1. maverick786us's Avatar
    A wrist watch, be it the worlds best smartwatch, if charge everyday, is odd. I don't like being an early adopter, therefore skipped the first generation Apple watch and patiently waited for Series 2. Now that Series 2 has arrived. How good is the battery life? Does it lasts for 2 days?

    Series 2 watches comes with in built GPS. Therefore without connecting with the smartphone. Will it automatically change the time, when moved from one time zone to another?
    09-23-2016 07:47 AM
  2. James Falconer's Avatar
    I can't speak to this as I went down the same road as you maverick. I held off on the series 1. Now that the series 2 is here (with GPS), battery is one of my main concerns. I'm almost 90% sold at the moment (the 3-5 week wait times are a bummer), but would love to get some feedback here from owners that use the watch a lot for activity tracking! How does the GPS drain the battery? Able to get through a busy day no problem? 2 days?
    09-23-2016 09:57 AM
  3. CloudSpeaker's Avatar
    With all respect to the original poster and those who may have "battery life as deal breaker" thoughts about Apple Watch, I think the issue is overblown. Not non-existent, but overblown.

    Let me explain.

    In the days of flip phones, your old Sony Ericsson whatever or Nokia 61XX would last a week on a charge. Those phones didn't do much, they were relative bricks and they lasted forever. You could drop them down the stairs or leave them on the roof of the car and drive away and they were mostly fine.

    Today's phones are delicate. You have to top them off before an evening out and if they slip from your hands on the train, you might have to hit up AppleCare. Of course, our iPhones are amazing, life-changing devices... The first thing many of us reach for in the morning and the last thing we touch at night.

    To me, while watches haven't yet reached that must-have, iconic status, they're similar. My Apple Watch does so much more than any Timex. And here's the big part. Most of us don't sleep with a watch on. We put it down somewhere on a dresser or a nightstand, wherever. Isn't putting it down on its charger a natural and easy thing to do every night?

    If my watch lasts through the day, I'm good. And it does. If you're traveling and have to bring another charger, I get that that can be a pain. Same if you work out and your watch doesn't last through a normal day. Possible deal breaker.

    I look forward to others' take.
    09-23-2016 10:28 AM
  4. maverick786us's Avatar
    I can't speak to this as I went down the same road as you maverick. I held off on the series 1. Now that the series 2 is here (with GPS), battery is one of my main concerns. I'm almost 90% sold at the moment (the 3-5 week wait times are a bummer), but would love to get some feedback here from owners that use the watch a lot for activity tracking! How does the GPS drain the battery? Able to get through a busy day no problem? 2 days?
    Addition of GPS is a good thing. But I won't use a watch for GPS navigation while driving. My iPhone is best suited for it. Yes if your watch time adjusts automatically using the GPS while travelling. Its a welcome move. Otherwise i might keep the GPS off.

    Yes we are smart people, thats why i want a smartwatch, will never turn to a treditional wrist watch. Since I am in Apple eco system, therefore I will buy an apple watch. I am not an athlete, so will less utilise it for fitness or health tracking or any other such activity. But a watch is not meant to be charged everyday. It is supposed to last for longer
    09-23-2016 11:41 AM
  5. Mac Guy's Avatar
    But I won't use a watch for GPS navigation while driving. My iPhone is best suited for it.
    If you have your phone with you, the GPS in the Watch won't be used. To preserve the Watch battery, only the phone's GPS is used. (If you turned off BT or put the phone in AirPlane mode, then the Watch's GPS would take over.
    09-24-2016 07:04 AM
  6. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Those phones didn't do much...
    And their displays were the size of the Watch, using simple LCD tech and a backlight. Far less demanding of the battery compared to today's more demanding displays.
    09-24-2016 07:08 AM
  7. badMojo69's Avatar
    off the charger at 6am back on the charger at 12am and I had 68% battery left.
    What's not to like.
    09-24-2016 08:02 AM
  8. Mac Guy's Avatar
    off the charger at 6am back on the charger at 12am and I had 68% battery left.
    What's not to like.
    Good to know!
    09-24-2016 01:38 PM
  9. James Falconer's Avatar
    off the charger at 6am back on the charger at 12am and I had 68% battery left.
    What's not to like.
    That's pretty darn awesome.
    09-24-2016 05:49 PM
  10. Snoweagle's Avatar
    I find that OS 3 somehow improved battery life a bit. I'm using the original watch and usually I'll turn it on at 7am in the morning, use the watch for volume control on my Bluetooth speaker at work and for other uses too so it's pretty heavily used everyday.

    At the end of the work day by 6pm, also have around 60+% battery left as well, though not as good as the series 2.
    09-24-2016 09:44 PM
  11. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I find that OS 3 somehow improved battery life a bit. I'm using the original watch and usually I'll turn it on at 7am in the morning, use the watch for volume control on my Bluetooth speaker at work and for other uses too so it's pretty heavily used everyday.

    At the end of the work day by 6pm, also have around 60+% battery left as well, though not as good as the series 2.
    I, too, have found that os3 has improved the battery life on my series 0 watch. Still not where I'd like it to be, but better than previous os.
    09-24-2016 09:57 PM
  12. Snoweagle's Avatar
    I, too, have found that os3 has improved the battery life on my series 0 watch. Still not where I'd like it to be, but better than previous os.
    Well I suppose we just can't have everything, but WatchOS 3 has revolutionalised the Apple Watch and it has made mine more usable than before.
    09-25-2016 05:23 AM
  13. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Still not where I'd like it to be...
    Given the technology Apple uses for the display, battery tech will have to improve. I don't know how much Apple can do with OS and processor efficiency to create a significant increase in battery life.

    The S2 is thicker because of the bigger battery needed for the GPS. Without the GPS maybe Apple could've had both a bigger battery and a slightly slimmer case. I don't know.
    09-25-2016 08:10 PM
  14. James Falconer's Avatar
    Would be nice to get a 3-4 day battery life, but I realize with all the things going on in the case, not currently possible. We'll get there though...
    09-26-2016 08:23 AM
  15. Snoweagle's Avatar
    Would be nice to get a 3-4 day battery life, but I realize with all the things going on in the case, not currently possible. We'll get there though...
    If could get through 2nd day is already very good, but for the Apple Watch shouldn't hope for anything more than that now.
    09-26-2016 09:57 AM
  16. James Falconer's Avatar
    Is there a 'low power mode' on Apple Watch as well?
    09-26-2016 10:00 AM
  17. Snoweagle's Avatar
    Is there a 'low power mode' on Apple Watch as well?
    Couldn't find it in OS 3.
    09-26-2016 10:53 AM
  18. James Falconer's Avatar
    That'd be nifty. I often run my iPhone in low power mode, just because.
    09-26-2016 10:56 AM
  19. Mac Guy's Avatar
    You can manually go into Power Reserve mode (instead of waiting for the option to come up at 10% battery).

    Swipe up to bring up Control Center. Press the Battery icon in the upper left of the Center display. Press Power Reserve.
    09-26-2016 03:49 PM
  20. CarAholic22's Avatar
    Not sure what happened with my series 2. The first two days I would be at 56% when I went to charge it at night. This is two work outs and a wear time from 3am-10pm. My series 0 would always be around 5%, so I was enjoying the extra battery. Unfortunately lately my series 2 is ending the day with 10% battery or less. The usage is the exact same and I always have my phone with me. I have even double checked to make sure I didn't have a lot of apps docked and their were none. I have decided to return my series 2 as there isn't a real reason for me to upgrade. I never use the gps, speed increase isn't that noticeable in most situations, I still swam and showered with my 0.
    09-27-2016 05:09 AM
  21. FaisDogg's Avatar
    Not sure what happened with my series 2. The first two days I would be at 56% when I went to charge it at night. This is two work outs and a wear time from 3am-10pm. My series 0 would always be around 5%, so I was enjoying the extra battery. Unfortunately lately my series 2 is ending the day with 10% battery or less. The usage is the exact same and I always have my phone with me. I have even double checked to make sure I didn't have a lot of apps docked and their were none. I have decided to return my series 2 as there isn't a real reason for me to upgrade. I never use the gps, speed increase isn't that noticeable in most situations, I still swam and showered with my 0.
    I notice that too, for some reason series 2 battery hasn't been lasting as long as I expected. And haven't used it for outdoor run, so it's not the GPS.
    Today I came back from work, my watch had 64% charger. Just left it on the side table for about 6 hours (not connected to charger) picked it up battery was down to 31%. Series 0 used to sit in standby and only lose 5-10% hours later.
    09-29-2016 07:10 PM
  22. dstrauss's Avatar
    To Whom it May Concern (looking at you Rene and Serenity):

    Please ask your contacts at Apple to make a "puck only" charger with a lightning port - then I can carry it anywhere with my usual ravel package of a charger and cable and can recharge everything from my watch to an iPad Pro!
    09-30-2016 12:42 PM
  23. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    The battery life on my Series II, is better than on my 1st Gen. Rather impressive actually...
    09-30-2016 08:45 PM
  24. CarAholic22's Avatar
    Not sure what happened to mine but my battery kept draining faster and faster. Before I returned it, it was dying by 5pm.
    10-03-2016 04:49 AM
  25. Garz's Avatar
    I'm getting 2 day battery life on series 2.
    10-04-2016 10:30 AM
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