The best Apple Watch bands: our pick of the great Apple wearable straps
Not content with being one of the best smartwatches money can buy, the Apple Watch has the best selection of official and third-party bands on the market. Paired with the choice in size and color of the watch itself, new Apple Watch bands can totally personalize the Apple Watch so it’s right for you.
It also means you can have several different straps that you can rotate depending on if you’re at work, the gym or at a fancy dinner. When the bands are so easy to switch over, you can change your look in seconds.
There is a huge selection of Apple Watch bands, from Apple’s many official offerings to a whole host of silicone, fabric and metal straps made to fit by other companies. There are even NATO-style straps here, though you can’t have an actual NATO strap as the material would cover the Watch’s heart rate sensor.
The great thing about the Apple Watch is that despite the new design of the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 5, older straps will still fit. The 38mm straps designed for the Apple Watch 1, 2 and 3 will fit the 40mm newer models, while the 42mm straps will fit the newer 44mm models.
New 40mm and 44mm straps are therefore backwards compatible with older 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches respectively.
The versatility afforded by such a wide selection of straps is great, but it means there are far too many to choose from. That’s why we’ve picked our twelve favorites – there’s something for every taste here.
What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
If you’re on the hunt for a new Apple Watch strap, you may be wise to hold off until the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales hit. We expect prices to be slashed across a range of tech during this period, including the Apple Watch and its various accessories. Last year we witnessed a host of different Apple Watch strap styles get a Black Friday discount, which means you should have a decent selection of deals to pick from this year as well. And if you’re yet to buy the smartwatch (or fancy an upgrade), make sure you check out our Apple Watch Black Friday deals page.
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