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garethjs

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Any of u wish u had gotten a diff style?

I’m still wondering if I should have gotten the ceramic instead...

most of the people I know swapped theirs for the regular titanium

the recent 9to5mac video where he says it looks too much like the basic aluminium didn’t help ;-)
 

supertomtom

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Sep 21, 2007
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I have the SBTi. But after seeing all the beautiful pics of the natural titanium here, I got tempted and actually tried it for a week. At the end I returned it and kept the SBTi.

For me personally, I find black or gold Apple watches match my skin tone better.

I also don’t like how obvious the black bezel is on the natural titanium model when using fullscreen watch faces like California (I assume this would be the same for ceramic). With the SBTi, the bezels blend in with the casing.

I also find the SBTi more versatile with my current band collection, but that’s just me.
 

maka344

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Nov 4, 2009
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Ive tried the S5 SBSS, SBTi and Ti.

The SBSS - felt too much like the previous generations, love the finish but I’ve always only ever gone for the SBSS so I wanted a change.

The Ti - stunning finish but I found it impossible to get one without scratches out of the box, I tried 3 times at different locations - some of the scratches you could only see in certain lighting and probably the coating that was scratched rather than the Ti itself. Didn’t fill me with assurance that the watch wouldn’t scratch badly within a few months resulting in Apple Care claims to keep it looking decent. Also, I wasn’t a fan of how the screen didn’t blend into one. The black screen and light Ti body just didn’t go that well together, since I’m used to the watch blending nicely with the SBSS model and looking like a single block.

SBTi - the best middle ground. The finish is just stunning, it has a beautiful flat mat finish and you know it’s an edition watch. It does look similar to the Alu at a glance from a certain distance but when paired with the included band or leather loop, you know it isn’t the Alu model. The SBTi will also provide better scratch resistance compared to the Ti.

I’m super pleased with the SBTi and would recommend it over the SBSS and Ti models. Although the Ti looks incredible with brown leather loop but again, I don’t like the contrast between the black screen and Ti case.
 

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garethjs

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And it ceramic was priced the same as the Ti would that sway any decisions?
 

Lyn2012

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And it ceramic was priced the same as the Ti would that sway any decisions?
It wouldn’t for me. I don’t like black (or dark) screen, black bezel and white case combination. Now if screen/bezels were white, it would be different. Note: I am aware of battery issues if screen were white, but I loved my iPhone 5 white, jail broken with pure white theme installed.
 

wileycoyote

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Not in the least. In fact, I’ve owned all three, the Ti, Ceramic and SBTi. I was coming from a S4 SBSS and have had multiple previous models in regular stainless and grey ceramic (my all time fav).

I decided to stick with the SBTi as it simply meets all my needs from hardiness, to uniqueness and aesthetics.

I really wanted to like the ceramic but the white bezel was just too protruding for my taste and it just didn’t have any versatility. The white also makes the bezel look all that much bigger, I will probably end up getting a grey ceramic if they ever rerelease it.

The regular Ti is gorgeous but did amass some scratches in the week I had it. And I was just couldn’t bring myself to buy yet another SBSS, just too played out for me.

The SBTi finish definitely grew on me. It retains all the awesome luster of the normal Ti but with a nice indestructible DLC coating. It blends perfectly with all my existing bands and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb on my wrist.

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Relentless Power

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The ceramic looks like plastic to me and, it’s too white.

This. If Apple had offered the gray ceramic this year, that would’ve won me over. Unfortunately they didn’t bring it back and I’m not sure why, (if it was due to manufacturing concerns) or if they plan on re-introducing this color next year. But even though the ceramic properties are really unique in terms of the scratch resistance, and ceramic material in watches is pretty rare, the white does have kind of a ‘plasticky’ look.
 

maka344

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Not in the least. In fact, I’ve owned all three, the Ti, Ceramic and SBTi. I was coming from a S4 SBSS and have had multiple previous models in regular stainless and grey ceramic (my all time fav).

I decided to stick with the SBTi as it simply meets all my needs from hardiness, to uniqueness and aesthetics.

I really wanted to like the ceramic but the white bezel was just too protruding for my taste and it just didn’t have any versatility. The white also makes the bezel look all that much bigger, I will probably end up getting a grey ceramic if they ever rerelease it.

The regular Ti is gorgeous but did amass some scratches in the week I had it. And I was just couldn’t bring myself to buy yet another SBSS, just too played out for me.

The SBTi finish definitely grew on me. It retains all the awesome luster of the normal Ti but with a nice indestructible DLC coating. It blends perfectly with all my existing bands and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb on my wrist.

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Pretty much the same journey as me except for the Ceramic - just wasn’t a fan of the white.

I settled for the SBTi and I am really pleased with it, when the light catches it sometimes, it looks so nice like a light grey stunning hue - it’s stunning. Yes, you can’t tell that much from a distance unless you know your models but who cares?!

What band(s) for the SBTi do you love the most?
 

wileycoyote

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Jun 24, 2010
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Pretty much the same journey as me except for the Ceramic - just wasn’t a fan of the white.

I settled for the SBTi and I am really pleased with it, when the light catches it sometimes, it looks so nice like a light grey stunning hue - it’s stunning. Yes, you can’t tell that much from a distance unless you know your models but who cares?!

What band(s) for the SBTi do you love the most?

I find myself gravitating towards bands I can get wet, primarily the SB link band and occasionally a sport band of which I have many different colors. SB link is definitely my most worn though. I as well love the range of colors from the finish. Under direct light it looks like liquid, under darker conditions a flat black.

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maka344

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I find myself gravitating towards bands I can get wet, primarily the SB link band and occasionally a sport band of which I have many different colors. SB link is definitely my most worn though. I as well love the range of colors from the finish. Under direct light it looks like liquid, under darker conditions a flat black.

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I agree on the different tones and that’s what I love about it.

How well does the link work with the SBTi? I am thinking of getting it. It’s it darker than the SBTi? I know it suits the SBSS incredibly well. I had that combo in the S4 and it was stunning.
 

KarimLeVallois

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This. If Apple had offered the gray ceramic this year, that would’ve won me over. Unfortunately they didn’t bring it back and I’m not sure why, (if it was due to manufacturing concerns) or if they plan on re-introducing this color next year. But even though the ceramic properties are really unique in terms of the scratch resistance, and ceramic material in watches is pretty rare, the white does have kind of a ‘plasticky’ look.

I'd put money on Apple releasing the grey next year and then I'll be tempted to upgrade.
 
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