Watch series 4 more scratch prone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by otternonsense, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. otternonsense macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    Honest question: Has any of you noticed (or found out) if the Watch 4 glass face is less durable than the series 3?

    I swear to you, despite caring for it like it's a soap bubble, my month-old 44mm series 4 has more micro-scratches on its face than a 42mm 3 that's been through a year of workouts and accidental contact with things. Both aluminium models.

    I'm concerned that part of the Watch's radical redesign may have included gimping the material quality to cut costs. Wouldn't be the first time Apple did that. I gave it to a "genius" to inspect it and I'm waiting to hear back from them but my hopes are really low on this one :(

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  2. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    My watch is without a single scratch and I wear it to the gym, work and even at home everyday.
  3. Azathoth123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2018
    Fountain City
  4. Starship67, Dec 10, 2018
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    Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    Not s single scratch on my aluminum 44. I purposely bought an additional aluminum one with my stainless. I did it mainly to see the hype about scratches. I have yet to have a single scratch. I’ve not babied it either, normal every day activities going on 2 months now.
  5. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Nothing on mine and I use it daily. My old Series 2 somehow got a deep scratch in the corner mysteriously.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Nothing you can do to stop the micro scratches in this coating on the screen.

    That is unless you want to put a screen protector on it. I hate the protectors.
  7. 12CTCT12 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2017
    Mine is much less sensitive than my Series 0. That thing had microscratches if you just looked at it. This one has had several accidental bumps and knocks and doesn't have anything.
  8. ilivestrong macrumors newbie


    Jul 8, 2010
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Same thing happened to my S4 watch. See picture attached. I have a deep scratch in the corner of mine the first week I had it. I have a clear bumper but no screen protector. Did you get it fixed? how? with Apple via AppleCare? Just wondering if it can ever be repaired

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  9. JLH81 macrumors member

    May 10, 2016
    That's weird! I've had superficial scratches, but nothing deep. I have Apple Care Plus, so I will use that if I get something like the above picture.

    How do you all clean your S4 screens, and what type of cloth do you use?
  10. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    Nah, I tried getting it repaired or exchanged but unfortunately Apple doesn’t cover cosmetic damage. I had to live with it until I upgraded to the new one.
  11. Cordorb macrumors regular

    May 8, 2010
    The sapphire crystal on stainless steel Apple Watch models is more scratchresistant than Ion-X Glass, but it is not scratch-proof. If the screen appears to be scratched, then it is possible that you have only scratched through the fingerprint-resistant, oil repellent coating

    google re-post

    I have all the types for dev works and just use a microfiber not seen any problem but only use outside for running.
    I think having a long shirt covering watch saves it from getting hit.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The way I see it, it really depends with what watch comes in contact with, I do think Ion – X Glass is not nearly as durable as the Sapphire, but still is more than adequate. The unfortunate part, once it’s scratches, it’s permanent. Your best option would be use a screen protector if you find that suitable, that will conceal any scratches if it bothers you See them and will protect from any other future scratches.

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