Just upgraded to S5, and AOD seems no big deal

Kyle76

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In fact, I’ve already turned it off after less than a day. The screen brightens when you lift to view anyway, and my eyes couldn’t really focus on the screen until it brightened, so AOD seemed a waste — really just cosmetic. If you find it indispensable, tell me why.
 
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cmaier

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In fact, I’ve already turned it off after less than a day. The screen brightens when you lift to view anyway, and my eyes couldn’t really focus on the screen until it brightened, so AOD seemed a waste — really just cosmetic. If you find it indispensable, tell me why.
i was wondering the same thing. I have a S4 and strongly considered a S5 until i played with one in the store and found that i couldn’t really read the display when dimmed.
 
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Freakonomics101

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i was wondering the same thing. I have a S4 and strongly considered a S5 until i played with one in the store and found that i couldn’t really read the display when dimmed.
I couldn’t either. I’d much prefer a black and white digital or analog clock with maybe the weather displayed. Something simple like that. Something that you can see that doesn’t drain the battery. Win-win.
 
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nill1234

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I just switched from an Galaxy Watch Active 2 to the S5 and i also think that the aod is nice to have but not groundbreaking for me, because of that my wife got a S4 which is much cheaper. But i also wont disable it because the battery is really good with aod, Apple implemented it really really good!!
 

UKapple73

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Increase the brightness in settings. Will make it much easier to read. I have it on full brightness and it increases in bright conditions and I find it easy to see, maybe not the detail stuff but then you’d raise to see those anyway
Battery is great for me, get 2 days easily and end most days at 60-65% left
 

MisterSavage

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Each to his own. I would never consider having a watch without it now. Especially useful when I'm in meetings and need to discreetly check the time or I'm exercising. Those are the most useful but I'm used to just glancing down and being able to see the time no matter what I'm doing.
 

kmichalec

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The lack of the AOD is what stopped me from buying an Apple Watch until the S5 came out. IMO, it looks dumb to wear a turned off screen.
But don’t you do the same with your phone? Screen stays off until you ”raise to wake“ it (or tap the screen)? Why keep it on if not looking at it? Im not challenging you or disagreeing with your statement. I’m just generally curious on the rationale behind your opinion, as I currently have an S2, and looking to upgrade, and debating back and forth between an S4 and S5.
 

PrettyWings

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I almost bought the S4 because it didn't seem important. Then I figured I could buy it and turn off the AOD to save even more battery life. Bought the S5 and had it for a few days and went out at night a few times. It was really nice to be able to look at your wrist at any time, from any angle, and see the time, especially in the dark. I had the S0, but now this feels like a watch. I wouldn't accept an Apple Watch without it now.

That being said, it took me experiencing it to really appreciate it.
 

MisterSavage

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But don’t you do the same with your phone? Screen stays off until you ”raise to wake“ it (or tap the screen)? Why keep it on if not looking at it? Im not challenging you or disagreeing with your statement. I’m just generally curious on the rationale behind your opinion, as I currently have an S2, and looking to upgrade, and debating back and forth between an S4 and S5.
The same thing that is not as convenient. I can pay with Apple Pay with my phone but I never do now because it's more convenient to just double press a button on my wrist. Same with looking at the time. I never need to use my phone for that function because I can just glance down and see it.
 

Ericdjensen

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But don’t you do the same with your phone? Screen stays off until you ”raise to wake“ it (or tap the screen)? Why keep it on if not looking at it? Im not challenging you or disagreeing with your statement. I’m just generally curious on the rationale behind your opinion, as I currently have an S2, and looking to upgrade, and debating back and forth between an S4 and S5.
I just think it looks better. I think a watch should always have the time displayed. It’s also convenient to just glance at the time
 

The Game 161

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I personally love AOD and now I have it won't want to go back to an Apple Watch with no AOD. I have info graph watch face and while the time isn't huge with AOD on I still get to see if I have any texts which is most important while seeing my activity stats.
 

swandy

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I upgraded last year from my S2 to an S4 because of the bigger screen and other additions. (And I wanted a cellular Watch.)
I just replaced my other S2 (this one Aluminum) with a S5 SB Aluminum and while I originally thought the AOD was a gimmick, there were lots of people in various forums complaining about a "watch" not showing the time all the time. And now I have to agree - I would miss it. (And to tell you the truth I planned on switching off between the two watches, but even though my S5 is not cellular - wanted to save a few bucks on the cost and my Verizon bill LOL - I tend to be wearing it more than the cellular S4.
 

UKapple73

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I had the series 4, and to me it just seemed like I had a small phone strapped to my hand. It needed too much interaction, raising wrist or tapping screen just to see the time of day. Now it feels and looks like a watch at last
 

Bandaman

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Exercise. The end. With it on, my AW lasts two days, including exercise. The screen always being on during cardio when I’m monitoring my heart rate is all I could ask for. This was a pain when I had the series 4.
 

PrettyWings

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And I did forget to mention it's the convenience of having the time as well as all the other information from complications available as well.
 

cmaier

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We all get why being able to see all that stuff without raising one’s wrist is great. The problem is at least a few of us can’t actually read the display when it is dimmed.
 
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UKapple73

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We all get why being able to see all that stuff without raising one’s wrist is great. The problem is at least a few of us can’t actually read the display when it is dimmed.
Not even on full brightness?
 

Kyle76

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I have turned AOD back on to see if I find times to glance at the time without raising my wrist. I guess it happens occasionally.
 

Relentless Power

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The ‘always on display’ was probably the last thing I could care about on the Apple Watch. I know it has its efficiencies in terms of not having to physically light up the display aside from ‘Raise to wake’, but in terms of upgrading from the Series 4, one would really have to want that specific feature with the Series 5, which I personally don’t find a strong selling point.
 
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akash.nu

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The ‘always on display’ was probably the last thing I could care about on the Apple Watch. I know it has its efficiencies in terms of not having to physically light up the display aside from ‘Raise to wake’, but in terms of upgrading from the Series 4, one would really have to want that specific feature with the Series 5, which I personally don’t find a strong selling point.
This is exactly me. I was considering to upgrade to S5 as well but Apple’s trade in value for the S4 is so ridiculously low that I decided to stick to it now until it stops working. The ‘Always on display’ is not really something that would have an impact in my life as I’m more than happy with ‘raise to wake’ at present.
 

BillGates1969

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I was sceptical when I got my S5 and AOD wasn't the reason I upgraded from my S4 (I went back to SS from aluminium was the reason).

I love it now - I have turned off raise to wake and just have AOD on. If I want to use the watch, I just tap the screen to wake it. It works for me and I personally couldn't go back.

Everyone is different though.
 

KarimLeVallois

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But don’t you do the same with your phone? Screen stays off until you ”raise to wake“ it (or tap the screen)? Why keep it on if not looking at it? Im not challenging you or disagreeing with your statement. I’m just generally curious on the rationale behind your opinion, as I currently have an S2, and looking to upgrade, and debating back and forth between an S4 and S5.
Mainly for the fact that the Apple Watch is a watch, so sometimes you don't want to flip your arm to see the time at a glance. Apart from being rude when you're chatting to someone/in a meeting, the flip is sometimes not possible, like if you're holding on while on the tube. You then have to resort to the old nose wake routine and looks stupid. lol