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Apple Watch 2 aluminum vs stainless steel vs ceramic: Which is best for me?

The Apple Watch 2 comes in three different flavours: Aluminium, stainless steel and ceramic. So what’s the difference between them, why are stainless steel and ceramic more expensive than aluminium, and which Watch is best for you? Here’s our full Apple Watch aluminium vs stainless steel vs ceramic comparison.

If you’re looking to buy Apple’s latest wearable, the Apple Watch 2 (or ‘Apple Watch Series 2’ to give it the full official title), chances are you might be utterly befuddled by the variety of makes and models on offer. Not only can you buy the Watch in a variety of different sizes, with all manner of strap choices and special editions to select from, but you also have to pick one of three finishes: aluminium (or ‘aluminum’ if you’re American), stainless steel and ceramic.

Here’s the difference between these three case materials, so you can choose which is best for you (and more specifically your budget).

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Apple Watch 2: Aluminium

The aluminium model of Apple Watch 2 is the cheapest of the three, mostly because it’s easier to manufacture (not to mention less costly). The aluminium Apple Watch has a matte metallic frame, which is considerably lighter than the stainless steel model. In fact, aluminium weighs less than half as much as stainless steel, which is good news if you want a lightweight wrist rocket.

Note that the special edition Nike version of the Apple Watch 2 sports an aluminium finish.

Apple Watch 2: Stainless Steel

The stainless steel Apple Watch 2 is more expensive as it’s more difficult and expensive to manufacture, mostly thanks to the hardiness of that material.

Stainless steel is a more premium material than aluminium, offering a shiny finish compared with the matte aluminium model of Apple Watch. Stainless steel is also more resistant to corrosion and tougher overall, although scratches – if they do happen – show up rather easily because of that glossy surfacing.

Apple Watch 2: Ceramic

If you’re feeling a bit plush, the ceramic Apple Watch 2 is the most expensive of the three models.

The smooth white surfacing is undeniably gorgeous and feels great against your skin. Even better, ceramic is also incredibly tough. You’ll have to really bash the ceramic Apple Watch around to cause any damage. Of course, you’ll also need to dig deep for this model, as it doesn’t come cheap.

Apple Watch 2 Aluminium vs Stainless Steel vs Ceramic: Pricing

At the time of writing, you can pick up the three Apple Watch models for the following prices here in the UK:

Aluminium from £369

Stainless steel from £549

Ceramic from £1249

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