Apple Watch thrown around in three water resistance tests - will it survive?
posted by Paul K. / May 12, 2015, 3:41 AM
Now, if you are a happy owner of a brand-new fruity timepiece, or one that is soon about to receive one, you may be wondering about the gizmo's durability and how much exactly you should keep it away from the elements. As far as screen scratch resistance goes – the Sport version has an Ion-X glass, while the regular and Edition versions are shielded with a sapphire glass, which means that they should be much better at resisting almost any conditions (allegedly, the only thing that should be able to scratch a sapphire glass screen is diamond, and we are pretty sure you don't roll in these on a regular basis, right?).
But what about water resistance? Apple hasn't been big on advertising it, it has only said that the Watch has a resistance rating of IPX7, meaning it will be able to withstand your sweat and splashes of water, but submerging is not recommended. But, again, what amount of “splashes” is it able to withstand?
Well, tech blog DC Rainmaker has went on to try and “drown” the watch, submerging it in a special waterproofing test chamber, and by using it casually, while diving and swimming in a pool. Does the timepiece survive? It sure does.
What should you take away from this? Well, we still wouldn't recommend submerging your Apple Watch fully based on these videos, but they still provide some assurance that the timepiece can definitely take a considerable amount of “splashes”. So, use around water without fear, but still – take it off if you will be going for a swim – just in case.
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Why won't apple admit their watch is waterproof?
posted on May 12, 2015, 3:53 AM 2
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because if it fails due to water damage, Their warranty would have to cover it = extra risk = not worth the cost of repair
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:11 AM 5
Waterproof is really good but scratches is an effing no to this. Sorry, Apple. Try harder next time.
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:17 AM 3
Try harder to make the entire watch scratch-proof? Are you f***** mental? Not even Rolex, Movado, Citizen, etc can do this.
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:25 AM 2
Watched a lot of tests. The Apple Watch really gets scratched even after one day. I am disappointed about this. Just because I effing said so doesn't mean I'm a total douchebag. I also said that Apple should try harder next time.
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:36 AM 1
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Your post doesn't go beyond being an anecdotal piece that holds no water. Can you come up with a better citation please? Also, have you missed the part that I highlighted the minerals in question?
posted on May 12, 2015, 5:04 AM 2
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Have you missed the part that I posted that before you? What better citation do you want? Enter any watch shop and try to scratch some of them... those that cost 100$ could get scratched but anything above nope.
posted on May 12, 2015, 5:55 AM 2
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how functional is apple watch without the iphone?
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:24 AM 4
As functional as most Android Wear without an Android phone.
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:25 AM 2
It is functional but most features are rendered useless. Hope they make the Watch independent next year.
posted on May 12, 2015, 4:37 AM 1
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IPX7 means that its not sealed against dust, but can be submerged in 3 ft of water for 30 minutes.
posted on May 12, 2015, 9:53 AM 0
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Which kinda doesn't make sense. If water cant get in, how can dust. Maybe the manufacturing facility isn't secured from dust, so they don't classify the dust ingress capability because their maybe dust in the watch from the time of manufacture...
posted on May 13, 2015, 5:01 PM 0
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