Having trouble deciding

rowdt1

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Hey guys,

I am having a lot of trouble deciding which Apple Watch to get and I am hoping that you could help out. I'm on the fence for a SGS with BSB and the SS with BSB. The problem is that they have the same functionalities and I can't yet decide which one to get based on the looks. I think I'll feel sorry if I hadn't spend a little more to get the cooler looking one, which is the stainless steel in my opinion. But is it worth the extra money? Is there anyone here who returned their sport version and went with the stainless steel one instead? Just some side information: I'm a huge fan of well build products and normally I do spend more money just if something works better or looks better than other stuff.

Long story short: I *really* don't know which Apple Watch to get. I don't want to cheapen out and regret it later. And I know it's a personal choice but I'm sure many of you went through the same hassle..
 

SpEe1113

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Apr 24, 2015
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Hey guys,

I am having a lot of trouble deciding which Apple Watch to get and I am hoping that you could help out. I'm on the fence for a SGS with BSB and the SS with BSB. The problem is that they have the same functionalities and I can't yet decide which one to get based on the looks. I think I'll feel sorry if I hadn't spend a little more to get the cooler looking one, which is the stainless steel in my opinion. But is it worth the extra money? Is there anyone here who returned their sport version and went with the stainless steel one instead? Just some side information: I'm a huge fan of well build products and normally I do spend more money just if something works better or looks better than other stuff.

Long story short: I *really* don't know which Apple Watch to get. I don't want to cheapen out and regret it later. And I know it's a personal choice but I'm sure many of you went through the same hassle..
Looks like you've already made up your mind to me by saying, "I don't want to cheapen out and regret it later."

I got the SS and love it, glad I did because I know I'd have buyers remorse if I got the sport...now, that's just me. There are others that got the sport and love it. Inside, it's all the same... If you have the extra cash to spend...well...live live with no rAgrets...not even one letter. LOL (lame movie reference there for those that may not get it...;-) That's just my personal 2 cents.
 
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melman101

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Go to the Apple Store and take a look at them. Try them on. Play with them.

I have the Milanese Loop Stainless Steel and couldn't be happier.

Edit: I also have the sports band which I am not too fond of.
 

ZBoater

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I don't like shiny jewelry, and I didn't want to spend too much money on a Gen1 product, so the decision was easy for me.

Selecting an Apple Watch is a very personal decision.
 

Anya B

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I had the Sport which I returned due to a fault. My replacement was the SS as I prefer the look and it has more bands available to play with. I now have Black and White Sport bands, Black and Bright Blue leather loop and the Milanese Loop.

I like the SGS out of the Sport versions but the SS is the winner for me.
 
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jonhcox

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Have no fear- many of us have been I your shoes. I've ordered and cancelled 3 times before finally settling on a 42mm SS with black sport band. My first order was for the Space Gray Sport, then switched to Sport with white sport band, then back to Space Gray and then finally making up my mind. It was a little about color and did I actually need it and the straw that broke the camels back was that several friends with the Sport models were angry over the scratches on the display. I don't think that they understand that it's a watch and more susceptible to damage than a phone. They weren't used to scratched Apple products. So I chose to go with durability. I have a well worn Omega and the only unscathed part of the watch is the sapphire crystal. I'm hard on watches. Scratched stainless steel doesn't bother me, but I've grown to love that sapphire. I'm trying to get my fat ass in shape and that was the lure of the sport model. Then I tried them both on and the SS version wasn't that much heavier. I went with the the sport band because I sweat like a stuck pig and wanted to be able to rinse it off.
Don't laugh- well ok, you can- I made a list of what features were most important. I could really care less about most of the notifications short of iMessages, but the fitness tracking meant I didn't have to wear a watch and the Fitbit, and Apple Pay which at least around here has grown in acceptance. Some group of wankers around here have been planting counterfeit card swipers and I feel better about not swiping anything.
So to wrap up all that I chose Stainless because I believe it to be more durable with the sapphire and I like the way it looks with the black sport band. Sorry- I got talky...
 

Night Spring

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I have to say, I feel sorry for the people who prefer the shiny steel look. Personally, I like the dark matte finish on the Space Grey Sport, and it's the cheaper option, so it was a total no-brainer to go with the Sport. I did get a screen protector because I was worried about scratching the screen.
 

vincent_007

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the best thing is to try it on in a shop. i also didn't want to spend that much money on a 1st gen product and went for the sport space grey 42 mm. then i tried them on in a shop and i love the low weight of the sport model compared to the SS. i also love that it is not a fingerprint magnet. before i had a ebel watch made of stainless steel and sapphire glas but i didn't do sport with it. now i am happy with my gadget and it definitely doesn't feel cheap.

i hope i could help a little bit.
 

firstapple

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I don't like shiny jewelry, and I didn't want to spend too much money on a Gen1 product, so the decision was easy for me.

Selecting an Apple Watch is a very personal decision.
Exactly this. I decided this time around I would go the cheaper route as I imagine the next Apple Watch (whenever that will be) is going to be all that much better and then I can splurge a little more. This time around I want to make sure I will utilize it as best as possible, get use to the functionality and all that.
 

Armen

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Apr 30, 2013
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Hey guys,

I am having a lot of trouble deciding which Apple Watch to get and I am hoping that you could help out. I'm on the fence for a SGS with BSB and the SS with BSB. The problem is that they have the same functionalities and I can't yet decide which one to get based on the looks. I think I'll feel sorry if I hadn't spend a little more to get the cooler looking one, which is the stainless steel in my opinion. But is it worth the extra money? Is there anyone here who returned their sport version and went with the stainless steel one instead? Just some side information: I'm a huge fan of well build products and normally I do spend more money just if something works better or looks better than other stuff.

Long story short: I *really* don't know which Apple Watch to get. I don't want to cheapen out and regret it later. And I know it's a personal choice but I'm sure many of you went through the same hassle..
- Scratches can be buffed out from the SS model. With the Sport you're SOL if you scratch it or ding it (unless you plan to put it in a case).
- SS model has sapphire crystal glass which is less likely to get scratched.
- SS model has a Ceramic coating where the sensors are. Sport does not.

I have a SS with a BSB.
 
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Mojopin

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I have had three different AW's, I went from the Silver Sport casing with BSB to the SG Sport with BSB and now have the SS with BSB. After owning all three, hands down IMO, the SS model is the best. It's sooooo premium feeling and substantial vs the Sport. I was a devout Sport fan at first, justifying how I didn't want to pay the extra $, it was 1st gen, it was lighter for my workouts, I didn't like the shiny metal, etc, but as time went on I started to wonder how the SS was (I had never tried one on).

Now having the SS I have no regrets/wonder when using and seeing my watch I know I have the best model I can afford and absolutely love it! Apple products hold their value well so I will just sell/upgrade in the future when the next gen hits that I want, as I do with all my Apple products.

With an item you wear on your wrist and see everyday, it's easy to begin to regret. If are between the two variations now, you will absolutely wonder if you get the Sport, if you should have gone with the SS. It will start as a wonder and then most likely consume you, haha. If you are like me with your tech, if I love something, I want the best iteration possible that I can afford. If you can afford the extra, it's a no brainer, get the SS! If you can afford a Sport model, you should be able to pony up the extra $200 or so for the SS.

Also a point that others mentioned in the past, if you scratch the SS casing you can buff if out for $5-$10, if you scratch a Sport casing, there's not much that can be done. I still use a Zagg HD protector on my screen though as I'm just OCD.
 
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noobinator

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I have to say, I feel sorry for the people who prefer the shiny steel look. Personally, I like the dark matte finish on the Space Grey Sport, and it's the cheaper option, so it was a total no-brainer to go with the Sport. I did get a screen protector because I was worried about scratching the screen.
Why in the world would you feel sorry for someone who has an opinion other than yours?
 

SarZ

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I have to say, I feel sorry for the people who prefer the shiny steel look. Personally, I like the dark matte finish on the Space Grey Sport, and it's the cheaper option, so it was a total no-brainer to go with the Sport. I did get a screen protector because I was worried about scratching the screen.
I feel sorry for people who have to put a screen protector on their watch
 

Night Spring

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I feel sorry for people who have to put a screen protector on their watch
Nah, I don't *have* to put a screen protector on the watch. But I think even if I had a Sapphire screen, I'd probably put on a screen protector anyway, because I'm very clumsy, and it makes me feel better.
 

Mojopin

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I have to say, I feel sorry for the people who prefer the shiny steel look. Personally, I like the dark matte finish on the Space Grey Sport, and it's the cheaper option, so it was a total no-brainer to go with the Sport. I did get a screen protector because I was worried about scratching the screen.
I normally hate shiny jewelry, etc, but after owning both the Sport and SS, the SS is sooooo much nicer. The steel is great and not too blingy, so to each his own. The SGS has shown chips/scratching to the edge of the casing on some user reports (I've seen about 4 with pics) so I was wary that if I got damage on the casing there wasn't anything I could do vs being able to buff them out easily on the SS.
 

Night Spring

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The SGS has shown chips/scratching to the casing on some user reports (I've seen about 4 with pics) so I was wary that if I got damage on the casing there wasn't anything I could do vs being able to buff them out easily on the SS.
Not that I've given my watch a close inspection, but after nearly two months, my SGS has no immediately visible scratches. Maybe if I took a magnifying glass and looked closely, I might find a scratch or two, but I don't care about such micro-scratches anyway. I think if the Sports watch was really *that* scratch-prone, we'd be seeing considerably more than 4 pictures by now.
 

cambookpro

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There isn't really a massive difference between the two. It comes down to whether you prefer shiny, heavier and perhaps slightly more durable jewellery vs a more utilitarian, lighter, matte finished gadget.

I was on the fence but ended up buying the Sport. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't change my mind. I prefer the look of the Sport and it hardly feels like you're wearing anything at all on your wrist. The SS is nice, of course, but the small scratches you get on polished metal annoys me and functionally it's exactly the same for quite a bit more.

It's quite a personal choice though, it's not objective like whether you should buy the 8GB or 16GB iPhone or upgrade the RAM in your MacBook. Try both on and make up your own mind.
 
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Armen

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I have to say, I feel sorry for the people who prefer the shiny steel look. Personally, I like the dark matte finish on the Space Grey Sport, and it's the cheaper option, so it was a total no-brainer to go with the Sport. I did get a screen protector because I was worried about scratching the screen.
I'll take Stainless Steel look all day over what looks like spray painted aluminum. :p

It's too bad there is no gunmetal casing.
 

Mojopin

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Not that I've given my watch a close inspection, but after nearly two months, my SGS has no immediately visible scratches. Maybe if I took a magnifying glass and looked closely, I might find a scratch or two, but I don't care about such micro-scratches anyway. I think if the Sports watch was really *that* scratch-prone, we'd be seeing considerably more than 4 pictures by now.
Knowing that the potential is there for something I wear on my wrist everyday bothered me enough to upgrade. But I just wasn't ready for how much more I liked the SS, I was really wowed by it. The issue with speckling on some SGS models seems to surround the edges as the anodized areas there were thinner or something to that effect. Everyone has different OCD levels and I'm just so happy I upgraded.
 

bevsb2

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After trying both versions on at the Apple store it was an easy decision for me. I liked the look of the SS so much more. I plan to wear the watch all day for it's functionality and want it to look nice as well. I have the 38mm SS with the modern buckle band and no second thoughts/regrets re my decision.
 

deadandalive

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I had the same problem. In the end I got the Sport

Since it is a brand new device, I wasnt sure if I would like it or find it useful. Plus it is a Gen 1 device. Decided to get the cheaper one & if I like it, then go with the SS one for Gen 2 or 3
 

parseckadet

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I was divided between the looks of the SGS and the SS too, though I leaned toward the SGS. I went with the SS because I didn't want to have to worry about my watch getting scratched all the time, especially the screen. I can tolerate scratches on the body, but I want that screen to look just as good 5 years from now as it did the day I bought it. Having owned a watch with sapphire glass before, I knew that the screen on the SS would be up to the task. Of course I would have loved to get the Space Black SS (best of both worlds), but I couldn't justify that price for something that I might not be using 5 years from now.

So far I'm very glad I went with the SS. I bashed my watch screen against walls, door knobs, and car doors several times, and I've only had it two weeks. Zero scratches, and still looks flawless. The body has minor scratches that I only see if I'm specifically looking for them.

It's too bad there is no gunmetal casing.
Totally agree!
 

fultonjt

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I had the Sport, and sold it on Craigslist (the day before they were available in the store) to upgrade to the SS. So glad I did. The weight, look, and the seamless look with the majority of the 3rd party band adapters made it worth it to me in the end. Not to mention the sapphire.
 
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