Apple Watch Sport owners, will you go to SS next time?

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  1. quackers82 macrumors 6502

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    Before the watch was released it was one of the SS ones I really liked but was not willing to chance £950 on a smart watch in case I did not really use it being a first gen product , had no idea how it would fit into my life so I bought the £299 sport model.

    I would not want to be without the watch now , so if the second gen adds enough features I will be willing to spend more and get a SS one.

    Any other sports owners want the SS next time round ?
     
  2. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    You could also ask any SS owner think next time they should save some money for Sport?
    I will tell you, until Sports offer Sapphire front, answer for me will be no from SS to Sports, for $200USD saving.

    Personally, I will never buy any watch more than $300USD without Sapphire front. It is just too much money, more than $300USD, to have scratched front glass. For me, I have no problem with casing all scratched off, but there has be zero scratched on the glasses where I look at for info I need. Casing is not there for any info, just cosmetic look. I have no problem pay $200USD more, compared equivalent band, for addition of Sapphire front of SS, let along SS case is easy to buff back as new by jeweler and also SS added ceramic back. I have jeweler polish all my SS mechanical watch casing when they get scratched off after couple year, and each and every single one of them always look brand spanking new after polished SS casing.
     
  3. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    I would stick with the Sport model. For one thing, my current watch has no marks or scratches, so I don't think I need sapphire or steel. Besides, this isn't a mechanical watch - I won't be passing this down in my estate. It'll be replaced every couple years in all probability.
     
  4. applejosh macrumors newbie

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    Depends on what comes out next and when. I was tempted by the space black steel, but this is a first gen product, and we have no idea how long the upgrade or OS support cycle will be. I'd still be hesitant just because of the battery life (and how batteries degrade with time), though.
     
  5. stcizzle, Jan 2, 2016
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    Bought the sport for my wife who is isnt a watch person and she stopped wearing it after a month just because she couldn't get used to wearing a watch, and it just so happened I broke my mechanical Ball Trainmaster Roman watch for the second time in 6 months and was sick of getting it repaired and being without it and traveling to an authorized service center. So, I sold the mechanical watch and started wearing her SG Sport but hated the sticky silicone band so got the nice Milanese loop band which looked a lil funky on the SG but not too bad and I prefer steel bands on my watches.

    Long story short, she wanted it back because all The girls at work are having Fitbit fitness wars and she wanted in so I went and got the product red edition SS watch edition for $450 on sale at BB so I could keep the SS watch and keep my Milanese loop and she could have her red band with the sport and bottom line is I would never go back to the ion x glass and titanium sport case.

    The SS feels more substantial and like a real watch, I no longer worry every 2 secs about hitting the crystal, the sport does have a few minimal scratches which don't hinder the display but bother me that they're there and only remind me that ther will be many more. The sapphire looks like an actual real watch crystal while the sport looks plasticy, and the sapphire feels better as well. WAY more peace of mind is a big plus and the polished casing just looks far superior. So, to me, the extra $200 is definitely worth it as after wearing the sport for a couple months I knew I couldn't live without it and the more luxurious options of the sapphire and SS, IMO, really push the Apple Watch over the edge from cheap smart watch to a serious, quality time piece.

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  6. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I will almost certainly get SS next time (AW3 for me).
     
  7. jess222 macrumors 6502

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    I have the sport (got it for $250 on sale) I doubt I would be willing to spend anymore than that on an upgrade. It's working out great for me and I think it looks fine :) ⌚️
     
  8. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't pass down $599 watch also.
    It is only $200 different between compatible Sports and SS, passing down or not for $200 different probably should not be in conversation at all.
    AW edition is different story.

    I still keep my Casio watch, even it does not work well right now.
    There is no reason to obsolete any watch, digital or mechanical. They are just like a good pair of old boots for me, it will be there forever, regardless how much modern new one look.
    No one will laugh at anyone wear a 1st gen Casio watch, in fact it is both bad (good bad) and cool to wear old watch.
    Using a 10+ year phone is different story.
     
  9. pdxa4 macrumors 6502

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    Sport is good for me for this smart watch and the price point is bearable. A number of different bands keeps it usable for different occasions.

    I have other mechanical timepieces that I still enjoy.
     
  10. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    I will probably go SS on my next watch. Probably. My aluminum Sport still looks new after six months of wear. The ion-X crystal had taken a few knocks with no scratches to show for it, so I'm satisfied so far with the Sport's durability. I even think the Sport looks very nice with a leather band. It's just that the SS looks even better to me. Yes it costs more, but for something I wear every day for up to 18 hours I think it's something I can justify. My only concern is that I have read the sapphire makes the watch harder to read in bright daylight. Still, it's not like I spend much time looking at my watch in the sun. As long as I can read it I don't mind if it's not quite as bright.
     
  11. Shanghaichica, Jan 3, 2016
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    Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I already upgraded my sports to the SS back in August. I bought the sports on launch because I wasn't 100% sold on the device and wasn't sure about spending £600+ on a device I might stop wearing after 2 weeks. After I saw I how useful the watch was and the fact that I kept buying expensive bands (Modern buckle, classic buckle, Milanese loop) I decided to sell my sports and buy the SS. I hadn't regretted it one bit. The SS not only looks better but the materials are higher quality and it looks better with more bands.
     
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I went on vacation to Egypt with the sports watch and later went on vacation to Greece with the SS. The sports was easier to see in the sunlight but the SS was very legible. I could see things very clearly.
     
  13. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

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    I actually have an SS model now, but I was first attracted to the gold aluminum. The gold + midnight blue strap is sharp as hell. To your point though, I already knew what I was going to do, because this is not my first smart watch.
     
  14. tonoboon macrumors regular

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    Sport version never on my list , except the color of the screen that much better , but not a bid deal for me.
    Sapphire crystal , ceramic back and stainless steel that is the watch for me.
     
  15. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    I bet Edition + midnight blue strap will looks even sharper.
    Sounds like Edition for you next?
     
  16. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I have a sport, and it has a pretty large scratch on the screen which sucks but I'd still get another sport. It's because I love the sport for the watch it is. I really really enjoy the aluminum space grey casing, and I love how light weight it is. These two things make me not want any other watch, it I could buy the sport with sapphire I would. I'd love to pay more to have sapphire on it.
     
  17. Nell macrumors regular

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    I think if they allow pairing two watches to one Apple Id and if the band system is the same I'd be tempted to get the stainless steel next time so I can switch between that and my existing silver aluminium Sport. Initially I much preferred the look of the stainless steel but actually trying them on and comparing the two I decided the Sport was the watch for me and I don't regret that at all: the stainless steel is a bit too slick for my scruffy self. But if I could switch between two then I'd probably go for stainless steel (I really only like the two silver versions).
     
  18. OTACORB macrumors 6502a

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    It will really depend on how much more mature the watch is when the 2nd generation is released. I was not about to spend top dollar on a watch that has no track record. Even after getting the Sport model dirt cheap, it's really just a companion to the iPhone and doesn't do much independently. I personally don't get hung up on what material the device is made of because first of all it has to provide the function and reliability, the other thing is that I will likely keep upgrading until it does become mature enough to warrant holding on to it for more than a year. That is when I'll look at making a more substantial purchase. Besides the Sport model is far from ugly and just because it's made out of lighter material doesn't make it inferior (it performs the exact same functions) and with just minimal effort it can continue to look very nice overtime.
     
  19. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

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    You joking, lol? Nope.
     
  20. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Probably not. My Sport screen is still absolutely flawless, and I haven't been especially careful with it, so the lack of sapphire screen isn't really a massive issue.

    The weight of the SS watch is quite nice and of course I wouldn't object to having a sapphire display, but the scratches which you easily pick up on the polished case would probably annoy me. I prefer the look of a non-gloss finish anyway.

    Now, if Apple came out with a less-shiny titanium watch for not much more money than the SS, I would be tempted.
     
  21. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    There is no way Titanium will be cheaper than SS.

    There are no watch I know of with both SS and Titanium version of casing are same price. Titanium will be more expensive.
    It won't surprised me it will cost $300-$500 more than SS, if not more.

    Titanium casing is significant harder to manufacture than SS or gold due to it's strength.
     
  22. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I never said it would be cheaper? Maybe I should've been clearer. I was saying I'd consider the theoretical titanium watch if it wasn't dramatically more expensive than the SS.

    But yes, it will be more expensive, and knowing Apple (especially the prices of their watches...) perhaps significantly more expensive.
     
  23. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    I would prefer full liquid metal case, and I will pay for that more than SS or Titanium, which Apple happen to own LM right.

    Do a search in utube on "liquidmetal technology demo", it show how LM has more elastic energy than SS or TI, which translate to less damage during impact. Dropping watch is a very frequent event for some people. Some also claim LM has self heal capability.

    There is reason why Omega come up with Liquid Metal face Planet Ocean edition.
     
  24. tonoboon macrumors regular

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    this remind me about two year ago ,Apple buy LM business.
    Probably LM is the next model.
     
  25. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000

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    I bought he SS and after eight months no regrets. The case looks fantastic and there are a far larger variation of straps abd bands on the market that suit the SS far better then the sport.
    It looks classier and considering the number of times that I have bashed the watch face in a door or wall, the screen is absolute mint. If I had bought the sport, no doubt the watch face would have been scratched to hell by now.
    Always worth the larger investment in better quality
     

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