The quality of that screen!!! Holy smokes!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Ergates-thi-Ant, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
    I went for a try on at the Bromley (London) Apple store this weekend, and was blown away by how beautiful the watch screen is. It's serious eye candy, and I really didn't expect it to look that good. I had thought I was only going to be able to look at the watches in the display desk, but I lucked out and one of the staff wangled me a try on appointment. That was great, but I was rather sad that the watches were only playing the demo loop, so didn't pay much attention to that.

    The detail of the screen, the intensity of the colours, and the high resolution make for something that is very beautiful to use.

    Other posters are correct, the sport feels very classy, much more so than I had expected. The sport band is also very nice, even nicer than the pebble watch original band, which I liked already.

    I was amazed with the link bracelet - I didn't realise you only have to press a button on one of the links to separate them. Very easy to change length this way, and now I'm not surprised at why this is Apple's most expensive strap. It's of incredibly high quality, very nicely made indeed.

    38mm was definitely too small for my taste, and I'm glad I ordered 42mm. (A sport white band, FYI).

    The 38mm might be quite nice as a more delicate lady's watch, but I would expect that most women would carry off the 42mm easily. It's not as big as I'd hoped.

    The tap you get from watch notifications also felt classy. Much more so than the buzz from my original edition Pebble. The Apple watch makes the Pebble look a bit like an old Nokia brick phone compared to the latest iPhone. Sorry to Pebble, and I love my Pebble greatly. Enough that I feel slightly guilty telling you all how different the Apple watch made me feel.

    I enjoyed playing with the tablet/watch demo stand. There was no perceptible lag with the software, everything was very responsive. I suspect that might be different with a live watch paired to your phone, which this isn't. Things were reasonably intuitive moving around the software, and it won't take long to learn the new interactions.

    Now I'm more excited than I was before, I really can't wait to get my watch!! I ordered at something like 08:03 and got the 24/4-5/8 delivery date slot.
  2. AbsoluteMustard macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    Boston, USA
    I ordered the exact same watch at the exact same time.

    Heres to hoping for Apr 24th delivery!
  3. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2010
    Southeast USA
    How big are your wrists (circumference and width)?
  4. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

    Agree with all of this, the screen is beautiful and the watch is responsive. The link bracelet I knew all along would be amazing and I ordered it after the fact.

    I also got 24/04 window and I went for the SS White sport.
  5. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Is this a Samsung Screen do we know?
    I don't recall anyone mentioning who's tech the screen is.
  6. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    For some reason I feel like it was LG, but don't quote me on that.
  7. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2012
    My local store is also Bromley. Nice to have another south-east Londoner on here :cool::cool:
  8. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    It may be Samsung. It may be LG!!

    But one serious question, why don't they make their watch screens that nice? I have seen Samsung watch screens and also the LG one, they are not even close.
  9. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    Samsung/LG SemiConductor businesses work on behalf of Apple to produce to their specs while Apple fronts them oodles of cash. They are separate business entities, so Samsung/LG Consumer electronics divisions probably could deploy the technology but they would have to invest in the R&D to make it happen. That's my take on it anyway.
  10. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    LG is the sole supplier of OLED panels for the :apple:Watch.
  11. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Agreed--it is beautiful indeed. The learning curve looks steep, but in 2 months we will all be using it like second nature and wondering what the fuss was...
  12. mjs402 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    I knew the screen would be awesome but I didn't expect it to look as good as it did. Honestly, it was gorgeous. I'm not sure what reviewer said there was an "air gap" between the screen and the glass but they are not well informed.

    LOVE the screen, drop-dead gorgeous.
  13. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hey, I said don't quote me :D
  14. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I completely agree with you! Although I knew it was a Retina display, I was still blown away by the screen. So crisp, clear, and vibrant! MUCH better than any other smart watch that I've personally seen. I was with my friend who's an Android user and wears a Moto 360, and it didn't even compare. I could tell he was jealous. "...but... it's square." was the only response he could come up with LOL. We both agreed though that the Space Gray was just awesome looking.

    If you haven't done a try-on appointment, or at least gone to the store to look at them, I HIGHLY recommend doing so! The renders and pictures don't do it justice. It really is a great looking watch, especially the screen, and much smaller in person.

    The only concern I have left is the lag that I've seen in reviews. Because of the demo loop, (and the other display watches that weren't connected to a phone) I couldn't obviously test it for myself and see if it was an issue or not. All in all, I'm super excited to have this on my wrist!
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I just came back from my try-on appointment and wow. Pictures really don't do it justice. It's stunning in person.
  16. Ergates-thi-Ant thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
    Awesome levels exceeding 9000!!! :):cool:


    Oooh, exact watch I ordered. I was thinking about maybe buying an after-the-fact link bracelet. I'll have to have a try when I get the watch and see if it looks OK.
  17. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

    You really should. [​IMG]

    This is the rather rushed picture I took during my try on.
  18. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    I think it's LG as there was a story about a month or two ago about them not being able to meet demand (rumour).
  19. Ergates-thi-Ant thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2013
    He! I can't stop looking at apple watch videos, even knowing that what you see in the video is nowhere near as beautiful as the watch is in real life.
  20. HopefulHumanist, Apr 14, 2015
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    HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    I did the same. I'm just hoping the link bracelet will get a nice tight fit because the Apple Retail people absolutely refused to resize the band, which makes the try-on useless to me. The watch goes up to 205mm, of course most people's wrists will fit through the hole; that doesn't say anything about precise the fit can be.
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I agree about the LG Watch G, but the Watch R has a really nice P-OLED display that it can keep on bright for ridiculous lengths of time.

    As for Samsung, the Gear Live has a 1.6" 320x320 Super AMOLED, which is about 278 PPI, right up there with Apple's watch, and it's very sharp looking.

    I don't know about the other Samsungs.
  22. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Yeah, the screen looks really good! I'm so glad Apple believes in high def screen. Hopefully the Moto 360 v2 this year has a high pixel screen.
  23. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Yeah, when that screen pops on it is pretty impressive. Especially looking at the 38mm model, you start to wonder how they packed all of the components in there. Seriously impressive engineering.

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