Consumer Reports tests Apple Watch

Consumer Reports tests Apple Watch
Consumer Reports buys the products it tests from retail outlets, just like any other consumer. Out of eight Apple Watches ordered by Consumer Reports, six arrived on Friday. The six that arrived were split between the Apple Watch Sport entry-level model made of aluminum, and the stainless-steel clad Apple Watch model.

Consumer Reports tested the watches for abrasions and scratches using "pics" that were hardened to a certain degree. The Apple Watch Sport screen made with Ion-X glass survived a pic hardened to match a pocket knife. It took a pic as hard as a mason drill bit to afflict damage to the screen. The stainless-steel version of the wearable employs a sapphire glass screen that wouldn't scratch even using the hardest pic available to Consumer Reports testers.

Apple has not advertised how water resistant the Apple Watch is. But based on Consumer Reports' tests, the timepiece can survive after being submerged to 3 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes. And using Consumer Reports' highest tested heart rate monitor to test the accuracy of the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor, both devices had essentially the same readings tracking someone on a treadmill moving at various speeds.

The Apple Watch continues to be tested by the magazine which means that we can expect more videos like this one in the near future. But for now, the Apple Watch appears to be tough, accurate and can live through a submerging.

source: ConsumerReports



1. Sauce5 unregistered

Nice vid, CR. Also, Apple Watch lives thru 15+ minute submersion in a pool. Def a plus.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

for a thousand dollars it better last 15 min plus in water just like all android watches and a $5 casio calc watch

4. seven7dust unregistered

nice try but it's 349-399 for sport model.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What is the deal with you keep talking about a thousand dollars? The cheapest watch is $350 to $400. You can even get the stainless steel for $550 to $599. The only thousand dollar watch is the SS with SS link bracelet.

10. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

for $350 to $400 dollars it better last 15 min plus in water just like all android watches and a $5 casio calc watch

11. Kumar123 unregistered

I would expect nothing less from a "failed - engineer".

3. Ram306

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Very nice video. Thanks for article. Ram

6. AlikMalix unregistered

So here's how you find out if consumers reports is legit or not: if they give good reviews for an apple product - they're paid shills, if they give bad report for apple product - they're legit. .... at least that's how everything is measured in apple hating world.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple is by far the most criticized and over analyzed company in history. by tech reviewers. the smallest interception is breaking news on CNN. With that said, every android manufacturer wish people cared this much about their products. Life's hard at the top!

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Actually, I'd bet there's more controversy over Asian car manufacturers. Forever all I heard about was CR favored Toyota & Honda, and most any other car company couldn't do anything right. So it appears to be a similar situation, only reversed.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Consumer Reports Bias- free since Day One of existence

12. Nathillien unregistered

2:13 heart rate 97 vs 73 is not as close as some would hope. 25% off

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