Many Apple Watch owners have one interesting hobby – collecting straps for their Apple smartwatches. And you know, it’s not a budget job. Original Apple Watch bracelets are expensive, for example, even for a simple silicone strap you will have to pay 4 thousand rubles. And if you suddenly liked a leather strap or a woven mono-bracelet, then the price tag generally reaches almost 10 thousand rubles.
Of course, there is nothing supernatural in the straps from Apple and most of the amount will have to be paid simply for the brand name. Eastern partners from the Middle Kingdom, as always, help to save money, they offer a huge number of alternative options that are practically not inferior to the original in terms of workmanship, but please with a much more pleasant cost.
In this compilation, we have collected the top five Apple Watch straps of all versions, as well as several useful accessories for smartwatches from the Cupertino company, which I personally tested and can definitely recommend for ordering. How to change the strap on the Apple Watch, we have already told here.
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Let’s start with classic rubber straps. On AliExpress, you can easily find a silicone analogue, which, perhaps, does not have such properties as a fluoroelastomer, but it will please you with a wider range of colors and a price tag.
Below is a link to the most popular type of straps for “apple” watches on “Ali”. It is inexpensive, and the quality as a whole is practically no different from the original straps. There are dozens of colors to choose from, you can order several at once and change every other day. I did not notice any nuances when using.
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I also recommend trendy elastic mono-bracelets without clasps. They are quick to put on and are comfortable when you work at the computer. Unlike ordinary silicone straps, they do not scratch the laptop and do not cling to the desktop with a metal clasp.
The strap is easy to clean, suitable for both sports and normal daily use. Of the minuses, it is worth noting that due to the complete absence of holes on the bracelet (unlike, for example, Nike versions with holes), the hand under the accessory can sweat, especially during training. In addition, the size of this strap model must be selected as accurately as possible when ordering. This can be done, for example, by printing a ruler on the Apple website.
In my case, specifically in this lot, the size number matched perfectly with what is listed on the Apple website.
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Milanese mesh bracelet
We turn to the Milanese mesh bracelet or, in the people, just the Milanese loop. On AliExpress, you can buy “Milanese loop” 10 times cheaper. The bracelet is made of stainless steel, equipped with a magnetic lock and is available in four colors – gold, rose gold, silver, space gray. Looks expensive and beautiful. The clasps are made securely, fixed tightly and the watch will not fall out during active movement. Magnetic fastening allows you to quickly adjust the strap to fit your hand.
Perhaps the main disadvantage of this bracelet is that due to the fact that it is made of metal, when it comes into contact, it scratches other things, such as a laptop or computer keyboard.
Also, on a dark or any other color version of the strap, after a while the paint begins to peel off, so if you order a Milanese loop, then only in a standard silver color. In addition to all this, it is not very convenient to play sports with him, so before training, for example, in the gym, you need to change the strap.
Buy Milanese mesh bracelet for Apple Watch
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Leather strap for Apple Watch
A strap made of stitched genuine leather is more suitable than other standard models for lovers of the classics.
The manufacturer offers several colors, as well as an abstract guarantee of the quality and wear resistance of genuine leather.
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Another stylish strap. Unlike the original, it is not genuine, but artificial leather, but it also costs almost 10 times less. It looks cool and from the outside you can’t say at all that this is a bracelet with Aliexpress. The material is pleasant to the touch. The mount here is magnetic, which also allows you to quickly remove and put on your Apple Watch.
Due to the fact that the leather is artificial, I do not recommend playing sports in this strap. But in general, for its price, as an interchangeable strap, for example, under a suit or formal wear, it will fit just fine.
Buy leather strap for Apple Watch
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Nike Sport Band
Sports Nike bracelet. My favorite strap. It is the same as a regular sports one, only with holes that make the design of the Apple Watch more attractive and the hand when the watch in this bracelet does not sweat.
In fairness, it should be noted that such a bracelet is not suitable for every outfit.
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Braided monobracelet. One of the most fashionable bracelets for Apple Watch. Made from stretchy nylon. But at the same time, it is also necessary, as with a sports monobracelet, to choose the right size. In general, the bracelet is comfortable and pleasant to the touch, the hand does not sweat in it.
I also ordered the trendy Pride Version (solely for the sake of beauty) and it is made perfectly, the threads do not stick out, and the fasteners are made firmly, the watch is securely fixed.
This strap, by the way, is not officially sold in Russia, so Ali is the only option to get it, albeit a Chinese copy.
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Sports nylon bracelet
For those who do not want to guess with the size, I recommend ordering a sports nylon Velcro strap.
Its main advantage is that it is practically not felt on the hand, so it is pleasant to sleep with it, and in general, a worthy option for use on an ongoing basis.
Buy sports nylon bracelet for Apple Watch
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We figured out the straps, let’s move on to the analysis of useful things for the Apple Watch that I found on AliExpress.
Apple Watch Screen Protector
Screen protectors, the most fragile and expensive part of the Apple Watch, are tricky. There are either glasses (which are actually just a piece of plastic in most cases), or whole watch cases that additionally protect the screen. I found it on Ali and have already tested just such a hydrogel film from Rock.
The main feature of such films is that small scratches on it heal on their own over time, but naturally it will not protect against strong blows, you should definitely keep this in mind. When ordering, you can choose any model and size of Apple Watch.
The kit comes with 2 films at once – if something goes wrong during installation, you will have one more attempt. In general, sticking the film evenly is quite simple, but I, in turn, recommend watching the installation video from the manufacturer’s brand, which can be found by scanning the QR code on the back of the box.
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Apple Watch Charging Stand
Performs the function of a stand and at the same time is a convenient organizer for the charging cable. Looks stylish on any desktop.
Buy an Apple Watch Charging Cradle
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Wireless Magnetic Charging for Apple Watch USB-C
You can connect to a laptop or power bank connector and charge the watch by simply placing it on the keychain.
A good option to have such a charger always in your backpack and at work, if you suddenly need to charge your smart watch from Apple.
Buy wireless magnetic charging for Apple Watch
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Wireless charging station for 2 devices, such as Apple Watch and iPhone or Apple Watch and AirPods
Protected according to all standards from surges and overheating.
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