S2 Stainless Steel or S3 Aluminium?

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  1. cambookpro macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    Hi,

    I currently own a S0 Sport and didn't plan on upgrading my watch until I was offered a used S2 SS very cheaply (with the intent of selling it on and making a bit of money or possibly selling the S0 if I liked it enough). I polished it up, changed the band and now it looks pretty good.

    However, I'm not blown away by the speed compared to my S0. Apps still take a while to load, there's still lag when changing watch faces or going back to the watch face from the honeycomb grid, etc. From what I've seen online, the S3 is a little better at all these.

    I do, of course, like the look of the stainless steel case (even though feel like it doesn't go with the sportier bands I've collected over the past 2.5 years for my original watch).

    My question is: what would you do? I could sell this S2 SS and my original watch and probably be able to "upgrade" to a S3 aluminium for hardly any money out of pocket overall. (I'd probably purchase the LTE version, but only because I was planning on buying a Sport Loop anyway so an extra £20 for ceramic back, 16GB storage and LTE if I ever use it down the line seems like a good deal.)

    Or, do I stick with the S2 SS, or even just keep the S0 and wait until it dies. The battery life isn't great any more so I'd probably be looking at the £89 battery replacement at some point.

    Opinions on owners of S0/S2/S3 (or any combination of those!) would be much appreciated, especially if you've switched from SS to aluminium or vice versa.
     
  2. dr34mc4st3r macrumors regular

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  3. Farrellcollie macrumors 6502

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    I get the aluminum because I know in a couple years I’m going to upgrade it or move on to some other watch. To me it’s not worth the stainless steel premium cost. I always wear a watch but at work I always have a long sleeves so no one sees it -And it’s not really a fashion statement for me at either work or home. Before the Apple Watch, I was wearing the timex weekender
     
  4. SHKLMRE macrumors 6502

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    I’m currently having the same issue. I have a S0 stainless steel. Absolutely love the look of it. However the battery life is degrading and the new price of the S3 with GPS (no LTE) would mean I could upgrade minimally. I don’t wanna downgrade to the aluminum, but I did love my S0 Gold sport watch I used to have. I’m actually heading to the Apple store to check out the gold one now to see how I like the new color and performance.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I would opt for the aluminum Series 3. From all the reports I have heard, the speed is increasingly better over the Series 2. You mentioned you didn't notice a huge increase with the speed from the first generation Apple Watch and Series 2, I think you will see a difference with the Series 3 with a faster dual core processor.
     
  6. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    Thanks for the replies - leaning towards a S3 aluminium. I like the look of the SS, but I'm at university and dress casually most of the time and honestly think the matte aluminium casing blends in a bit better. Also reckon aluminium goes better with the nylon bands I have.

    Will probably now sell the SS S2 and my S0 and go for a S3 with Sport Loop.
     

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