Haptic strength

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jabingla2810, May 17, 2015.

  1. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'm very surprised by how subtle it is.

    When I'm sitting watching TV, it's fine, feels like a nice tap on the wrist, as advertised.

    But when I'm out walking, or doing almost anything that involves moving, they are VERY easy to miss.

    I tried out some navigation today, and it wasn't a particularly good experience. Apple say you will get different tap patterns to indicate a left or right turn, but it's hard to distinguish anything at all really when you are walking. You can feel something is happening, kind of, but certainly not identify any kind of pattern.

    How are you finding it?
  2. stoomc macrumors regular

    May 11, 2015

    Have you turned on the prominent feedback setting as well? That makes them a bit stronger/ longer?
    I agree that sometimes they are easily missed though.
    Also make sure the fitting is not too loose.
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I haven't missed a notification with the prominent haptic on, but I've never really tested it with it off though. However, I've been known to miss iPhone vibration in my pocket if I'm moving around a lot.
  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I find it to be exactly as you describe. I've actually missed some notifications because of it. Mind you, I missed my phone vibrating in my pocket, too, - while out, so not much had changed, really. At least it's easy to glance at my Watch every now and then to see if I missed anything.
  5. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Haptic strength is way to soft , even with Prominent turned on to be noticed Hopefully a software update can fix this. While the Haptic is better in a quite atmosphere like an office it's still leaves slot to be desired
  6. grenhall macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Follow directions.

    After you tap Start and head off on your first leg, Apple Watch uses taps to let you know when to turn. A steady series of 12 taps means turn right at the intersection you’re approaching; three pairs of two taps means turn left. Not sure what your destination looks like? You’ll feel a vibration when you’re on the last leg, and again when you arrive.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    And it's best to mute the Watch during this as the sounds do not follow the haptic patterns, leading some members to think there's no difference in taps for left and right. It also uses different ascending/descending pitch for left and right, but some members apparently can't hear (or notice) the difference.

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