Watch readable in bright sunlight...

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mindfax, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. Mindfax macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting an Watch, haven't decided which model. If I had to place an order right now, I'd go with the 42mm SS with Black Sports Band. I believe the Watch will be a big hit for Apple, and will be an important component to the whole business of what Apple is all about.

    My question; I'm curious how readable the screen will be in bright-sunlight. I haven't seen any reports/reviews on the subject.

    Thx
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    Probably the same as your iPhone.
     
  3. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    I bet #⌚️ will be barely readable and force you to turn away from the sun to cast a shadow on it. Even then, the reflection of the sky will be overpowering the screen.

    This is 6:20pm, half an hour to sunset reflection of the sky:

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    (note that in this frame, the watch face is not turned on yet, but when it does, it's not brighter than the reflection)
     
  4. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    The watch is going to provide a variety of very different experiences, that's to be expected. It's all a part of being an early adopter of a product with no track record. It's thanks to those willing to pay to test this product en mass that'll be the people who provide Apple with the priceless feed back only real world use can reveal.
     
  5. bbeagle macrumors 68040

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    I can imagine a funny video where someone is trying to read the watch in bright sunlight, so they cup their hand around the watch to shield it from the sun, but the watch thinks they're covering it, so it turns off the watch face. They do this again and again and get frustrated.
     
  6. Armen macrumors 604

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    That's actually pretty damn funny. :D
     
  7. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    This is pretty easily remedied by simply angling your wrist so the glass doesn't reflect the sky right into your own eyes.

    Jesus.
     
  8. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    What if you're in a wide open space, with no buildings with shade? Where do you angle your wrist? And how much time and effort you're willing to spend to find the perfect angle?
     
  9. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    Or a slightly different angle... :rolleyes:
     

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  10. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    Instead of desperately fishing for an answer you gotta know won't be forthcoming, why not just move so your back is against the sun and look at your watch normally in the shadow created by your own body, like any normal person would do? Ah, it's noontime. Sun is right above your head, there is no shade! Then - aaah! - run around like a crazy person, waving your arms, because you're doomed! DOOMED, I say!

    *sigh*
     
  11. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's actually the dark side of his phone or camera reflecting in the watch. And he's already standing in the shade of the house.

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    Wearing a giant sombrero or a sun umbrella might help.

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  12. Multiverse223 macrumors regular

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    This guy doesn't understand how light reflectance and displays work, I would ignore his comment.

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    If you're samiznaetekto you angle it so the sun reflects off of it directly into your eyes.
     

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