Stainless steel models appear thicker than aluminum

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MrRugged, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. MrRugged macrumors member

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    So I had an S4 space gray aluminum model that I just traded up for the S4 SBSS model. For some reason, and I know it’s just optics because the casing size is the same on both models, the SS model seems thicker where the aluminum model seemed thinner. I was just in a store as well and thought the same thing seeing the space gray aluminum sitting next to the SBSS model. Again, I know they are the same size but does anyone else have this perception?
     
  2. bambooshots macrumors 65816

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    Only way to find out is with calipers.

    Otherwise you’re just confusing stainless steel being more dense than aluminum for “thickness.”
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Your perception is likely based on the weight, because they also are two different metals as well. 316L Stainless can have a thicker composition, where as the 7000 series aluminum is lighter and not as dense as the stainless is. Again, as you noted, it’s based on perception.
     

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