DC Rainmaker Apple Watch Review (Fitness Aspects Only)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by igrover, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. igrover macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    Here is a link to the DC Rainmaker Apple Watch Review (Fitness Aspects Only). If you are really interested in how the Apple Watch works in the fitness area - heart rate monitoring, running, cycling, etc. then this is the review for you.

  2. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Cool, thanks for the alert. I have been waiting for that. His stuff pretty much tracks exactly what I have seen. He does a good job of avoiding judgement in many areas and simply presents the findings.

    One of his quotes at the end summarizes a lot of the sentiment I have seen "As a fitness device – the Apple Watch isn’t terribly good at fitness. At least not by any objective measure. Not cost, not features, not accuracy, and not reliability. Which is odd to me, because in so many ways many people (perhaps including myself) believed that an Apple product has so much perfection in design inherently there."
  3. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    As clear as he always is. I expected him to take his time with this report, too, because of third-party apps getting a handle on the Watch.

    I would have liked to see more data with the Bluetooth HR strap, I suppose. But, wearing the strap makes it like most other fitness devices, and part of the optical HR appeal is not having to wear a chest strap.
  4. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
    For me, the heart rate sensor is pretty accurate during exercise if you avoid quick arm movements back and forth. It has no issue with me on treadmill. I have issue with things like throwing a football for example.
  5. matt9013 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2013
    Really hoping for the next watch model or major update that Apple completely redesigns the fitness app for the watch. They really need to look at Fitbit and go from there or hell just take some of there ideas and tweak them a little. I know Apple isn't into Fitness like Fibtit but with all that fitness talk and how this can change the way we stay in shape etc it's a complete joke.
  6. PatrickNSF macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2011
    I agree. I'd feel so much better about keeping the AW if there was a way to integrate the fitness aspects of the AW with another true fitness device, like a Garmin. Ideally, I'd wear my Garmin GPS watch for my runs and sleep tracking and the AW for the rest of the day. If I could get the AW's step data integrated with the Garmin site or, conversely, if Apple has a site that accepted my Garmin running and sleep data, I'd be happy to keep and use both.

    As it stands now, it seems like my only option to have full integration of my health data is to use the Garmin 24/7.
  7. matt9013 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2013
    That would be cool. Like you I'll be using my Fitbit Charge and an AW once I get one.

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