I wanted a smart watch and wanted the new one, however for the price of the second generation stainless steel I was not sure I really needed the water proof. although tracking laps while he in the pool is cool. I went with the 1st gen, the beauty of the stainless steel was what I desired- I just couldn't spent that much on a plastic looking watch . I am 45 yr old mother. I absolutely love it , I must admit I haven't worn a watch in many years so I thought this would end up in my closet but, not-- I charge it nightly ( I thought that would be an isssue but not). I have lost weight 15 lbs since having the watch(30 days) because I am more conscious of my activity level and I am inspired to meet my goal daily. Being able to move around my home and yard, park, etc without having my cell phone makes it worth every penny. I have small children and a business so I sync my calendar and never miss appointments or school/ church functions or a phone call or e mail. So if your opting for a nice gift for mom go for the stainless steel it complements jewelry well and looks great with all bands I have playful turquoise and mint green for work outs ,classic black for daily and stainless steel for dress. The functionality and speed are good enough , unless your a techy you would never know the difference. I don't swim daily but if I did I would get the newer version. Hope this helps -- live a full and happy life, and be a blessing to others always , you have one life to live this is no dress rehearsal!