Biggest complaint of AWS after 1 month - too sweaty to stop workout!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by BeatCrazy, May 5, 2016.

  1. BeatCrazy macrumors 6502a

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    So far, (mostly) so good with my new Apple Watch Sport. Yes, the 3rd party apps rather suck. But everyone's complained a million times about it.

    I run 3-4 times a week. Stopping the workout is often a problem as my fingers are too sweaty to register on the watch face. Trying to dry off fingers on workout clothes is challenging.

    Siri won't help, she says "Sorry, I can't stop your workout". WTF? Any ideas?
     
  2. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Have you done a Force Press, then touch the End Workout button that pops up?
     
  3. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Was not aware of that particular force press function. I may still have difficulty pressing the resulting End Workout button, but I will give it a try.
     
  4. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    It works pretty well for me, especially when my fingers are too sweaty to register a swipe.
     
  5. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    BTW, your example is why Force Press is simultaneously my most and least favorite feature of the AW.

    "Most" because it's an ingenious way to add optional buttons to apps, label them clearly, and not require space-hogging, moisture-leaking hardware buttons on the sides of the watch case.

    "Least" because the usage is inconsistent -- some apps use it, some don't; some need it and others don't -- and it's not presented right up front where the user knows it's available. The user has to find out whether FP buttons are available by pressing on the screen and seeing whether the buttons appear or the app just bounces with a shrug as if to say, "Nope, can't do more."

    Given the trade offs, I'll still prefer Force Press over additional hard buttons. I think it'll just take a while for more users to treat it as a common interface.
     
  6. brvhrt macrumors member

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    It's the main reason I returned mine. Swiping and tapping with wet hands is impossible. Terrible for ending workout, controlling music, swiping between screens when running, etc. Force touch only launches another screen which requires a tap to end the workout. It's the worst wearable fitness device I have encountered. It's like nobody tested it - there are two hardware buttons right on the watch which could have been used to end the workout or even force press itself could have ended the workout. And don't get me started on the swirly circles and data mess which constitutes the activity and health iPhone apps respectively.

    I swapped it for a Microsoft Band 2. A hardware button starts and ends the workout, it has GPS so I don't need my phone, I get all the notifications I need, it monitors my sleep, battery life is adequate, the fitness and health sensors and metrics are comprehensive and the Microsoft Health online dashboard is second to none.

    I never thought I'd ever hold this opinion but Apple released an inferior, frivolous product and Microsoft released a focussed, competent one. IMHO of course.
     
  7. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried your suggestion of Force Touch and it worked well enough. Thanks.
     
  8. Armen macrumors 604

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    I was going to suggest not sweating so much next :p
     
  9. papbot macrumors 6502

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    I never actually thought there was another way to end a workout. I've only ever used the force press.
     
  10. xDKP macrumors 6502a

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    I use mine to run as well (let's not start the discussion on how bad the 3rd party apps are... Still very disappointed by Nike especially - Come on man!)

    I do okay with force touching and pressing pause, when I need to take a zip of water halfway... I'm by no means a hardcore very serious runner who need extreme precise data, so I actually think the Apple Watch is pretty amazing to use for running.
     
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    Usually, but if you're without your phone on a jog -- which is how I'd rather jog these days -- you've got no Siri.
     
  13. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Yes, but if you leave your phone in your car or house and go for a jog. You typically will end the workout when you are back home or at your car. Therefore your phone is in range and you can use Siri to end the workout. I do it all the time.
     
  14. xDKP macrumors 6502a

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    Clever actually. I usually run without my phone but end at my house
     
  15. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  16. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    DAMMIT Apple.

    Force touch was a great way to end my run (with terribly sweaty fingers).

    Now, with watchOS 3, Force Touch no longer appears to work! You must slide to the right, which is literally impossible with wet hands. I even tried to use Siri. I saw it register my request to "stop workout". Figured it would take. Nope, I look down 30 minutes later after my run, and the damn thing is still trying to track my run. Frustrating.
     
  17. matrix07, Sep 14, 2016
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    In OS 3 you can pause your run by press the crown and side button at the same time (the same way you're doing the screenshot), or better yet just stop running and the watch will automatically pauses (set it in the Workout section of iPhone’s Apple Watch app), then wipe your hand and stop it.
     
  18. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, touch screens pretty much fail for fitness interfaces. Apple needs to give us an option to use the two side buttons to control workouts. They must be doing this for pool workouts in the Series 2. I cannot see how you could record intervals (lap button) on the watch with the screen, and ending a swim would be hugely delayed to get everything to dry off.
     
  19. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    From the Loop
    Turning Digital Crown will also initiate speakers to eject water.
     
  20. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    This sounds like the device still stays solely in touch screen mode while swimming. But, that the watch will lock itself to prevent accidental touch taps. What we need is transfer of control to the side buttons so you can start/stop/lap during workouts without touch.
     
  21. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    It stops when you turn the Digital Crown.
     
  22. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Aaah, I missed that. I thought that when it said "turn the digital crown and the screen will become active again," it restored screen function, but you still had to touch the screen to stop the swim.
     
  23. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, excellent. Thank you! And I never noticed the Workout section of the iPhone Watch app. I just turned that setting on! Life is good again!

    What do you mean by "wipe your hand and stop it"? Stop the pause? What if your hand is wet?
     
  24. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    I mean end the workout.
     
  25. BeatCrazy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Crown + side button press does nothing. Any other ideas?

    Stopping running and waiting for workouts pause is not really ideal because I often reach my distance goal, and instead of coming to a hard stop, I walk for a short bit. I don't want that walking to slow down my average times.
     

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