Apple Watch 2: Aluminum vs Stainless steel vs Ceramic [Comparison]

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After testing the Aluminum, Stainless steel and Ceramic version of the Apple watch series 2 for 3 months, here are the results.

If you are looking for the difference in features and working of Apple watch series 2 Aluminum, Stainless steel and Ceramic then all of them are just the same (Nike+ and the Hermes models has their own pre-installed apps). But if you compare the materials used to make them, price and accessories comes with them while buying then the models has some difference. Lets see the comparison chart below.

SpecificationsAluminumStainless steelCeramic
PackageRectangular BoxSquare BoxTaller Square Box
  1. Aluminum Case
  2. Sport Band
  3. 1m Magnetic Charging Cable
  4. 5W USB Power Adapter
  1. Stainless Steel Case
  2. Sport Band or Milanese Loop
  3. 1m Magnetic Charging Cable
  4. 5W USB Power Adapter
  1. White Ceramic Case
  2. Sport Band
  3. 1m Magnetic Charging Cable
  4. 5W USB Power Adapter
  5. Lightning to USB Cable
  6. Magnetic Charging Dock
 Case Colors
  1. Silver Aluminum Case
  2. Space Gray Aluminum Case
  3. Rose Gold Aluminum Case
  4. Gold Aluminum Case.
  1. Stainless steel case
  2. Space Black Stainless steel case
  1. White Ceramic case
38mm Version
  • Height: 38.6mm
  • Width: 33.3mm
  • Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Weight: 28.2g
  • Height: 38.6mm
  • Width: 33.3mm
  • Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Weight: 41.9g
  • Height: 39.2mm
  • Width: 34.0mm
  • Depth: 11.8mm
  • Case Weight: 39.6g
42mm Version
  • Height: 42.5mm
  • Width: 36.4mm
  • Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Weight: 34.2g
  • Height: 42.5mm
  • Width: 36.4mm
  • Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Weight: 52.4g
  • Height: 42.6mm
  • Width: 36.5mm
  • Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Weight: 45.6g
Screen GlassIon-XSapphire CrystalSapphire Crystal
Screen Glass ScratchLess scratch resistant More scratch resistantMore scratch resistant
Screen Glass BreakageNo from 7 feet Yes from 7 feetYes from 7 feet
Case Scratch Harder to scratch Easier to scratchHardest to scratch
Case Scratch Visibility Hard to see Easier to see No Scratch
 Band Lock Buckle LockMagnetic clasp instant stick or Buckle Lock Buckle Lock
 Charger PlasticMetallicPlastic
External appearance
(Despite of material used)
 Same SameSame
Fingerprint / dust on case NoVisible if touched with moisture No
Fits more forCasual, Party & SportsProfessional, OfficeCasual, Party & Sports
Price Cheapest Cheaper Expensive

Comparison of Apple Watch 2: Aluminum, Stainless steel and Ceramic versions

The series 1 Apple watch in Gold was the expansive one in all of the series 1 models. Now the series 2 Apple watch ceramic is the most expansive one on the series 2 models. Many people confuses Apple watch ceramic edition with plastic but it is the most durable and scratch resistant model. In fact, Apple Watch 2 ceramic is 4 times stronger than stainless steel. You can also check Apple watch 38mm vs Apple watch 48mm version comparison.

Apple Watch 2: Aluminum

The aluminum edition is the cheapest because it uses the low cost raw materials and can be made faster in less time. The screen glass is made by Ion-X which is cheaper than the sapphire crystal of other editions. The Apple 2 Watch Nike+ also has the aluminum case but has the Nike Sport Band. The aluminum case comes in the most colours such as in Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold and in Gold Aluminum Case. Aluminum body gets less scratch than the stainless steel body.

Apple Watch 2: Stainless steel

Stainless steel edition’s material, sapphire crystal glass and the time taken for producing it makes the cost higher. The sapphire crystal glass is tougher to scratch when comparing to the Ion-X screen glass of aluminum. The steel version weigh little bit heavier but you won’t notice it much on your wrist. There are two available case colors to pick, Space Black Stainless steel case and the normal Stainless steel case. If you choose Milanese Loop band then you can attach/remove the watch faster by Magnetic clasp instant stick.

Apple Watch 2: Ceramic

When considering the durability, the ceramic edition is the most durable watch body but its price is over 1K dollars, it can last longer for several years but don’t you want to move to Apple watch series 3? If you have money then you can go for the Apple Watch Ceramic model. The ceramic version won’t get scratch. It can only crack but don’t worry you won’t experience enough force to crack it.

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