Stainless steel: AW 0 vs AW Series 2

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by satchmo, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    If one doesn't need GPS (lighter Garmin for running), is there really that big of a difference between the original and series 2 stainless steel models?

    I understand waterproofing, brighter and faster.
    But not planning on swimming, bright enough, and watch OS3 has closed the speed gap.

    I mean $350 (Bestbuy w/leather blue band) vs $600 (new with white sport band).
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    The battery is 30% larger in the Series 2, which can be utilized with the GPS off. And Watch OS3 has assisted in the speed, but the S2 Processor in Series 1/2, is much faster than the S1 Chip.
     
  3. kylera macrumors 65816

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    I think it comes down to how you want to use it.

    If all you need are notifications and aesthetics, then I think there's nothing wrong with a first-generation model.
     
  4. kanselmo macrumors member

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    I had the S0 sport and bought an S2 SS. While I don't use a lot of third-party apps, I find barely any difference between the two, functionally, apart from the advertised improvements for the S2. Best Buy has some great deals right now.
     
  5. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    Get it for future proofing, I might be called crazy, but watchOS 4 may be the last version for Apple Watch Gen 1
     
  6. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    I'm wondering if the original apple watch is going to get supported in watchOS 4.
     
  7. numberfour macrumors regular

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    If you don't need the series 2 features get a series 1 just for the increased battery life in 3.1 (2-3 days).
     
  8. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same thoughts, and went with the Series 0. I love the looks of the SS model, and want to use it as a notification tool. But I don't want to pay $500-600 for it yet. I feel like there can be a lot of things that can still be improved.
     
  9. TRICKorDEVICE macrumors 6502a

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    The battery is a huge difference, as is the overall speed and performance. If you can afford it, it is really a better experience.
     
  10. rillrill macrumors 6502

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    The Apple Watch is still way over priced. You should be able to get through a day on a charge with average activity. Save the money and get series 0.
     
  11. consultant_on_journey macrumors regular

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    I would get minimum a series 1 with dual core processor.
    To buy "Series 0" is still ok at the moment but makes no sense when thinking about updates in future.
     
  12. satchmo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking at stainless only. Sadly, series 1 comes only in aluminum.
     

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