Heart rate improvement on OS 5

ipaine

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Has anyone else noticed a real improvement with the heart rate monitor on OS 5? I’m using a S3. Heart rate seems to refresh far more frequently and I haven’t seen the “faded” heart graphic on a workout since upgrading. Only the other day I was thinking about getting a heart rate strap but I don’t think this is necessary now.
 

iFan83

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I can’t say I’ve seen improvements but I haven’t been looking for them
 

rcarter3636

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Mar 11, 2015
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Has anyone else noticed a real improvement with the heart rate monitor on OS 5? I’m using a S3. Heart rate seems to refresh far more frequently and I haven’t seen the “faded” heart graphic on a workout since upgrading. Only the other day I was thinking about getting a heart rate strap but I don’t think this is necessary now.
Yes. Mine showed much improvement during workouts after the update. I have a heart rate strap and compared workouts. While the heart strap will give a more continuous readings, the Watch didn’t have many drops and always had a chart to read instead of “chart unavailable” due to limited heart rate readings. I hope this continues.
 
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rcarter3636

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Here are 2 tennis workouts. The first one with a Wahoo chest strap. The second after software update. I had never been able to get enough heart rate readings without chest strap until now. The dips in the middle are rest breaks. lol

 

USC_Gamecock

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Here are 2 tennis workouts. The first one with a Wahoo chest strap. The second after software update. I had never been able to get enough heart rate readings without chest strap until now. The dips in the middle are rest breaks. lol

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Akrapovic

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Yes, significant improvement. I had a S0 a few months ago and it was perfect - without adjusting the strap it always picked up my heart rate. I moved to an S3 and it actually got worse - I had to significantly tighten the watch, despite it being the same strap, otherwise it wouldn't pick up enough readings to form a proper graph. With WatchOS5 that's changed and the S3 now picks up my heart rate as well as my S0 did.

So yes, significant improvement here.
 
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