I Survived Two Days Without My Apple Watch And It Didn’t Bother Me

Having forgot to drop my Apple Watch on the charger Friday night, I woke up Saturday morning looking at a 3% battery alert. So I ughed and shrugged and snapped it onto the magnetic charger then enjoyed the first day of Spring sitting in the warm sun reading a Paulo Coelho book over a cup of coffee for a few hours. I could you give you the old-school Twitter play-by-play update of the rest morning, but it ends with me standing in Home Depot after lunch realizing that I completely forgot about my charging Apple Watch and it didn’t bother me. Why is this I wondered? and then I started thinking about what I actually use my $399 Apple Watch for.

Date & Time + weather
Outside of the obvious date and time, the weather complication on the watch face was the first feature of my Apple Watch that I missed most. Although, I did have my iPhone in my back pocket, just a quick twist of the wrist and seeing the current temperature is a really awesome convenience. Plus, with a quick tap on the temperature I can view the hourly forecast for temp, precipitation, hourly and 10-day outlook.

Watch Faces
The next feature that I absolutely missed about my Apple Watch are the watch faces. Even though they are just “okay” compared to some of the faces I have seen for Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch Hermes edition, I like having the option of matching a face to an outfit, event or function. Lately weather has been crazy and making that the focus of my watch has been invaluable, where as other times, a simple clock face has reduced stress by putting less emphasis on time, appointments and activity circles.

Activity Rings
I have to admit that I am addicted to these little colorful rings. Being at a desk all day long as a programmer I tend to forget to stand, stretch and walk as much as I probably should, as well as eat sometimes, and my Apple Watch does a terrific job keeping me on track. It’s not perfect, but it keeps me a bit more motivated than when I didn’t have it around for the last two days.

Text Messages
Yes and no. I did miss receiving text messages, but because Siri has her challenges I rarely use my Apple Watch to actually respond or initiate messages. At times I try and try again with her, but the user experience of replying to messages trips itself up with too many options that eventually require me to interact with the watch face using a finger. I feel these small issues are defeating the spirit of wearable technology requiring me to still depend on my iPhone to successfully reply-to or send a text message.

Apple Pay
Ha. Usually by the time I realize the merchant accepts Apple Pay, I already have my credit card in my hand ready to swipe and it’s more work to put the card back in my wallet just to use my watch. I have a friend @bryanlewis who absolutely loves Apple Pay and uses it all the time without any hiccups; just has not been my experience.

She never even crossed my mind. LMAO! “I’m sorry James, that’s not very nice to say.” Unfortunately Siri on my Apple Watch is just as bad as Siri on my iPhone 6. Half of the time “Hey Siri” doesn’t work and the other half when it does work she doesn’t understand what I am saying or is pretty slow interpreting my words.

Third-party Apps
I honestly haven’t found many third-party apps very useful. The reason for this is the communication delay between the watch and the iPhone. I have found this to be a problem in watch apps like MLB AT-BAT, 7-minute workout, LoseIt! and Strava. The data just doesn’t keep in sync between the too devices reliably, for example MLB AT-BAT sends a notification to my phone of a game lead change. I see it on my phone, tap my watch face and the MLB At-BAT complication is a few innings behind. I tap it and open the watch app and the score is still not accurate or in sync with the iPhone notification.

Do I like my Apple Watch? Yes. I love how it looks, the watch faces are polished and fun and the complications add value to the user experience, but did I miss it? No.

Pope Blesses Instagram, McDonald’s Happy Meal VR Box #yourlifeintech week 12

Today was a big day in tech for Apple enthusiasts, but as an Apple fanboy, Apple’s “Loop You in” event honestly felt a little flat. Maybe too many rumors are getting out, or maybe the announcements just don’t have the same innovative bang as they once did. A smaller iPad, smaller iPhone, new OS, watch bands, price cuts and AppleTV: lather rinse repeat.

So in a quick glance, Apple announced a new smaller iPad Pro starting at $599 (32GB) running iOS 9.3. Maybe it’s just me, but until that amazing 9.7 inch tablet runs either OSX or a more powerful iPad edition of iOS, I won’t be trading in my MacBook anytime soon. They dropped the Apple Watch price to $299 (from $349) and introduced a new line of nylon bands ($49) and also a black Milanese Loop ($149). iOS 9.3 will be heading to your device soon and adds the color-temperature changing Night Shift, Notes with Touch ID and password support. They also mentioned a few new updates for AppleTV including folder support, Siri support for the AppStore, as well as CarPlay and updates to CareKit. Wait, what is CareKit? Anyhow, they also revealed the iPhone SE, a smaller 4-inch iPhone starting at $399 which includes many of the bells and whistles of the iPhone 6s. Unfortunately, both the new smaller iPad and smaller iPhone are missing a few features I still hope for in the iPhone 7: inductive, wireless power, or even magnetic charging like on the Apple Watch and a microSD card. It may just be me, but Apple’s events the past few years have felt a little routine and predictable, reminiscent of the Palm V/Claudia Schiffer days from 2002.

For all the hype the technology world generates, there are few truly revolutionary products anymore. But someone came very close today: Get ready for the first handheld computer [Palm Computing’s Palm V] named for a supermodel. –cNet, January 2, 2002

On another #yourlifeintech note, the Pope joins and blesses Instagram, if you live in Sweeden you can turn your McDonald’s Happy Meal box into a VR headset. Oh, and Microsoft’s new edge web browser finally supports extensions.

Also, because of Easter weekend, and I’m going on a short vacation, there is a strong possibility that there will not be a #yourlifeintech week 13 update.

Top headlines from Week 12 of 2016

As Apple vs. FBI looms, WhatsApp and others look to increase encryption
Skype for Web upgraded, now supports dialing mobile phones, landlines and more
Now an F-16 can launch a swarm of 3D-printed carbon fiber drones
Instagram is switching its feed from chronological to best posts first
Chevy’s new Malibu keeps teens safe from themselves
Waze helps you plan future trips based on expected traffic
Nixon’s Android Wear smartwatch is water resistant up to 100 meters and Michael Kors’ Android Wear smartwatches can change faces
A Clever New Strap Brings EKG Readings to the Apple Watch
Western Digital’s 314GB drive offers RPi a low-power solution
10 Apple signs deal to power part of iCloud with Google Cloud Platform
11 Google Is Reportedly Selling Its Crazy Robotics Lab, Boston Dynamics

Our favorite article for week 12

1 On the outside, this gizmo looks identical to a regular book of matches, but tucked inside you’ll find eight tiny, waterproof and magnetic flashlights the size of matches.

Thumbtack Grows Business for Some And Growing Pains for Others

Stepping on a carpet tack not only surprises you but hurts for just second and, for some professionals, the lead-gen platform Thumbtack feels the same way. It’s warm and fuzzy with high-hopes of booking your calendar with profitable gigs whether you’re a photographer, copywriter or general contractor and then you feel the pain.

After having to initially invest around $100 for your first pile of credits, which converts to about $1.67 per credit, you’re ready to start quoting requests that are matched to your service and area. Requests are categorized and their values vary from 2 credits all the way to 10 depending on the request type. For example, weddings are typically a whopper 8 credits ($13.36) per quote, where as a portrait shoots are usually around 3 credits ($5.01) and fortune telling entertainment is only 2 credits (view Thumbtacks credit cost for services). The quoting game creates an eBay like adrenaline until you eventually run out of credits, your calendar is empty and you feel the tack in the carpet.

So why does Thumbtack work for some professionals and not others?

According to a few tips on Thumbtack’s website it has everything to do with getting reviews, your online portfolio and first contact. In a Thumbtack case study, portrait and wedding photographer Lauren Lindley said that 40% of her clients between 2013-2014 were through Thumbtack. Her Thumbtack profile  indicates she has currently been hired 35 times. In 2015, she says that number dropped to 11.5% as a result of her not bidding as much as because her word-of-mouth exposure increased. Lindley has some good tips on increasing your chances of converting quotes to sales, as well as how to recognize which requests to avoid because the requester may either be phishing or a fake. A common problem with thumbtack that I have also not experienced, but to prove a point as to its ease, contributed to.

Fake requests have been a thorn in Thumbtacks side for a long time. In fact, there have been over 261 complaints against Thumbtack with the San Francisco Better Business Bureau alone. I personally have experienced numerous fake requests and Thumbtack immediately refunds your credits with this type of complaint. However, is simply giving a refund to the professional service provider the correct solution? The Thumbtack process, although it may work for some, is broken. It fails to also hold the requester accountable, which contribute and encourages phishing and fake accounts.

A while back, I got curious as to what a Thumbtack requester user experience was like through the website as well as the app. With little effort, I created an account and drilled through the user flow completing a request for wedding photography, on a specific date and time, with all the other options.  Then I waited. Within minutes I had 3 quotes from local photographers. So the system appeared to be working. But there is one small flaw; I’m faking my interest, and this is where it gets unfair to the vendor.

Every quote that was submitted to me, the vendor paid for. Each vendor paid $13.36 (8 credits)  for me to read their quote. A quote that I have no intention on following through and I can do that for up to 5 quotes. Thumbtack  profits $66.80, the vendor profits $0 (lost $13.36) and it cost me, the fake requester, five minutes of my time. There are several issues here, notably, the most important was my bad intention only to prove a point and see what other professional photographers Thumbtack portfolios look like, as well as how they pitched their services to a potential client. Perhaps, my bad intentions would not have been so easy if Thumbtack held the requester partially accountable for the transaction.

The simplest way is requiring the requester to either hire a vendor or not. Only if the vendor is hired are they charged. After the expiration deadline, the requester has the choice of either revising their request and try again or close the request. If the request is closed by the requester, or has no activity after 30 days regardless of quotes being viewed then no one gets charged.

Another idea is to have the requester and vendor split the cost at the beginning and then when the requester hires a vendor, the vendor accepts the requesters credits for doing business with them. For example, requester pays 4 credits to submit their project, such as portrait photography. The vendor submits a quote to the requester for 4 credits. If the requester reads the vendors quote then the vendor is charged the 4 credits, but if there is a match and the requester hires the vendor, the vendor is also charged the 4 credits the requester had to pay as a good-faith to hire. So, if the requester decides they don’t like any of the first five quotes and requests more, the requester is charged another 4 credits for a new project request and if the requester closes their project without hiring a vendor then they are charged the 4 credits and the vendors are refunded their quote fees even if read. Holding the requester partially responsible for the cost of the credits will help pre-qualify both parties commitment to the project being requested, as well as hopefully preventing phishing and fake accounts. Vendors shouldn’t be punished by the requester who just looking for an idea of how much a service should cost and be able to simply walk away.

As a photographer, I have used Thumbtack. In fact, I have won two projects through the service, but unfortunately my cost-per-project-won to cost-per-quote-sent didn’t make sense for me to continue with the service. I spent approximately $200 in credits and profited about the same (not including the one Thumbtack requester who later refused to pay for services rendered). If you’re considering this service I would recommend that you take Lindley’s advice on bidding. It could save you a lot of credits, as well as help you win more project bids.

If a job doesn’t have all the information, don’t bid. For example, Lindley says if a wedding is quoted at $1,500 but the hours aren’t specified, do not bid and end up losing money because you’re earning under your minimum hourly wage. — Lauren Lindley

Although I won’t be jumping back into Thumbtack anytime soon, I will recommend the service with caution as a potentially good way to build a business. Thumbtack still has some work to do, but I think with time we will see the community continue to grow and the service improve.

Tirnga Milanese Loop Mesh Stainless Steel Strap for Apple Watch Review

The first accessory that I purchased for my Apple Watch was the Tirnga Milanese Loop Mesh Smooth Stainless Steel Strap through Amazon for around $20. Having always been a fan of steel mesh bands on my other watches, I thought this would be a great looking fit for an already awesome looking wearable. I was half right.

The band was packaged in a small plastic bag inside a larger, plain, manila envelope. It wasn’t anything fancy like the Apple Watch packaging and accomplished the shipping job adequately. The band is extremely flexible so there weren’t any pieces at risk of breaking, so if the lack of more shiny packaging meant to give me the feel-good-fuzzies keeps the price lower then I am all for the dull basics. No instructions were included but this is also Apple and if directions are required Apple has done something wrong and I have paid too much for my Apple Watch. Well, I may have done already anyhow (feeling a little jealous of all the design diversity for Android Wear devices, but that’s another article to look forward to reading).

Taking the original black silicone band off is surprisingly easy. Unlike a typical watch, the Apple Watch doesn’t use springs. It uses magnets that keep the band snugly in place. Simply, turn your Apple Watch onto its face and then depress a small rectangular button and slide the silicone band off. Next, slide the Tirnga Milanese Loop strap connector into place until you feel a gentle click. Now, what I didn’t think about when I first did this was where I wanted the clasp to end up: on the outside or inside of my wrist. The Tirnga Milanese Loop can slide on to accommodate either side of the wrist. There is no easy way to describe how to do this right the first time. While the Apple Watch is laying face down and the magnetic band clasp is on the right, it will wrap around to the inside of your wrist. If it’s on the left side of the watch it will wrap around the outside of wrist.  That’s it you’re done; easy peasy as they say.

After wearing the Tirnga Milanese Loop band for about a month now I love how it looks. Although, I did purchase the silver band and with my spacegray watch I do wish that I had choosen the black instead. The photo on Amazon looks like a deep black which is why I swayed towards silver, but my gadget-guru friend, @bryanlewis, bought the black band and sent me a pic with it on his spacegray watch and it was perfect.


The black actually matches the space gray really well. Photo Credit: @bryanlewis

The only drawback that I found with the Tirnga Milanese Loop band is that the magnet slides down the strap easily during basic use, making the watch loose on my wrist. And by basic use, I mean sitting at my desk typing, taking notes, answering the phone and walking to the breakroom for another cup of coffee.  I am constantly pulling it tighter to a point of annoyance. Although it looks terrific, as well as feels comfortable, I don’t use this band as often as I probably want to, but do recommend trying out new bands. This particular band for me doesn’t fit as well as I would like, but when I asked @bryanlewis if he had a similar issue he reported that he didn’t, so I feel confident in giving the Tirnga Milanese Loop band a thumbs up and recommendation to buy.

I purchased this on Amazon for $19.99

What I like

  • The craftsmanship of the mesh and it doesn’t snag any arm hairs.
  • The price. It is very affordable.
  • The look. It definitely dresses up the Sport edition nicely.
  • The ease of switching it with the sport band, or any other band.

What I don’t like

  • The magnetic clasp easily slips requiring periodic adjustment.
  • Silver band with the spacegray Apple Watch. Black would have been a better choice.

Where To Buy
The only place I have found this product is on Amazon.

Apple Event, GoT S6 Teaser and Bezo’s Blue Origin Reusable Rocket #yourlifeintech week 11

Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, wait … no, it’s just a U.S. military drone flying over your house but the Pentagon maintains all of them obeyed laws restricting the use of these drones at home, and yeah, if you let us have a master key to your iPhone’s encryption we promise we won’t abuse it. Meanwhile, also flying the friendly skies will be 20 recently leased Boeing 767s for Amazon.Com that will be used to ship packages to customers in North America and save Amazon lots of money, but will not necessarily get your packages to you any faster if you’re not a Prime customer. Also, did you know that half all Americans believe the Zika virus is fatal (spoiler alert: it’s not). Facebook recently acquired Masquerade, an app that allows to easily swap your face with a monkey, zombie or maybe Leonardo DiCaprio and post it to all your friends which is way more interesting to share then a potentially deadly-plague-like virus spread by Mosquitos (we’re kidding). Just don’t forget the bug spray this summer.

Oh, and winter is coming, Game of Thrones releases Season 6 teaser.

Top headlines from Week 11 of 2016

1 Jeff Bezos and his space company Blue Origin plan to launch manned space missions by 2017, tourists trips by 2018 as the competition with Virgin Galactic and SpaceX heats up. In fact, Blue Orgin’s New Sheperd rocket quietly and successfully became the first rocket to fly above the Karman line and return to Earth with a vertical landing and repeat, beating Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

2 Twitter offers stock and cash bonuses to keep disheartened workers. However, I’m confused, wasn’t it back in October 2015 when Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter and  laid off 8% of its staff and now it’s trying to hold on current talent by offering stock and cash bonuses. This poor bird keeps keeps flying into windows.

3 Apple sends out invites for March 21 event. We aren’t popular enough to get one of ourselves (yet) but there seems to be a lot of exciting rumors for upcoming Apple releases, such as the iPhone 6c, iPad Air 3 and the next-generation Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch is rumored to include a front-facing camera with FaceTime support and a better Wi-Fi chip so it could be less dependent on the iPhone. It still be rectangular though, with no rumors of a round edition.

4 A recent Department of Defense report revealed that the Pentagon admits to deploying military drones over US cities. Although it was “less than 20 missions” between 2006 and 2015, the documents don’t state their purpose or what happened despite a current policy which forbids spying on U.S. Residents. And, the government wonders why Apple doesn’t want to build a back-door for them.

5 Whole Foods will add rooftop solar farms to more stores, 100 more stores to be exact and, it would be nice to think this is part of a sincere sustainability move for the organic food giant, but as more organic food markets are moving in on Whole Foods market with lower prices, it appears it’s more of a cost-cutting move.

6 After buying the fitness trackable company Misfit, Fossil announces $95 Q Motion activity tracker that also tracks sleep and looks a lot like Misfits latest trackable, which being a Q Reveler owner, is a serious disappointment that Fossil would even consider putting it’s brand on that device’s design.

7 New MIT code makes web pages load 34% faster in any browser by creating a dependency graph. The software, which is titled Polaris, is written in JavaScript making simple to implement, however, in order for a web site to benefit from the system, the site’s servers must run Polaris’ dependency-tracking measurement platform. Read the white paper by James Mickens to learn more about the technical details. This is exciting news for web development  community, but unfortunately we couldn’t find any software to download to try Polaris or the dependency tracking measurment platform for ourselves.

8 Facebook pays out $15,000 bounty to close but that allowed access to any users account, and targets 25% of the web with new WordPress plugin for Instant Articles. On April 12th at Facebook’s F8 conference, we will open up the Instant Articles program to all publishers—of any size, anywhere in the world.

9 A new bionic fingertip allows amputees to feel rough and smooth by using a series of sensors to detect undulations in the surface beneath them, converting the physical feel into electric signals. These signals can then be injected into the nerves of a patient. We wonder at what point will cyborgenetic technologies like this will become an enhancement to the human body providing us with additional capabilities, perhaps even for a job or just for the fun of doing it.

10 Microsoft’s SQL database now runs on Linux. Honestly I never thought I would be writing anything with the words Microsoft, open source and Linux in the same sentence, but since the departure of Gates and then Ballmer, the Redmond based company with CEO Satya Nadella’s leadership is making a new Microsoft.  The company is even working with the creators of key Linux distribution, Red Hat and Ubuntu to get the program running smoothly. SQL Server for Linux won’t officially ship until mid-2017, but there’s already a preview for corporations that want a peek.

11 Google’s Go-playing artificial intelligence has claimed victory in a historic match against Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol winning a three straight games in this best-of-five series, but computers have been beating humans in games like checkers and chess for the last 25 years, so I guess humans kind of suck at board games anyhow.

Our favorite reviews & articles for week 11

1 Amazon’s latest series will be based on the cyborg short-film, True Skin. It may be a little too Fifth Element for some, but the 6 minute short-film is worth watching and with a good plot line it has great potential.

2 I bet you didn’t know the Macbook power-block has an obvious design flaw and Ten One Design has a genius fix for just $20

3 Review: Hoverdock for Apple Watch @thegadgeteer

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Throwback Thursday with the PalmPilot, PocketPC 2000 & Dell PDAs

Do you remember the PalmPilot? How about MP3 players before the iPod came along? The Handspring Treo? Microsoft’s relaunch of Windows CE into an almost-game changer PocketPC 2000? Pharos GPS and Griffin Tech? Or, literally the first ever “tech-wearable”, the Scott eVest?

We’ve dug through the digital archives and found some of our classic magazine issues, that before binarybound, we published under the brand PocketAnywhere and GadgetMe!

Read some of the 22 previously published pdf issues from 2002 to 2006 and prepare to take a trip back in time, as well as for a healthy smile! It’s amazing at we thought was “revolutionary” and to see which of our tech-dreams actually came true.

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SnapChat Hacked, Google Car Crashes and Apple Joins Twitter #yourlifeintech week 10

“Hound .. how smart is water?” If water wasn’t already smart, it’s just gotten a little smarter thanks to Brita’s smart Wi-Fi Infinity Pitcher that automatically orders new filters when you need them through Amazon’s Dash and you might already be wondering why I started off by saying “Hound“? Siri, Google and Alexa have a new frenemy and his name is Hound, an incredibly fast and accurate speech recognition and language understanding assistant for more than your iPhone or Android phone. Hound also works with the Raspberry Pi which has recently been upgraded with a 64-bit chip and embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for not much more than what you probably spend at Starbucks in a week.

Also, this past week, a French student has created an open source smartwatch OS based on Linux, which could become a competitor for Android Wear and Tizen, Amazon quietly removes encryption for Fire devices, the Popslate indiegogo project puts a second, e-reader style screen on the back of your iPhone and yet another teacher is busted when a student finds nude pics on her phone – a lesson to be learned the hard way on why you should passcode (and encrypt) your phone.

Oh, and SkyWall announces the first drone capturing bazooka, protecting your backyard from the impending drone takeover, clouds are possibly seen on dwarf-planet Pluto, astronaut Scott Kelly returns from space after a year.

Here is a quick glance-summary
from Week 10 (Feb29-Mar5), 2016

  1. Snapchat gets phished and exposed 700 employees personal information
    Source: Slashgear
  2. Google says it bears some responsibility for first accident caused by self-driving car
    Source: Mashable
  3. Indonesia tells Google and other Internet firms to pay tax or risk getting blocked
    Source: Mashable
  4. Microsoft Band 2 Price Drops Even Further, Now $175 at Best Buy and Microsoft Store
    Source: SmartwatchMe
  5. Six Flags launches new Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
    Source: digitaltrends
  6. Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update
    Source: Washington Post
  7. Apple creates a general support channel on Twitter @AppleSupport
    Source: TechCrunch
  8. Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive
    Source: slashgear
  9. McDonald’s Is Transforming Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Headsets
    Source: Wired
  10.  Amazon’s Kindle gets a big update including a personalized home screen, new MyReadingList  and sharing made easier
    Source: Amazon

The Apple Stand-off: Justice Vs. Privacy
Apple and FBI testify to Congress while Apple supporters: Google, Twitter Facebook Airbnb, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Square and Squarespace, among others (except former CEO Bill Gates) file a brief urging the U.S. District Court in California to deny the motion to compel Apple to comply with the FBI’s request.

  1. Apple scores iPhone legal victory that may help in FBI fight
  2. Read Apple’s opening statement to Congress over its FBI fight
  3. San Bernardino Survivor’s Husband Writes Powerful Letter To Judge Supporting Apple
  4. F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone
  5. Twitter, Reddit and more file brief to support Apple vs the FBI
  6. San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen”

Our favorite reviews for week 10

  1. Fitbit Blaze reviewed at wareable
  2. The Tin Mill Tipe, Natural Titanium Pen review at the-gadgeteer

Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector for Apple Watch

I don’t care how tough you say your Gorilla or Ion-X glass may be: scratches happen, and just last week when I glanced at my Apple Watch Sport edition I noticed one of my biggest fears, a scratch. Yep, the Ion-X glass on the Apple Watch Sport is not as strong or durable as I thought. Of course, I was basing my confidence level on what the Apple Watch Sport web page says: 

To keep the Sport collection models as light as possible, we used aluminosilicate glass — the same material used in the windows of space shuttles and high-speed trains. It’s fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass.

Unfortunately it may be strong enough to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, but it’s no match for the edge of my oak end table. So naturally, within minutes I had the Amazon app open and my new Skinomi Techskin protector arrived the next day.

Before ordering, however, I did some quick research on screen protectors, having not really ever been satisfied by any for my iPhone. In fact as of this writing I still do not use one on myiPhone.  What I learned is that there are basically two styles of protectors: film and tempered glass. The latter, typically being the more expensive of the two materials. Some companies make screen protectors using both while other companies like Clear-Coat don’t (read Clear Coat’s reasoning).

Tempered glass, also known as tougher glass, is a type of glass that breaks differently than normal glass. Instead of shattering into large chunks it crumbles into small, smoother-edged pellets.  It’s most commonly used for automobile windshields, but also found in buildings, food service and mobile devices. You have probably heard of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. A tempered glass protector is a multi-layered screen protector. It has a bottom layer of absorbent silicon, PET film and an optically clear adhesive tempered glass and oleophobic coating. It may not be anymore scratch proof than your current mobile devices Gorilla Glass, but it does add an additional layer of strength that just could shatter itself before the manufacturers screen. That alone I think has some value to it.

Film based screen protectors are thin sheets of plastic cut to your devices manufactured screen size. They mainly are a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and TPU (thermoplastic polyreuthane) material. Unlike tempered glass, they typically only offer protection against light scratching and don’t add any additional strength to the screen which could prevent shattering of the device’s manufactured screen. Often they are cheaper than tempered glass protectors, although, they do tend have more air bubbles if not properly applied.

The Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector that I purchased is a film based product. It came packaged with screen solution, a cleaning cloth, quick 3 step instructions and 6 film protectors for the Apple Watch 42mm Sport.

Putting on the protector was simple and flawless. Spray the screen lightly with the water based solution and then peel a protector off the sheet and apply. The water based solution will allow you to slide it around a little bit. Once you get it perfectly position use a credit card to firmly adhere it and push out any air bubbles. At first, the protector will be a bit blurry, but don’t worry, over the next several hours as the water based solution dries the clarity will restore itself. My only real complaint about the product is the plastic feel is not as smooth as glass and sometimes my touch doesn’t register because of the tackiness from time to time and requires a harder push. Otherwise, it has no air bubbles and already a few scratches so it’s definitely doing its job and protecting my Apple Watch.

Purchased a 6-pack from Amazon


  • Easy to put on
  • Comes with 6 pre-cut pieces of film in the pack
  • Includes cleaning cloth which can be used for other things
  • No air bubbles and edges have not lifted after 2 weeks of use
  • Great value for the price
  • Reusable packaging for easy storage


  • plastic glare and touch
  • easily scratches (scuffed it up with a fingernail, but that’s its job and 6 are included)

For added protection against screen shattering buy the Skinomi tempered glass version 42mm or
buy the Skinomi tempered glass version 38mm. Otherwise the film based product will be suffice.