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IphoneIssues

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Are they really necessary, will the face scratch easily?

Arnt they the sapphire glass?

Apple Watch is Sapphire Glass. Apple Watch Sport is Ion-X Glass.

I still bought a screen protector for my Apple Watch, but I decided it was silly, and I didn't need it.

I've now dropped Apple Watch around 3 times, and it fell facedown on the screen at least once. Not one scratch.
 

eclipse01

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Apple Watch is Sapphire Glass. Apple Watch Sport is Ion-X Glass.

I still bought a screen protector for my Apple Watch, but I decided it was silly, and I didn't need it.

I've now dropped Apple Watch around 3 times, and it fell facedown on the screen at least once. Not one scratch.

That is what I though, so surface scratches don't really appear either then?
 

JayLenochiniMac

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I use sharkproof on all my devices as well as my camera. Dropped them all at one time or another often onto gravel etc and love how well it is protected.
check them out here:
http://www.shark-proof.com/

From link:
"As soon as smart watches such as apple watches were introduced in the market, those watches became an instant success. It allowed users to track daily activities, manage music using voice commands and other such features which made lives even simpler for people. One of the unique features of smart watch is its appearance, since the display of watch can be customized according to each individual preference.

Moreover, glass screen of apple watches and other smart watches are very delicate and fragile. Some smart watches use a plastic-embedded glass and some use Gorilla glass. One needs to have some sort of protection for their expensive watch in order to protect their investment."


I like how it conveniently ignores the fact that Apple Watch also use sapphire crystal.
 

geoffpalmeruk

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I dont think any screen protector company would say "hey you don't need our product because their glass is tough enough not to need one"

Generally people that want / use screen protectors don't do it because they don't trust the original material, they want the added piece of mind.

Also saphire is not scratch "proof" it's just harder than other substances. it also shatters and sometimes screen protectors can help prevent this.

Just my opinion and recommendation. take it or leave it is up to you.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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No, read the link again. It doesn't even mention sapphire because they know it's pointless.

Nobody puts a screen protector over sapphire for "peace of mind" unless they don't know what they're doing. This isn't AC+.
 

exxxviii

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Are they really necessary, will the face scratch easily?
This is highly individual. IMHO, a screen protector degrades the user experience of a device slightly. I have worn a watch for decades, so I know that I am unlikely to harm the screen of my AW. And, I know that I would dislike the look of a screen protector everyday relative to the low probability that I might one day put a small scratch on the screen. So far, I know that I have made the right decision for me.

But, someone who might be nervous every day about the possibility that they might damage the screen, regardless of probability, might be better suited for a screen protector.
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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This is highly individual. IMHO, a screen protector degrades the user experience of a device slightly. I have worn a watch for decades, so I know that I am unlikely to harm the screen of my AW. And, I know that I would dislike the look of a screen protector everyday relative to the low probability that I might one day put a small scratch on the screen. So far, I know that I have made the right decision for me.

But, someone who might be nervous every day about the possibility that they might damage the screen, regardless of probability, might be better suited for a screen protector.

This of course depends on whether you have the Sport (with scratchable Ion-X glass) or SS (with sapphire).

The OP seems to be talking about SS ("Aren't they the sapphire glass?").
 

exxxviii

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This of course depends on whether you have the Sport (with scratchable Ion-X glass) or SS (with sapphire).
No, it is still highly individual. The sapphire screen lowers the probability of a scratch significantly. However, a person might still be nervous about a possible scratch and would be happier overall with a screen protector. And as you also noted, an owner could still get a scratch in the oleophobic coating.
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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No, it is still highly individual. The sapphire screen lowers the probability of a scratch significantly. However, a person might still be nervous about a possible scratch and would be happier overall with a screen protector. And as you also noted, an owner could still get a scratch in the oleophobic coating.

Screen protector manufacturers are doing a nice job of feeding into this fear, calling AW screens "very delicate and fragile."

Don't understand wanting to cover oleophobic coating anyway when it should be doing its job. You want to put up with more smear on your non-oleophobic coated screen protector, when any scratches induced in the oleophobic coating will wear away over time as this coating wears down?
 

exxxviii

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Screen protector manufacturers are doing a nice job of feeding into this fear, calling AW screens "very delicate and fragile."

Don't understand wanting to cover oleophobic coating anyway when it should be doing its job. You want to put up with more smear on your non-oleophobic coated screen protector, when any scratches induced in the oleophobic coating will wear away over time as this coating wears down?
I agree. I have never used a screen protector on any of my Apple products. I have never had a detectable scratch over 5 iPhones, 4 iPads, and an AW. And, before the iPhones, I had many Blackberrys with plastic screens, and I may have only had a minor scratch on one of those.

But others might be much harsher or just more nervous about preserving their devices.
 

geoffpalmeruk

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No, read the link again. It doesn't even mention sapphire because they know it's pointless.

Nobody puts a screen protector over sapphire for "peace of mind" unless they don't know what they're doing. This isn't AC+.

I use a protector on my Wife's watch, my phone, her phone and the lcd display on my camera. I have never had a scratch before and haven't had one since however i actually use my devices more having the piece of mind that there is added protection. Sure it may not do much more than the screen itself however it is an additional layer so you can't really call it pointless.

Just because a phone is "waterproof" wouldn't stop me putting it in a waterproof case if i took it in water or if something is weather resistant doesn't stop me getting nervous having it out in extreme weather conditions.

It is all personal choice, if the OP thinks they would be happier with a protector on then it is worth it, If not then that's cool too.

Just remember neither sapphire or the other glass isn't scratchPROOF.

I chose to err on the side of caution.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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I use a protector on my Wife's watch, my phone, her phone and the lcd display on my camera. I have never had a scratch before and haven't had one since however i actually use my devices more having the piece of mind that there is added protection. Sure it may not do much more than the screen itself however it is an additional layer so you can't really call it pointless.

Just because a phone is "waterproof" wouldn't stop me putting it in a waterproof case if i took it in water or if something is weather resistant doesn't stop me getting nervous having it out in extreme weather conditions.

It is all personal choice, if the OP thinks they would be happier with a protector on then it is worth it, If not then that's cool too.

Just remember neither sapphire or the other glass isn't scratchPROOF.

I chose to err on the side of caution.

Yes, I can call it pointless because the protector will get scratched in situations when the sapphire screen won't. It'll take something harder than sapphire (i.e., a diamond) to scratch it.
 

IphoneIssues

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I dont think any screen protector company would say "hey you don't need our product because their glass is tough enough not to need one"

Generally people that want / use screen protectors don't do it because they don't trust the original material, they want the added piece of mind.

Also saphire is not scratch "proof" it's just harder than other substances. it also shatters and sometimes screen protectors can help prevent this.

Just my opinion and recommendation. take it or leave it is up to you.


Yup, just sapphire is harder to scratch. A screen protector may take away from things, so you have to decide.
 
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