Why the Apple Watch Team Has Cause to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

by James A. Martin on May 5, 2015

in Apple Watch Reviews

It’s happy Cinco de Mayo for Apple today.

Apple Watch has caught flak lately, with ‘Tattoogate’ and a bunch of other complaints. But Jony Ive and the Cupertino crowd can raise a tequila shot (or three) tonight because Consumer Reports has named the 38mm and 42mm stainless steel/sapphire glass Apple Watch models as its two top-rated smartwatches.

LG’s G Watch R squeezed in at no. 3, followed by the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch Sport models at no. 4 and 5, respectively. The rest of the pack looks like this:

6. Pebble Steel

7. Motorola Moto 360

8. Asus ZenWatch

9. Samsung Gear S

10. Martian Notifier

11. Sony SmartWatch 3

It’s worth noting that CR chose the stainless-steel Apple Watch over the less-expensive Sport models. “You’ll spend a lot for the stainless steel variety of the Apple Watch,” the magazine noted, “but in return you’ll get a tough, advanced wearable device—and a handsome one, as well, which is smaller and more watch-like than its competitors.”

Further, the magazine said: “What sets the Watch apart from the less expensive Sport version is the Watch’s Sapphire-crystal glass, which proved to be the hardest watch display in our labs. But the display was also sensitive enough to discern among the varied taps and swipes you’ll need to dive into the device’s many capabilities, which range from fitness tracking and coaching to making phone calls (when paired to your iPhone).”

CR is no pushover for Apple bling, by the way. The magazine famously dissed the Apple 4 during the “Antennagate” affair.

You might be wondering why CR looked at Sony’s SmartWatch 3 and said “No me gusta.” It was the only smartwatch CR tested that flunked the dunk test of being immersed in 3.3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Pobrecito Samsung! No margaritas and guacamole for y’all tonight.

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