Casetify, a company that makes customizable iPhone, iPad, and MacBook cases, has also begun selling Apple Watch bands, which can be printed with any design. Readily available for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watches and in two finishes, bands can be personalized with photos or art work or ordered from Casetify’s pre-designed artist collection.
Casetify’s Apple Watch bands are made from polycarbonate and are closest in nature to the Apple Watch Sport bands. I have actually been wearing a 38mm Casetify Apple Watch band for just over a week and while it is comfortable, the material of the band is not as soft, flexible, or as thin as the fluoroelastomer the Apple Watch Sport bands are constructed from.
Bands are available in 2 sizes, one for each watch. The 38mm band fits wrists sized 140 to 200mm, while the 42mm band fits wrists sized 150 to 210mm. The underside of each band is ridged, with the Casetify logo design printed on each side.
At about an eighth of an inch thick, Casetify’s bands appear to be around a 3rd thicker than the Apple Watch Sport (there’s maybe about a millimeter of distinction in between the two). That’s not a big thickness variation, however it is visible when wearing the Casetify band after wearing a Sport band, particularly on a small wrist.
My wrist is under 5.5 inches in circumference so the Casetify looks and feels a bit large on my arm, however this might be less of an issue for individuals with bigger wrists. Part of the reason for the bulk is that I have to use the band on its 2nd to last loop, so there’s a lot of extra band at the underside of my wrist.
It’s definitely thicker and less versatile than the Apple Watch sport band, but the Casetify band has still been comfy to put on all day, even during exercise and when it gets wet. The band has a great deal of holes to adjust the fit, so it’s going to fit well on a great deal of various wrist sizes.
Many Apple Watch bands are reasonably easy to place on one-handed, this band from Casetify is not. It’s a conventional buckle watch, so it takes some maneuvering to obtain it on your wrist with one hand.
The Casetify bands connect to the Apple Watch making use of stainless steel adapters, in either a matte silver or a matte black finish, and each watch has a matching stainless-steel fastening.
Bands connect just like other Apple Watch band, sliding into the groove on the side of the Apple Watch till it snaps in location. The Casetify bands don’t move in and out of the Apple Watch as efficiently or as easily as Apple’s own bands, however they do lock into location in the very same way.
One of the bands that I received from Casetify was put together backwards, triggering it to not slide in effectively or lock, so that’s something to keep an eye out for if you buy among these. Fixing it would need loosening the adapter and turning the band around.
I have a stainless steel Apple Watch and the matte silver of the adapter does not match the shiny finish of the Apple Watch, but when putting on the watch, the difference in finish isn’t overly noticeable from a distance. If somebody’s near to your wrist, though, the distinction is simple to see.
The matte silver also does not extremely match the aluminum of the Apple Watch Sport, and the mismatching surfaces is definitely going to be an offer breaker for some people when it concerns the Casetify bands. The incongruity in between the band adapter and the Apple Watch is exactly what bothered me most about the Casetify band, but no one appeared to see however me.
Casetify provided me with a band that has matte black adapters, but I didn’t have access to an Area Black or Area Gray Apple Watch to make a fair contrast on color. I did see a tiny bit of damaging on the matte black Casetify adapter after I put it on my Apple Watch, so I am concerned that people who purchase the matte black variation may have comparable issues with it. Casetify says that the chipping I saw is uncommon.
Customizability is the crucial function in Casetify’s Apple Watch bands, and developing a band that specifically fits your style and specifications is the main reason to purchase one of these bands. Casetify offers pre-designed Apple Watch bands in a range of colors and patterns, however you’re likewise able to create your own utilizing any image.
You can upload an image or link to Facebook or Instagram to utilize a photo from among those services. Bands designs can utilize one, 2, or 5 photos, and integrated devices on the site and in the app let you resize and move photos as required to develop a wanted design.
Design wise, the possibilities are nearly limitless. You can produce a band with pictures of kids, animals, or preferred cartoon characters, or utilize a more abstract design or image. Things like flowers and sundowns turn out specifically well. A high resolution image is necessary for the very best print quality, specifically when using only a single image.
It’s likewise worth taking a look through Casetify’s artist’s gallery for designs that have been produced by others. There are a great deal of whimsical, vibrant designs that are enjoyable to browse through.
Print quality on the Casetify bands is great, however it’s not something that I ‘d refer to as crisp. Up close, designs look a bit fuzzy due to the pixelated printing process, as you can see in the image listed below.
At a reasonable distance, Casetify’s band designs look rather great, but I wouldn’t pick an image that has a lot of really fine information for the print. Printing just covers the front of the band. The sides of the band are a light gray color, as is the back of the band.
So far, the design on my band has held up well over a week of heavy use and through attempts to damage the printing through scrubbing, twisting, flexing, and rubbing. I have actually not had the ability to test the band over a long period of time, however the printing appears reasonably durable, as does the band– it can withstand a great deal of abuse given that it’s made from polycarbonate.
Casetify’s bands are more expensive than the Apple Watch Sport band and have some cautions like their density and adapters that do not extremely match the Apple Watch, however they’re likewise the only Apple Watch band that’s adjustable, which makes up for a lot of small flaws.
If you want a band that’s more vibrant and has more personality than what you can receive from Apple, or if you want to put on a band that’s equipped with images of your cat, Casetify’s Apple Watch bands are the method to go. $$ 70 is a lot to spend for a band that’s inferior to the Apple Watch Sport band in lots of ways, however the tradeoff for customizability will deserve it for Apple Watch owners who want something that stands apart.
One thing to remember – there aren’t many third-party Apple Watch bands on the market yet, which’s because Apple hasn’t strengthened its “Produced Apple Watch” program. Apple has actually released guidelines on band and adapters (lugs) for third-party accessory designers, but it’s not yet approving devices. Casetify’s bands, like all current third-party bands are not “Made for Apple Watch” authorized.
In the coming months, we might see a lot more band alternatives striking the marketplace. For the time being, third-party bands are few and far between, so it behaves to have alternatives like Casetify that let the Apple Watch be better personalized to fit different designs and tastes.
- Comfortable to wear
- Adjustable– unlimited designs
- Fits a broad range of wrist sizes
- Thicker, less flexible than Apple Watch Sport band
- Adapter’s matte silver does not quite match Apple Watch surface
- Matte black version coating chips easily
- Printed designs aren’t crisp
Ways to Buy
Casetify’s Apple Watch bands can be bought from the Casetify website or the Casetify iOS app for $$ 70.