Ion-X glass and doorknobs!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by dontwalkhand, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is going to make me look like a complete klutz but I seem to bang my watches into doorknobs a lot. I'm not too overly worried about scratches, but I'm more worried about shattering it. I do plan on being careful but my eyes are crossed, I have a lazy eye, and astigmatism- which does translate to klutzism for me.

    I wear my Pebble to the gym and it has a few lift scuffs but not broken (the software is more broken because the Pebble OS is horrendous). The scuffs also are barely noticeable on the Pebble.

    I also have a Kenneth Cole that is SS, and the SS is pretty dinged up and the glass (not sapphire) has the same small scuffs the Pebble has.

    I do plan on purchasing AppleCare as soon as my watch hits my doorstep (and adding it to my iP6 too!).
  2. Technodynamic macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    I've hit my Movado on occasion pretty hard on things as I walk around things. Many occasions thinking "Oh sh!@, I bet that cracked it"... it never did and never scratched. It's a saphire crystal though. Same impacts on my phone (gorilla glass) and I am sure it would have broken.

    I am very curious myself. the iPhone 6 screen seems VERY high quality. not even a micro scratch yet and I don't have a shield on it.
  3. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Well if it's that serious a concern for you, then you may want to consider one of the Apple Watch cases that were talked about on some other threads around here. Spigen makes a pretty rugged looking case and Speck makes one that's compatible in appearance with the Sport.

    This sort of scenario is why I get short tempered with people who say they will point and laugh at people who would put a case on their Apple Watch. There are people who have metal allergies or other medical conditions who might find a case necessary in order to wear their watch without incident and they don't deserve ridicule.

    A lot of people here may tell you it's ridiculous to worry that you will break your watch on a doorknob. Only you know what it's like to live with your visual impairments so only you can evaluate the level of risk to your watch.
  4. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    From what I've seen online, the ion glass is less likely to shatter, but more likely to be scratched. Sapphire is more likely to shatter, but less likely to be scratched. Sounds like the glass might be a better option for you.
  5. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    That is correct but the sapphire is not that easy to shatter. I have BANGED my Rolex into numerous objects, not even a scratch.

  6. danielceleste macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    From what Apple has told us, it looks like they're using a similar (if not exactly the same) cation substitution process to make this "Ion-X" strengthened glass as they do for the glass on the iPhone 6. I have yet to do a scratch test on mine for obvious reasons, but based on others' experiences, including scratch test videos on YouTube, it appears to be fairly difficult to scratch this type of glass.

    Of course, sapphire is still harder and will obviously be better at facing doorknobs.
  7. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I've banged my sapphire watch faces on doorknobs many times without even a scratch. I doubt the ion-x will hold up as well.

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