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Piggie

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Would this not be the most obvious and sensible thing to do for those who still feel a little unsure?

Simply buy the Aluminium Sports Watch, and wear it for a month, perhaps two, seeing how, in reality it fits in with your every day life.

After that time, the Shiny Shiny novelty should of worn off, more apps should appear, and you will of had time to see how the auto on/off function, heartbeat accuracy, daily charging and general usefulness of the device is for you.

Then simply sell it for say $50 less than you paid. Should be an easy sale.

Then, if you feel it's a product for you, invest more into the actual material and design you want to keep in the much longer term.

Would that not be the sensible approach?
 

DirtySocks85

macrumors 65816
Mar 12, 2009
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Wichita, KS
It makes sense, and depending on pricing, I may do something along those lines. I want the stainless steel version, but I'm waiting on pricing to decide if it's worth it.
 

Runt888

macrumors 6502a
Nov 17, 2008
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I wouldn't say buying a gold smart watch could ever be called sensible, but I plan on doing something similar to decide if I want the stainless steel version. All depends on pricing.
 

cyb3rdud3

macrumors 68020
Jun 22, 2014
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1,346
UK
No doesn't make sense to me. The aluminium looks weird to me. And the gold is also not exactly pretty.

Stainless steels look spot on.

All of this is subjective anyway.
 

Rogifan

macrumors Core
Nov 14, 2011
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So nobody could actually want to keep the aluminum watch (because it's more lightweight, they prefer the band colors, etc)?
 

fousfous

macrumors regular
Jan 11, 2015
141
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France
So nobody could actually want to keep the aluminum watch (because it's more lightweight, they prefer the band colors, etc)?

I just want the aluminum because I like the silver mat color.
And I can put leather loop on it so that's great.
 

cleirac

macrumors 6502
May 7, 2014
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No, it makes more sense to get first thing whatever you want/love/need and can afford. If you are unsure, do not pre-order, wait for the reviews and check them out in the stores (or at least one of your friends will have it).

Do not go thru the hassles in the process of testing that is not your first choice.

The worst thing that could happen road testing or owning Apple iGadgets is, if you do not like it all, any edition will not lose that much value in second-hand market. It is actually still a win-win because the value of experiencing plus owning it temporarily is greater than the potential depreciation amout / second-hand market sold value.
 

Piggie

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I only suggest this as it seems to be quite a LARGE UNKNOWN for many people.

Unlike an iPod where you know you want to listen to music on the move, or an iPad where you know you want to browse the web on the move, there is a lot more uncertainly over the watch.

Do I need one, will I really use it.
Will I want something this large on my wrist all day long.
Perhaps after a few days you will think well I need to get my phone out all the time to answer things anyway so now I've experienced the watch I realise it's not for me.

It's pretty unlike most previous Apple products, in that it's not really answering a current need/desire in it's current state.

Hence me simply suggesting it may be, for some a good idea to get the cheapest model and actually have the experience for a few weeks, live with it, and see if it really does become something you love and use all the time, or something that's just more trouble than it's worth and you end up using your phone anyway, so what's the point.

So, once you have established it is for you, you can spend many $100's more getting the model with the luxury strap as you know you are going to be sticking with this product for a long long time now you've tried it.

If it's not for you, and you wish to pass it on, then you'd take minimal loss as there will be loads of people who'd like the cheapest model for a few dollars saving.

Was just a thought. :)
 

theBigD23

macrumors 6502a
Sep 13, 2008
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I only suggest this as it seems to be quite a LARGE UNKNOWN for many people.

Unlike an iPod where you know you want to listen to music on the move, or an iPad where you know you want to browse the web on the move, there is a lot more uncertainly over the watch.

Do I need one, will I really use it.
Will I want something this large on my wrist all day long.
Perhaps after a few days you will think well I need to get my phone out all the time to answer things anyway so now I've experienced the watch I realise it's not for me.

It's pretty unlike most previous Apple products, in that it's not really answering a current need/desire in it's current state.

Hence me simply suggesting it may be, for some a good idea to get the cheapest model and actually have the experience for a few weeks, live with it, and see if it really does become something you love and use all the time, or something that's just more trouble than it's worth and you end up using your phone anyway, so what's the point.

So, once you have established it is for you, you can spend many $100's more getting the model with the luxury strap as you know you are going to be sticking with this product for a long long time now you've tried it.

If it's not for you, and you wish to pass it on, then you'd take minimal loss as there will be loads of people who'd like the cheapest model for a few dollars saving.

Was just a thought. :)

If you recall, when the iPad was introduced, people slammed it for being unnecessary and just a big iPod. No one knew what the use case was, until it came out and people loved it.
 

NewtypeCJ

macrumors 6502
Feb 27, 2005
400
12
Seattle, WA
I'm more than likely going with the Stainless Steel 42mm watch. I figure people will go crazy for the $349 aluminum Sport because it's the cheapest (and even that is "expensive" for some when talking about a watch). The stainless probably won't be in as much demand at launch and I'd be happier with that finish personally. :)
 

UltimateSyn

macrumors 601
Mar 3, 2008
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Likely the gold watch will be so expensive that very few people will be able to afford it. And if they buy it and don't like it, they'll give it to a relative or something. Because they'll be able to afford that.

I'm likely going for the happy medium of stainless steel.
 

Piggie

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Feb 23, 2010
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If you recall, when the iPad was introduced, people slammed it for being unnecessary and just a big iPod. No one knew what the use case was, until it came out and people loved it.

Oh well, I'd still call it a big iPod thanks' to Apple's zero imagination of what you can do with a 10" screen tablet.

However, the iPad was BETTER than an iPod.
It's always easy to sell something better that a previous product.

Large screen, meaning you can see whole web pages, watch movies (albeit in the wrong aspect ratio with black bars) and play better games on a larger screen.

That a VERY easy sell.

Right now the watch is worse than the other products. I feel that's little harder when the new item to buy is not as good as the item people already have.

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Likely the gold watch will be so expensive that very few people will be able to afford it. And if they buy it and don't like it, they'll give it to a relative or something. Because they'll be able to afford that.

I'm likely going for the happy medium of stainless steel.

I'm actually really interested to see the construction of the Gold Watch.

I know what we generally think it will be build/machined like as a piece of Gold metal.
I'm very curios to see if our assumptions are right, or if there is a surprise in store.

I'd like to see some cross sections, though not sure we will see anyone actually cut a gold one in half!
 

JayLenochiniMac

macrumors G5
Nov 7, 2007
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2,389
New Sanfrakota
Unlike an iPod where you know you want to listen to music on the move, or an iPad where you know you want to browse the web on the move, there is a lot more uncertainly over the watch.

This is really no different from those of us who want the :apple: Watch specifically because we know we want to screen for notifications. Other options might just be bonus so it's not a half-baked product (as you claim) for every single individual. Additionally, some of us couldn't care less about using it for health/fitness tracking.
 

Dave245

macrumors G3
Sep 15, 2013
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I do like the idea of getting the cheapest one ie the :apple: Watch Sport because it will do the same as all the others, but at the same time I really like the look of the Stainless Steel version as well. I will be going to the Apple Store when they are released to try the on. I think it's going to depend on price, if the Stainless Steel version is a lot more then I might just get the Sport and upgrade to the Stainless Steel one in version 2.
 

Defender2010

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Jun 6, 2010
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Life is short- buy the one you want at the start if you have the cash. If not, stop looking for ways to put yourself off.
 

Piggie

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Life is short- buy the one you want at the start if you have the cash. If not, stop looking for ways to put yourself off.

If you have never tried a wine before, would it be wise to have some poured in a glass to see if you like the taste, or would you just blindly buy a case of it, and simply hope you like it?
 

Defender2010

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Jun 6, 2010
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If you have never tried a wine before, would it be wise to have some poured in a glass to see if you like the taste, or would you just blindly buy a case of it, and simply hope you like it?

There's a difference between wine and a watch. Yes- I would. Be comparison!!
 

leenak

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2011
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Some people like the outward displays of wealth, whether it is true or not :) I'm on a purse/jewelry forum and I have to say Apple forums has nothing on them. If someone wants to buy a gold, go for it, but yellow gold is just not right :p (yes some skintones it does look ok)
 

Piggie

macrumors G3
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Feb 23, 2010
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Some people like the outward displays of wealth, whether it is true or not :) I'm on a purse/jewelry forum and I have to say Apple forums has nothing on them. If someone wants to buy a gold, go for it, but yellow gold is just not right :p (yes some skintones it does look ok)

Oh yes, I am fully aware of that.
Most people think it's a bit sad that others feel so insecure in themselves as a human that they need physical props to try and help them feel better about themselves.
Chunky gold in the UK, not sure about the US has always been the ultimate in bad taste, and achieves exactly the opposite effect.

Small, quality, tasteful, etc etc, all good points, simply trying to use quantity of gold is generally terrible and would only impress people on a similar level to the wearer, which is not very high :)

http://www.luvyababes.co.uk/images/_lib/chunky-gold-neck-chain-12004968-0-1395670222000.jpg
 

jaymc

macrumors 6502
Nov 10, 2012
481
252
Port Orchard, WA
I'm more than likely going with the Stainless Steel 42mm watch. I figure people will go crazy for the $349 aluminum Sport because it's the cheapest (and even that is "expensive" for some when talking about a watch). The stainless probably won't be in as much demand at launch and I'd be happier with that finish personally. :)

That's what I'm initially going after ... but depending on the price estimates I've see are widely speculative $550 to $1000. Don't think I'll spend $1000 if that is the price.
 

extricated

macrumors 6502
Jul 14, 2011
444
59
Arkansas
I prefer the aluminum watch in many ways because I'll really be using it in fitness/sports activities. However, I am really entertaining the stainless watch due to the sapphire screen. I really like the durability of shapphire and really hoped all of the watches would use sapphire.

I'm not sure how scratch resistant the sports model's screen is, but I am well acquainted with sapphire and it is awesome as a watch face.

Getting back to the original point, I do see the merits of what you're talking about. Would probably be a good move for folks who really wanted one of the higher-priced devices, but didn't want to commit until after a "test drive".
 

Piggie

macrumors G3
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Feb 23, 2010
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I prefer the aluminum watch in many ways because I'll really be using it in fitness/sports activities. However, I am really entertaining the stainless watch due to the sapphire screen. I really like the durability of shapphire and really hoped all of the watches would use sapphire.

I'm not sure how scratch resistant the sports model's screen is, but I am well acquainted with sapphire and it is awesome as a watch face.

Getting back to the original point, I do see the merits of what you're talking about. Would probably be a good move for folks who really wanted one of the higher-priced devices, but didn't want to commit until after a "test drive".

Let's be realistic here :)

There is a good chance Apple may have a improved model some time next year. Or perhaps a different model (the second one in the range)

I'd not worry too much about the watch face material.

Most Apple people LOVE having a new model.
As long as the watch face lasts a year, and of course we know it will last many years, just the normal model, then you will probably have moved onto a new model LONG before screen material is any issue to you.

Its not like you are buying the 1st Apple watch for your great grandchildren!
 

kmj2318

macrumors 68000
Aug 22, 2007
1,669
712
Naples, FL
Would this not be the most obvious and sensible thing to do for those who still feel a little unsure?

Simply buy the Aluminium Sports Watch, and wear it for a month, perhaps two, seeing how, in reality it fits in with your every day life.

After that time, the Shiny Shiny novelty should of worn off, more apps should appear, and you will of had time to see how the auto on/off function, heartbeat accuracy, daily charging and general usefulness of the device is for you.

Then simply sell it for say $50 less than you paid. Should be an easy sale.

Then, if you feel it's a product for you, invest more into the actual material and design you want to keep in the much longer term.

Would that not be the sensible approach?

If I'm in the market for an 18k gold smart watch, then I'm probably not too concerned anyway. Definitely not enough to be seen around town with the pleb version. It'll be awkward telling the neighbors that I have the aluminum version because I don't want to waste money if I don't like it. Imagine what they'll think about my financial situation. I have a reputation to maintain.
 

NewtypeCJ

macrumors 6502
Feb 27, 2005
400
12
Seattle, WA
That's what I'm initially going after ... but depending on the price estimates I've see are widely speculative $550 to $1000. Don't think I'll spend $1000 if that is the price.

If it's $550 or less, I'll stick with stainless. If it's more than that I'll go Sport like seemingly everyone else. Gotta see first if I'm even going to get enough use and utility out of it before even entertaining anything higher than $550.
 
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