The Difference Between Digital Crowns

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by powerbook911, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Several in my family have Apple Watch, and I have had three total myself as my last one had the haptic go out.

    Each of them have a different "feel," to the digital crown. Some have very sharp cuts in the digital crown that your skin picks up and also have more resistance as you scroll.

    Some are buttery smooth, and just scroll scroll scroll, so easily with not particularly sharp cuts that your finger rolls on easily.

    How is your digital crown, do you prefer it to be smooth and fast, or slower with more resistance?

    I actually prefer the smooth and the smaller cuts on the crown too as they dig into my skin less. I wonder why there has to be so much variance between the devices?

    I wonder which way the digital crown was intended, smooth and easy going, or sharp with more resistance?
  2. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    The crowns may feel different between steel and alu Watches. The notches of steel crowns are made with a traditional mechanical cutting wheel, while alu crowns are cut with laser light. Possibly, this could mean the alu crowns have sharper, more defined edges. *shrug* I haven't actually checked what the steel Watch feels like, but my sport model is fairly sharp and tactile.

    I like it. :) (It's developing a bit of initial stickiness however, when it has been sitting untouched on its own for a while... I'll have to keep an eye on that.)
  3. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    As long as my crown is clean it is buttery smooth. It does get sticky and have a bit more resistance due to sweat... so I wash it after workouts now.

    I have the SS and the crown is definitely soft to the touch too (ie the ribs aren't sharp).
  4. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks for that information. All of my family's (not immediate but when we visited last week) were the SS, so it was all the SS that were different. I guess that makes sense that there is less precision in the consistency for the SS. The Alu might be more consistent being laser, I don't know. Thanks again.

    I'm just shocked how much variance you can find between every single watch. The digital crown button click also sounded different on every watch. It's interesting.
  5. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    Yeah, my mom and I both have the sport models (mine is a 42 hers is a 38) and the digital crown feels totally different between the 2. Mine when rotating is much smoother and more natural than hers. Also, I get a tactile click when pressing in on my digital crown, hers is more a squishy, less tactile feeling. Personally hers bothers me and if it were mine I'd go to Apple to get it replaced because of how much more less quality hers feels. But I definitely understand where you're coming from-- totally different between our 2 Sport models.

Share This Page