How does your digital crown feel?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by cruzmisl, May 19, 2015.


how does your digital crown feel?

  1. my crown is on the stiffer side

    22 vote(s)
  2. my crown is on the looser side

    20 vote(s)
  3. my crown is still processing

    15 vote(s)
  1. cruzmisl macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    Just curious how it varies across people with watches today. The silver sport I had first for ~3 weeks had a pretty free spinning wheel. It didn't take any effort to move it up and down. I could almost make it spin with enough force. Last week I upgraded to an SS and it's a bit stiffer. It definitely takes more pressure from my finger to make it scroll. I'm not sure if it's "worse" more than it is different than the last one. I know someone with an SGS and his was extremely stiff, to the point where I'd probably bring it to the store for a warranty exchange if possible. But he just uses the screen for scrolling and not the crown.

    I've already tried the water procedure with the crown but it does not change how it feels. If anything it feels a bit sturdier than the last one, but I did not expect the variance in how they felt.
  2. sincere11105 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
  3. Armen, May 19, 2015
    Last edited: May 19, 2015

    Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I like the stiffness on my SS. The Sport model crown had a flimsy feel to it.
  4. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    I am pretty sure that the crown is supposed to have a bit of resistance to it, and that that resistance is variable based on the menu context.

    I noticed that the crown spins more freely inside third part apps, probably because the variable resistance is not being coded by the third parties. But inside of the watches settings menu, the resistance varies based on where you are in a scrollable menu. When you go past the last or first item in a menu, the watch even gives you taptic feedback.

    The gold edition watch I tried on had the best feeling crown. Solid haptic click, solid scrolling, etc.

    My stainless steel is not as solid, but still feels better than a lot of stainless steel ones I have felt in store.

    Never tried an aluminum to compare, so I couldn't say.
  5. joshneedham macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    I've also noticed that on my SS watch, the crown feels like it takes a slightly more deliberate amount of effort to spin than the sport. Not much, and it's very smooth still. I do like the clickiness when pressing the crown on the sport, and the more free feeling spin on it but it (along with the whole watch) is just a little too light.

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  6. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    I haven't noticed any difference between three Sport crowns and a couple of SS crowns. Was it the action of the crown that you felt to be different?
  7. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    My crown neither feels to stiff nor too loose, only just about right. I mean, I can't really compare because no one else around me has a watch.

    At times though, I don't find it very accurate when setting an alarm e.g. It's too easy to change it more than a minute when not moving the crown very slowly.

    But I remember the two or three watches I tested during the try-on at the store felt quite similar.
  8. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    Shouldn't there be an option that it feels fine? Can't take the poll without this option.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    mine feels just fine, but based on the poll I would say on the stiff side.


  10. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    If i don't look, my crown feels like a nipple. It is great. My girl commented that my nipple rubbing game def has stepped up in the last few weeks. I haven't let her know that it was because of practice with my Apple Watch. All the little things.
  11. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    There is only black and white, no gray. This is MacRumors after all. :p
  12. crispApple macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2015
    I have a 38mm sport and i would say it feels just right. A little resistance but not too much. Also it depends on what I'm doing. If I have an app open it feels stiffer than if I just move it randomly.
  13. cruzmisl thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    This was the 3rd option originally, but I think it would have made the poll useless. Both of the watches in my possession felt 'fine.' One just happened to have more resistance than the other.

    Sorry, though.
  14. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I'm going based on memory from April 10. I did a hands on with the Sport and when I did a hands on with the SS immediately the crown felt a bit more solid. Not sure how to explain it further.

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