Any 7+ users also have a 5s (or SE) for working out?

dmk1974

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The 7+ is pretty big of course, but is great for most usage. However, when jogging or working out, I much prefer the smaller 5s or SE. Does anyone carry/use both of these sized phones? I'd imagine it would be seamless if setup correctly, but my only downside would be that my Apple Watch can only sync to one of the two (likely would leave paired to the 7+).
 

Purplemobb

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I have considered exactly this. I have an arm band for my 7+ for jogging, but it is very noticeable and unwieldy while on the run. The only thing that has stopped me from getting an SE is the Apple Watch. I just don't want to go through the unpair/repair procedure each time. Wish the watch could be paired to more than one iPhone.
 
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dmk1974

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I have considered exactly this. I have an arm band for my 7+ for jogging, but it is very noticeable and unwieldy while on the run. The only thing that has stopped me from getting an SE is the Apple Watch. I just don't want to go through the unpair/repair procedure each time. Wish the watch could be paired to more than one iPhone.
Thanks for the comments. I knew I wasn't the first to think this through :) Definitely a bummer with the watch. I think an iPhone can pair to multiple watches, but a watch can't can't pair to multiple phones unfortunately. Even if I had to just manually toggle which one to pair to, it would be helpful.
 
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Thanks for the comments. I knew I wasn't the first to think this through :) Definitely a bummer with the watch. I think an iPhone can pair to multiple watches, but a watch can't can't pair to multiple phones unfortunately. Even if I had to just manually toggle which one to pair to, it would be helpful.
Correct. Multiple Apple Watches can be paired to one iPhone, but not vice versa. The iPhone SE is mich lighter and smaller, but ideally (More of a theory) I would like to see the Airpods be able to be independent from the iPhone playing/steaming music for running.
 
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I did this when I had the 6s Plus. I typically used my SE when I would go to weddings, travel, etc. since it was less intrusive in my pocket. The only downside like others mentioned is that my Apple Watch was paired with the 6s Plus. I since moved on my from the plus and have the 7 and SE combo with my Watch being paired with the 7.
 
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I do. Have a 7+ and an SE. It's the perfect setup...well at least the way I have it set up:

I have a T-Mobile DIGITS 2nd SIM in my SE (cloned to my main line, free since I beta tested). I have the SE's actual DIGITS phone number (which I don't use or even know) hooked into iMessage (my main 7+ number). All iMessages are in sync with the two phones (and my iPad/Mac) so I can grab either one on any given day and everything is in sync. New iMessages are sent from my main number (choose in iMessage settings) so nobody knows I'm using two different devices. Phone calls ring both devices and outgoing caller ID shows my main 7+ number (that's the point of DIGITS).

I also have an Apple Watch...paired to my 7+. Obviously it can't be paired to two phones at once, so I did a workaround:

Started the hospot on my SE, connected my 7+ to that hospot. That saved my SE's SSID hotspot to the watch. Now, when I leave the house with only my SE, I can turn the SE's hotspot on and my watch connects to the Wifi, just as if it was paired to the SE. Notifications and everything work in real-time. FYI, the hotspot sometimes turns itself off since Apple has the hotspot programmed to go dormant if there isn't active data being transferred (to save battery). It's not a huge deal, really as it works most of the time. Certainly easier than unpairing/pairing the watch every time I use the SE.

All of this may sound convoluted, but it works perfect for me. Two phones, two lines all for $70, tax included. I can grab either one while running out of the house and have 100% functionality and everything in-sync without ever needing to swap a SIM.

Love it.
 
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dmk1974

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I do. Have a 7+ and an SE. It's the perfect setup...well at least the way I have it set up:

I have a T-Mobile DIGITS 2nd SIM (cloned to my main line, free since I beta tested) in the SE. I have the SE's number (which I don't use) hooked into iMessage (my main 7+ number). All iMessages are in sync with the two phones (and my iPad/Mac) so I can grab either one on any given day and everything is in sync. Phone calls ring both devices and outgoing caller ID shows my main 7+ number (that's the point of DIGITS).

I also have an Apple Watch...paired to my 7+. Obviously it can't be paired to two phones at once, so I did a workaround:

Started the hospot on my SE, connected my 7+ to that hospot. That saved my SE's hotspot to the watch. Now, when I leave the house with only my SE, I can turn the SE's hotspot on and my watch connects to the Wifi, just as if it was paired to the SE.

All of this may sound convoluted, but it works perfect for me. Two phones, two lines all for $70, tax included.

Love it.
Interesting! I too have a free DIGITS Duplicate line (I beta tested as well). I currently have that duplicate SIM in an iPad, but I've had it in a spare phone too. I also have an extra free T-Mobile phone line (Thanksgiving promo) and was thinking I'd put that line (and use DIGITS app for phone calls) into the 5s. But I could do the duplicate as well of course. I just like the flexibility of using that in an iPad, but then again, I could always just tether.

The Hotspot WiFi is an interesting workaround! Any additional battery drain on either the watch or the SE?
 
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The watch doesn't drain any more than it ever does, which is to say it's a total non-issue. Having the 2nd DIGITS SIM in the SE is fantastic since it works identically to my 7+, down to my main # outgoing called ID. I'm never going to switch carriers with this setup!

By the way, during the DIGITS beta test, I put my cloned SIM in my iPad...which resulted in all incoming calls to my main line going instantly to voicemail. My 7+ would barely ring then say "user busy" on the display before I could ever try to answer it. Taking the SIM out of my iPad allowed me to answer calls again. I reported this to DIGITS support many times, so maybe they fixed it?

Has that been fixed? If so, I may put my 2nd SIM in my gen 2 12.9+ as I have fully unlimited tethering data at high speed...since DIGITS line data comes out of your tethering bucket (or has that changed??)
 
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dmk1974

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I have my duplicate DIGITS sim in an iPad Mini 4 and have had zero issues on my primary iPhone. I do not have the Apple facetime duplicate ring enabled on the iPad, but I do have the DIGITS app on the iPad in case I wanted to make a phone call (or see when a call is coming in). Voicemails show on the iPad via that app and no issues on the iPhone.
 
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One thing you'll want to do if you put your DIGITS SIM in your SE is turn off "Calls on Other Devices" (for the SE) using your 7+. That way, incoming calls are routed to your main line and DIGITS line by T-Mobile, not iCloud. It took me a few days to figure out why I couldn't answer calls on my SE...turned that setting of and it works perfectly.

With that setting enabled, the call is essentially forwarded twice, and you can't answer it on the SE because it just fails somewhere in the process. Weird.
 
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Thanks for the comments. I knew I wasn't the first to think this through :) Definitely a bummer with the watch. I think an iPhone can pair to multiple watches, but a watch can't can't pair to multiple phones unfortunately. Even if I had to just manually toggle which one to pair to, it would be helpful.
I think this is a good excuse to get two watches, one large and one small. :)

I have an Phone 6S+ and whenever I find a good deal on an iPhone SE I plane to do exactly what the OP describes.
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Is it just me who uses a shuffle for working out
I do currently, yes. Both are good options. Both have benefits and drawbacks. I say get both and then you are covered for almost any eventuality.
 
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Depending on the price, I think the LTE Apple Watch might be a better ergonomic buy because its on your wrist when working out rather than carrying a SE. The SE will be cheaper at $199 and a full fledged iPhone, but it will be a PITA to switch SIMs frequently between two devices. If there is a LTE watch without the need for a 2nd plan that can be shared w/ the iPhone then that could do wonders. But get the SE from Best Buy to save $ at the very least.
 
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Reno Raines

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I have a SE and a 7. I do use the SE for music and working out. It is much easier for sure but also for me because I use wired headphones so the SE makes the most sense having the 3.5mm jack and all.
 
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dmk1974

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I just keep going back and forth....5S and a 7+ combo or just a 7?
 
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