1. tsparks1's Avatar
    Oh I completely understand but I think many don't realize the significant battery drain that an active GPS connection will cause. It happens with the Microsoft band and the 15 or 16 people that own that watch know what I'm talking about.
    lol at 15 or 16 people part. That's a good one.
    07-26-2015 04:06 PM
  2. zerog46's Avatar
    I don't have any intentions of swapping Watches in the manner I swap iPhones. I use my Watch as a companion device only. What I do plan on swapping out are the bands....
    I'm with you on that. I have the black band, the green and the blue. The wife just got me the black leather loop.


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    07-26-2015 06:02 PM
  3. denzilla's Avatar
    Will all of you that are so interested in true GPS functionality going to be on with he necessary sacrifices in power usage? I completely understand the desire but it's going to come at a price.
    They need to incorporate solar power absorption into the screen or find a way to harness our bodies electrical current.
    07-27-2015 04:05 PM
  4. RobtRoma's Avatar
    Oh I completely understand but I think many don't realize the significant battery drain that an active GPS connection will cause. It happens with the Microsoft band and the 15 or 16 people that own that watch know what I'm talking about.
    I'm one of the 15-16 people that have a Band and found that if I turn off the screen during a bike ride or walk, the battery drain isn't that bad. I'll lose maybe 10-15% in a 45-60 ride or walk. If I leave the screen on to consistently monitor my activity, battery drain will double in the same time. It was livable, but then again, I'm not someone that goes on marathon workouts. Since I always carry my phone during outdoor workouts, I don't really mind not having the GPS on the Watch but it would be a nice feature to have.

    GPS readings between the Watch and the Band aren't typically that far off after my workouts. No more than a quarter mile over a 10 mile bike ride. Usually closer to 1/10th of a mile. I can live with that. What confuses me most is the difference in calories burned. The Band and Map My Fitness will report double the calories burned vs the Watch (600-700 calories vs 300-350 on the Watch). I would really like to find a reason for this.

    As for the OPs question, I did purchase Watch 1.0 so I can't answer that exact question. Do I plan on upgrading when 2.0 comes out? No. I'll wait at least until gen 3 and probably gen 4 unless there is something really compelling or I somehow damage my Watch 1.0.
    07-28-2015 11:53 AM
  5. jschu22's Avatar
    And that's fine but I view the features those functions provide as conveniences (some could be necessities) and as definition those should be easy to access. I don't want to have to go into settings and flip a switch whenever they are needed. You find that acceptable so that's great for you, although given your choice of phones I'm not sure why the need for battery conservation.
    07-29-2015 09:14 AM
  6. Chop's Avatar
    It all remains to be seen, obviously, but I think all of you "wait for Gen 2"ers are in for a shock when this thing isn't updated annually. It's not meant to be independent from the phone, despite what some people seem to insist Apple " failed" at, or want to update their Wish Lists with.

    A future version will likely offer GPS, more storage (key, if focusing on native apps), perhaps a camera for Facetime, and new band/material options. For a satellite device, software updates can keep this feeling like a new device for years. Just imagine them allowing 3rd party watch faces...
    07-29-2015 09:53 AM
  7. blasted11's Avatar
    My Gear S is a phone-on-the-wrist that works great and offers a lot of utility. Even on my smallish girly wrists its great. I can leave my phone at home or in the car if I choose and not miss calls, texts, or notifications. When I want to use my 6 Plus I can just grab it and leave my Note 4 at home.

    from the Elegance
    And it has a browser right?
    07-30-2015 09:22 PM
  8. tadpoles's Avatar
    And it has a browser right?
    I use Opera and its okay. The screen is a little small for browsing but it does work fine.

    from the Elegance
    07-31-2015 11:00 AM
  9. Flow39's Avatar
    I use Opera and its okay. The screen is a little small for browsing but it does work fine.

    from the Elegance
    I've seen a few people with a Gear S. I don't know how some of them manage to wear something that big on their wrists, along with doing phone functions, such as calling, texting, and browsing. I would never want a do-it-all watch, but to each their own
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    07-31-2015 09:55 PM
  10. jschu22's Avatar
    I've seen a few people with a Gear S. I don't know how some of them manage to wear something that big on their wrists, along with doing phone functions, such as calling, texting, and browsing. I would never want a do-it-all watch, but to each their own
    I've heard a surprising number of people wish they could have a watch that allows them to leave their phone at home (the Gear S does, of course) but I suspect that in reality they wouldn't be doing that much if they could. Many of us are well passed the days in which our phone is merely a one on one communication device.
    08-03-2015 10:31 PM
  11. tadpoles's Avatar
    I've heard a surprising number of people wish they could have a watch that allows them to leave their phone at home (the Gear S does, of course) but I suspect that in reality they wouldn't be doing that much if they could. Many of us are well passed the days in which our phone is merely a one on one communication device.
    With my Gear S I can go into a restaurant, the mall, whatever, and leave my phone in the car or even at home. Why? Because the Gear S is a phone in and of itself. I honestly don't leave my phone behind often but I like knowing that I can without missing anything. Apple will give their watch a SIM card and this ability, its just a matter of time, just like it was just a matter of time for there to BE an Apple watch. When that time comes the ability will be highly praised. It seems to be the way of things.

    from the Elegance
    08-04-2015 03:45 PM
  12. iEd's Avatar
    If the rumors prove to be true Apple may be moving in the direction of esim or electronic sim no physical card. This technology would benefit a future Apple Watch where internal space is a premium.


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    08-04-2015 04:04 PM
  13. tadpoles's Avatar
    If the rumors prove to be true Apple may be moving in the direction of esim or electronic sim no physical card. This technology would benefit a future Apple Watch where internal space is a premium.


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    That would be nice.

    from the Elegance
    08-04-2015 05:35 PM
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