Why I chose Apple Watch Series 1 over Series 2


I didn’t buy the Apple watch when it first released in 2015 for obvious reasons. The first edition was not very intuitive and it came with a very slow processor. Hence, I didn’t feel like paying the premium. Apple hit the bullseye with the launch of watchOS 3 and the Series 1 and 2 Apple watches.

But then, Apple made it more difficult to choose between the Series 1 and 2 Apple watches. There were so many questions on the web as to which Apple watch people should buy. I went through the same dilemma. After a month of research on the web, watching videos on Youtube and checking out the Apple watch in the Apple stores, I finally decided to buy the Series 1. Why so? You may ask.

There were a lot of reasons to buy the Apple watch in the first place. But, then there were very few reasons to buy the Series 2 over Series 1. Just 2 to be precise. The first one is the built-in GPS. It is definitely a nice feature to have. But, then if you think about it, most of us do not leave our iPhones at home when we go out for a jog. So, do we really need an in-built GPS when the watch could easily use the iPhone’s GPS? If you are a person who prefers to go for a run without your iPhone, then you should definitely buy yourself the Series 2.

The second reason to buy a Series 2 watch is that it is water proof. If you are a regular swimmer, the Series 2 makes total sense. Otherwise for the usual rain and other stuff, I don’t think even Series 1 would have trouble to keep the water out. Series 1 might not be water proof under 50 m of water as Series 2. But, it has the ability to withstand immersion in water up to 1 m for 30 minutes.

Apart from the two reasons mentioned above there was no distinct differences between the Series 1 and 2. In fact the Series 2 is a mm thicker than Apple watch 1 if you look at it from the side not that you are going to notice it ever. The one thing that Apple did good with the Series 1 is by placing the exact same processor as in Series 2. This ensures that the performance is pretty much the same between the two models.

So, after carefully analyzing both Series 1 and 2, it was time to get down to the fundamentals. The price difference. Series 1 watch was $100 cheaper than the Series 2. Today, you could find various deals on the Series 1 and 2 watches on various websites at far cheaper prices.