Is Apple Watch 1 screen bright enough for most situations?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pjny, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I am about to buy my first AW and would like to know if the screen brightness is an issue at 498 nits for most situations. I have the 6s+ and it is rated at 450 nits. I don't think it's a big deal but just want to ask AW1 users if this is an issue?

    Also, is the S1p chip slower than S2. I heard they are same and GPU speed is identical. I don't need GPS.

    Is AW2 worth an extra $100 if I don't need GpS or waterproof?
  2. bacATapple macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2015
    I have the original watch. I'm not upgrading right now. I haven't seen a new one, but I feel like mine is bright enough. Also, when I use the watch for hikes, etc I usually have my phone in my pocket so don't need the stand alone GPS right now. If I was buying for the first time I would probably get the 2, but will upgrade when the next one rolls around.
  3. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks. The main two reasons I want it are for:

    - notifications. i subscribe to a breaking news notification system and get upwards of 100 notifications a day. It's a chore pulling my phone out each time to see the notification

    - i would like to track my heartbeat during walking. gps not necessary as i always have 2 iphones on me.

    btw, can you pair the watch with two phones. one is for work and i would like to get text/email notifications from both.
  4. bacATapple macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2015
    Not sure if it can be paired to two phones. I know since IOS 10 you can have 2 WACHES paired to the same phone, which wasn't possible before.

    Notifications and the activity app are the two main things I use. I love my watch :)
  5. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    I have brightness set to 50% and it's enough in full sunlight.
  6. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    The Apple Watch Series 2 is infinitely more visible in direct sunlight. As a runner, I want to be able to glance at the watch and see me stats clearly. For me that was a problem with the original AW, but not at all with the Series 2. Well worth it for me.
  7. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks for all the replies. I ended up getting the apple series 1 and love it. Bright enough that I have not noticed any readability issues in any situations. I'm sure the AWS2 is brighter but for me I have had no issues. BTW, love the ability to say "hey siri" upon wake feature.

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