Apple Watch: Matte aluminium or stainless steel? Here's what you should know before you make the purchase

Apple Watch: Matte aluminium or stainless steel? Here's what you should know before you make the purchase

If you find yourself confused between the two variants -- hear it from us, you're not the only one!

Investing in an Apple product (more often than not!) requires a fair amount of research. Not just because of the 'exorbitant' nature of the product but more because the device tends to stay with you for a long time. However, we don't blame you if you can't keep up with its updates and upgrades year after year!

For an avid Apple enthusiast, an Apple Watch is one of the few handy devices that helps them keep up with their notifications and health basics. So, if you're keen on investing in one, we've simplified the process for you a little.

Also read: Apple Watch Series 6 Review: The fitness buddy you need in 2021!

Here's what you should know:

There's more to the Apple Watch than just its series. In fact, if you're planning on purchasing the latest one, there are various finishes and sizes that should be kept in mind. The Apple Watch spreads over six generations and doesn't have an appellation per se. With Series 6, Apple has also introduced great colours, apart from hardware upgrades. Both the finishes (matte aluminium, stainless steel) are available in any of the two variants (40mm, 44mm). However, it's not the size but the finish that often perplexes users, and there's a good reason why!

Also read: Apple Watch Series 6 or SE: Which one should you invest in?

Stainless steel

The Apple Watch Series 6 Stainless Steel with an orange band.
The Apple Watch Series 6 Stainless Steel with an orange band.Apple

Pros: Well, for one, it looks great! But with the stainless steel option, you have the option of having a sapphire crystal display -- making it very difficult for the scratches to get your screen. You also get a stainless steel magnetic puck along with this model, which is a premium, and a far better alternative than the plastic puck for your matte aluminium watch. Despite the micro-abrasions, your Apple Watch in stainless steel is still a more durable option in general.

Cons: Apart from being the costlier option, the stainless steel version is also a more flashier alternative. The glossy finish and the built ends up causing the device to weigh a little more than the aluminium version. However, that's not the only issue with this alternative! Be prepared to embrace micro-abrasions and scratches as they're easily visible on the stainless steel body. You may also have to carry a soft cloth if you (like us) despise fingerprints on your devices.

Matte aluminium

The Apple Watch Series 6 in Aluminum Blue finish.
The Apple Watch Series 6 in Aluminum Blue finish.Apple

Pros: If you prefer a more light-weight gear on your wrist, the aluminium finish is your best bet. Ideal for those who indulge in several outdoor activities, having this watch fit snugly on your wrist helps. Matte aluminium also means your device will successfully disguise tiny abrasions and minor scratches that you encounter while roughing it out. Apart from that, there are more colours (which look a lot better) available for the matte aluminium finish. And yes, this version doesn't come with a steep price tag -- so that's a definite win.

Cons: The aluminium finish gets you the Ion-X strengthened glass instead of the sapphire crystal display. While sturdy in itself, not as unyielding when you compare it with the stainless steel alternative. For this version, Apple gives you a plastic magnetic charging puck which is not durable -- and may end up giving you a hard time when snapping it onto the back of your watch.

Comparing the two

If you're still to make a decision, we've simplified it a little more for you:

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