Apple Watch Tops Consumer Reports' Smartwatch Rankings [Video]

Apple Watch Tops Consumer Reports' Smartwatch Rankings [Video]

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Consumer Reports has named the Apple Watch its top-rated smartwatch. The company has been testing 11 of the most popular smartwatches over the last few weeks for durability, health functionality, readability in bright and low light, ease of use, and ease of interaction.

The company put the smartwatches through a scratch-resistance test using picks calibrated to the Mohs scale, which uses 10 minerals of increasing hardness as reference points. The stainless-steel Apple Watch survived a number 9 Mohs pick (just below diamond hardness), thanks to its sapphire crystal display glass.

To test water resistance, Consumer Reports used a depth-test chamber that can be pressurized to simulate any depth up to 230 feet. The Apple Watch conforms to IPX7 under IEC standard 60529, which means it should be able to withstand submersion in 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Setting the depth chamber to match the specifications claimed by each manufacturer, they tested the smartwatches immediately after submersion then 24 hours later. The Apple Watch passed on the first try but the Apple Watch Sport failed on 24 hours later test. However, consumer reports tried two additional samples which both passed.

The only smartwatch to fail the water-resistance test was the Sony SmartWatch 3. The device failed to function properly after being submerged for 30 minutes at 3.3 feet. A second sample also failed the test.

In the end, our top-rated smartwatch is the stainless-steel Apple Watch. Its performance on the scratch-resistance test and excellent scores for ease of pairing and ease of interaction make it our top choice.

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Apple Watch Tops Consumer Reports' Smartwatch Rankings [Video]

lantinian - May 6, 2015 at 3:04pm
@rollo you say that because you have not looked at the iMore app lately
Pg - May 6, 2015 at 2:40pm
Either this is a Samsung customer or the pockets are not deep enough.
S@mur@! - May 6, 2015 at 8:01pm
Then he would defend them.
rollo - May 6, 2015 at 2:23pm
I think iClarified should change their name to "iWatchified" This site used to be good, but lately they have been pumping the apple watch articles which are mostly non important. Who cares what a box looks like or what time a watch is shipped? GEEEEEEEEEZZZZ
Kzboi - May 6, 2015 at 3:31pm
Because they shouldn't cover new technology right? If you don't like it, then don't click on the article. Simple as that.
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