How's battery life on 4.3 on S0?

sananda

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Is battery life any worse on 4.3 (S0 Watch)? I'm on 4.2.3 and battery life is marginal (although the Apple Store says my battery is good). I don't want to update if it makes things worse for me.
 

rugmankc

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SS S0 that my son is letting me try. He has the S3 now. I have about 50% left at end of day. Must use Theater Mode to do that. Otherwise, it is pretty bad even before latest update.
 
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Lennyvalentin

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It's at least positive that it doesn't seem worse.
I've had mixed results. The first couple days after the patch seemed to be same as all previous wOS 4 versions (or BAD, in other words), but yesterday was more like wOS 3.x; IE pretty good.

Too early to tell for sure just yet, but maybe with this version, wOS 4 finally starts to get decent battery life on OG Watches. I'm slightly optimistic at this point, but still need more data.
 

kohlson

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A little early to say definitively but about the same as before. I've turned down the brightness, but most days by the end of the day I'm either out of power, or getting the Power Reserve warning. I am fairly active, and set the exercise app often.
 
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Mainiac

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Putting in on at 6:00am and removing it between 10:00 and 11:00 pm I usually have 20-30 percent left. I bought mine used last weekend so I don't know how many charges it's already been through but I'm happy with the results.
 
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Lennyvalentin

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Still having uneven results, but seems to be trending a modest improvement overall compared to previous versions. Can we have the French gov't grill Apple some more over planned obsolescence suspicions maybe we could get wOS 4.x back to where 3.x was! :p
 
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sananda

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Seems like it should be ok for me to update to 4.3 so I'll give it a go!
 

Lennyvalentin

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Seems like it should be ok for me to update to 4.3 so I'll give it a go!
You really shouldn't sit with old firmware in your devices, not these days. It's not safe or convenient for you; even if you don't get hacked, you might get trolled by someone sending you this week's popular unicode string of characters, thus repeatedly crashing your device for example.
 

sananda

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Battery life and not having to buy new devices are my priorities.

I updated my iPhone 5S to iOS 11 and the battery life was so horrendous that I had to buy a new iPhone. I would rather have remained on iOS 10 and taken my chances.
 

Lennyvalentin

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Battery life and not having to buy new devices are my priorities.
Yes, well, that works I guess, until it doesn't anymore. :) It's really a gamble. Anyhow, as I've been using 4.3 now on my watch for a couple months, it's overall a bit better than previous 4.x versions, but still not AS good as 3.x versions. I get more than a day out of my watch (usually 50%-ish battery left with light, casual use and raise to wake activated), but if I go on a long exercise walk (say, 1+ hour), I'm down below 25% battery at the end of the day. ~1.5 hour walk maybe not quite a week ago I was at 8% when I went to bed.

So as long as I charge every night which I have always done since day 1 anyway (except a handful of times when I forgot, heh), the battery lasts just fine. If I received a million notifications/day, or worse, used bluetooth audio from the watch (which is a super battery hog on S0), then maybe not. But for me, S0 still soldiers on quite sufficiently. It's not fast, but it still gets me there. :D
 

sananda

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It's good you're are making it through the day. As long as I do that, I'm fine. But it's not always the case (and I'm probably using it very lightly. So I'm wary of updates that make the situation worse.
 

honglong1976

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SS S0 - 4.3
Mine currently 78% left
- Usage 1 hour 3 mins
- Standby 14 hours 5 mins

- settings
brightness on low
theatre mode off
prominent vibrate on

- No 3rd party apps (usually the main reason for poor battery life)
 
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