Buying an Apple Watch Series 2? A recommendation.

by Volker Weber

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If you are considering buying an Apple Watch Series 2, I have a recommendation. After wearing the original Apple Watch for a year, I just switched to the new model. And with that switch I went from a Stainless Steel watch to what was previously an Apple Watch Sport. Apple no longer makes that distinction. It's just "Apple Watch".

The biggest difference that I noticed immediately is how much lighter the aluminium body is. You have to see this in numbers:

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I am used to wearing 82g to 91g on the wrist, now it's only 46g. That makes a tremendous difference. And while "heavier" feels more expensive and more substantial, having a light watch is much better.

Good news: my recommendation is the cheapest Apple Watch you can get. Actually, not the cheapest. I would get a Series 2 and not the (updated) Series 1. It adds three features: brighter display, GPS, swim-proof (and swim exercise). To me the brighter display seals the deal.

Comments

Agreed. Got the new Series 2 last Friday (Aluminium body). Feels light - and the display is great!

René Winkelmeyer, 2016-09-21

Meine Uhr wiegt 109 Gramm ohne dem Milanaise Band, je schwerer umso besser :-)

Karl Heindel, 2016-09-21

Andere Frage, Deine jetzige Uhr hat dann auch kein Saphirglas mehr. Glaubst Du, das macht im täglichen Leben einen Unterschied?

Karl Heindel, 2016-09-21

Thanks for sharing your though process. I will do the exact same thing - waiting for the Nike version though...

Markus Dierker, 2016-09-21

Karl, das weiß ich nicht. Das hängt wohl vor allem davon ab, wie oft man im täglichen Leben irgendwo gegen schlägt. Meine mechanische Uhr ist übrigens aus Titan. Ich war schon immer für "leicht".

Volker Weber, 2016-09-21

Ich habe nicht einen einzigen Kratzer auf meiner Watch, die ich nunmehr seit 14 Monaten täglich nutze.
Nur bei der Gartenarbeit (erstaunlich, wie viele Kalorien man da verbraucht!) / beim Heimwerken schütze ich sie mit einem Schweißband.

Einziger Abnutzungseffekt sind die schwarz abgesetzten Gravurbuchstaben auf der Rückseite. Die Lackierung dort löst sich und wird silbern.

Sven Bühler, 2016-09-21

Bleibt noch die Frage 38mm oder 42mm?

Andreas Pfau, 2016-09-21

38 (f) oder 42 (m). Die Uhr ist kleiner als man denkt.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-21

One question regarding GPS: does it work with sports apps e.g. like Endomondo or Runtastic so you can leave your phone at home and it still keeps track of your route?

Mathias Ziolo, 2016-09-21

Yes, it does. And it is smart at doing so. When you have your phone with you, it will use your phone's location services to track you. When you leave it behind, it has a smart starting point of where you are. And then it uses its own GPS until it sees your phone again.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-21

Thanks, Volker!

Mathias Ziolo, 2016-09-21

Das Glas der Apple Watch 1 hält richtiger Beanspruchung hart arbeitender Ehefrauen nicht stand. Diverse Kratzer, sieht mittlerweile aus wie auf einer Eisbahn. Zumindest an den Rändern.

Die 2er Modelle sind im anrollen. Argument im Klugen Haushalt: GPS on board und wasserdicht. Spannenderweise gibt es die Kombi Edelstahl + Schwarzes Leder nicht mehr.

Alexander Kluge, 2016-09-21

@Alexander

Welches Modell hast du? Meine AW1 sieht noch aus wie neu, ich habe die Stahlversion und die muß auch bei der Gartenarbeit herhalten

Karl Heindel, 2016-09-21

Can you feel a difference due to the faster processor? Is Siri reacting more reliable?

Christian Heindel, 2016-09-21

No, the difference between watchOS 2 and watchOS 3 is way bigger than between Watch and Watch Series 2. I haven't used Siri on the Watch at all.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-21

The only thing I miss about my old (Titanium) Chronograph is the weight: 112g. It just felt much better than the Apple watch.

Felix Binsack, 2016-09-21

Any comment on losing the sapphire crystal when you go from stainless steel to aluminium?

Carlos Rodrigues, 2016-09-22

Nope. I am comfortable with that.

Volker Weber, 2016-09-22

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