Prominent Haptic on or off?

Do you use Prominent Haptic?

  • Yes

    Votes: 29 51.8%
  • No

    Votes: 27 48.2%

  • Total voters
    56

jabingla2810

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Oct 15, 2008
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Coming from a Pebble, I'm slightly disappointed in how easy it is to miss notifications, even with Haptic feedback set to max.

When I'm sat watching TV, or sat at my desk, they feel very nice and pleasant, much nicer than the vibration of the Pebble. However, when walking, running, or even driving, they are almost unnoticeable, unless I'm really concentrating on my wrist.

Prominent Haptic does make them easier to notice, but it almost feels like setting is there as an admission from Apple that the haptic engine isn't strong enough.

How is everyone else finding the Haptic feedback?
 

JayLenochiniMac

macrumors G5
Nov 7, 2007
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I don't think it matters because some people (namely me) have been known to miss even the strongest vibrations from iPhone in the pocket while running, walking, etc. I haven't missed a notification from prominent haptic while driving though. Fortunately, it's easy enough to glance at the watch to see if the red dot is there, as opposed to never finding out while your iPhone is in your pocket.

Just imagine if Apple refused to use the red dot on the Watch as they've done all along when it comes to the iPhone.
 

flur

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Nov 12, 2012
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I used prominent haptic when I first got the watch, but once I got used to having taps on my wrist, I turned it off.

Something that I did notice (maybe it's a bug, or I'm just crazy, LOL) - when I first got the watch, I could barely feel the haptic. I set it to the highest setting and still barely noticed it. But a few days later, I scrolled through the settings again, just playing around, from the highest to the middle to the lowest, back to the middle and the highest again. Afterward, the taps seemed stronger. I was sure it was placebo effect, but I last night I managed to crash my watch and had to re-set-up everything. This morning, the haptic seemed weaker again, despite being set on the highest setting. I scrolled through again, and it's stronger now. I suspect that for some reason, the haptic is appearing as being on the highest setting but is actually on the middle setting, and scrolling through the settings is getting it to that highest setting.
 

myname70

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May 5, 2014
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I activated the Prominent Haptic. But I am not sure what is the difference between "normal" haptic and the prominent one? I guess the Prominent one is some how - fixed vibration, no way to customise it. While, the normal haptic could be customised - ex. 3 times repeat in case of iMessage received, or 2 times haptic repeat in case of email etc... But, if you use by default only one repeat normal haptic - it is felt similar ot the prominent one.....
 

wchigo

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Apr 6, 2015
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I do have it on. I'll admit to not spending much time with the watch without it on, so I don't know what I'm losing/gaining, but it's worked well for me this far so I doubt I'll try to mess with/fix what isn't broke.
 

Newtons Apple

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Mar 12, 2014
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On my 2nd watch the haptic motor worked so well that I had the prominent feature turned off but after a week I find my haptic motor getting weaker and weaker and I turned it back on but unfortunately it does not help. The way it is going now my haptic feature will be at the point I can no longer feel it soon.

Watch number three?
 

AppleWes

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Oct 9, 2013
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When I first had the stainless steel Watch I had prominent turned on, but exchanged for Sport space gray aluminium and no longer need prominent alert.

I can feel the 'taps' a lot better with my Sport version, than I could with SS. Maybe the lighter weight body, or better haptic motor in my 2nd Watch.
I activated the Prominent Haptic. But I am not sure what is the difference between "normal" haptic and the prominent one?
From what I can tell it's a stronger fixed 'pre-alert' vibration that happens just before the regular taps.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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Nov 7, 2007
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When I first had the stainless steel Watch I had prominent turned on, but exchanged for Sport space gray aluminium and no longer need prominent alert.

I can feel the 'taps' a lot better with my Sport version, than I could with SS. Maybe the lighter weight body, or better haptic motor in my 2nd Watch.From what I can tell it's a strong fixed 'pre-alert' vibration that happens just before the regular taps. You should feel a stronger double alert feeling with prominent turned on.
What band did you have? If it was a metal band, it's because it dissipates the haptic taps, making them less localized on the top of the wrist.

That's unless you had defective haptic engine in the SS model. But generally people report stronger haptics when using leather/sport bands and weaker haptics when using metal bands.
 
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AppleWes

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Oct 9, 2013
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What band did you have? If it was a metal band, it's because it dissipates the haptic taps, making them less localized on the top of the wrist.

That's unless you had defective haptic engine in the SS model. But generally people report stronger haptics when using leather/sport bands and weaker haptics when using metal bands.
Good point. I had the Milanese Loop when I had the SS model. Now using Sport band with Sport Watch, so you're probably right.