Need Advice. Keep Series 3 Stainless or Series 4 Aluminum

dms_91

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So I’m in a tough situation and need some advice. I currently own the series 3 stainless steel Apple Watch SB but just found a hell of a deal of a brand new series 4 aluminum 44mm cellular that I got for only $400. Should I sell my series 3 SS for $400 to someone that is interested and keep the new series 3 or sell the series 4 because I’m worried about the durability of the screen of the aluminum model..? I do want the new series 4 stainless model but man it is expensive. What would you do? Post your opinion.
 

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So I’m in a tough situation and need some advice. I currently own the series 3 stainless steel Apple Watch SB but just found a hell of a deal of a brand new series 4 aluminum 44mm cellular that I got for only $400. Should I sell my series 3 SS for $400 to someone that is interested and keep the new series 3 or sell the series 4 because I’m worried about the durability of the screen of the aluminum model..? I do want the new series 4 stainless model but man it is expensive. What would you do? Post your opinion.
1.) If you truly like what the Series 4 has to offer over your Series 3, then I would keep it. It really depends what you value from the new Watch versus the Series 3.

2.) I will be honest, the reason I won’t opt back for the sport model, as I do not care for the durability the Ion– X Glass. The whole reason I purchased the stainless model is because of the Sapphire display and I do like the stainless in general. But I don’t want to see any scratches on my display and I don’t prefer screen protectors. But you can add a screen protector to the sport model display to avoid that if it’s a concern.
 

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1.) If you truly like what the Series 4 has to offer over your Series 3, then I would keep it. It really depends what you value from the new Watch versus the Series 3.

2.) I will be honest, the reason I won’t opt back for the sport model, as I do not care for the durability the Ion– X Glass. The whole reason I purchased the stainless model is because of the Sapphire display and I do like the stainless in general. But I don’t want to see any scratches on my display and I don’t prefer screen protectors. But you can add a screen protector to the sport model display to avoid that if it’s a concern.
Yes well what I most value from the series 4 after getting this amazing deal off OfferUp from someone is the bigger screen, speed, and it being thinner and more comfortable on the wrist compared to the thickness of the series 3 stainless. But I’m just still on the fence. My buddy wants to buy my stainless series 3 for $400. So I’d essentially be getting the new series 4 cellular for free because that’s what I bought it for.
Idk just that ion x glass is what’s holding me back but also paying over $800 after taxes for the SS model series 4 is absurd.
 

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Idk just that ion x glass is what’s holding me back but also paying over $800 after taxes for the SS model series 4 is absurd.
The stainless is expensive, yes I agree with you. But I can justify the price point because I appreciate the added aesthetics. That said, I think you found a great deal, and I think the Ion- X Glass is durable, it just doesn’t hold the weight in terms of being nearly as durable as the Sapphire display. Obviously you were used to the sapphire display, so if it does scratch on the sport model display, you can understand why. But if you’re really not _overly_concerned about scratches on the display, that I would opt for the deal you currently have.
 

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The stainless is expensive, yes I agree with you. But I can justify the price point because I appreciate the added aesthetics. That said, I think you found a great deal, and I think the Ion- X Glass is durable, it just doesn’t hold the weight in terms of being nearly as durable as the Sapphire display. Obviously you were used to the sapphire display, so if it does scratch on the sport model display, you can understand why. But if you’re really not _overly_concerned about scratches on the display, that I would opt for the deal you currently have.
Ya like I’m literally nervous about wearing the new one to work when I wear my apple watches everyday lol and I bang my watch on a lot of stuff on accident while working and with the stainless model I never have issues. But granted the hell of a deal I got, would you just keep it and sell your series 3 stainless for $400 if you were in my shoes?
 

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Ya like I’m literally nervous about wearing the new one to work when I wear my apple watches everyday lol and I bang my watch on a lot of stuff on accident while working and with the stainless model I never have issues. But granted the hell of a deal I got, would you just keep it and sell your series 3 stainless for $400 if you were in my shoes?
I would just keep your Series 4. It’s the newest Watch, obviously you’re interested in it because you purchased it, and why not just add a quality screen protector and that will alleviate any concerns you might have. And I don’t want to be dismissive of the Ion-X glass, it is durable, I just don’t think it compares to the Sapphire display, which I’m not preferable to wanting to see scratches.
 
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I would just keep your Series 4. It’s the newest Watch, obviously you’re interested in it because you purchased it, and why not just add a quality screen protector and that will alleviate any concerns you might have. And I don’t want to be dismissive of the Ion-X glass, it is durable, I just don’t think it compares to the Sapphire display, which I’m not preferable to wanting to see scratches.
Ya true. Any screen protectors you recommend? I can’t stand them on any of my devices tho.
 

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Ya true. Any screen protectors you recommend? I can’t stand them on any of my devices tho.
Armor Suit. Many have use this brand with good feedback. Amazon carries them. If you appy them correctly, you shouldn’t even be able to really see the screen protector on the display, aside from the outline. You can have a third-party Store even apply them for you.

ArmorSuit Apple Watch Series 4 Screen Protector (44mm)(2 Pack) MilitaryShield Full

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HCNHYGW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ebkRBbQYREMGE
 

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Armor Suit. Many have use this brand with good feedback. Amazon carries them. If you appy them correctly, you shouldn’t even be able to really see the screen protector on the display, aside from the outline. You can have a third-party Store even apply them for you.

ArmorSuit Apple Watch Series 4 Screen Protector (44mm)(2 Pack) MilitaryShield Full

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HCNHYGW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ebkRBbQYREMGE
Thanks. I actually just noticed those.
 

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I’ve contemplated this same thing with my SS Series 3 because of the price increases. I just don’t think I can go to an aluminum model after having a SS Series 0, Series 2 and Series 3.

But crap those price increases are getting out of hand. I’m getting a bit frustrated with Apple’s constant push to increase their ASPs. At some point, consumers have got to push back.
 
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But crap those price increases are getting out of hand. I’m getting a bit frustrated with Apple’s constant push to increase their ASPs. At some point, consumers have got to push back.
Then ‘vote with your wallet’ against those ‘crap’ prices, that’s the only way you can send a message to Apple. Now, personally I don’t have an issue with their price points for the Series 4 being they offer some of the best quality hardware in the world, and customer service with continual OS support. To me, it’s not just about the watch experience, but it’s about the _entire_ package you purchase as a whole. No other company can offer that aside from Apple. Now, with the price point increase of the watch, obviously comes the technology that likely is costing more, (IE the larger battery, larger display, additional health sensors, etc for the Series 4).

The reality is, consumers will accept these prices, because if they want these devices, you have to pay their price points. And Apple makes the most popular tech products in the world, which is likely a clear example why they are trillion dollar company attributed to success.
 
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