Crown's resistance and haptic feedback

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by NovemberWhiskey, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    I just got back from the Apple store and noticed something weird. On most models of the watch, the crown was very "loose" and free spinning. I.e. there was very little resistance when you spun the crown. 1/10, where 10 is near impossible to turn. Furthermore, these models did not trigger the haptic engine when you reached the end of a menu. In other words, when you trigger the elastic scrolling bounce in a menu (try to scroll past the last item in a menu), there is no haptic feedback.

    However, I found ONE model in the store where the crown had a fairly moderate resistance. It was like a 4/10, and did something the other ones did not. When you got to the end of a menu, and triggered the elastic bounce for the menu, it also triggered the haptic feedback for the watch. And although I am not sure, I also think that the resistance of the crown changed as you spun through different menu items. Not only that, but when you clicked the crown (pushed it in), the feedback on that click felt much better than the free-spinning models.

    I checked the settings for all the displays in store, and they were all the same (and could not be modified).

    Does anyone know why the difference? I prefer the high resistance and the haptic feedback way, as it just gives the watch a much more premium feel. I mean, that MUST be the correct way if they programmed haptic feedback for the end of menus.
  2. joshcls macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2013
    Panama City, FL
    Wonder if most were demo unite specifically built, and the 4/10 was a production model maybe?

    Anybody's guess
  3. ectospheno macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2005
    All the ones I tried this evening seemed fine but I only bothered picking up stainless steel models.
  4. twennywonn macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
  5. fweber macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2015
    My S4 does not give haptic feedback when i reach the end of a menu. S3 did. Pretty strange.

    EDIT: it does, but only within a menu (such as a settings card), not within lists.
  6. stocklen macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    I’ve found with my series 4 the crown is MUCH stiffer than the series 3.

    In fact, to the Point where I’ve wondered if mine is faulty. Sometimes my finger slides across it without turning it and I have to apply pressure to get it to spin.

    It’s a lot less natural feeling than the series 3 was.

    Anyone else found their series 4 to have a stiffer crown?
  7. youknownow macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    my s4 doesn't do the bounce at the end on anything but my s0 does, I miss it, anyone else?
  8. stocklen macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    Anyone let me know how their s4 crown feels in comparison to s3?
  9. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    I’m a little confused about it myself.

    I expected a clicky feeling. It’s not really like that, and it’s not on all the time. And you don’t get the bounce back any more.

    I haven’t had any particular problem turning it. In fact physically I like it more than the S3. It feels sturdier and more secure. It does seem slightly harder to turn.
  10. kougra6541 macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2016
    I’m coming from an aluminum s2, and I agree, it is MUCH stiffer.
  11. WhiteHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2008
    That doesn’t sound right to me, my S4 isn’t like that, my S4 is a bit easier to move compared to my S2 and the feedback seems to be working ok.
  12. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    mine is stiffer too... im using aluminum. how about stainless users? is it more smooth?
  13. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Mine feels less stiff than my S3. And the haptics seem different depending where you are. Eg in settings it feels quite nice and more like a clicking mechanical dial. On others like scrolling through complications on a watch face it just felt like the watch was vibrating.
  14. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014

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