Sports Watch (the cheapest model) has the best display!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Piggie, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    According to this article about how Sapphire whilst more scratch resistant, apparently:

    "The higher-end Watch's sapphire reflects almost twice as much light and washes out the picture in very bright conditions."

    News Story:

    Main detailed article on the subject:

    Interesting huh?
    Funny how these things turn out that the clearest display is the one on the cheapest model.... Good news for most people then it seems :D
  2. VAGolfer macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2015
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I haven't noticed any issues using it outside. I have the stainless steel. Interesting to know, though.
  4. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Well, it won't be possible to judge with just one watch.

    I think we need to get people to do some tests, and take photo's perhaps also, in different lighting conditions, of both a Sports Watch and a Stainless Watch side by side for comparison testing.

    Be good to know for those who have not yet placed their orders and are as yet undecided. Especially if they are people who are out and about all day long as opposed to say in the office, also runners too in sunlight.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Interesting read, in general. It looks like Apple could improve the power efficiency by reducing the blue point. There may also be an enhanced sapphire available in time for the next Apple Watch that will help reflectiveness, as well.
  6. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I placed my order based on scratch resistance. The display without scratches is the best for my needs.

    This is a non issue compared to not having matte screens on Apple products , basically if it's a sunny day, good luck with an apple display .
  7. thadoggfather, Apr 27, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015

    thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
  8. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
  9. spampy22 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2009
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    this makes me question implementation of sapphire in the 6S/6S+ now a bit.

    between this and SS scratching easily for some, and being more costly, sport is quickly becoming the no brainer if I were to dabble.
  11. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, MO
  12. ddkkpp macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2011
    I think the Sapphire is more desireable for a fashion object - it looks better the way it reflects light and "sparkles". The Sport model seems to be the much more utilitarian / geeky model...

    Hopefully with the space grey sport and some fancy bands, we can find a middle ground. I don't think anything's going to replace the flash of the SS w/ sapphire display, however.
  13. mpike78 macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2014
    I looked at both over the weekend at my local apple store and i have to say side by side indoors with flour light the sport did look alot sharper than the ss even the rep agreed with me.
  14. antipex macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    Perhaps it's true that the display technically looks better on the Sport, but I find my SS's display to be absolutely gorgeous. I'm amazed by how well it works outside in sunny conditions.
  15. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    the SG does look nice!
  16. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    I'll take my sapphire display, thanks. I've worn enough watches to understand that this is a must.
  17. Eeko macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
    This. My GF's sport watch already has a few scratches.
  18. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Well, I guess it depends on how much you think you will scratch it.

    I've had, and still have watches with a plastic front, and never had any real issues
  19. PatrickNSF macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2011
    Too early to make that call. The underlying report clearly states that "we did not test [the Sport] model," just the iPhone 6. Their assumption is that the iPhone 6 glass and Sport watch glass behave in the exact same way...which they may, or may not.
  20. Costino1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2012
    I got the Sport Watch....cant see myself spending +$600 on this to be honest...

    I'd rather have the display a tad worse than having a screen full of hair line scratches though after a month...
  21. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Yeah but when your display is all scratched up, you can't see anything.

    ooooooooh, see what I did there! :p : <3 Sapphire
  22. corlando465 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014

    I agree completely! I really like the AW but very glad that I didn't spend the money for the SS version. I may go for more expensive version on the next round but for now the AW sport is perfect for me.
  23. linkgx1 macrumors 68000

    Oct 12, 2011
    Shots fired.
  24. Wishbrah macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Ion X is least reflective when in direct sunlight? That's it? I'd gladly take the durability of sapphire, thanks!
  25. ventmore macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    I chose to buy the sport model. I could've easily bought the SS model, but I liked the look of the sport, and also figured I may end up upgrading next year.

    I'm completely happy with my purchase, but if anyone is trying to justify buying the sport by saying that sapphire is more reflective, just remember this. If the iPhone is anything to go by......the sapphire may be more reflective...but the sport is going to look worse in direct sunlight, as the sun is going to show up all those tiny hairline scratches.

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