Activate on Wrist Raise: Yay or Nay?

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  1. Thefan macrumors member

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    Wondering what everyone's preference is? I can't decide whether or not to disable mine. Seems like it comes on a little too much with every wrist turn. After all, it does come on with the simple tap on the screen. I would think awaking the display every few seconds is going to affect the battery life tremendously.
     
  2. Cutiekitty92 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed when i get mine I think I would disable it as yes I raise my wrists a lot at work and don't need to see the time every single time i do so
     
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  4. Thefan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah me too, I turn a lot of pages, lift books, papers, write, etc. Normal stuff seems to keep waking it up, haha.
     
  5. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    I would keep it on as it makes the watch seem more like a watch!

    ;)
     
  6. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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    yayyyyyy cause it's weird to use the 2 arms for something so simple.
     
  7. Thefan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah true, but only 18hr battery life changes that a bit though. :)
     
  8. Cutiekitty92 macrumors 65816

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    I'll see how it goes and then turn it off
     
  9. anez macrumors 6502

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    I get quite a few false positives in terms of how often I actually want the face to activate, but that's a small price to pay for hands-free operation.

    I'm definitely keeping mine on.
     
  10. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    I leave it on. No problems with battery life so far and really like not having to press anything to see the time.
     
  11. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    Assuming I ever get a apple watch I have resigned myself to a daily charge cycle!

    :apple:
     
  12. Armen macrumors 604

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    If I can't raise my wrist and see the time what kind of watch am I wearing exacty? if my other hand is busy am I supposed to use my nose to touch the screen?
     
  13. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Agree. I have it on and I've never had less than 20% battery remaining at the end of the day, and even then that was at 2 AM. I've had it on for 12 hrs today already, just finished a 3 mile walk with the dogs running Runkeeper app and I'm at 60%. And all this on my wife's 38mm watch (my 42mm will be delivered Monday ;)), with its supposedly lesser lesser battery life.
     
  14. Thefan thread starter macrumors member

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    I was of the similar mindset, and if the watch had better battery life and had an option to leave the display on permanently, I wouldn't even be asking this question. I would love to leave the display on permanently, it looks awesome. Surprised it doesn't have that option, but then again, the battery life was probably the issue.
     
  15. Armen macrumors 604

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    That part depends. If I could leave the screen on at it's lowest brightness and get at least 10 hours out of the battery I would.
     
  16. lupend88 macrumors 6502

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    I don't have the watch yet so pardon the question, but does the screen turn on when you simply tap the screen or do you have to press the digital crown?
     
  17. mikezmac macrumors 6502a

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    On for sure. I don't want to tie up 2 hands to se the time.
     
  18. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I like it. It goes on when I move my arm like most people would when looking at their watch. Up and pivot to see. Goes off when I lower my arm. Doesn't stay on the whole 4 seconds unless I hold it still to look at it. Battery life has been good.
     
  19. Thefan thread starter macrumors member

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    It'll come on just by tapping the display as well.
     
  20. Glene, May 2, 2015
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    I leave it on....it doesa good job of not always flashing on and only when the wrist move is deliberate. Makes little diff in batt life for me.
     
  21. Sphyrna macrumors regular

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    Until I have a problem with battery life and the watch not lasting all day I'm leaving it on. Yes, it turns on sometimes when I wasn't raising my arm/wrist to see the time. But I would rather have that than have to touch the screen or press the crown every time I want to see the time.
     
  22. scottburrow macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to turn it off and just tap the screen. I don't really need to know the time, that much to be honest. I'm more interested in keeping my iPhone 6 plus in my pocket.

    How many people actually care what time it is every minute?

    I'm a guitar player, I can just imagine how often it would come on!
     
  23. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    off.

    this thread should be a poll.

    make it so.
     
  24. TEBnewyork macrumors regular

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    I haven't even been close to running out of battery. If you in the mindset of charging at night should not be a problem.
     
  25. penajmz macrumors 68030

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    On always. Sometimes it gets annoying like driving and the screen turns on when I turn but I think it's so cool when I actually mean to do it.
     

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