Does 38mm SS Haptic Feel Different than 42mm SS Haptic?

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  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I have a SS 42mm. I was recently visiting family who had a 38mm SS Haptic, and they immediately commented that the haptic feature seemed like a "joke," as they could not feel it unless directly interacting with the screen.

    We swapped watches for fifteen minutes, sending messages to each other, testing the haptic. Both of us agreed, that my 42mm SS felt stronger and more solid, the haptic feedback. The 38mm, if put up to your ear, even had a slight rattle when making the haptic rather than the solid thump of the 42mm.

    If you have a 38mm and 42mm in your household, do you notice a different in how it (haptic) translates to your wrist?

    Or is it likely that they got a watch with a weaker or even failing haptic engine?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    After three watches I can tell you that every watch can be different as the haptic motors vary. My first watch started out strong and wimped out to zero when it came to taps and had to return it. My 2nd watch the haptic motor was weak from the start and then got weaker. My current watch, still a 42SS, has a great tapper that you can not miss, even with it turned back from max.

    All I can say is these haptic motors can vary
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As above. My try on appointment was waff. But my watch well it'll wake you up from a deep sleep
     
  4. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    I've had the 38mm for a little over a month now and the haptic feedback has been great so far. Knock on wood it stays that way.
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Your anecdotal findings are meaningless unless you've compared the two using the same type of band. Metal bands are known to dissipate the haptics, making them weaker.

    While it's true there may be a variability between different Watches, you have to control for the variability in perceived haptic strength in terms of bands.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Your anecdotal comments are not helping either, as usual.:confused:
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    As opposed to yours implying the only source of difference is in the haptic motor between Watches? The type of band can also contribute to the perceived haptic strength and must be controlled for if one is to compare differences between different Watches.
     
  8. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The bands were identical, sport, same color.

    The only difference with 38mm and 42mm.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Much better, and very important information as you have controlled for this variable.
     

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