Activate on wrist raise vs. on tap?

crawdad62

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Yesterday was the first day I had my Apple Watch Sport. I had it set up to activate on wrist raise. I must admit I used it on a run and had BT headphones paired to the watch along with a Podcast that was also native to the watch I also used the walk activity while I played disc golf. So I'm sure that took more power than normal but I was down to about 6% by midnight. That's fine since that's when I would take it off anyway but I also noticed how many times the face activated throughout the day when I really wasn't needing it. I ended up selecting activate on tap which seems like it might cut down on battery usage.

Since this is only the second day I was wondering what everyone is doing? And is there any advantage/disadvantage to either method?
 

xthine

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When I don't need it to tell the time I turn off activate on wrist raise. Advantage has been better battery life. When I wear the AW by itself then I turn on the activate on wrist raise function. Now when I'm monitoring a baseball game no question.. Activate on wrist raise and resume to last application.
 

nfl46

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I use tap.

I'm actually surprised we don't have the tap feature on the iPhone...kinda like the LG phones..where you tap the screen to turn it on and double tap to turn it off.
 

srshaw

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It would be annoying having to tap it do see the time, a bit like using a 70s digital watch. Infact the Apple watch reminds of a 70s watch as it is by the way the screen is usually black, especially if using the x large face in red.

I doubt the extra battery used by unintended arm movements would be negligable.
 
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crawdad62

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It is convenient to have it on when you raise your wrist. It's just that I noticed it on a lot. Of course the watch is new and I'm sure I fiddled with it more than normal. I'm gonna try both a few days and see.
 

malochico1

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mine is on wrist raise all day and at night before bed i change it to tap, since i wear mine to bed for silent alarm.
 

penajmz

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I used to have it on Activate on Wrist raise but after turning it off for a day and seeing how I had 30%+ battery life at the end of the day I decided to leave it off.
 

thelookingglass

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I used to have it on Activate on Wrist raise but after turning it off for a day and seeing how I had 30%+ battery life at the end of the day I decided to leave it off.
Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but it's good to see someone else with significantly better battery life when wrist detection is off. I don't find tapping that annoying, so it's really not a big deal.
 

acctman

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I use tap.

I'm actually surprised we don't have the tap feature on the iPhone...kinda like the LG phones..where you tap the screen to turn it on and double tap to turn it off.
put your finger on the home button and it unlocks... done with just one hand, tapping on the screen would require two hands with traditional usage.
 

firstapple

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You say yesterday was your first day with the watch. When you opened the box was it fully charged already? If not, did you charge it prior to wearing it? Also, I found that my battery life got better after a couple days of discharging and then charging the battery. I have mine set on turn on for wrist raise and haven't had any battery issues.
 
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