Exchanging my 42mm for a 38

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  1. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502a

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    probably.

    I put on DW’s 38 when setting up something so I wouldn’t drop it. It feels great! I’ll wear it for a few days before deciding.
     
  2. lclev macrumors regular

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    How about the smaller screen? I have enough problems hitting the little app icons without dealing with a smaller screen. I admit it would look better on my wrist but I already set my text to a larger size.

    Lisa
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Putting the apps in list mode will make watch life easier for you.

    For me, the 42mm is a good size.
     
  4. az431 macrumors 6502a

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    The choice between 38 and 42 really comes down to how it looks on your wrist. The price difference is nominal and the 4mm isn’t that much of an impact on being able to see text. Plus the text can be enlarged in settings.
     
  5. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is exactly why I need a few days. Purchased from bhphoto so can exchange thru 1/31

    If I go 38mm I may indulge myself with the black mesh band. (Either size will be black ss)
     
  6. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    One thing that I know for sure after 24 hours is that I greatly prefer the feel of stainless steel over the aluminum.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    The stainless steel actually feels like a watch on your wrist, where as the aluminum is best suited for fitness with it being light weight . But the real selling point on the stainless besides aesthetics, is the sapphire display. That alone is worth it to me.
     
  8. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    +1
     
  9. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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    What's a "DW"? Or rather, who? Someone on this forum? Doug Whitehouse? Darious Wilson? Donna Wilhelm? Donald Wrump? No clue. Please enlighten us.
     
  10. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Doctor Watson

    On some boards DW is used for Dear Wife. (Dear Son etc). That isn’t the convention here - sorry.
     
  11. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    I believe DW refers to the watch brand, Daniel Wellington.
     
  12. iPhysicist macrumors 65816

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    Or a drum manufacturer. dw

    Wearing the 38mm case. I love it. It’s a smart watch - not a SMARTWATCH for my wristsize.
     
  13. oeagleo macrumors regular

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    Or, in Military terms, it's "Dependant Wife"...
     
  14. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    The only real day to day issue could be battery life on the 38 being less than the 42. However, since the Apple Watch 3 last 2.5 days on the 42 as long as it lasts a full day (24 hours not 16) on the 38 it probably doesn't matter.
     
  15. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a

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    I’ve got a 38mm and I have quite wide wrists etc and find it a good sized watch. It’s less noticeable and less bulky on the wrist if wearing a tight shirt cuff etc. Also, this S3 GPS is my first AW and I don’t like the stupid circle App OS thing going on, it’s really fiddly and awkward, so I changed it to list the apps that you can easily scroll though. I think if I couldn’t have changed the stupid circle app OS screen, I would probably have returned the watch.
     
  16. bubsdaddy macrumors regular

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    How much better is the battery life on a 42mm vs 38mm?
     
  17. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I’ve been wearing both today. Each was 100% at 7am. I didn’t make any calls. At 10pm:

    42mm - 67%
    38mm - 50%

    This is enough to make me third guess my decision to return the 42.
     
  18. tl01 macrumors 68000

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    I like bigger watches... I feel like the smaller watch makes my wrist look bigger.... even though my wrists are small.
     
  19. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At 2:25:
    42mm is 60%
    38mm is 33%

    That’s with no phone calls.
     
  20. Mikeeee macrumors 6502

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    That's quite a large difference. Was the 38 recently paired?
     
  21. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    8am - the 38mm was 20%.
    The 42 was charging so can’t compare.


    Both watches were opened on 12/25. The 42 has seen a little more action as I was planning to return the 38.

    Based on one whole date of evaluation I’m back to returning the 38. Difference is too big since I was hardly doing anything. A dozen texts.
     
  22. BasicGreatGuy, Jan 6, 2018
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    Battery capacity of 38mm and 42mm (cellular) respectively
    • 38mm: 1.07Whr
    • 42mm: 1.34Whr
     
  23. nicho macrumors 68020

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    FYI that test is useless because the phone can only connect to one watch via Bluetooth at a time. The other watch will spend its time trying (and failing) to connect to wifi. That uses much more battery.
     
  24. Furzul macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot. I never knew you could do that.
     
  25. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, that makes sense. I'm almost enjoying the indecision as I know that either choice will be fine.
     

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