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Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by gibbiem, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. gibbiem macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2015

    Had my AW for about a month now and well impressed. About a year ago I was massively anti Apple and an Android fan boy. Thanks to the Mac Mini I've been converted.

    Anyway, got the sports band, 42mm watch. Got a bit of wear on the band, seems common? do I just return to the store to get it swapped? anybody had any bother with Apple over it?

    Also, does anyone use a better stopwatch app that keeps the screen on? I know this is a common concern. I do interval training so need to keep an eye on the time moving without need to tap the screen etc.

    Tried to have a look through existing threads but apologies if I've missed answers to these already
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    As for the band wear (you didn't mention the color, so I assume it's the black sport band) it's kinda normal with the black sports one. I and others here in the forum have this, too. Can't see any wear on my white sports band, though.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    There is no way to get the screen to stay on, and many people have complained about that. I don't know if that function would be added in watchOS 2. But sounds like what you need is an interval training app that lets you set up the time intervals and have the watch tap you when you need to move to the next thing. The point of having a watch with taptic feedback is that you don't have to keep looking at it in order to measure the time. If such an app doesn't exist, surely someone is working on making one.
  4. BSG75 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2015
    My black sport band was showing wear after 14 days and I was able to exchange it at the Apple Store. The band was showing wear near the watch but not in the pin and tuck area. I'm expecting wear, especially with the sport band, just not this early.

    FWIW, I've only read of instances of wear on the black bands. The other colors don't seem to have this issue.
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    The AW is fine as an alternative to an activity band like a Fitbit but it's a poor substitute as a true sport watch -- something to aid your training. I wear my AW during the day but when it comes time for my run I swap it with my Garmin Forerunner. No real workaround now. Apple is opening up the watch more to devs in WatchOS 2 so hopefully we will start getting good full featured apps then.

    As for the band, my black sport sill looks good. When I'm wearing it I'm not really doing anything physical where I'd start sweating. I think that is the key. If you do activities while wearing it that cause you to sweat you need to wipe it down.
  6. BSG75 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2015
    Absolutely. I keep a FitBit One with me and like to compare the step count between my AW and FitBit. The FitBit is much more generous when it comes to counting steps. I go by the AW for a more accurate estimate.

    Even the FitBit Surge isn't really that great of a sport watch, just check out the FitBit forum. IMO Garmin has a much better product if you're looking for a true sport watch.

    On my old band, I wiped it down any time it got sweaty. The wear was happening on the outside of the band. Maybe it was just from a defective lot.
  7. gibbiem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2015
    Thanks for the replies. Yeah its the black sports band. It doesnt stick out like a sore thumb but its not what I would expect after such a short length of time. Might look at getting an extra band so I can keep one for the gym.

    Will look forward to OS2 to see if the screen on issue is changed. Not sure why the option isnt there just like it is on the phone.

    Also, do any devs know how the Workout app calculates how many calories I'm burning? I assume its a simple calculation based on my weight/age/sex/height/HR?
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Calculation on those factors? Yes. Simple? I'm guessing not. There are probably some very highly paid people at Apple who came up with that formula.
  9. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Two options here... One, are you using the Workout app during your interval training? It does not sound like you are. If you do, then the timer will come up as the main screen when you raise your wrist. So, you could use that as a simple stopwatch view.

    Second, you could setup a watch face with a countdown timer and stopwatch as two complications. Then, when you are using either, those will show on the watch face.
  10. gibbiem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2015
    Fair play. Its good to finally see what calories I'm burning while just weight lifting though as never had a way to measure it

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