Apple watch choice

Labhras

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Morning,
I'm considering buying an Apple Watch Series 2. I'd use it for fitness tracking, heartbeat monitoring, track my swimming and get notifications.
What I wanted to clarify is this: the watch needs to be paired with the iPhone - what's the tethering based on, bluetooth? And while I know the watch battery can last a couple of days, what's the impact on the iPhone?
I've read that the next watch will come with LTE in order to be independent from the phone, but that'd also mean a different data plan for the watch?
Do you think I should wait for the September event and see or that an hypothetical LTE watch would be at its best with a Series 4?

Thanks :)
 

BarracksSi

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1. Bluetooth and Wifi
2. If you're like most of us, you'll use the phone less, which means its battery will last longer.
3. Rumor. Don't worry about it for now.
4. Up to you. If you want to wait for the latest and greatest, you'll never buy anything ever again (well, except for drinking water and horses).
 
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Stefan johansson

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The battery in the phone want be that much affected. The internal battery in the AW2 can at most,IF you do not use any tracking features last for up to 48 hours,but the normal thing is to recharge it every night.
 

Labhras

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1. Bluetooth and Wifi
2. If you're like most of us, you'll use the phone less, which means its battery will last longer.
3. Rumor. Don't worry about it for now.
4. Up to you. If you want to wait for the latest and greatest, you'll never buy anything ever again (well, except for drinking water and horses).
I'm not saying wait for the latest and greatest, I was asking for a comparison between what seems more than a rumour about the LTE connection and the actual AW2, considering the fall Apple event is less than a month away and the probability of the new apple watch being launched.
 

Relentless Power

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Morning,
I'm considering buying an Apple Watch Series 2. I'd use it for fitness tracking, heartbeat monitoring, track my swimming and get notifications.
What I wanted to clarify is this: the watch needs to be paired with the iPhone - what's the tethering based on, bluetooth? And while I know the watch battery can last a couple of days, what's the impact on the iPhone?
I've read that the next watch will come with LTE in order to be independent from the phone, but that'd also mean a different data plan for the watch?
Do you think I should wait for the September event and see or that an hypothetical LTE watch would be at its best with a Series 4?

Thanks :)
At this point, I would wait to see what September holds for any new Apple Watch releases, which is now in weeks. If they don't release a new model, then you have your option for a Series 2. And LTE would require an additional fee to your carrier on a monthly basis. LTE is the big update that most are anticipating, if that is something that you have an appreciation for, then perhaps that would be more suitable to wait for.
 

BarracksSi

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Ok, I'll say this --

If you haven't wanted one in the past two years, you must not want any of the current versions.

Wait and see what gets introduced this fall.
 

Ledgem

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I would wait until September regardless. The worst case scenario is that they don't announce anything at all, and then you're in the same place you are now. Otherwise, you'll see if the Series 3 has new features that you want. Even if it doesn't, it will likely push down the price of the Series 2 (and Series 1), so you stand to save some money.
 
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mk313

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Morning,
I'm considering buying an Apple Watch Series 2. I'd use it for fitness tracking, heartbeat monitoring, track my swimming and get notifications.
What I wanted to clarify is this: the watch needs to be paired with the iPhone - what's the tethering based on, bluetooth? And while I know the watch battery can last a couple of days, what's the impact on the iPhone?
I've read that the next watch will come with LTE in order to be independent from the phone, but that'd also mean a different data plan for the watch?
Do you think I should wait for the September event and see or that an hypothetical LTE watch would be at its best with a Series 4?

Thanks :)
While I suppose it's possible for the watch battery to last a couple of days, that has not been my experience when using it to track my workouts. The combination gps, heart rate monitoring and playing music uses a good amount of battery for me. I still get a days worth of use, but not two.
 

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