Consumer Report has put Apple Watch under extreme real life conditions to assess its performance and durability. They put the Watch through multiple tests including Watch & scratch resistance, and heart rate monitor tests.
First, the folks over at Consumer Report put the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch under a scratch test. They put the displays of both Watches under test to check how much both are scratch resistant. Apple Watch Sport comes with an Ion-X glass protection while the stainless steel Watch has a Sapphire crystal display. Earlier scratch tests have revealed that I0n-X glass is prone to scratches when hardened tools are used, while the Sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch seems impossible to scratch.
Results of Consumer Reports tests were not different. The Sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch emerged unscratch from these tests, while the Ion-glass display performed well when scratched with a pen, knife and a steel mill, but was not much scratch resistant against masonry pic.
Both watches turned out to be very good at waterproofing in Consumer Reports second test. Both watches were put in a bucket filled with water for 30 minutes with pressure equal to 3ft. of water. Both watches were working just fine after the test without any signs of water damage.
In the third test, Apple Watches were pitted against the highest rated heart rate sensor – in Consumer Reports labs – to test its heart rate monitor. The team found out no major differences in reading from both devices, which proves how good heart rate sensor of Apple Watch really is.
The team, in a later video, will reveal the results from their step count and usability casting tests – which they are currently analysing.