I Am Getting An Apple Watch!

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  1. Beth Gallagher

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    Glad you're finally up and running, John. My biggest complaint with the Apple watch is that they have never addressed the short battery life. If you wear the watch all day, then you have to charge it in order to do any sleep tracking. (I don't use sleep tracking but still. :confused:) I have read that the Apple Watch 7 (coming soon to a store near you) has finally addressed the battery life thing.

    I can wear my Fitbit Versa 2 24-hours a day for nearly a week before it needs to be charged, so I end up wearing it almost exclusively while my Apple watch 6 languishes in the jewelry box.
     
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    I wear my Apple Watch 24 hours a day, minus a half hour charging time. If I have an emergency message at night, I do not want to miss it, and I also do the sleep tracking to monitor how I am sleeping and also what my heart rate is doing overnight.
    Before I go to bed at night, I always sit and read for a while, and have usually closed all of my activity rings by then, so I put the watch on the charger and leave it there until I have had my shower and am ready for bed.
    It is not a problem for me to charge it every day.

    Since I have to have the Fitbit Inspire for my Humana activity tracking, I keep it clipped on my bra and only wear it during the day. All they need is to know how many steps I walk each day.
    Other than wearing it, I ignore it and never even look at it. I make sure that the app syncs every day. I charged the Fitbit battery up at the first of the month, and it is about halfway down now; so it should last most of the rest of the month.
     
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  3. John Brunner

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    I forget if you got an SE or a 6.

    I've not encountered that with my SE, but so far I have not been "on it" all day. I just finished my first week with it, and the occasional phone call and errant text seems to burn it down to about 65% by bedtime. I played with it Wednesday for 3 hours straight with Tech Support trying to get this text thing fixed and the later that evening, and I think that day it got down to maybe 30%. I do not have it tracking my movements or anything else during the day, just the periodic "Breathe" reminder.

    I think the "Always On" Bluetooth and WiFi can take their toll. Your comment makes me glad I bought a car charger for it.

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    I put my Smart Watch on the charger when I go to bed every evening, so I don't really notice how long it takes to charge. It is really 30 minutes? If I wake up an hour or so after putting it on the charger, it seems to be finished, but I don't really look.
     
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    I have a 6.
     
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    It depends on how far down it has gone before I charge it, and some days it seems to run down a little faster than on days when I am not as active; but it definitely will charge up in a half hour. If I forget to charge it for some reason, then by the next morning, it is in the red and needs charged immediately.
    Because of my heart, I want my heart rate monitored at all times possible, so it has just become part of my nightly routine to charge the watch before bedtime.
     
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    I wear my watch to bed and only take it off to change it ( I’ve never heard of the USB charger @John Brunner
    it looks good I might have to look see if they are available in Australia )
     
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  8. John Brunner

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    Today I wore my watch while on my tractor mowing the yard. I installed a film-type screen saver but don't have a protective shroud/bezel cover for it yet...I had issues with the ones I bought. Replacements are scheduled to arrive today. I'll feel more comfortable using it in the yard when I get it fully protected.

    It's interesting to see the watch stay connected to WiFi when I'm near the house, but when I get to the end of my yard it switches to the cell tower. I'm lucky that I get a good strong cell signal wherever I am in the house or on the property (deep gullies notwithstanding.) The antenna in the watch seems to receive the cell signal OK. This is gonna do exactly what I bought it for.

    As an aside, I was unaware that cell phones could make voice calls via Wi Fi networks. In fact, I had problems upgrading the OS on the phone and on the watch until I connected them to my Wi Fi...they would not upgrade via the cell signal. It has something to do with limitations on the file size (150mb) that can be downloaded via cell.

    Learning a lot...
     
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    Good to hear your getting on OK with your watch @John Brunner
     
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    Sounds like Dick Tracy stuff to me. I guessI want to say, “Isn’t technology great?”
     
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  11. John Brunner

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    It is Dick Tracy stuff. My phone rings and I talk into my watch.

    As far as technology being great is concerned...I think we were freer without it.
     
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