My Watch band came. I’m not underwhelmed, but I’m not a fan. It feels incredibly rigid and I have a massive empty gap between my wrist and the band where it’s meant to bend. £5 from AliExpress at most.
Thanks! I’ve been wanting one for a while but just can’t justify it. My Secrid does me for the time being – I might be able to justify the one for banknotes too for my few trips abroad where cash is necessary, but I have an old fashioned leather bifold for that.
I think it’s partly that I have an in-between size wrist, so one step is too tight and the next one is so loose that I can feel the Watch wobble and it always thinks it’s not on my wrist.
That, and the leather doesn’t really feel premium at all. In fact I don’t feel like I’m wearing a leather product. I have £20 leather straps for a regular wristwatch that feel a lot better on my wrist.
Oh and the fear of the colour issues
For Apple to have charged £100 for this is staggering. Worse than the cleaning cloth or the Mac wheels.
The two bands worth splurging on at the £100 side of the pricing are the Milanese loop and the braided solo loop.
I like the leather link strap too though. I think a lot of your issues don’t exist with the genuine Apple one compared to dropshipped knock offs, except that stiff feeling. It’s probably my least favourite premium strap and not worth £100 when those other options exist at the same price.
I’m surprised they never went back to the drawing board with that band!
It’s a nice band, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t know a single person whose skin hasn’t had some kind of a reaction to it!
The solo loop is probably my favourite band overall. It’s the sweatpants of watch bands. So comfy. Just frustrating they haven’t sold it in black for the last 3 years. I could do with a new one and a spare.
I got the silver one to go with the titanium AWU. I hope I’ll like it.
The only reason I can see me not liking it, is if combined with the AWU it will be too long and won’t fit my wrist. Some of the sport loops just about work. Or if it’s corroded or mucky (given it’s second hand, but the latter can be fixed).
The leather link one is one I’m still torn on. I have to have it on so tight that it imprints the little dimples into my skin for the screen lock to not activate. And putting it on is a delicate manoeuvre over the bed, because if you don’t get it right it will fall. That’s why I like the loop style bands, they have a failsafe.
Are you also an Ultra user? If so then it’s reassuring! I don’t think I’ll get it this week now as it’s not been dispatched so will have to report next week. I could’ve just gone CeX (and trade in the leather link…) but this was cheaper.
That’s also good to know! I’ve seen some reports of corrosion under the magnet (and the magnet falling out) – and as the Cybertruck shows, even stainless steel can rust.