Apple‘s in 2023 “Wonderlust” event brought not one, but two interesting additions to the Apple Watch lineup: Apple Watch Series 9 And Apple Watch Ultra 2. While both watches share some key features like the S9 chip, second-generation Ultra Wideband chip, Always-On Retina display, and IP6X dust resistance, they are far from the same. Now let’s examine the differences between these two extraordinary wearable devices.
For budget-conscious consumers, the price difference between the 45 mm stainless steel Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra may seem insignificant at only 5,500 TL. However, when comparing the 41 mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 9 with the Apple Watch Ultra, the difference becomes even larger and is around 25,000 TL. The top-end Ultra model justifies that cost with a collection of features tailored to specific challenges, making it an attractive choice for certain buyers.
Apple Watch Ultra was specifically designed to appeal to those who need assistance in challenging environments. If you want a solid smartwatch equipped with a brighter display, more powerful speakers, a reliable GPS, improved waterproofing, and a variety of other features, the Apple Watch Ultra should be your best choice.
|Apple Watch Series 9||Apple Watch Ultra 2|
|aluminum case||Aviation-grade titanium case|
|Pre-crystal curves around the edges of the sculpted aluminum case||Lighter, corrosion-resistant case with raised edges to protect the flat sapphire front crystal|
|Digital Crown with haptic feedback and side buttons||Digital Crown with haptic feedback, side button and customizable Action button|
|45 mm or 41 mm case size (vertical)||49mm case size (vertical)|
|10.7mm thickness||14.4mm thickness|
|Weighs 31.9 grams to 51.5 grams||Weighs 61.4 grams|
|Ion-X windshield (aluminium)|
Sapphire crystal (stainless steel)
|Sapphire crystal windshield|
|curved screen||flat screen|
|904 cm2 (41 mm)|
1,143 cm2 (45 mm) screen area
|1164 cm2 screen area|
|352 x 430 pixels (41mm)|
396 x 484 pixels (45mm)
|410 x 502 pixels|
|Up to 2,000 nits brightness||Up to 3,000 nits brightness|
|single speaker||dual speakers|
|single microphone||Triple microphone array with beamforming and wind noise reduction|
|GPS (L1)||Precision dual frequency GPS (L1 and L5)|
|Water resistant up to 50 meters||Water resistant up to 100 meters|
|swim resistant||Swim-proof and recreational diving to 40 m|
|Up to 18 hours battery life|
Up to 36 hours in Low Power Mode
|Up to 36 hours battery life|
Up to 72 hours in Low Power Mode
|Midnight, Starlight, Silver, Pink and PRODUCT(RED) (aluminum)|
Silver, Graphite or Gold (stainless steel)
|Only natural titanium plating|
|14.999 TL (aluminium)|
Starting from 33.499 TL (stainless steel)
|❌||Custom Wayfinder and Modular Ultra faces|
|❌||Night Mode for low visibility conditions|
|❌||86 decibel Siren to attract attention|
|❌||Tested to MIL-STD 810H|
|❌||Water temperature sensor, depth sounder and dive computer application|
Size-wise, the Apple Watch Ultra is the largest and most feature-rich model in Apple’s smartwatch arsenal. Notably, it marks the first significant redesign of the device since its inception in 2015. This refreshed version appeals to tech enthusiasts by offering an upgraded Apple Watch experience with premium features. Features like longer battery life and a larger, brighter screen can benefit all users, not specific to a particular area. As a result, some customers may turn to the Apple Watch Ultra 2 over the Series 9, even if their lifestyle doesn’t require the Ultra’s durable features.
However, it must be acknowledged that the size of the Apple Watch Ultra may not suit everyone. If you’re already used to the 41mm Apple Watch case, the Ultra’s larger 49mm size may feel bulky. If you’re unsure, consider visiting an Apple Store to try the Apple Watch Ultra in person and see if the size suits your preferences.
Additionally, the Ultra’s rugged and aggressive design may not appeal to all buyers. Those who prefer the stainless steel Apple Watch for its fashionability and compatibility with premium bands may find the Ultra’s rugged aesthetic less appealing.
Series 9 offers a suitable alternative for customers whose budget is below the Apple Watch Ultra’s price range but still looking for durability and durability in their smartwatch. It has a robust design with a durable front crystal, water resistance and many software features found in Apple Watch Ultra 2, such as waypoint marking.
All in all, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 offers a number of attractive features that are especially suitable for users who can take full advantage of its capabilities. It’s undoubtedly worth considering for your next smartwatch purchase. However, the Apple Watch Series 9 remains an attractive choice all around, with a more budget-friendly price point and simpler design. Your decision should be in line with your specific needs, intended use, and budget.