The glass display on the Sport makes me nervous. Argh.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bunnicula, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    It might sound really silly, but after having a SS since April of 2015, I cannot wear a Sport without feeling like I'm going to scratch up the display. It was just too easy with the sapphire crystal on my SS to just go about my business and not worry about it scratching.

    I am really considering a return of my Series 2 Sport and a SS purchase. How many of you have gone SS largely for the display crystal?

    I like the look of the aluminum well enough and thought it might be fun to try a new color of metal (though scratches to that do concern me more than any SS scratches because they cannot be buffed out on the aluminum watch), but the display just makes me feel like I'm constantly going to be checking to see if I've damaged it.

    Anyone else? I refuse to put a screen protector on it because I really do not like them. Am I being overly cautious about the ion X glass?
     
  2. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    I feel the same way. I had a SS series 0 since day one and the sapphire screen still looks great (and I'm pretty hard on watches). I upgraded to a SS S2 watch and I'm still trying to sell my S0. I'm really not very happy with the amount of depreciation. I very seriously considered returning my SS S2 watch and getting a sport, but in the end I just didn't think the glass screen would hold up and I wound up keeping the SS one.
     
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    You'll probably accumulate some scratches. I guess it depends how much it matters to you. My wife's Watch is a gen 1 sport and it has some scratches viewable st the right angle. Nothing really notable when viewing the Watch. Same goes for phone screens.

    To me it's not worth the price hike. If the extra $200 doesn't bother you, go for it though.
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    The depreciation is a large reason I can't personally consider an SS. I know I'm likely to get ridn of the Watch in a year or two. My wife's gen 1 sold for $180 with some light scratching and scuffs. I can get s brand new gen 1 SS for $250 out the door! Just too much loss for me on what is ultimately a wrist notification device.
     
  4. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    See? That's me. I quit wearing watches (except for on special occasions as jewelry) sometime around the late 1990s when I started carrying a cell phone all the time and I could check it to see what time it was. When the AW came around, I knew I'd had enough of the various fitness trackers I'd used and thought it might be fun, so I bought one. I have banged that thing into so many doors, walls, tables... and my sapphire display is pristine. I have little micro-scratches on the SS body, but none are large, despite the beating it has taken. The depreciation on the SS models is pretty terrible, but I was originally going to buy the Sport to wear for everyday and use my S0 stainless AW to wear for nicer, more dressy occasions, anyway. If I go with a S2 SS model, I could sell my first gen for a little bit to make up the diff between the Sport and the SS models, and that should do me just fine.

    I think. Ugh. I wish there was a Sport model with a more scratch-resistant display. I like the lightweight feel of the
    Sport model.
     
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I'd pay an extra $50 or so for that feature to be dropped into a sport. Hell, makes sense for a sport to be more scratch resistant anyway right?
     
  6. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm not keen on the depreciation factor, but for me to wear a watch all the time, I need not to be worrying that I'll scratch it up and to feel like it looks reasonably nice at the same time. Scratches on the watch display would drive me nuts.
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    Exactly. So odd. My husband said the same thing to me when we were discussing this yesterday. Why isn't the sport one more scratch resistant? Ultimately, he looked at me and said "you know you will not be able to keep the scratches off that glass." :D

    The man knows me. HA.
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I had this picture from when my wife sold her Watch. She used it daily and works retail so she is picking things up and putting them down and knocking her Watch into things. I was literally trying to pick up scratches in the picture but couldn't. The Watch is a year and two months old.

    I get the annoyance. At the end of the day if $200 keeps you from going crazy it's worth it. I just don't think it's a big deal. I can't see the scratches unless I look for them and they are very fine. Another way I look at it is this thing will last me two years at most. I can't imagine the glass is so scratch prone that it will look like junk st the end of two years and be unwearable. At least by my standards.

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  8. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm... that is interesting! I get little scratches on my iPhone displays from my diamond earrings, but they're super tiny and fine and I don't really see them unless I'm trying to see them. But, with the watch, I feel like I would see them. Different way of interacting with it, maybe?
     
  9. BrettDS macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I agree. I wouldn't want to deal with scratches on the display, plus scratches would just cause more depreciation for the sport model anyway. In that case the depreciation might not be too different between the sport and SS models.
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    It's probably the same exact scratches you're seeing in your phone. If you suspect they'd bother you more in the Watch, I think you have your answer :)
     
  11. Vihzel macrumors 6502

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    You could always try one of the many screen protectors from Amazon. There are some promising ones that I will be trying with the Nike+ edition. Be wary of every review that states that the screen protector was given by the company to the reviewer for an "honest" review. Those reviewers are very often saying only the nicest things so they continue to get more free products from that and other companies.

    Look to see if anyone has done a video review/application of the screen protector on Youtube so you can have a better idea of how it may look. In the end, if it doesn't work out too well, it's just a few bucks down the drain.
     
  12. Nozuka macrumors 68000

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    I figured since the watch is already outdated in a year, i don't want to pay anymore for it and a few scratches won't hurt me and just give me an excuse to buy a new one when the time comes :D
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I was once an aluminum Watch owner, then upgraded to the Stainless steel. With the Saphirre display, it was worth it. Not one scratch on my display. And in my opinion, I like the weight of the stainless and shine.
     
  14. tromboneaholic macrumors 6502a

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    Sport is a first generation Watch.

    I would be more concerned about wearing something slower than Series 1 or Series 2.
     
  15. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I had a Gen 0 SS since launch. The display is still flawless and any scratches on the SS were easily buffed out with a Cape Cod cloth. I upgraded to a SS Series 2 again for the sapphire screen, a case material that can be buffed to "like new" quality, and goes with every band/strap that's available (except the obvious black "mayonnaise" and link bands).

    For me it was a no-brainer.
     
  16. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I know me. Buying SS now won't stop me from buying SS in 12-18 months if the next version has something I need. :D
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    Yeah. Cannot do it. I hate screen protectors. I stopped using them on phones years ago. I know people who swear by them, though.
     
  17. Poliscidoc macrumors member

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    This thread cost me an extra $200 SS IT IS!
     
  18. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You're right. And, not long after we were discussing this here, an alert from Best Buy popped up that said the version of the SS I wanted was in stock. It is due to arrive tomorrow. Thank you! :)
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    Me, too. ;)
     
  19. 9512tacoma macrumors member

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    I got my first apple watch series 2 on 9/16. I got the 42mm space gray. I was paranoid when i first wore it on Friday night holding my arm in front of me while I walked thru a restaurant. i got a gadgetwrap screen protector for it. It was not a flawless install but now I feel if I hit something I want scratch the screen. I thought long and hard about the SS model but $200 is alot for something that will be outdated in less than 2 years. The prices for the SS models series 0 have plummeted with the announcement of series 2. I think most here will be upgrading your watch every 2 or 3 years anyway like we do our iphones. For me I got $200 in my pocket for new bands.
     
  20. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    For $200 extra, you can take the gamble of getting some scratches on the screen of the Aluminum model and use AC+ to get a new one if it bothers you, and still have money left over. Personally, I don't like the look of the SS models as much as the aluminum and I like my brighter screen on the Aluminum a lot better than the dimmer display on the SS due to the sapphire :)
     
  21. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I like the SS, though. And the sapphire. I find the Sport feels somewhat toylike. My favorite thing about it is the weight. It's very lightweight. It's an attractive watch, it's just not for me. Neither is the ceramic, though, as much as I've tried to like it. :D
     
  22. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Which in all honesty is a non-issue with the Series 2 1000 Nits display....
     
  23. bunnicula thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I noticed the difference when I tried on the ceramic in store. It's quite nice!
     
  24. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    The aluminium is cheaper and lighter. The screen scratches easier, the case can dent and scratch and there's nothing you can do about it. The SS is heavier, more premium and more expensive. The screen is pretty much scratch proof and it's harder to dent the case. Any scratches can be buffed out.

    That's it really. You makes yer choices.....
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    I can certainly see a brightness difference between my Series 2 SS and Gen 1 SS. Also it looks like the Series 2 display is properly laminated now with no gap between crystal and display.
     
  25. profets macrumors 68040

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    I had a bit of a tough time with this decision as well (SS original since launch). The original took a big hit on resale value, then I thought I'd keep it around for dressing it up more, and get an aluminum series 2 for all my workouts. But when I started using a Series 2 and saw how fast it was, I couldn't go back to the much slower original watch. The sapphire was a big part of it for me as well. Ended up with a Series 2 SS and sold my original with some 3rd party bands for $500 (Canadian, it was $880 tax in brand new). At least got some decent $ back to put towards the S2.

    I do like that they don't call the aluminum Sport anymore. Hopefully in the future there's sapphire crystal screens on all models and we really choose casing based on preference of weight, finish and colour.
     

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