StumpyBloke

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Just wondering if anyone else thinks the haptic feedback, ie for notifications, is weaker on the S4 compared to previous models? Thanks.
 
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mackie8

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I notice it too...
Even i turned on the prominent feedback...
When im busy i cant feel it... are u using aluminum or stainless?
Usually when im using my aluminum s3 before its stronger feedback... this one s4 aluminum i found it weaker.... im not sure with stainless
 
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Mabus51

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Seems the same to me. At least on the 40mm S4. The 42mm always had weak haptics, one reason I switched to the 38mm when the S3 model came out. If the 44mm is still using the same engine I can’t imagine it being any worse than the 42mm otherwise it might as well be non existent.
 
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Nozuka

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I hope not. Lately i have been missing them alot on my S3... especially the „you need to stand up“ ones
 
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mackie8

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This too bad before when i had s3 stainless its softer than my aluminum s3..
Now i changed to aluminum s4 its even softer than my s3 stainless....
 
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wbeem

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Never had a previous model, but I haven't felt the slightest tickle yet.
 
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mavis

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Maybe it just feels weaker because the watch is being worn slightly looser now (the case being slightly larger, but the bands being unchanged) ... ?
 
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mackie8

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Actually it should be stronger with S4 because now its closer to the skin due to the design...
Are we all aluminum users who noticed this?
 
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Relentless Power

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Actually it should be stronger with S4 because now its closer to the skin due to the design...
Are we all aluminum users who noticed this?

The 7000 Series aluminum should have more of a prominent feedback with the Haptic feedback, mainly because the aluminum is not nearly as dense as the stainless casing is, which you can’t feel the haptic feedback as strong, because the haptic sensation does not resonate as well through the stainless housing.
 
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SethBoy

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Coming from a Series 0 SS, my Series 4 SS’s haptic feels very strong. In fact, they sadly feel more like regular vibrations (aside from things like activity notifications which still feel like taps).
 
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StumpyBloke

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Have only been wearing my S4 for a few hours, but had the same thought that it definitely feels more subdued than my S0.

Subdued is the perfect word yup! I’m not too concerned about it, just wondered if others thought the same...and some do.
 
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that be me

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Does the prominent vibration setting change things? I know there was a slider on the previous watchOS but couldn’t tell a difference on my series 3.
 
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Doodlez

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I also noticed weaker haptics. Looking in the watch app, my haptics was set to the lowest level and prominent haptics was turned off. (Which wasn’t what I had it set on). When I either turn the feedback up or prominent on, within 8 seconds, they revert to the lowest setting and off. Hopefully just a bug that will get squashed soon.
 
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