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Apple Watch scratch test shows off Sport’s limits

You’ve saved the money, waited for your pre-order to arrive and now you’re going to have to take particular care when wearing the Apple Watch, at least based on the results of an early scratch test that is.

According to the folks over at Unbox Therapy, who managed to get their mitts on the Apple Watch Sport’s screen, the most affordable, and likely most popular iteration of the Moto 360 rival is susceptible to the odd scuff and scrape.

Unlike its more expensive big brothers, the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, the Sport does not play host to a near indestructible sapphire glass panel.

Instead, the wearable features a softer “strengthened Ion-X glass” display. This toughened panel is stronger than traditional glass but far from as robust as sapphire coated glass.

Not content with putting the wearable’s display up against your standard daily troubles, the gadget maimers have subjected the screen to the effects of a key, penknife, steel wool and sandpaper.

Although the screen stood up well to early tests – the key, knife and steel wool caused little trouble – the rough surface of the sandpaper resulted in irreparable damage.

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We must stress, however, this is an extreme test of the watch’s robustness. Based on its performances, we can’t see it being too troubled by daily wear.

You can check out the full Apple Watch scratch test video below.


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