Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ (2020): What’s The Difference?

Apple and Nike continues their partnership in the smartwatch arena, as the new generation of the Apple Watch was once again released with a special Nike+ version. Below we list everything that sets the Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ edition apart from the standard model. There aren’t too many, but they’re worth looking through if you’re considering getting the latest Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ Comparison Chart

ModelApple Watch Series 4Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+
Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) - Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS+Cellular) Aluminum Case Unlocked Compatible with iPhone 5s and Above... 
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Case MaterialAluminum, Stainless SteelAluminum
Case ColorSpace Gray, Silver, GoldSpace Gray, Silver
Exclusive Watch FaceNoYes
Band TypeSport, Leather, Stainless SteelSport
Nike AppsDownloadablePre-installed
GPS + CellularYesYes

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Case Material

The Series 4 Nike+ does not have a stainless steel case option.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ Case Material
The Nike+ edition is only available in the aluminum case.

Since Nike obviously wants their version to be more fitness-oriented, the Apple Watch Nike+ is only available in the lighter aluminum case. It makes the additional weight on your wrist easy to ignore or get used to while you work out. In addition, there are only two colors you can choose from: Space Gray or Silver. If you want the glossy finish of the stainless steel case, or want a gold Apple Watch, you’ll have to go with the standard edition.

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Watch Faces

The Series 4 Nike+ has exclusive watch faces.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ Watch Faces
The Nike+ edition has special full-color, full-screen watch faces.

These Nike-themed watch faces are pretty special for covering the entire display of the Apple Watch in color. There are actually three styles you can display the clock text in, as well as multiple colors. The analog clock style will also display three new complications, one of which will directly launch the Nike+ Run Club app. Note that these complications will be hidden if you use the full-color clock above, since it can drain battery life faster.


The Series 4 Nike+ has special band types.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ Bands
The Nike+ edition has a special Sport Band and Sport Loop.

This is perhaps the most significant difference between the standard Apple Watch Series 4 vs the Nike+. The Sport Band is perforated with holes that make it more breathable, improving air circulation especially during intense workout sessions. The Sport Loop has reflective thread woven into it that makes it shimmer when struck by light, which can help keep you safe and visible if you like running at night. They’re pretty great features to have and probably the best reasons to choose the Nike+ Series 4.

Nike Apps

The Series 4 Nike+ is integrated with Nike’s fitness apps.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Nike+ Apps
The Nike+ edition comes pre-installed with Nike’s fitness apps.

Those who want to focus on their fitness and love running in particular will likely steer towards the Nike+ Apple Watch as it comes with the Nike Run Club app pre-installed. It features a new weekly Audio Guided Run and let you track your stats, metrics, and run routes. In addition, Nike decided to widen their fitness app offerings with the new Nike Training Club, which provides different workout recommendations designed to work with the Apple Watch’s daily activity rings. Although you can download both apps even on the standard Series 4, they’re integrated better into the exclusive Nike+ watch face.

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Choose whichever look you like more.

As you can see, the differences between the Series 4’s standard model and the Nike+ edition are really just in their appearance and design. If you want your Apple Watch in stainless steel, you’ll have to select one of the standard versions though. Also, running enthusiasts might particularly prefer the special band options of the Nike+. Other than that, you can safely choose whichever style fits yours better and still enjoy the same features and functionalities of the new Apple Watch.

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Derick Bondoc
Derick Bondoc

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