Apple Watch tested for durability

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ByJonathan Bloom KGO logo
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Apple Watch tested for durability
Some enterprising reviewers put the new Apple Watch to the test by dunking it in wine, hitting it with a cast-iron skillet, and scraping it against a cheese grater.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- By now, some early adapters are seeing those Apple Watches being delivered. And it won't be long before a few of those watches get, shall we say, broken in. So, how much can Apple's new gadget take? ABC7 News found some enterprising reviewers who put it to the test.

As customers ogle the Apple Watch in store windows, CNET Senior Editor Sharon Profis is already boiling hers. She made a video while trying to destroy the watch with mostly real-world scenarios.

"The thing about watches is that they will probably run into things more often than your phone," she said. "So, think about how often you might smack your wrist against the table or the countertop."

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Profis ran the watch over a cheese grater, poured wine on top of it, and also dunked it in condiments like ketchup.

The watch survived all the beatings, scrapings, and dunkings with hardly a scratch until it was hit by a seven pounds cast-iron skillet.

But it turns out you don't need a cast iron skillet to break an Apple Watch. In fact, in one case, all it took was a brief meeting with our old friend -- concrete.

Video blogger TechRax decided to drop test a brand new Apple Watch Sport. And talk about going off-script.

He threw what amounted to a regular old temper tantrum. And then had the good nature to post it online.

"Well that's a bit disconcerting," said prospective Apple Watch buyer Christopher Jablonski after watching the videos. "Because, you know, if I'm on my mountain bike and I fly into a rock, usually your hands fly out first."

The sport model has a glass screen. But the stainless steel version uses more durable sapphire. So would that hold up?

"It's really only a matter of time before us or somebody else puts it to the test," Profis said.