AW4 GPS accuracy when running

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pedregosa, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. pedregosa macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    I’ve done a few runs with my new AW4 and I’m finding it is consistently recording higher distances than both Garmins and previous Apple Watches on the same routes. The differences are not massive — say 0.13 miles on a 6-mile route. I know one can drive oneself nuts by undue fretting about GPS accuracy. But I’m not clear whether some specific units might be more accurate than others so that I might benefit by exchanging the watch while still inside my 14-day return period. Btw, I live in an area with no general GPS reception problems in terms of buildings or trees, etc. In other respects, I like the AW4 a lot.
  2. pedregosa thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    Also, it seems to record slightly shorter distances with cellular turned off.
  3. Imsuperjp macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2010
    I use my Garmin for running and Apple Watch for everything else. Apple Watch is too inconsistent to rely on for running
  4. pedregosa thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2010
    I run about eight half marathons a year, finishing in around two hours these days, and I see more and more AWs among participants. I think, at its best, AW is good for recreational runners wanting a multifunctional device. But it is not the “best” running watch. I’m still wondering whether there is any point exchanging the one I have.

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