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  • Sapphire Vs. Glass Screens

    Let’s talk about something that is a concern to us all; let’s talk about glass vs. Sapphire for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch, being the new amazing product that it is, comes with amazing new advances in technology and a stylish new take on how to manage your phone without even pulling it from your pocket. But how well protected is the Apple Watch? In order to answer this question, we need to examine what kind of materials Apple decided to use on its watch.

    aAs most of you know, Apple uses Sapphire for most of its high-end watches with the exception of the sport watch, which actually uses Ion-X glass. Sapphire is said to be one of the strongest transparent substances. What is being used to determine the strength of the Sapphire is something called The Mohs Hardness Scale.

    bThe Mohs Hardness Scale is a qualitative ordinal scale, which characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. So far, there have already been a handful of reviews done on Sapphire and the glass by means of the MHS, which puts the apple watch to the test to see what will scratch it first. What has been confirmed by reviews is that the Sapphire is almost just as tough as a diamond. A diamond ranks at 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale with Sapphire glass ranking 9.
    As strong as Sapphire may be, one thing testing has showed us is that Sapphire nearly doubles the amount of reflected ambient light as apposed to glass. Sapphire has 8.2% reflectance compared to the Apple sport watch, which only has a 4.6% reflectance. What this means is that when you put the Apple Watch under a bright light, it will reduce contrast and color saturation, which robs you of the very impressive aesthetics of the watch’s full-color touchscreen display. In order to remedy this, Apple uses an anti-glare/reflective coating, which will easily scratch off under normal use of the watch. The Sapphire is tough, but maybe it’s a little more Bling Bling than we need.

    cThe Apple Sport Watch, however, has the Ion-X glass, which is the same glass used on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Ion-X glass is scratch resistant and is very similar to Corning Gorilla glass. And Because of its 4.6% reflectance, the Apple Sport Watch can handle bright lights much better than the other Apple Watches.

    So when it comes to the fight between Sapphire and glass, who wins? Sapphire is tough but very reflective, and glass is tough enough and barely reflects. If you ask me, I would go with the glass because it won’t reflect and wash out the phone as much as Sapphire and I can just get a protective case from Tech Armor or something to reinforce my watch, but hey, that’s just me.

  • Prepare For the Apple Watch

    Getting ready for the new Apple Watch? How could you not? The new Apple Smart Watch is the first Apple device you actually wear that works seamlessly with your iPhone. Perfect for on the go, the Apple Smart Watch is ideal for the quickest interactions making your life easier while doing it in style.


    The features on the new Apple Smart Watch are things like we have never seen come out of Apple before. Astonishing and innovative, the Apple Watch is activated by simply raising your wrist. In order to turn it off, simply lower your wrist.

    Every Apple Watch is different and here’s why, it isn’t just because Apple has put out so many different varieties of style, but the Apple Smart Watch, itself, gives you the option to customize your own clock. Instead of Apple deciding for you what your layout would be, like on the iPhone series, you, the customer, are able to transform your Apple Smart Watch into something that reflects who you are.


    Once you have created your original home screen, you can now access the variety of applications the Apple Smart Watch provides by simply swiping up or down. For fast interaction and check in, swiping up allows you to view the things you check on a regular basis such as the stock market, the weather, etc. By swiping down, the Apple Smart Watch allows you to check on and respond to any notifications that you might have missed during your busy day.

    The newest technology the Apple Watch includes is the process of Force Touch. Instead of buttons that would pollute the screen and or side of the watch, Force Touch allows you to access certain options not provided by swiping. For example, when checking messages, using Force Touch allows you to have reply options. With maps, Force Touch gives you the search options. Force Touch is the easiest and fastest way to access more options from your applications.

    The side of the Apple Smart Watch has two things: the Digital Crown, and another button below it. The Digital Crown might be considered as the brain of the Apple Smart Watch. By this, it means that Digital Crown has the ability to access and control any application within the watch itself. It can swipe through apps, zoom in on pictures, access SERI, and anything else that you would need. The button below the Digital Crown takes you straight to the number of people who are in contact with the most so that you can contact them faster than using the phone application on you watch.

    Exciting new things are also going to be available on the Apple Smart Watch such as apple pay, activity log, and workout schedule.

    The Apple Smart Watch Is up for pre-order right now on Apple’s website. There are three types of Apple Smart Watches and they are: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Each category is aesthetically different as well as the price. If you plan to buy an Apple Smart Watch, the prices range from lowest being $349 to the highest being $12,000. They come out this week and they will go fast. The Count down is almost over and the watches will be available on April 24, are you ready?

  • How We Created Edge to Edge Ballistic Glass

    I will never forget the day the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched. I was sitting with Tech Armor Co-Founder Eric Tong in a small office in Hermosa Beach, CA. We both thought our laptops were having issues with the Internet connection as the video continuously started and stopped. We would later come to find out that the issue was with the JavaScript used by Apple in an attempt to show live Tweets scrolling across the bottom of the screen.
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  • Trouble sleeping? Using your tablet or smartphone right before bed might be the culprit.

    Tech Armor Nation,

    First, from everyone here, we want to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year! As we begin 2015, one of the resolutions here at the TA compound is to play a better role in informing our customers about upcoming, innovative products and technology.
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