Help needed with choosing between 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch

watchOS and Apple Watch Apps

hi to all, i have seen now both the 38 and 42 MM sports apple watch in a store. which do people find the easiest to use? i am totally blind so would be solely reliant on voiceover. can the small screen on a 38 MM make it difficult to use the watch just using gestures to find complications, do swipes etc? i liked the 42 but finds it "sticks" out if that makes sense, on my wrist. whereas in contrast the 38 mm seems very unobtrusive. how is battery life on a 38 MM watch?



Submitted by Seanoevil on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I can only speak from my experience owning the 42mm
Screen size is fine, though some Apps like Remote can be a little fiddly. Battery life with the 42mm has more than met my expectations.
My wrist is not overly large, but the watch is very light weight (well compared to a traditional Stainless Steel watch, it is) and the price difference is not too big a step up.
Vote one 42...


Submitted by Ray on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I have the 42mm version. Agree with the above comment, the 42 version is not as large as most would think. But my fully sighted wife has the 38 and I can set it up and help her with it using VO with no problems. You can enable Digital Crown Navigation by 2 finger triple tapping, which means you can turn the Digital Crown to move from one complication to the next and back again.. It will take some time getting use to it, but I really don't think it's much of an issue using VO with the 38mm.

Battery life on both versions in my opinion is pretty good. If you just use it for telling the time, and reading notifications etc, then a full charge on a 10 hour use
will bring you down to about 50%. I usually charge my Apple Watch every other day, and I switch it off when I get home.

Hope this helps.


Submitted by Chuck on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I have no problem using the smaller screen and once I got past the initial period of "Playing" with the watch the battery life is fine. I charge every night, and I have never gone below 25%.