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Afluffykitten

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The only deciding factor for me between buying the sport model or the Apple Watch model is my worry that in day-to-day life, sport model may not be able to handle what is being thrown at it for two or three years daily. Does anyone think that the aluminum and Ion exchange glass will be too soft or delicate to use as a daily driver watch, instead of as a workout only timepiece?
 

MH01

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2-3 years you battery will be a much bigger issue than scratches.

But yes, the sports edition will scratch. So will the SS, I have a SS daily driver and scratches at character. The biggest difference will be the screen, sapphire is much more resistant. If you are worried about scratches on the screen, go the watch edition
 

Smileyboy

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Ion-X & ALU VS Sapphire Glass & Stainless steel

For me the deciding factor will be the scratch resistance of the glass/casing. I hated looking at my iPhone and discovering I had a scratch either on the case or on the screen. Anyone have any experience/thoughts about the materials?

I'll be using mine for workouts and at work...
Thanks
 

ImperialX

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For me the deciding factor will be the scratch resistance of the glass/casing. I hated looking at my iPhone and discovering I had a scratch either on the case or on the screen. Anyone have any experience/thoughts about the materials?

I'll be using mine for workouts and at work...
Thanks

I'd say Alu > SS and Sapphire > Ion-X.
 

Smileyboy

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I was just thinking... They weight factor would be an issue for Stainless steel and workouts...
 

zhandri

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I was just thinking... They weight factor would be an issue for Stainless steel and workouts...

that is what i was just gonna say! the SS is a lot heavier than the Sport version! i think it's 30g vs 50g just for the watch without the strap.
 

gcrr

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For me the stainless steel band is what would get scratched, I've never had a problem with a watch face.
 

Cashmonee

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Don't buy too much into the hype of sapphire. It is a good material, and very hard, making it very scratch resistant. That hardness comes at a cost though, it is also more susceptible to shattering. The Ion-X glass will be more prone to scratches, but less prone to shattering. The mineral glass in my fenix 2 and now fenix 3 have not scratched. Others would tell their mineral glass has many scratches.

It really varies by user, and it is difficult to definitively say one is really better than the other. Using Ion-X in the Sport model may be as much about shatter resistance as price. Sapphire isn't that expensive, contrary to the markup Apple have given it.
 

leenak

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I was just thinking... They weight factor would be an issue for Stainless steel and workouts...

for the 38mm, the Alum weights 25g and the SS weighs 40g which isn't that large of a difference. I'm going to go for SS.
 

Piggie

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that is what i was just gonna say! the SS is a lot heavier than the Sport version! i think it's 30g vs 50g just for the watch without the strap.

If you are fit and "working out" and are going to struggle with that extra 20 g weighing your arm down to the ground, I worry you need to work out a bit harder there! ;)

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The Edition's (42mm) case alone weighs 69g. :eek:

OMG, Will barely be able to get your wrist off the ground in the gym with all that weight on it! :p
 

Armen

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The only deciding factor for me between buying the sport model or the Apple Watch model is my worry that in day-to-day life, sport model may not be able to handle what is being thrown at it for two or three years daily. Does anyone think that the aluminum and Ion exchange glass will be too soft or delicate to use as a daily driver watch, instead of as a workout only timepiece?

From my understanding ION X glass is more shatter resistant and Sapphire is more scratch resistant.
 

phpmaven

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Definitely sapphire for me. I just know I'll bump the watch face against a hard surface and I would be just sick if I had a big scratch across the face. I'm not likely to hit it against anything hard enough to worry about it shattering it.
 

douglasf13

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From my understanding ION X glass is more shatter resistant and Sapphire is more scratch resistant.

That's true. The problem is that I've never shattered a watch crystal, but I've scratched several non-sapphire crystals.
 

h00ligan

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Will they offer AppleCare plus?

It's a guarantee you'll have choices in screen protectors. I can say coming from the pebble I have seen gold protectors you can barely see and awful ones.

Still a screen protector or AppleCare plus and sport will be far less

I have a stainless watch that's scratched easily. I have a matte black anodized watch that's distressing. Both are smart watches

The back bottom of my iPad goiged from a lightning connector In a dock so I don't have a lot of faith in their aluminum. The Lightning connector should have slid right off
 

durangojim

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I've got a SS Rolex that I've had for 3 years and wear it almost daily. It's a tool watch and it has scratches on the case. It has no scratches on the sapphire dial. Rolex uses a harder steel than Apple so yes both the Apple watch sport and SS will scratch. I don't know about the screen but I'd say the sapphire is unlikely to scratch.
 

jaymc

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I've got a SS Rolex that I've had for 3 years and wear it almost daily. It's a tool watch and it has scratches on the case. It has no scratches on the sapphire dial. Rolex uses a harder steel than Apple so yes both the Apple watch sport and SS will scratch. I don't know about the screen but I'd say the sapphire is unlikely to scratch.

I've had a Rolex GMT Master II for over 20 years with a sapphire crystal and have bumped it numerous times with no scratches ... so it's a non-sport :apple: watch for me. :cool:
 

douglasf13

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I've got a SS Rolex that I've had for 3 years and wear it almost daily. It's a tool watch and it has scratches on the case. It has no scratches on the sapphire dial. Rolex uses a harder steel than Apple so yes both the Apple watch sport and SS will scratch. I don't know about the screen but I'd say the sapphire is unlikely to scratch.

Agreed. Never had a scratch on my Omega or Rolex crystals, and the sapphire is a major reason I'm choosing the steel Apple Watch.

FWIW, technically, the Watch may scratch slightly less than a Rolex. Rolex's 904L steel is actually slightly softer than 316L, but it's also slightly more corrosion resistant. It's a trade off, and the raw materials cost about the same. Neither are something you'd ever notice. It's all marketing.
 

Armen

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Agreed. Never had a scratch on my Omega or Rolex crystals, and the sapphire is a major reason I'm choosing the steel Apple Watch.

Same reason I'm going with the Stainless Steel model. I've banged around my Omega watch and not a single scratch on the glass.
 

bbeagle

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Does anyone think that the aluminum and Ion exchange glass will be too soft or delicate to use as a daily driver watch, instead of as a workout only timepiece?

You can always get the sports watch and put one of those translucent 'glass' stickers that people put on phones. That will stop the scratching.
 

FrankySavvy

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Agreed. Never had a scratch on my Omega or Rolex crystals, and the sapphire is a major reason I'm choosing the steel Apple Watch.

FWIW, technically, the Watch may scratch slightly less than a Rolex. Rolex's 904L steel is actually slightly softer than 316L, but it's also slightly more corrosion resistant. It's a trade off, and the raw materials cost about the same. Neither are something you'd ever notice. It's all marketing.

Nice find
 

Ajaredic

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You can get your screen polished if it gets scratched. I have polished my Sector watch with pretty much plastic screen for 5€. Looks as new :)
 

MICHAELSD

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For me the deciding factor will be the scratch resistance of the glass/casing. I hated looking at my iPhone and discovering I had a scratch either on the case or on the screen. Anyone have any experience/thoughts about the materials?

I'll be using mine for workouts and at work...
Thanks

After owning every iPhone model I've only ever gotten a minor scratch on one from it falling onto a wood floor or concrete (don't remember).

Honestly I wouldn't worry too much about the glass scratching. Just use common sense and don't rub it against every surface you come in contact with.
 
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