S5 always on and nightstand mode

Foxer

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So, with the "always on" feature, will the watch always display the time when charging and set to nightstand mode? Or will the display still go dark?

The fact that the display turns off while in nightstand mode has always seemed like one of Apple's less well thought out decisions.
 

deeddawg

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So, with the "always on" feature, will the watch always display the time when charging and set to nightstand mode? Or will the display still go dark?
Let's just ask the people who've received their Series 5 watches... oh wait, they haven't.

We'll find out. Right now any answer is purely a guess. Yes. No. Maybe.


The fact that the display turns off while in nightstand mode has always seemed like one of Apple's less well thought out decisions.
Not following you there...

You *want* that light illuminating your room all night rather than just when you bump the nightstand or nudge the watch?
 
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Foxer

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Let's just ask the people who've received their Series 5 watches... oh wait, they haven't.

We'll find out. Right now any answer is purely a guess. Yes. No. Maybe.
I thought there might have been some "hands-on" info from the event.


Not following you there...

You *want* that light illuminating your room all night rather than just when you bump the nightstand or nudge the watch?
Yes, that's exactly what I wanted from Nightstand mode. I want to open my eyes, see the time, and go back to sleep with a minimum of kinetic activity. I've been sleeping with a digital clock for more than 40 years, so I can handle it. Unless you know another way for a clock to show me the time in the middle of the night.
 

douglasf13

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I thought there might have been some "hands-on" info from the event.




Yes, that's exactly what I wanted from Nightstand mode. I want to open my eyes, see the time, and go back to sleep with a minimum of kinetic activity. I've been sleeping with a digital clock for more than 40 years, so I can handle it. Unless you know another way for a clock to show me the time in the middle of the night.
Totally. I'd love to see a configurable Nightstand mode, with different colors, brightness, always on, etc.
 
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deeddawg

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Yes, that's exactly what I wanted from Nightstand mode. I want to open my eyes, see the time, and go back to sleep with a minimum of kinetic activity. I've been sleeping with a digital clock for more than 40 years, so I can handle it. Unless you know another way for a clock to show me the time in the middle of the night.
oooh... forty years... nobody cares.

Last I tried it, the nightstand mode was way brighter than any of the clocks I've used. I am surprised someone would want that. When I was a kid we had analog clocks with glow-in-the-dark hands. The little flip-down-number early digital clock radio I bought when in high school was pretty cool though. but again... nobody cares.

Perhaps they'll have a dimmable always on nightstand mode.
 

keysofanxiety

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oooh... forty years... nobody cares.

Last I tried it, the nightstand mode was way brighter than any of the clocks I've used. I am surprised someone would want that. When I was a kid we had analog clocks with glow-in-the-dark hands. The little flip-down-number early digital clock radio I bought when in high school was pretty cool though. but again... nobody cares.

Perhaps they'll have a dimmable always on nightstand mode.
Did we catch you on a bad day pal? It’s a fairly innocuous question from the OP :)
 

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Yes, that's exactly what I wanted from Nightstand mode. I want to open my eyes, see the time, and go back to sleep with a minimum of kinetic activity. I've been sleeping with a digital clock for more than 40 years, so I can handle it. Unless you know another way for a clock to show me the time in the middle of the night.
When I read your original post I shook my head but here you have a very good point. Maybe we have a dimmed nightstand mode Always On at last. I'd love to see that.
 

MattX123

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I´ve got my S5 yesterday and one of my first tests was the nightstand mode, but unfortunately I have to tell:

The "always on" display of the S5 is not on in nightstand mode! Really a pity. :confused:

I´ve heard that the display will not be on when the watch is not on the wrist, ok that would make sense because of saving energy, but during charging... why not??? Are there still concerns about screenburn, even with reduced brightness and 1 hertz refresh rate?

During the presentation in cupertino all the watches on the demo-boards were always on. Is there anywhere an option for activating this?
 
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Tom Schrier

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I´ve got my S5 yesterday and one of my first tests was the nightstand mode, but unfortunately I have to tell:

The "always on" display of the S5 is not on in nightstand mode! Really a pity. :confused:

I´ve heard that the display will not be on when the watch is not on the wrist, ok that would make sense because of saving energy, but during charging... why not??? Are there still concerns about screenburn, even with reduced brightness and 1 hertz refresh rate?

During the presentation in cupertino all the watches on the demo-boards were always on. Is there anywhere an option for activating this?
Bummer. I wonder if burn-in is a problem with 1hz at the lowest brightness? I would assume they move the contents around during the night to prevent it as well.
 

indychris

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Bummer. I wonder if burn-in is a problem with 1hz at the lowest brightness? I would assume they move the contents around during the night to prevent it as well.
One would think (okay, I would think) that since the watch is obviously capable of turning on/off via software coding, and since pixel-shift and other options are available to prevent burn-in, perhaps (hopefully) Always-on is a feature that Apple will bring out with future updates. I would love to have a low light always on display.
 
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GDF

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Thanks for testing that. That is a bummer and was hoping it would stay on in nightstand mode.
 

MattX123

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Good news for all the nightstand fans and guys who want to save the money for the S5 ;)

Guessing that I just found a bug (unlikely a feature) in wOS 6, which allows you to set the display in real always on mode, even on S4.

Go on the watch in the Settings Menu -> General ->Wake Screen and deactivate "Wake Screen on Wrist Raise". Then go back to General and again in Wake Acreen. Now you have below the three switches at the sub-section "ON TAP" the additional option "Always". Before there have been only the options "Wake for 15 Seconds" and "Wake for 70 Seconds". When "Always" is activated the display stays really always on (in 50 hz mode), what can not be very good regarding screenburn. But when you afterwards switch back on the option "Wake Screen on Wrist Raise", the "ON TAP" option is still "Always", what allows you with your arm movement to control if the screen is on or not, but without the time limitation of 15 or 70 seconds. Interesting new feature but as mentioned this can not be intended. ;)

Even in nightstand mode the display stays on all the time and when switching the brightness to the lowest level I assume you dont burn your screen, but try it at your own risk 🤪
 
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jm5309

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I´ve got my S5 yesterday and one of my first tests was the nightstand mode, but unfortunately I have to tell:

The "always on" display of the S5 is not on in nightstand mode! Really a pity. :confused:

I´ve heard that the display will not be on when the watch is not on the wrist, ok that would make sense because of saving energy, but during charging... why not??? Are there still concerns about screenburn, even with reduced brightness and 1 hertz refresh rate?

During the presentation in cupertino all the watches on the demo-boards were always on. Is there anywhere an option for activating this?
I was disappointed by this as well and would like to know if there’s a setting to leave it on. I was looking forward to having it by me while getting ready without having to always tap to see the time.
 

MattX123

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I was disappointed by this as well and would like to know if there’s a setting to leave it on. I was looking forward to having it by me while getting ready without having to always tap to see the time.
Try the procedure described in my last posting and you have all the time in the world for getting ready without the need of tapping for being on time ;)