Switching back to Stainless Steel

map1978

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So I gave the space gray sport a shot after owning the SS BSB for a few weeks. Sold the SS watch because something kept telling me the space gray looked better. I was wrong. Again, this is my user experience and users will vary of course.

The SG looks alright, but you can really tell the difference between the sport and the SS. The SS just screams quality compared to the sport. The SS actually feels like a piece of jewelry compared to the sport. I also didn't wanna keep worrying about scratching the watch face of the sport. In the end, if I'm already spending $400+ I feel the an extra $200 jump is worth it.

Just picked up a classic buckle (which is extremely comfy) at my local apple store and now can't wait until my SS WSB arrives.

Gave both models a ride, but the clear winner in long term usage is def the SS for me. What about you guys and gals?

The space gray does look good with these bands though :D





 

map1978

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I think Apple was smart in giving people choices. And this being also a piece of jewelry gives it a whole new dimension.

I agree the SS looks better than the Sport, but for a first gen device I'm not ready to commit just yet.
I agree, the choices are amazing and there is something for everyone
 
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Nodger

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Still on the fence myself. Received my SS BSB after ordering on Friday. Interesting to see Sport SGS side by side with the SS. The sapphire screen is more reflective, almost slightly cloudy compared the the ion-x glass of the Sport. The Sport screen appears more black and flatter as a result - items on the screen seem to be flat on the screen, whereas on the sapphire screen the items seen to slightly float. Difficult to explain but there is a difference. From a practical perspective the Sport screen is slightly easier to read as a result.

The other difference is the SS is noticeably heavier - making it feel more substantial and expensive - and the SS body combined with the more reflective screen makes it appear larger on the wrist than than the Space Grey Sport, where the all black look makes the screen appears flatter.

SS def more like jewellery and feels like it's worth the ££’s but Space Grey Sport more discreet and casual so fits my lifestyle better outside of the workplace - and it does looks great when teamed with the white-band!

Decisions, decisions!
 

Peterpandy

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I'm completely torn, initially ordered 42 SG sport on the 3/5 (still processing) lol then on the 10/5 decided I wanted the SS however cancelled this order. I then decided last week I like the SS better so ordered another one, now I just don't know what to do?
I'm worried if I stick with SG sport I'm just going to wish I'd got the SS as it looks so much better IMO.
However I'm also worried I'll spend the extra for SS then not use it as much to justify the cost?
So for now they are both on order, both processing and maybe if either ever arrives I'll know what to do...
 

Spicedham

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Had the sports for 2 weeks and decided I wanted the shiny watch. Stainless steel works better for all occasions.
 

grenhall

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Had my Sport for two weeks but then upgraded, literally, to the Stainless Steel. Can't see myself ever going back. The sport is nice and all but the stainless steel is so incredibly much better on the wrist.
 

FoxD

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It was the opposite reaction for me...I had the Sport for a couple of weeks and then tried stainless steel.

Huge differences in favor of Sport

MUCH brighter screen
Crown moved much more fluid and faster
30% lighter and you do notice it.
 

spriter

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SS for me. Nothing against the Sport but, for me the SS is more watch-like from a jewellery perspective than the Alu Sport. Having worn other SS watches I couldn't get used to it.
 

Peterpandy

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So it's been decided for me, the SG sport I ordered on 3/5 still processing... however the SS WSB I ordered on Friday has just been charged and changed to P4D! looks like I'll be going with that as don't have enough money for both
 
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Jmona

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So it's been decided for me, the SG sport I ordered on 3/5 still processing... however the SS WSB I ordered on Friday has just been charged and changed to P4D! looks like I'll be going with that as don't have enough money for both
I feel you. I've had the SG for 19 days and although I like it, I don't love it so a little bit ago I got off the phone with ACC and they expedited a return overnight label so I can send it back. I thought they weren't going to let me because I'm way past my 14 days by 5 whole days but what gives! You ask nicely and politely and no questions asked they'll do it! I just ordered the Stainless Steel and I'm giddy waiting for Christmas in mid June.:p
 

Peterpandy

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I feel you. I've had the SG for 19 days and although I like it, I don't love it so a little bit ago I got off the phone with ACC and they expedited a return overnight label so I can send it back. I thought they weren't going to let me because I'm way past my 14 days by 5 whole days but what gives! You ask nicely and politely and no questions asked they'll do it! I just ordered the Stainless Steel and I'm giddy waiting for Christmas in mid June.:p
The whole month my SG was processing I just had a gut feeling that I wasn't going to love it & my heart was set on SS, that's good they let you return it :) fingers crossed you will be as quick with processing as me it was late fri night I ordered. Some say that the dates should update to dispatched pretty soon :p
 

Mr. Y

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Had my 42 mm Space Grey BSB for 24 hours now, and already am contemplating the SS BSB for essentially the same reasons.
 

Peterpandy

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Had my 42 mm Space Grey BSB for 24 hours now, and already am contemplating the SS BSB for essentially the same reasons.
I feel you. I've had the SG for 19 days and although I like it, I don't love it so a little bit ago I got off the phone with ACC and they expedited a return overnight label so I can send it back. I thought they weren't going to let me because I'm way past my 14 days by 5 whole days but what gives! You ask nicely and politely and no questions asked they'll do it! I just ordered the Stainless Steel and I'm giddy waiting for Christmas in mid June.:p
thats me changed to dispatched already arrives tomorrow :)
 
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QquegChristian

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I had the stainless steel but then returned it for the silver sport but then returned it for the space gray sport but then returned it because stainless was the way to go after all. But I may return it cause I'm not sure if I need it.

Also, I burn 10 tires in my yard every day.

Joking aside, I know the OP said he sold his original and the resale market has been pretty good through the launch so that has naturally limited returns... But damn... Once these things are in stock, Apple is going to have more refurbs than new units.

I've seen so many return/exchange posts and I get it, but it is starting to make me think Apple released in the exact opposite way it should have. Rather than online only it should have been in store only and after a 1 hour try on session with a licensed stylist and licensed therapist.

I'm not immune though... I switched to Android once and went through 3 phones... But man did they all suck. Don't worry, back to iOS. Somewhere there are three pelicans that choked to death on my Android phones because they couldn't even resell them so they buried them in the sand. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice a few pelicans to rectify your mistakes.
 

GrumpyMom

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Wow, next time my husband teases me about being indecisive I'm going to show him these posts! I do waffle a lot before making a purchase but once it's done, it's done.

I love the Sport's lightness. And I think it's got a beautiful sheen and color. But I need that sapphire crystal or my Apple Watch face would be a haze of scratches with the kind of rough environment I expose watches to. And with my penchant for allergic rashes I decided to go with the ceramic backing used in medical devices rather than take a chance on the unknown resin composite backing of the Sport.

But I don't feel the Sport looks or feels cheap or I never would have bought it as a birthday gift for my Sister-In-law. I'd have gotten her a designer tote instead. I think it just looks and feels...sporty. I just wish they had given it a sapphire crystal. However the Ion-X glass is found on most of the competitors smart watches so I don't see how it can be called the cheap choice. It is a well regarded standard option.

Even though in the final moments of making my choice I went with SS, I'm always going to speak well of the Sport because we have one in the family and I see it regularly and I'm still impressed with it.
 

Nodger

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After a couple of days of wearing the SGS and then two days wearing the SS I'm still on the fence, which probably means the SS is not worth the extra ££'s to me, even though I can afford it.

I definitely notice the extra weight of the SS on my wrist and the more reflective sapphire means the screen appears less bright. I'm not sold on the polished SS look either - a bit too bling - I'd prefer a brushed or matt SS finish. I'll give it a few more days but at the moment I'm leaning back to the SGS for me as I prefer the more casual sporty look of the SGS, the lighter weight and more legible screen.
 
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Ladyberyl

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SS looks better than the aluminum from a jewelry perspective, IMO, because it more closely resembles silver. It only looks better than SG with SS bands or with silver colored (SS) trim. SG looks better, to me, with other metals and the sports bands.

Black SS looks better than SG with all bands but isn't worth the additional $700, IMO.
 
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profmatt

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I had the stainless steel but then returned it for the silver sport but then returned it for the space gray sport but then returned it because stainless was the way to go after all. But I may return it cause I'm not sure if I need it.

Also, I burn 10 tires in my yard every day.

Joking aside, I know the OP said he sold his original and the resale market has been pretty good through the launch so that has naturally limited returns... But damn... Once these things are in stock, Apple is going to have more refurbs than new units.

I've seen so many return/exchange posts and I get it, but it is starting to make me think Apple released in the exact opposite way it should have. Rather than online only it should have been in store only and after a 1 hour try on session with a licensed stylist and licensed therapist.

I'm not immune though... I switched to Android once and went through 3 phones... But man did they all suck. Don't worry, back to iOS. Somewhere there are three pelicans that choked to death on my Android phones because they couldn't even resell them so they buried them in the sand. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice a few pelicans to rectify your mistakes.
I love this post! It makes me feel better about the fact that:

1. I ordered the 42mm SS WSB. And returned it. The Apple Watch was not for me.

2. I ordered a regular clockwork watch. And returned it. It was not for me.

3. I ordered a 42mm SS BSB. And loved it.

4. I ordered a Milanes loop. And returned it.

5. I ordered a black leather loop. And returned it.

6. I ordered a black classic buckle. And returned it.

7. I have an SS link on order ...

Still loving the SS BSB. Keeping it for sure.
 
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QquegChristian

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I love this post! It makes me feel better about the fact that:

1. I ordered the 42mm SS WSB. And returned it. The Apple Watch was not for me.

2. I ordered a regular clockwork watch. And returned it. It was not for me.

3. I ordered a 42mm SS BSB. And loved it.

4. I ordered a Milanes loop. And returned it.

5. I ordered a black leather loop. And returned it.

6. I ordered a black classic buckle. And returned it.

7. I have an SS link on order ...

Still loving the SS BSB. Keeping it for sure.
So YOU are the reason I can't afford any of these bands.
 

Bryan Bowler

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I love this post! It makes me feel better about the fact that:

1. I ordered the 42mm SS WSB. And returned it. The Apple Watch was not for me.

2. I ordered a regular clockwork watch. And returned it. It was not for me.

3. I ordered a 42mm SS BSB. And loved it.

4. I ordered a Milanes loop. And returned it.

5. I ordered a black leather loop. And returned it.

6. I ordered a black classic buckle. And returned it.

7. I have an SS link on order ...

Still loving the SS BSB. Keeping it for sure.
Why not carefully evaluate the items you think you want before actually buying them? You are truly abusing the return policy and its people like you that ruin it for everyone else and drive costs up.
 

profmatt

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Why not carefully evaluate the items you think you want before actually buying them? You are truly abusing the return policy and its people like you that ruin it for everyone else and drive costs up
There's no way to know how you're going to feel about a product like this until you have it in your hands. There's no Apple Store near me so my only way of knowing is to order an item and test it. This is not an abuse of the returns policy, it is exactly what the returns policy is for. (Well, that and the fact that they're obliged by European law to allow returns.)

I have spent tens of thousands of pounds on Apple products. I'm quite satisfied that I've contributed very healthily to Apple's profits.

Apple makes the profits it does in part because it offers such great service, such as its returns policy. (Other successful companies, e.g. Amazon, do the same.) If it didn't offer this kind of service, it might not make the levels of profits that it does, and so it might not have the money to develop products such as the Apple Watch.