Space Grey Sport vs Stainless Steel

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ddkkpp, May 18, 2015.

  1. ddkkpp macrumors 6502

    ddkkpp

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    So I've had both types of watches for a week each, and I've been debating whether to shell out the extra $300 (in Canada) for the Stainless versus the Sport.

    So far, what I like about the Stainless is its durability and flexibility in bands. I also like the premium feel to the watch, the heft of it, and the way the sapphire glass catches the light - it's a pretty watch. Yet, is it worth $300 extra?

    I am currently using a space grey 42mm, with a black sports band - I haven't been extra careful with it, and there are no scratches (yet). Maybe I'm just lucky. I like how light it is, and I like the finish of the aluminum - it's not really black - and it is kind of shiny in certain lights - it looks really sharp on the wrist. There is only ONE premium band you can get for it, bascially, the leather loop band - and I'm of the opinion that only the black leather loop looks good with this case colour.

    So with the space grey, I'm severely limited in my choice of bands, and the watch doesn't have that "premium" feel the SS has.

    I think I've made my choice tonight, after having worn the space grey for a week, and I think I'll stick with it. My reasoning being, I'm obviously not as prone to accidental scratches as a lot of people on this forum are (which is weird, I thought I would've scratched it for sure, having a 1 year old in the house and working at a job that requires a lot of movement), and I will mitigate the chance of scratching the screen with a $5 screen protector/apple care.

    As for lack of bands, I think the black leather loop is the only band I'd get for the stainless steel as well - though that blue looks pretty attractive, and so does the brown. But I don't really like the milanese, and $550 CAD for the link? I'll pass on that.

    So it comes down to the "premium" feel - which I think I can live without, and just get a black leather loop to slightly increase the feel of the watch. I'll still be up $100 (the leather loops cost $200 in Canada), and I don't think I'll miss the alternate coloured leather loops that much.

    Anyways, thought I would share my experience after owning both for others on the fence out there.
     
  2. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    I ordered both and ended up keeping the sport.
    The $300 price difference was too much to bite.
    And I'll get flamed for this in some discussions, but he design is just not that classy.
    I wear a suit to work. In the occasions when I want to look extra good, I wouldn't pick an apple watch to go with what I'm wearing...stainless steel or not. It doesn't look nearly as good as my other traditional watches. It still looks like a computer on my wrist.Which is cool, but not classy.

    Hence I feel like the $300 is just throwaway money spent. The space grey is cool enough, it doesn't need to be classy, because it's not a classy product.

    Your mileage may vary, but that's what I think on the apple watch
     
  3. ddkkpp thread starter macrumors 6502

    ddkkpp

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    Yeah, it does look very "gadget-y" on your wrist. stainless steel and sapphire or not. Hence the sport is "good enough" - especially for a first gen product, and especially since (after taxes) it's about $600 CAD for us up here.
     
  4. mysbyu macrumors newbie

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    soooo i just sold my 42mm Space Gray Sport for $250 profit and got the SS...
     
  5. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, what about this band for the Space Gray Sport? And it's only $120.
     

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  6. trek360 macrumors 6502

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    I ordered both and ended up going with the SS. Worth the premium to me.
     
  7. ddkkpp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    had a look at that - another poster showed pics of it on... Its okay, in my opinion. I kind of like the taper the apple watch straps have, as they reach towards the watch, the bands taper wider.

    I ordered a black leather loop band for $220 CAD - hopefully it gives my watch a nice feel.

    The Space Grey sports 42mm are selling for 700-750 here in Vancouver. I'd still need to pony up an add'l 100-150 to get a SS model. I think I'd still rather have the sport w/ a leather loop.

    If I could straight up trade my SG sport for a SS, I probably would, but I think the window of opportunity on prices that high for a sport model has long shut. (in vancouver, anyways).
     
  8. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    thing is, it doesnt matter how much you could sell the SG for.
    at the end of the day, the SS will still be $300 more.
    You could sell your SG for $750 or $800....and get another SG for $580 Canadian.

    it doesnt matter where you got that extra $300 more, youll still be spending almost $900 on a watch that in my opinion, is not a real classy watch.
     
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  10. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Agree with this 100% The Apple Watch isn't a classy watch and never should have been marketed as such. "Good Enough" aspect of the sport is dead on especially since the technology in all 3 versions are exactly the same. Let's face it... the Apple Watch (especially THIS Apple Watch) is a throwaway device with a life span of a few years tops, this will never be some family heirloom passed down to my grand-children... they'll look at this thing and then show me their Watch that can print food and shoot lasers and then laugh at "senile old grandpa and his stupid old ass tech" and ask me to tell them again about the days of CDs.
     
  11. Nerdinfo macrumors newbie

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    Sold my SS and now waiting for the Space Grey Sport. (6/23) Loved the SS but I slightly preferred the sport for my uses.
     
  12. techno-Zen macrumors 6502

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    SS is the way to go, the Sport seemed cheap on my wrist and the SS version w/ Sapphire looks and feels like a piece of refined jewelry.

    Feels good man
     
  13. rsxmachine macrumors 6502

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    I don't think the arguments for getting SS are very strong. I think a lot of SS owners will not be so happy when the next version is released in a year and their watch is now worth 50% less.
     
  14. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    I don't disagree with you. But I think some people don't think about resale value and at this very moment they think that this Apple Watch will be used for years.

    While in reality this is watch is a one year watch. 2 years tops. The next watch will have a 3 year lifespan and that'll be the top out for the lifespan of one of these watches.

    The idea of the SS model is really nice and I know for a fact the materials are great! But for the average consumer it just doesn't make any sense to go with it unless you have gobs of money to blow. Even the Sports model is on the cusp of too expensive for your average middle class geek.
     

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