GPS advantages

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  1. ajo macrumors 6502

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    Is there any advantages to the build in GPS on the Series 2 for someone who would not go out without their phone?
     
  2. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Do you need a map showing you where you already went for a jog?
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    The OP will get that with a S0/S1.
     
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    If carrying the phone, yes, but not without the phone.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    Reread the OP's post.;)
     
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    "who would not go out without their phone..."

    Ah, ok. Lots of "..ots" to mix me up.
     
  7. tromboneaholic macrumors 6502a

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    The advantage would be more revenue for Apple if you are a shareholder. No advantage to a user who always has their iPhone with them, turned on, and charged.
     
  8. bob24 macrumors 6502

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    The built in GPS won't be of any use to you if you always have your phone around. It doesn't mean Series 2 won't make any difference though (it also has a brighter display, faster GPU, larger battery, and waterproof certification).
     
  9. tromboneaholic macrumors 6502a

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    Brighter display is really only an issue outdoors as the both are about as bright indoors. The series 1 is about as bright as an iPhone outdoors, and the Watch screens are high contrast which helps too. I haven't seen any comparisons showing a difference in GPU performance between Series 1 and 2 besides the "turn crown to wake" feature. I'd be interested to see if there is any difference in GPU performance since the only difference between the two processors is the addition of GPS for series 2.
     
  10. ColdShadow macrumors 6502a

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    also if you use the Watch GPS without having your iPhone, the watch's battery will deplete very fast..
     
  11. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    I use a golf app, without my phone, where the GPS on the watch tells me the distances on the course I care about. There is no dramatic battery drain on my watch.
     
  12. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    With no actual quantitative information provided, this statement is rather misleading.

    To be of any help to anyone, perhaps you might describe your specific situation where you're encountering an issue with battery life.

    In my case, taking my watch off the charger when I get up in the morning, it goes all day long including a 40 minute run using GPS and still has lots of battery left when it goes back on the charger at bedtime. Enough so that there'd be no issue with a two+ hour run and no charging during the day.
     
  13. ColdShadow macrumors 6502a

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    ok I don't own the series 2 myself, but since I was considering it,I did a fair bit of research and whenever someone asked about using series 2 GPS WITHOUT iPhone nearby there was responses regarding battery life depleting faster in that situation.with some owners claiming battery life being reduced to 5 hours.
    again I don't own the series 2 and haven't used the GPS without iPhone linked to the watch so no sure.
     
  14. tromboneaholic macrumors 6502a

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    Under 3.0 battery life continually using just the Watch's GPS was said to be a little over 5 hours. I don't own a Series 2 either, but I wonder is some of the battery improvements from 3.1 would improve on that.

    I don't think a golfing app that uses GPS occasionally would be a big drain, but a running app that is constantly accessing GPS data would definitely cause some battery drain.
     
  15. Long Run Nick macrumors regular

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    My experience with GPS and HR battery drain on my AW2 seems to be about 20% per hour. This is based on over 250 miles of running since I got the watch on 10/7. Not using HR seemed to reduce drain from around 20% to about 15% per hour. That seems to track with the specs listing 5 hours of GPS/HR use.
    I have the 38mm watch. Supposedly the 42mm watch has a bigger battery, yet the Apple specs list 5 hours GPS/HR for both.
    42 mm folks please post your experience with battery drain running with GPS/HR.
     
  16. deeddawg, Nov 14, 2016
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    Yes, the stated battery life with GPS on is up to five hours. What may not be clear to those new to GPS watches is that the GPS function is only turned on when it's actively being used by an app such as Nike Run Club for an outdoor run. Otherwise the GPS is off and not consuming battery, even if your phone is out of range.

    Net effect is that if you're planning a five hour marathon, you may not have sufficient battery life to last the duration. I wouldn't expect the watch to last for a six hour hike with a GPS app on tracking your path. If you're planning a a three hour long run, it'd be worthwhile to put the watch on the charger while you shower and dress after the run. Other than these types of situations, the battery life doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone.
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    The 42mm also has a correspondingly larger screen, drawing correspondingly more power. I suspect that's the basis for the approximate equivalence.

    I've not paid close enough attention to battery life to state anything quantitative.
     
  17. MadDog31 macrumors 6502a

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    Which golf app are you using, because this very use is something I'm hoping to get next year after winter disappears.
     
  18. klymr macrumors 65816

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    I've only had my Apple Watch (42mm S2) for 6 days now. I was finally able to use the GPS on a mountain bike ride on Saturday. We were on the trail for about an hour and a half, but only about 56 minutes of that time was the actual "workout." I paused the activity twice during the ride, at times when we were taking a breather.

    I started the ride out at 87% battery, and by the time I had returned to the car and ended the workout it was down to 77%. HR was monitoring my pulse the whole ride as well. I was significantly surprised to only see a 10% drop in battery over that hour and a half. Results may be different from running with a set of different variables. I'm anxious to see how it preforms while snowshoeing. Hopefully we'll get some of the white stuff soon.
     
  19. rextilleon macrumors member

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    I'm waiting for a killer GPS op for the Iwatch for Golf----I use to wear a dedicated Garmin golf watch but would love to ditch it for a fully functional Iwatch golf app---I don't take my phone to the course--
     
  20. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    FunGolf
     
  21. rextilleon macrumors member

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    I'm not sure if any of them can take advantage of the GPS build into to the Apple Watch 2. Thats why I continue to use a dedicated Garmin watch when I am on the course. Golfshot is a very good one--but again I think its needs to be tethered to your Iphone. I expect that in time, there will be plenty of them that can be stand alones with the Iwatch. Also, Fungolf requires that you are tethered to your phone.
     
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  23. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    I'm a runner not a golfer, but I imagine the thinking may be similar. By intentionally leaving my phone behind I set others expectations of my (un)availability. My runs are *my* time. It isn't that I can't carry it, it's that I want to NOT carry it.
     
  24. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    FunGolf does NOT require you to tether it to your phone.
     

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