I just finished some technical comparisons of #smartwatch
case components and materials and found something pretty interesting. A lot of the "decent" smartwatches are over engineered to compensate for crappy design. If made of 316L SS not a single component other than the crystal needs to be more than .6mm thick. The "crystal" only needs to be about 1.3mm thick and made of plain old watch grade mineral glass, not some special tempered Corning Gorilla glass. And this is for a real world 50m water resistance rating
Make it out of aluminium and you have to use 7075-T6, which cost 12x as much just to achieve the same thickness. Otherwise you are looking at almost double the thickness with cheaper than steel alloys. That of course makes the weight savings less than 30% and prone to scratches and damage.
Now with all this in mind, rip apart an LG #Urbane
, or other "quality" smartwatch, and start laughing you ass off at their "quality" engineering of the case. When it comes to case design, they're amateurs. In most cases, arrogant ones at that.