So much better quality than the cheaper silicone band. I personally only will buy the silver versions of apple watches because they always look the best with other bands whether it be leather of metal bands. However the silicone bands are an absolute must for the day to day band. Unfortunately apple doesn't offer a black silicone band on the silver versions of the apple watches. So I purchased the cheaper silicone so I could finally have the black on silver look. It was nice at first, very similar to the apple authentic silicone. But as it ages becomes very shiny and almost has a slimy feel to it. This allows the band to come undone much more easily! I actually lost my watch because of this while swimming through a flooded section of some slot canyons that I was hiking in. Luckily the water was only 7 ft deeps so it didn't take to long to find it. I wish that the apple silicones weren't so expensive. At $50, I feel that they should be more like $30 however they are that much better quality comparatively and for something that I use pretty much daily its worth the extra cost.