and some jaybird freedoms. the AirPods are are crap besides the w1 chip
 
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