Apple Watch Sport scratch test shows not so surprising results

Apple Watch Sport scratch test shows not so surprising results
Earlier this month, we showed you a video that put to test the sapphire display of the Apple Watch, eventually concluding that the screen's impossible to scratch.

Now, while the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition both have displays protected by sapphire glass, the Apple Watch Sport (which is the cheapest model among the three) features a screen that's protected by "strengthened Ion-X glass." Obviously, this cannot be as tough as sapphire, but is it good enough to withstand occasional scratches from every day use? Well, Unbox Therapy tried to find out in the video embedded below.

As you'll see, the Ion-X glass of the Apple Watch Sport fares very well against a key, a knife, and a piece of steel wool, none of which can do any damage. However, if you're trying to scratch the Ion-X glass with sandpaper, you will definitely succeed. Fortunately, you probably don't plan to use the Apple Watch Sport near sandpaper, right?

Being the most affordable model (starting at $349), the Watch Sport is expected to be the most popular version of Apple's first smart wearable device. All three models - Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition - will be launched this Friday, on April 24.

source: Unbox Therapy (YouTube)



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Wow. The price should be even lower.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7464; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What about doing a scratch test on the Aluminum part of the watch. But then again most expensive watches don't use Aluminum period.

4. seven7dust unregistered

how about repeating this on a Moto 360, LG or Samsung gear ? same result I bet.

8. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

How about "they are cheaper"?

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

1. It's still pretty scratch-proof. 2. Since when does cost have anything to do with durability? It's not marketed as "indestructible watch", it's a "smart watch". I could buy a Dacia Duster 4x4 for around £10k, I bet it would hold up to abuse better than a £250k Ferrari. The watch seems fit for its intended purpose of being worn on the wrist as a gadget/fashion accessory.

21. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I didn't say anything about being more expensive == more durable, I just stated a fact.

13. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

i use my moto watch everyday and its well protected against accidental damage and i havent seen anyone that foolish to scratch his watch with a key/knife Go buy your apple watch and play scratchy scratchy with it while i get some real productivity and cool looks with my android wear

20. willard12 unregistered

They use sapphire glass. So no, not the same result.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7464; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well at least they are all stainless steel, and would hold up better then ANY aluminum watch, like Apples sport watch. Steel is so much strong then aluminum.

2. Sauce5 unregistered

Brb. Going to lay down on the basketball court and make snow angels with my Apple Watch on.

5. seven7dust unregistered

Apple watch videos get this guy more hits than all Android wear combined , more B.S from unbox therapy , can we really trust these guys anymore ? they use Apple tests to get fame and money from ads , rather than show off useful stuff like compare the durability with other watches.

15. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If people like Apple, what's the problem ? They do what people show interest for.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Uh do we really need this results since we wont use this with things demonstrated in the test.

9. quintessential

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Oh please, some people are just bashing because of the brand. For $349 don't make it sound as if Apple is supposed to crank out an indestructible Tank-like watch. Would a sane person wear a watch and then use his arm to rub against sandpaper? Try buffing sandpaper on a $30,000 Rolex, it will still be scratched. Lmao. We really have some sad folks here who bash for the sake of bashing.

11. Sauce5 unregistered

Take a second to identify this group of people. They are the same people who shout "iSheep!"..... Hmmm... Irony?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31346; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell mine is gonna be in the gym with me daily, as I move big weight. I already know it's getn scratches. My freestyle shark has tons of em now.

16. gaming64 unregistered

Dont worry it wont. Even a knife wont scratch it :)

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7464; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

He only went side ways with the knife. I bet you if he actually tried to use the knife like most people do. It would have easily put a scratch in the ionX glass.

18. seven7dust unregistered

then you should probably save up for the sapphire version , it's 200$ more but then again it's first gen it's better to go cheaper, it's confusing even me actually !!! the stainless steel version with a sports band looks sic though.

14. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Thing is if the apple watch Was made out of Walmart shopping Bags and was selling for $500 it would still sell millions and Apple would sue Walmart for the shopping bags..... So face it Apple fans don't care if the watch scratches easily... All they care about is it has an apple logo

19. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Uhm, the sandpaper test is just as relevant in the real world since it mimics having sand crystals on/touching your screen, accidentally being rubbed (happens to smartphones in your pockets too). And those are much harder than any metal, thus the main cause for scratches to screens.

24. trbizwiz

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

The real question I have is this. IS the sapphire screen the same fit as the ion X glass. If so i will just buy the sport and then if it gets scratched, i will replace the ion X glass with sapphire. Ill bet they will run about $50. I would rather have the $00 sport with $50 sapphire, than a $600 watch. I expect the apple watch to have about a 3 year upgrade cycle. I am guessing that is why Apple created it. IF the iphone has a 2 year cycle and the ipad and watch have a 3 year cycle, Apple can reasonably expect to get every one of their customers to buy something every year. Anyway, with a three year cycle, and all tech specs being equal, I would prefer the entry level model. Plus I like the look better.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Best video since he bend the iphone

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