1st gen users, have you upgraded?

1st gen users, have you upgraded?

  • No.

    Votes: 122 71.3%
  • Yes.

    Votes: 49 28.7%

  • Total voters
    171

ApplePersonFreak

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Those of you with 1st gen apple watches, have you upgraded to a series 1 or 2, or are you waiting on Series 3 this year? I've had mine since it came out, but since it's working fine despite battery issues, I might wait.. although the sales for series 1 is a bit tempting.
 

mjschabow

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Dec 25, 2013
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I take mine off the charger at 6am every day and put it back on the charger at 10pm. I'm usually at 70% on 2nd gen. On first I'd be around 50-55%.

The extra juice is nice in the event that I stayed somewhere overnight and forgot my charger.
 

ApplePersonFreak

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Sep 23, 2016
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I take mine off the charger at 6am every day and put it back on the charger at 10pm. I'm usually at 70% on 2nd gen. On first I'd be around 50-55%
Wow. I do miss those days. Now I'll be at 30-40% at 8pm, which isn't bad, but I don't use my watch any more or any less than I have in the past.
 

Mlrollin91

macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
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My GF and I are both still using Series 0 Sports. We have AC+ so we both got battery replacements last week as our batteries were starting to degrade noticeable. But after 20 months, that is expected. Now we essentially have brand new watches. I'm waiting for a major hardware design, but if they stick to 18 month cycles, I might need to go with the 3, because I don't see this watch lasting another 2.5 years.
 
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iSheep5S

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Jun 4, 2013
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I as a new S1 owner was curious about how the little battery faired. I skipped the series 0 as i was on android. You gets your iPhone you gets the watch. :)

May get apple care as a precaution. I wasn't interested in the GPS so i doubt there is any features that will make me hop to the S3.
 

Thai

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Feb 2, 2016
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Colorado
I as a new S1 owner was curious about how the little battery faired. I skipped the series 0 as i was on android. You gets your iPhone you gets the watch. :)

May get apple care as a precaution. I wasn't interested in the GPS so i doubt there is any features that will make me hop to the S3.
I don't mind a slightly thinner profile (while using same band attachment mechanism so that i can still use my current bands), HR sensor WITH functional oxygen measurements, and of course even better battery life than S2. But i must admit that Series 2 is very close to perfection IMO.
 
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iSheep5S

macrumors 6502a
Jun 4, 2013
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Scotland
I'd like to get the option for an always on display. Samsung seems to have nailed it with the Gear S3 so I'm hoping Apple can incorporate it in the next update.
That's a fair point. I had the Galaxy S7 before moving to the iPhone 7. It had the always on display. Apparently when displaying white it didn't use battery.
 

batristain

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Sep 15, 2014
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Those of you with 1st gen apple watches, have you upgraded to a series 1 or 2, or are you waiting on Series 3 this year? I've had mine since it came out, but since it's working fine despite battery issues, I might wait.. although the sales for series 1 is a bit tempting.
I've had my watch since launch day....the only thing that would tempt me would be battery life. I have a 38mm SS and battery life is my only issue. I can usually make it through a day depending on how many notifications I receive but I usually try to top off the battery mid-day if I remember to charge it. I'm hoping for a better battery and maybe an always on display for the series 3.

Cheers,
Bobbie
 

ApplePersonFreak

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Sep 23, 2016
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My GF and I are both still using Series 0 Sports. We have AC+ so we both got battery replacements last week as our batteries were starting to degrade noticeable. But after 20 months, that is expected. Now we essentially have brand new watches. I'm waiting for a major hardware design, but if they stick to 18 month cycles, I might need to go with the 3, because I don't see this watch lasting another 2.5 years.
Hmm, this is a good idea. I have AC+ on mine and since I bought it in June, it's going to end June of this year. Did they run a diagnostic and the battery failed on it before they replaced it?
 

Clix Pix

macrumors demi-goddess
Gen 1 (Series 0) Apple watch here, too.....and waiting for the next revision rather than getting Apple Watch 2. My watch is ticking along just fine and I don't care about the GPS or some of the other new features. I want to get my money's worth out of my current Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless band first! :)
 

Mlrollin91

macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
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Hmm, this is a good idea. I have AC+ on mine and since I bought it in June, it's going to end June of this year. Did they run a diagnostic and the battery failed on it before they replaced it?
Yes, they ran extensive diagnostics to verify that it was degrading. At first they kept saying the tests are coming back healthy, but after some persistence and explaining that my battery(s) aren't lasting like they use to and AC+ is up in April, they sent the information to the engineers and they approved the replacements.
 

ApplePersonFreak

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Yes, they ran extensive diagnostics to verify that it was degrading. At first they kept saying the tests are coming back healthy, but after some persistence and explaining that my battery(s) aren't lasting like they use to and AC+ is up in April, they sent the information to the engineers and they approved the replacements.
Hmm. I might give it a shot. Did they replace it for free, or did you have to use an incident?
 

ApplePersonFreak

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Sep 23, 2016
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Free. AC+ includes one battery replacement. Technically it has to be below 80%, but if you can make a strong case that your battery is degrading, they will send it off to the engineers.
Yeah, I'm gonna give it a shot. It's only 1:30 in the afternoon and I'm at 78% and barely have gotten as much notifications as I have in the past. Hope the diagnostics come back with something other than 'passed'.
 

Mlrollin91

macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
13,535
9,080
Ventura County
Yeah, I'm gonna give it a shot. It's only 1:30 in the afternoon and I'm at 78% and barely have gotten as much notifications as I have in the past. Hope the diagnostics come back with something other than 'passed'.
Even if it comes back as passed. Make a class. I did and I got a replacement. I went from getting 48 hours of standby per charge to less than 24 hours. They said it passed but I begged to differ.
 

xDKP

macrumors 65816
Feb 27, 2011
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Waiting for series 3...maybe 4...i am waiting for a major design feature. Series "0" is working just fine.
For me the design is a beauty already. I couldn't resist on the GPS / Water resistant and to be honest the jump from Series 0 to Series 2 has been a lot more significant than I thought it would - It just simply feels like a way more complete product... I don't swim, but waterproof means I never have to think about it and the speed bump was REALLY needed and GPS is really a killer feature for us runners. Somehow they have also updated the battery in my non-scientific usage based tests to around 50% more - thats a killer update as well
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Yes. Battery life alone is worth the upgrade.
I take mine off the charger at 6am every day and put it back on the charger at 10pm. I'm usually at 70% on 2nd gen. On first I'd be around 50-55%.

The extra juice is nice in the event that I stayed somewhere overnight and forgot my charger.
Just to clarify, the battery life is better on the Series 2 (30%), however, Series 1 has the exact same size battery as the first Generarion Apple Watch.

I'm assuming when you say "The Better battery alone is worth the upgrade", you're referring to the Series 2?
 

Mlrollin91

macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
13,535
9,080
Ventura County
Just to clarify, the battery life is better on the Series 2 (30%), however, Series 1 has the exact same size battery as the first Generarion Apple Watch.

I'm assuming when you say "The Better battery alone is worth the upgrade", you're referring to the Series 2?
Isn't the larger battery size of the S2 just a wash because of GPS? My older sister upgraded from a S0 to S2 for running and her battery is about the same.
 
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