I'd really like to like my new watch but ...

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by netdudeuk, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. netdudeuk macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2012
    ... I've had a few issues that have put me off it a little.

    First of all, after I set it up yesterday, virtually all of the messages that I sent to both iPhone and SMS contacts were not sent. This morning though, that issue seems to have gone away. I did get a prompt on the phone to enter my Apple ID for the watch though.

    Navigation has been of mixed quality. I've tried the same return journey twice and it mostly didn't work. The software obviously always know where I am as swiping to the right shows the correct location. Also, the actual steps are correct. However, on three out of the four journeys, it just didn't give me the right directions, with no noises or taps. Making a detour across a car park, cutting a corner, didn't leave it picking up the route when I got back onto the proper one and it ended up tell me to go back to a previous road even though I was on the right one. Oddly though, on the other journey, I always got the audible and tap prompts and the screen showed the correct steps as I walked.

    The other thing that's a little annoying is that tapping on emoji consistently fails to register. It may be the outer ones that are affected more. Also, why do they get sent straight away ?

    It would be great if anyone has any answers to the above, especially the navigation issues, as I'd really like to be able to keep the watch. Thanks.
  2. Enygmatic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2015
    It's weird, but many/most of your issues may stem from the fact that the OS 1.01 that shipped is more "beta" than the actual OS 2 beta. Hang in there.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Or perhaps the OP should return their watch for now and rebuy it when wOS2 comes out. That said, I haven't used navigation much, but the two or three times I tried, it worked perfectly. As for tapping emoji and it sending right away, it never occurred to me that that wasn't expected/desirable behavior until I read this thread. I've never had problems with messages not sending from the watch. And I'm on OS 1.01.

    In other words, sorry that OP is having problems, but I haven't encountered those problems, or they don't seem problematic to me.
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You're aware that you won't get notifications on the Watch when the iPhone is unlocked, right?
  5. netdudeuk thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2012
    Yes thanks.
  6. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003

    Isn't WatchOS 2.0 just weeks away? Seems like returning it and buying a new one then would be more trouble than it's worth, unless the OP thinks that there's a hardware issue.
  7. Newtons Apple, Aug 29, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2015

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The OP is not the first to have doubts about his new watch. I know I did and still do at times. Seems to enrage the fans of the watch when one expresses any unhappiness with the AW but it happen to many of us.

    I, too, am waiting for OS2 but doubt it will make it the perfect smart watch, hopefully more useful with a few new features. The apps are really important, hope both apple and the developers are working hard on it.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    It could be weeks away, but if wOS2 doesn't fix the issues OP has with the watch, then they have a not-expensive gadget that could sit in their drawer. And there's no guarantee that wOS2 will change things enough to make the OP happy with the watch, is there?
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I am disappointed with how slow the apps are on the watch. When wOS2 drops, hopefully some apps will become faster, but for instance, the stock weather app can take a long time to download and display the weather data, and I think the download time is likely to stay that way, unless Apple has found a way to magically speed up Bluetooth data transfer.

    I am happy with the Activity app and how it motivates me to be more active. But the activity function is about the only reason I'm still using the watch. Notifications are occasionally useful, but not often enough to justify the price. For me, that's okay because I bought the watch to get the experience of first gen technology and seeing how it develops. But if you are looking for a tool that is useful to you today, it may be better to wait for the second or third gen.
  10. Nell macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2012
    I have found walking directions to be mostly good but sometimes a bit irritating (although on occasion that's been me rather than the watch). I've tested it a few times in London and it's taken me on sensible routes and been pretty clear about telling me to turn. It sometimes seemed slow to catch up with me when I tried it in Venice though but on the whole there I was impressed by how well it did as it's a tricky city to navigate.

    If you've only just got the watch I'd say give it a few more days before deciding; you've got 14 days, after all.

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