1. Luke Warren1's Avatar
    Which one and why? I'm leaning toward SS, but are there any cellular issues?
    09-13-2018 01:48 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Why are “you” leaning toward the stainless steel model? What made you ask if there were any cellular problems?
    09-13-2018 03:03 PM
  3. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I can understand why the OP would go for stainless steel. More resistance to corrosion, more scratch resistant, etc. Depending on where the cell radio is, the material may not be a hindrance.
    09-13-2018 07:33 PM
  4. anachrotech's Avatar
    I was looking at the SS but I don't want cellular. Oh, well. So I would like to get the silver A1 at least but with a black band. It seems the silver only comes with the silver band. Hmmm. What to do.
    The gold is kind of tugging at me, but it's not really me.
    09-13-2018 08:15 PM
  5. doogald's Avatar
    I was looking at the SS but I don't want cellular.
    You can buy the SS but never activate the cellular. It's not required to be activated; many people use the S3 LTE version without activating the cellular.
    09-13-2018 08:34 PM
  6. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    You can buy the SS but never activate the cellular.
    I was curious about that part. Didn't want to say anything as I wasn't completely sure.
    09-13-2018 11:00 PM
  7. TripleOne's Avatar
    If you plan on using the Watch for more than a year, then I’d recommend the SS.
    DroidbergSteve and denster1 like this.
    09-14-2018 01:44 AM
  8. nokia4life's Avatar
    Ordered space black stainless in 44mm size always prefer stainless over aluminum due to it can be sporty and dressy the aluminum just says sport. Besides I like shine vs dull.
    09-14-2018 03:07 AM
  9. anachrotech's Avatar
    Went and ordered the Al silver 40mm - no cellular. I also ordered a darker band. Really rather excited about this.
    As a Windows Mobile orphan, I am very happy I thought better of getting a third party watch for my L950 a couple years ago. I would have been seriously upset.
    09-14-2018 05:42 AM
  10. robertk328's Avatar
    I'm torn on this. The look of the SS is so nice, and I've tried to like the silver aluminum... just not sure I'd be as happy with it but for the price difference I might have to find a way!
    09-14-2018 06:35 AM
  11. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    i ordered the 44mm SS. I go back and forth. The s0 I got both the SS and the Al, then the s1 Al, s2 SS, s3 SG Al and now SS s4.
    09-14-2018 06:40 AM
  12. DroidbergSteve's Avatar
    If you plan on using the Watch for more than a year, then I’d recommend the SS.
    The SS has the Sapphire watch face crystal. It held up better than the iOn Glass I had in a previous AL watch. If you can afford it, and will be keeping the watch for a while, I recommend the SS.
    09-14-2018 02:31 PM
  13. doogald's Avatar
    FWIW, here is a photo in CNET of the back of a Nike watch Series 4. It still says "Ion X Glass", so no sapphire on the aluminum models still apparently.

    https://www.cnet.com/pictures/apple-...-4-pictures/6/

    Stainless Steel vs Aluminum - Which one and why?-apple-event-091218-apple-watch-series-4-0754.jpg
    09-14-2018 04:20 PM
  14. xanadome's Avatar
    It's a tough call between SS and Al.
    My guess is, it's a marketing ploy to put higher price on SS model.
    No matter how you slice it, I cannot think of any significant difference in the cost of material and manufacturing cost for these two materials in this tiny application.
    These parts are probably stamped, perhaps even using the same die. Dies are fairly expensive and I cannot think Apple use two different dies for these materials.
    Same cost, but a huge difference in selling price, hence far more profit by hyping SS model.
    Now, re material strength, SS is obviously far stronger. Assuming the thickness of SS and Al models is the same, then the thickness of the housing is assumed to be same. If so, there is a possibility that Al case, under certain conditions wherein some excessive pressure is applied inadvertently, it might dent in, or distorted (very unlikely for such a tiny housing with ribs), damaging the internals or permanently deform the watch. In normal wearing, I would suppose the possibility of such accident is close to nil (what is something small is placed underneath the watch, and somone accidentally pressed on it).
    But there is a reason why decent (traditional) watch never uses aluminum housing.
    09-15-2018 11:58 AM
  15. xanadome's Avatar
    I have not purchased an Apple Watch yet, and I do not know if I feel like I need it in the future. Two of my daughters have and love them.
    But I suppose that these gadgets would be semi-disposable and would be replaced every couple/few years. If so, I would definitely go for the aluminum body, considering the price difference.
    09-15-2018 12:03 PM
  16. robertk328's Avatar
    It's a tough call between SS and Al.
    My guess is, it's a marketing ploy to put higher price on SS model.
    No matter how you slice it, I cannot think of any significant difference in the cost of material and manufacturing cost for these two materials in this tiny application.
    These parts are probably stamped, perhaps even using the same die. Dies are fairly expensive and I cannot think Apple use two different dies for these materials.
    Same cost, but a huge difference in selling price, hence far more profit by hyping SS model.
    Now, re material strength, SS is obviously far stronger. Assuming the thickness of SS and Al models is the same, then the thickness of the housing is assumed to be same. If so, there is a possibility that Al case, under certain conditions wherein some excessive pressure is applied inadvertently, it might dent in, or distorted (very unlikely for such a tiny housing with ribs), damaging the internals or permanently deform the watch. In normal wearing, I would suppose the possibility of such accident is close to nil (what is something small is placed underneath the watch, and somone accidentally pressed on it).
    But there is a reason why decent (traditional) watch never uses aluminum housing.
    You didn't address the difference in glass, which is different between the two watches. That would make up some of the difference between the aluminum and stainless steel as well, since I think you're right, the material cost between aluminum and steel is different but we don't really know the manufacturing. Cost of the glass would likely be the contributing factor.
    09-15-2018 02:40 PM
  17. xanadome's Avatar
    You didn't address the difference in glass, which is different between the two watches. That would make up some of the difference between the aluminum and stainless steel as well, since I think you're right, the material cost between aluminum and steel is different but we don't really know the manufacturing. Cost of the glass would likely be the contributing factor.
    My bad Robert, I did not know the difference glass materials are used. I will think about it.
    I thought the OP's question was SS vs. AI material, not SS vs. AI models.
    Many people pay attention to the aesthetic (fashion statement) of SS model too.
    09-15-2018 03:01 PM
  18. xanadome's Avatar
    My bad Robert, I did not know the difference glass materials are used. I will think about it.
    I thought the OP's question was SS vs. AI material, not SS vs. AI models.
    Many people pay attention to the aesthetic (fashion statement) of SS model too.
    In any case, I cannot think of any appreciable difference in material/production cost between two different glass materials.
    09-15-2018 04:20 PM
  19. robertk328's Avatar
    In any case, I cannot think of any appreciable difference in material/production cost between two different glass materials.
    Well then it's settled.
    09-16-2018 09:19 AM
  20. calebt's Avatar
    I would of went with aluminum if I I didn't get SS s3 for the same price at one day sale at Best buy. I figured I'll be upgrading every couple years if I like it so why pay the extra money on SS.
    09-16-2018 09:48 AM
  21. iJuan's Avatar
    I'm having a hard time deciding weather to buy the aluminum or steel variant of the series 4 watch

    Which one did you choose and why?

    Also, is spending over $800 (after taxes) on one dumb when they all do the same thing?
    09-16-2018 09:44 PM
  22. RECON1's Avatar
    I'm having a hard time deciding weather to buy the aluminum or steel variant of the series 4 watch

    Which one did you choose and why?

    Also, is spending over $800 (after taxes) on one dumb when they all do the same thing?
    I’ve always went with aluminum. Didn’t feel the need to get the ss model. I know some people don’t like the cheaper look or feel of the aluminum though.
    09-16-2018 09:45 PM
  23. TripleOne's Avatar
    I went with the Aluminum for S0, and SS for S3.
    If you plan on using it more than one year, I'd recommend the S3. I bought the same Space Black for the Series 4, it's very scratch resistant and durable. My S3 Space Black still looks like a brand new watch thanks to the DLC coating.
    09-16-2018 10:47 PM
  24. Jude526's Avatar
    I can’t spend that much on a watch. I have the Series 3 and I know the S4 does more but I am happy with it. So keeping it. But I want to hear about the S4 and I hope everyone liked it
    09-17-2018 01:26 AM
  25. doogald's Avatar
    It's a tough call between SS and Al.
    My guess is, it's a marketing ploy to put higher price on SS model.
    No matter how you slice it, I cannot think of any significant difference in the cost of material and manufacturing cost for these two materials in this tiny application.
    You could say the same thing about high-end mechanical watches. Rolex charges a lot more for gold watches than they do for the same stainless steel version, a lot more than the difference in the cost of the material.
    09-17-2018 05:46 AM
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