Which Apple Watch size, material, color, and series should you buy? Here’s how to make the perfect pick!
The Apple Watch may be future-feeling technology, but it has long established roots both in time-keeping and computing. That makes choosing which one you’re going to get — 38mm or 42mm; aluminum Sport, stainless steel, or ceramic; and which band, buckle, or loop you’re going to get with it — both simple and complicated.
Should you get an Apple Watch?
These days, you need a computer that fits in your pocket. That’s what makes iPhone so popular. You probably also still need a computer for your lap or your desk. But a computer for your wrist? That feels more like an accessory at best, and extravagance at worst. Yet Apple Watch has a few features that can make it indispensable. Here’s how to figure out which it is for you.
- For timekeeping
- For notifications
- For health and fitness
- For Apple Pay
- For communication
- For remote control
- Who should get an Apple Watch?
- Who shouldn’t get an Apple Watch?
Should you get Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 2?
Apple Watch Series 1 has all the same features as the original but with the newer, faster dual-core Apple S1P chipset on board. That makes for a faster experience. Apple Watch Series 2 adds GPS, a brighter screen, and true swim-proofing to the mix. Is the difference worth the savings — or the cost?
- Models and styles
- Speed, speed, speed
- Battery life
- Water resistance
- Weight and materials
- Who should get the Apple Watch Series 1?
- Who should get the Apple Watch Series 2?
Should you get the 38mm or 42mm Apple Watch?
Apple has provided two sizing options for the Apple Watch: 38mm and 42mm. Whether you’re getting aluminum, steel, or ceramic, Series 1 or Series 2, Nike+ or Hermès, they all come in those two sizes. Some might consider their personal choice obvious, whether that’s based on wrist size, gender, or some other factor. If you’re not finding it quite so obvious, however, here are some things to consider when picking the perfect Apple Watch size for you!
- Height vs. width
- Display size
- Depth perception
- Hers and his
- Band bias
- Price points
- Battery life
- Who should get the 38mm Apple Watch?
- Who should get the 42mm Apple Watch?
Which Apple Watch should you buy: aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic?
Apple Watch Series 2 comes in your choice of three different materials with distinct properties and price points all their own. There’s anodized aluminum, the same material Apple uses for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. There’s stainless steel, which is heavier but stronger and a favorite of many watch-wearers. And there’s ceramic, which replaces last year’s 18K gold on the high end with something even more scratch-proof — and expensive — than steel. So, which should you choose?
- Price points
- Heavy materials
- Scratch and damage resistance
- Color matches
- Who should get the aluminum Apple Watch?
- Who should get the stainless steel Apple Watch?
- Who should get the ceramic Apple Watch?
Which Apple Watch color should you get: Silver, gold, rose gold, gray, black, or white?
- Band lines
- Discoloration doubts
- Withstanding wear
- Coolness concerns
- Who should get silver?
- Who should get gold or rose gold?
- Who should get space gray or space black?
- Who should get ceramic white?
Should you get AppleCare+ for your Apple Watch?
Every Apple Watch comes with standard AppleCare but also provides the option to upgrade to AppleCare+. The free level of AppleCare includes a one-year limited warranty on hardware repairs, and 90 days of free technical support. AppleCare+ extends that hardware warranty and technical support to two years and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage — though there’s an additional service fee for those. So, is it worth it?
- AppleCare vs. AppleCare+
- AppleCare+ extensions
- AppleCare+ service fee
- Who shouldn’t get AppleCare+?
- Who should get AppleCare+?