Always-on bright enough?

Monkswhiskers

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My only reason for going from 4 to 5 would be always-on for running and swimming, but, I am wondering if this would be bright enough for glancing at from an angle in bright sunlight with the more reflective sapphire glass. Can anyone tell me if the display gets dimmed out (in AO mode) while the workout app is showing stats? If not it might be just about ok.
 

LIVEFRMNYC

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My only reason for going from 4 to 5 would be always-on for running and swimming, but, I am wondering if this would be bright enough for glancing at from an angle in bright sunlight with the more reflective sapphire glass. Can anyone tell me if the display gets dimmed out (in AO mode) while the workout app is showing stats? If not it might be just about ok.
AOD seems to stay the same whether in dark or bright conditions.
 

MadCar

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Works really well I’m impressed so far. Found myself starting to look at the watch how I used to with a glance rather than an involuntarily twitch to wake it up.

There is a setting to get the display to turn off during workouts to save on battery if people want that. Alerts can also be suppressed to not display as well.

And obviously AOD can be switched off all together.

Lastly AOD brightness does change. Cover the face and you can see it dim, lift your had off and it gets brighter adjusting to sunlight.
 

coolerkid

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I don't find it bright enough unless you're indoors. It still does show your workout when dimmed, which is good and works well when in the gym, but when using it outdoors the glare on the screen keeps me from seeing much of anything when looking at an angle. I wanted to use it for sports, biking, ect. but it's pretty useless for that purpose in many cases I've tried so far. This feature is a nice addition for people who are buying a new watch anyway, but I updated from 4 to 5 for this feature and for what I ended up spending I feel it was a waste of money. If it won't cost you too much to update, it's a nice feature to have, but if you have a SS model for instance and have to pay a difference of like $400 after selling your old one and getting a new one it's probably not worth it. Try one out and see for yourself.
 
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Works really well I’m impressed so far. Found myself starting to look at the watch how I used to with a glance rather than an involuntarily twitch to wake it up.

There is a setting to get the display to turn off during workouts to save on battery if people want that. Alerts can also be suppressed to not display as well.

And obviously AOD can be switched off all together.

Lastly AOD brightness does change. Cover the face and you can see it dim, lift your had off and it gets brighter adjusting to sunlight.
during workouts, what does the always on display show? Does it go back to the clock or a frozen workout screen?
 

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A lot of 4 to 5 upgraders who are going to be pissed, mostly because of the terrible resale value.

But the AOD isn't a gimmick. It's a work in progress. Not being visible outside is something they need to work on.

Always something :)
 

Monkswhiskers

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Thanks for the feedback. I got upgraded from a 3 to 4 on Applecare+ so already feel lucky but will wait for the 6 before upgrading I reckon, the main thing for me really is swimming as the raise to wake is just about fast enough for me for running (better than the 3). I would get a Garmin for swimming but Apple Watch's Open Water tracking is by far the best and knocks all other watches into a cocked hoop.
 

MadCar

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during workouts, what does the always on display show? Does it go back to the clock or a frozen workout screen?
If I’m walking it shows the seconds ticking by and all the other details just not the milliseconds. There is an option to NOT have that on during workouts.