Do you feel the Taptic engine is not strong enough..or is it?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by striders, May 13, 2015.

  1. striders macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I found maybe 40% of the time, I'll miss the notifications until I looked at the watch. However, I didn't feel the Taptic engine on my wrist when the notification comes in. I have increased the tap strength to the max.

    Sometimes I wonder if the Taptic engine is not working on certain occasion. I did have a Pebble, which I believe has the strongest vibration motor from all the smart watches I ever had (Android Wear mostly).

    What's your experience so far?
  2. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    Didn't notice it at first but after a while I started feeling it like it was bumping into me or a quick tug on my arm. It's an odd feeling. Really different but I like how quiet it is. I hate loud vibration sounds.

    I'm not wearing it very tight either. I found out it can actually slide around some and still read my heartbeat fine so I wear it like a normal watch.
  3. twisted-pixel macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Coming from a pebble I also notice a difference in vibration strength. I never missed a notification from pebble but I occasionally miss one from my apple watch. I really think it's just a case of getting used to it. Play around with the haptic settings and see if it helps.
  4. jryu90 macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2013
    Washington, D.C. Metro Area
    I have the Taptic Engine's vibration intensity set to max and at times I find myself missing a few of the taps. It is very subtle in a non-intrusive sort of way, and I guess that's really the point of it. It's something that I've come to get used to. I find myself only ever really missing the taps whenever I'm moving around.

    I also notice that it's really dependent on how tight you wear the straps. I wear it with the Black Classic Buckle during the day, and I generally wear it a notch away from being snug. Still good enough to accurately track my heart rate. But when I switch it out for the Black Sport Band, I wear it pretty snug and find myself feeling the taps every time.
  5. mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I think the taptic engine is perfect and a great example of the thoughtfulness Apple puts into their products.

    I had trouble detecting notifications initially but within a few days had no problems. I gradually became used to the sensation. In fact, I turned the intensity down from the default.

    It is not a jarring buzz - but a gentle reminder. I appreciate how unobtrusive it is and think it is one of the features that sets the Apple watch apart from other smartwatches.
  6. striders thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    So it seems it'll take some time for me to adjust to the taptic engine, since it's not using a vibration motor (which I got used to since the day of pagers). I got the Watch not too long ago, so I'll give it a shot in the next few days and report back.

    BTW, I work in office mostly and sometimes I take a glance and see the red dot, but then I was thinking "where's the tap?". I don't even hear the notification sound from the watch (I put the phone on vibrate).

    Hope it is not a defective watch...
  7. LxTxNx macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2007
    I had to turn the haptic feedback down on my SS Watch it was way too intense.
  8. jmh286 macrumors member


    Apr 22, 2015
    I haven't had any issues noticing the taps. To the point that I've turned both my watch and phone on silent. It's nice not hearing the constant dings and rings throughout the day.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    May be perfect for you but I seldom feel it. Apple needs to give us choices as unless I am in a quiet environment I fail to hear the little ding either. Made my AW usless
  10. skyking517 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Mine is pretty strong and works well. Week 20 build

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