Not a bash - but is it slow or fiddly?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by I am Sampson, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

    I am Sampson

    Sep 16, 2007
    Plymouth, UK
    I'm getting the watch, I love it, don't get me wrong...
    But... I've seen lots of demo videos and I'm a little alarmed at the amount of times I've seen the demonstrator try to do something and it hasn't work. Often they quickly drop the watch down and back up again to start the screen again, or press a few times.

    I've also noticed a fair wait for some actions and even frame drops when scrolling (granted it could be YouTube).

    I'm wondering if they slowed down the s1 chip near the end to aid battery life and the software can now be a little too demanding?

    Worries me a little that it may both be awkward and slow and t doesn't even have many apps or things yet.

    Still... I'll get one anyway, just curious if anyone else had noticed.
  2. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    Beta Software and poor training plus it is tough doing a demo in a frenzy
  3. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I'm certain that Apple will likely optimize the software some more before release or after.
  4. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I've seen these videos and I think the two main reasons the demonstrator had to repeat a tap were because:

    1. They tapped too hard and it was interpreted as a force tap.
    2. They missed the small target.

    The force tap mistake is what I noticed most. I could see some kind of screen reaction that didn't look to be what the user intended.

    Right now, we don't have to worry about how soft or hard we tap when using an iPhone. The two-level tap control will require a little brain adjustment on our part. I've seen people who tried the new force touch MacBook comment about the same difficulty.
  5. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    Also, the watches seemed to have the "turn off the display after 2 seconds of non-use" turned on, which is why they kept having to move their hand to turn the display back on.

    Note that third-party apps run on the phone, not the watch, and tell the watch what to change about its display over bluetooth, so that could make those apps feel a bit sluggish.
  6. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    Not to mention all of those bluetooth devices in such a confined area.
  7. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'd say the bigger question is:

    Can you be bothered, using the screen and the dial on the watch to do something, when in 3 seconds you could of reached into your pocket and pulled out the iPhone that will be 10X easier and 100x better.
  8. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I can actually think of a number of daily situations where glancing at my watch would be preferable to pulling my phone out of my pocket. Also, I don't always hear/feel my phone, but the taptic engine in the watch would ensure I'd get every call/message. Sometimes I'm in the middle of something and reaching for my phone is a pain, and I run a higher risk of dropping the phone in that circumstance.

    Just some counter-points to consider when deciding if the watch is worth it.
  9. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    That is one of the reasons this product exists.

    The activity is very similar to iOS; after you raise your wrist, the majority of the steps for doing a lot of the basics are the same. You still need to tap a home button, find what you need, tap it & go; the only real difference is you now have a few additional ways to interact with the OS. I don't think it'll make the process harder or longer in the slightest.
  10. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    This whole thing is pretty exciting.

    The only problem (huge problem actually), is that the first iteration looks like **** after about a week owning the second . I mean, this is a massive trial run.

    Got to go for it though. No fun in waiting at all :)
  11. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Best video of the os

    Everything looks fast
  12. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Yup. I've seen those videos and it's worried me. My iPhone is so fantastically responsive. I'm expecting the Watch to be equally responsive. Those videos don't fill me with confidence.
  13. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    What I have seen is hands on demos of the Apple Watch in September the OS seem really buggy. All the hands on demos I saw from a couple of days ago were a lot more polished and smooth.
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Only time will tell how responsive the watch is.

    I do predict that to some it can never be fast enough! I can not wait to read the threads the new hardware will produce!
  15. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I thought you were one of them who wanted the smartwatch to totally replace the phone!!
  16. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    Good point. But you're still going to get an Apple Watch. :p
  17. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    To be more accurate and to clarify.

    Not to totally "Replace" a phone, in that, you would not have a smart phone, as obviously the physical size of the screen and area for you to use with your fingers (again linked to the physical size of the device) makes most things a far richer and easier experience on a Phone.

    But, for a smartwatch to be a complete device in it's own right, and to be able to operate, albeit in a physically restricted manner as a phone for those times you don't have or don't wish to carry a phone with you.

    EG: Yes, speaking to a watch and typing a message on a watch would not be as easy as a phone, we all understand that.
    However, I still want to ability to do so, so that I can go out for the day with just a watch, and be able to do anything I wish, if I wanted to.

    This is nothing new as a concept.
    We accept a low power laptop is more limited and restricted and harder to use than a large screen high power computer with full size keyboard, stereo speakers etc.
    However, the laptop is easier to carry around, so we accept the compromise when it suits us.

    I simply with the same "option" from a watch, and if Apple build it, so would most/all people here.
  18. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I agree that it could be useful, but I just cant' see it being a deal breaker since personally myself I won't be going on many places without a smartphone. But yeah... there are some circumstances (like when running or doing any other workout, meeting etc) where would be nice to just leave the smartphone and have it all on the wrist. What some people don't get is that current technology is limited on enabling all these features to work efficiently on the wrist so it would be independent from the phone. I mean sure some companies may or have try to pack everything on it but the already weak battery life will suffer even more or the display is not the kind that I would want. There are things like Pebble for example that have a long battery life but I don't like their display or their design. I think, something you wear on your wrist should look good also.

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