Any significant differences in Sport and Watch screens' usability

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Allograft, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Allograft macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    I am aware that Sport versions have Ion-X strengthened glass and Watch editions have the Sapphire. Besides that Sapphire is more scratch resistant, is there any difference in how these actually perform in sunlight or outdoors?
  2. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    The Sport is a bit brighter, in fact so bright that you will immediately think "I would be totally fine with sapphire."

    The Sport has a pretty touch screen. Today I really thought I had earnt my first scratch, on the side of a galvanised retail shelving hook. However, after rubbing the mark it almost went away, so was almost all hook. There is the very tiniest scratch on the edge which I can only find if I look at it at just the right angle. Not even slightly depressed; in fact it made me feel good.
  3. Vihzel macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2010
    With the Series 2 versions, they really perform equally outdoors since both screens can be 2x brighter compared to previous generation. Before, the Sport performed a bit better due to its less reflective screen that helped make up for a dim screen.

    The feel of the screens are actually quite different when you tap on them. It's hard to explain, but the Sapphire glass feels more "premium" than the Ion-X. The only way that I can describe it is the Ion-X feels plasticky in comparison to the Sapphire glass.
  4. Allograft thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    Thanks for the thoughts. I'm considering the watch as a commodity that is likely to be replaced regularly and lose a significant portion of value along the way. Thus, I'm less concerned about scratching either the screen or the body, but I am concerned about functionality and will pay extra if there is a functional difference for the 12-18 months it will be in use.

    Interesting about feeling on the Ion-X screen. Besides the quality of the feel, is there a difference in responsiveness to touch input?
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    @Vihzel is correct. The Ion-X Glass is essentially the same glass used on the iPhone screen today. The Saphirre to me, has the exact same responsiveness as the Ion-X Glass. If your considering Series 2, the Saphirre display is the same as the first Generation Watch, with the screen being 1000 Nits (Increased brightness).

    Touch input really wouldn't be a factor, but the screens do have a screen texture. The Ion-X Glass is more plasticky, where the Saphirre feels more like glass from my perspective.

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