For many of the most devout fans out there, the Apple Watch is a must-have accessory. From students and athletes to office-goers and business professionals, iOS users cannot go wrong with the Watch. But where the Watch fulfills the demands when it comes to styling and functionality, it is less than versatile when it comes to customization – or at least affordable customization.
Apple does provide various band options with the Watch. But these are not generic, and quite pricey too at that. In such circumstances, your style gets limited by the budget you have available, which shouldn’t always be the case.
With most Android smartwatches, you get fit any standard 22mm strap to them and personalize them to your taste. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the Apple Watch, as it requires bands designed by Apple specifically for the Watch.
Enter third-party band adapters for Apple Watch.
Band adapters for Apple Watch
Adappt is a small adapter, that will let you use your Apple Watch with any standard watchband. On one side it will feature Apple’s proprietary plug, on the other one the classic plug used by any watch in the world. It will be available in 38 and 42 mm sizes.
Adappt will be available in plastic, anodized aluminium, stainless and gold plated steel. Each version will come in two colors, just like the Apple Watch. But at a much lower price.
The project has raised almost $9,000 on Indiegogo, and is all set to be the go-to place for Apple Watch users.
Click is another crowd-funded project on Kickstarter that has raised more than $53,000 and has exceeded its pledge of $30,000. It is a patent-pending watch band adapter designed specifically for Apple Watch with which you can use any 22mm watch band.
Click comes in two materials: a durable polymer that’s been precisely calibrated to match Apple Watch’s colors, and anodized aluminum, precisely machined to look and feel exactly like Apple Watch.
Both of these projects are very promising. But they present an interesting question. Apple has geared its Watch models with varying price ranges towards different sets of audiences. And let’s face it, Apple isn’t the best at providing value for money. The base Watch model costs about $350, whereas the Stainless steel model costs roughly between $500 to $1,000.
That’s marketing for Apple. But with the availability of these band adapters for Apple Watch, you can get the basic Watch model and fashion it however well you like without having to spend the extra bucks you would when buying the same material from Apple.
We don’t know yet how Apple will react to these projects, but there’s little they can do.
What are your thoughts on these projects?