Wanting to upgrade... Watch S4

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Sporting the Apple Watch S3 42mm stainless steal. Thinking about upgrade to the S4 but the 40mm is to small and the 44mm is to big.


Anyone with a similar dilemma?
 

batting1000

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Sep 4, 2011
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Aren't the bodies of 38/40 and 42/44 the same size, the screens are just bigger? I had the 38mm and went to the 40mm and the size is basically the same on my wrist, and I have a small wrist. Have you tried the S4 on at the store?
 
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Monkswhiskers

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Feb 6, 2018
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I've just picked up a series 3 SSSB to replace my series 3 sport rather than going for the 4. It's still a fine piece of tech.
I just dont like the look of the 4. If you dont want the big screen/ecg then I wouldn't bother.

I was holding out to see if the new optical hr sensor was going to be that much better but it looks like it's as random as all the others (for sports) so I'm just going to get a blutooth chest strap.
 

musicpenguy

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The cellular/speaker/mic improvements are the biggest day to day things I enjoy outside of the Info watch faces which I do find give me more actionable data than with prior complications - so the glanceable information is just that much better with S4 if you use the new faces - the devs that take advantage of it are doing great things with it
 

tromboneaholic

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Aren't the bodies of 38/40 and 42/44 the same size, the screens are just bigger? I had the 38mm and went to the 40mm and the size is basically the same on my wrist, and I have a small wrist. Have you tried the S4 on at the store?
The case is 2mm taller, and actually a tiny bit wider, but the screen feels so much bigger.
 

Mabus51

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Aug 16, 2007
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The screen on the 40mm Watch is slightly bigger than the old 42mm Watch.

That watch itself is 2mm diagnally longer than the old watches. So when looking at them there isn’t much of a difference in the case. But the screens are bigger than before. It’s also 1mm thinner than the old watches so has a slimmer feel to it. If you’re used to the old 42mm I’d suggest going to the store and try one on, you might be surprised that it works out for you. But if you opt for the 40mm you’ll basically be keeping the same screen size you’re used to and have a smaller footprint on your wrist real estate. ;)
 

sbuntin

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Aug 2, 2011
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I just got my 44 SBSS. While the screen is definitely larger, the increase in case size is fairly negligible. I don't really notice it until I look at the screen.
You could also go with a 40mm and have a slightly larger screen than the 42mm with a smaller case. The pixel count is smaller, though.
 

Jason Hensley

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You get used to the size differences pretty quickly, I would imagine. I went from an S3 42mm to an S4 44mm and at first was a little weary about the size, but because the S4s are thinner it doesn't feel that much larger (to me).
 

anthonymoody

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Why do you think the 44 is too big? Have you tried it in person? The difference with the 42 is barely perceptible unless they're immediately side by side, and once on your wrist, any difference vanishes, especially once the screen is on. The screen size increase is a game changer.
 

Relentless Power

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The cellular/speaker/mic improvements are the biggest day to day things I enjoy outside of the Info watch faces which I do find give me more actionable data than with prior complications - so the glanceable information is just that much better with S4 if you use the new faces - the devs that take advantage of it are doing great things with it
The ‘louder’ speaker was a great improvement, and _much_ needed. Many times with the previous versions of the Apple Watch, I could never hear the notification chime or incoming call in a louder environment. And Siri appears to be way more audible.
 
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skyhoppertk

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Oct 4, 2018
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Lol, I have the same feeling, 44mm a bit too big for me. The screen is huge so the all the info is large. But maybe there is a setting to make letters and numbers smaller. The physical size isn’t much different. You probably will get use to it. But to me I think the s3 size is better so I am keeping my s3
 
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