More or less susceptible to damage than an iPhone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by docprego, Mar 8, 2015.

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Will the Apple watch be more or less susceptible to damage than an iPhone?

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  1. docprego macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure if I'm going to protect my watch like I do my iPhone which always has a glass screen protector and TPU case. I'm wondering what people's opinions are on this? On the one hand (no pun intended) it's on your wrist and always exposed. On the other hand it's on your wrist and never will be dropped.

    So is the watch less likely to be damaged than an iPhone or more? Will you be protecting it and how?
     
  2. Joe HS macrumors 6502

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    I keep my iPhone 6 in a case but without a screen protector and I can't see any kind of damage to it - assuming that the ION-X glass and sapphire are superior to that glass I can only conclude that the face will stay in great condition.

    As for the aluminium and steel I can see them scratching if you make a habit of rubbing or banging your wrist against things - but just being exposed isn't going to be a problem. It also depends on what you're wearing... if you knock your wrist against a desk or something but it's covered by a shirt I highly doubt it'll leave any marks.
    Admittedly my current watch is a pretty cheap stainless steel Casio, and it's pretty banged up but I just don't see Apple Watch being less durable than it is.

    Water exposure is my main concern for now.
    If I do get this Apple Watch or a future version I won't be covering it with a case or protector like I used to on my iPhones.
     
  3. Bonestle macrumors member

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    I may be wrong (and let's face it, I probably am) but I was of the understanding that X-ion glass is just another way of describing Gorilla Glass. If I am wrong, I've spent the last six months thinking the screen will be the same as my iPhone, which is one of the reasons that I've been considering an Apple Watch instead of the Sport.
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Less because it's tethered to the wrist and the cost of AC+ will probably reflect that.
     
  5. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    My Pebble Watch has a plastic display, and even after 6 months of using it every day, there are only tiny, barely noticeable scratches. If the :apple: Watch has a Gorilla Glass screen, I doubt in my use there will be any scratches.
     
  6. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    The only thing I worry about is if I were to fall of my bike and scraped the **** out of it. Other then that I don't think watch damage will be much of a problem. Or at least I hope it won't be.
     
  7. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a

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    Hard to say, and obviously will vary person to person. There are some people who have a wrist height exactly the same as every door knob on the planet and will bang a watch on them every time. Others don't have that problem. I don't think water exposure will be much of an issue as long as you aren't swimming. Having said that, you will see shattered sapphire photos.
     
  8. Mikes1 macrumors member

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    Yes! We should have a poll on how long it will take for them to show up
     
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    More like how long until the media has a **** fit over "#shattergate" :rolleyes:
     
  10. Cashmonee macrumors 6502a

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    You know, now that you mention it, that is a real possibility. I think people think of sapphire as indestructible, largely from the rumors surrounding Apple the last couple of years. The reality is that it is fairly susceptible to shattering. I could definitely see something like that happening.
     
  11. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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  12. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Have none of you ever owned a watch? If you're worried about destroying the watch you should be even more worried about losing a hand!
     
  13. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    its the bands that will get beat up from normal wear against tables, laptops, etc. its only a matter of days before threads pop up wondering why the bands are scuffed, as if apple products were expexted to defy physics and wear.

    imwouldnt worry about the watch case itself though.
     
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I've been wearing a watch since my first Mickey Mouse one when I was 8 (Boy, still wish I had that one! It's worth some coin today). Watches, unlike a phone which shares space with things in your pocket or bag, is pampered on your wrist. The only way its going to get damaged is if your are INCREDIBLY clumsy. I emphasize INCREDIBLY because I'm not immune for taking an embarassing circus flip with a bad landing. Never have a cracked a watch.

    Now if when you take your watch off at night you toss it on the table or treat it poorly, yeah, it will get scratched up, especially 18K gold. Gotta treat it with kid gloves.
     
  15. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    On the other side of the coin, I've virtually NEVER worn a watch in my 45 years. This will be totally new to me in every way.
     
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Yes, I figured that and is why I mentioned my watch wearing tenure. You don't need to put "protection" on your watch. That would really ruin the look and also be dorky. It's not a phone. It's not going to slip off your wrist. And unless you don't pay your bookie, odd of it slamming against a concrete wall are slim. If you treat it with respect the casing will last longer than Apple allows the s/w to be updated. My current watch was given to me 20 years ago and face and case still look new.
     
  17. T-Will macrumors 6502a

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    I say less susceptible to damage. I don't think I've ever accidentally dropped a watch. :p
     
  18. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    I hope AppleCare+ (and the deductible) is cheaper then the phones. Probably will be.

    The most I'm going to get for my Watch is a tempered glass screen protector because I hate scratches on the bare glass. I'm not going to go crazy like this:

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  19. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. If you go around today banging your wrist into things then you have other issues. I have zero damage on all my watches.
     

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