Apple, Samsung and other brands underestimate the thickness of smartwatches up to 1.5 times

August 17, 2022, 11:38

Gadget manufacturers do not hesitate to resort to marketing tricks where possible. For example, measuring the thickness of the smartphone case without taking into account the block of the main cameras, the protrusion of which is getting larger from year to year. Or the thickness of laptops, measuring it not at the thickest point, but, say, along the leading edge. And if in these examples such a trick is hardly able to affect the user experience, then the discovery of blogger DC Rainmaker may well be. He drew attention to the fact that most smart watch manufacturers (Samsung, Apple, Garmin and others) deliberately underestimate the thickness of the case.

The simplest measurements showed that you can safely add 1-2 mm from above to the thickness of the watch indicated on the official websites. The author notes that this situation looks like most companies have entered into an unspoken agreement to measure the thickness of watches without taking into account the protrusion with sensors on the back. Especially in this regard, Samsung distinguished itself, the older Galaxy Watch 5 Pro which is 50% thicker than the declared one (15.07 mm versus 10.5 mm in the specifications).

Apple, Samsung и другие бренды занижают толщину умных часов до 1,5 раз

Fortunately, there were some exceptions: the thickness of the Fitbit Sense and Wahoo Elemnt Rival cases is fully consistent with the declared. The main claim of the author is that the companies do not consider it necessary to even briefly mention that there is a ledge on the watch cases, taking into account which the watch can be up to one and a half times thicker. The same problem applies to the weight, which is measured without taking into account the straps, but this is rarely indicated in the description on the site.

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