I think the title is bullocks. Basically the article just articulates the author's preference rather than any objective data. For instance, he highlights the titanium watch's supposed imperviousness relative to the $400 cheaper aluminum watch. Sure, in theory, titanium is "stronger" than aluminum, but in practice your aluminum watch will likely never get scratches - I've had Watch 1, Watch 2 (because Watch 1's screen shattered falling from a locker room locker), and Watch 4 - all aluminum. None of them ever scratched. And, like another poster, I live a pretty active lifestyle.The author lists aluminum's weight (or lack thereof) as another reason for titanium's superiority - because while not lighter, it's "just right"?!? I have always had the larger watch and have *always* wished it were a little lighter (and, even more so, a little thinner). And, besides, with a Milanese loop stainless link band, you can always add weight, if you insist on more weight.Really the only reason I can think anybody will go for the more expensive materials Apple sells is to show off. And judging by the photos the author provides, you can't even easily do that with the Titanium watch as, in black at least, it's pretty much indistinguishable from the other two finishes. So if you want to show off, you gotta go enamel.
I want to know if the Space Black titanium looks good with the Space Black Link Bracelet that came with the original SS Space Black Apple Watch. Do the colors match up well?
I've had the black aluminum Nike model both in Series 2 and Series 4....I am a personal trainer and spend 8-10 hours in a gym banging it around. Has yet to show a scratch. I've seen a few youtube videos that people say the titanium looks a little cheap and to the average on-looker they won't know the difference between the aluminum vs the titanium. I'm not a fan of the light gray aluminum as I think it looks cheap.Im thinking of getting the silver stainless steel for the premium look. Would love to hear anyone's opinion with their experience...
When it comes to surface hardness the 316L cold forged stainless steel is generally harder than titanium alloy. This means the stainless might actually be more resistant to scratches and dents than the titanium.Apple do have some kind of nano-coating on the titanium. This prevents it from picking up the ugly oxidization that raw titanium is susceptible to. It is possible that this coating also adds scratch resistance.
The fact that you can’t replace just the guts of the watch but the whole thing and they release a better one each year means that you’ve got to be a real dummy to buy anything but the cheapest version.
Who cares how long the finish looks like new? Any Apple watch is obsolete after only a few years as the technology advances and people want the new version with the new features. The people who care about how the watch's finish holds up are undoubtedly the same people who want the latest and greatest features. imagine how foolish the buyers of the multi-thousand dollar first version Apple watch must feel now. "Edition"? Ha! I wonder what they now sell for used?
I bought an AW4 for my SO last Xmas because she really wanted one. A few months later, I eventually inherited it as she stopped using it. I guess I too am not in market-segment for an Apple watch. I do like it and it but I cannot for the life of me understand what the big deal is with it. It's more a nuisance for me to figure out how to use it to benefit me, and I'm all in on the Apple-wagon. I want to like it but it just doesn't inspire me to use it. I rarely use watches, but when I do I prefer to wear my Suunto D6i dive watch as I actually use it for diving and its integrated dive-computer/air-pressure system and when not in the water, it is a really, really good-looking masculine watch (imho). Now... the day Apple figures out how to do diabetic blood-sugar testing (if ever), I will be on that the moment it's announced. Until then, my AW4 continues to remain in its charger on the table until I figure out what to do with it.