Screen Brightness

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Delorean2006, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Everybody,

    I just got my AW Series 2. This is my first Apple Watch and I was just wondering, how bright do you guys keep your watch at? I don't want to kill my battery life by leaving it too bright and on a daily basis what brightness is good for being indoors, outside and well just good on a daily basis? Right now I have mine set at the default middle setting.
     
  2. Mr.Blacky macrumors regular

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    Apple Watch 1 here (the very first)! I had the brightness on full at first, then reduced it to rhe middle setting. Since I didn't noticed any better battery life, I switched back to full brightness.
     
  3. Luba macrumors 65816

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    I have it on full and battery is better than AW0 by, say 25-33%, but I haven't used the GPS though.

    I keep all my screens at full brightness because I like the way it looks although I know I take a significant hit on battery life, especially on laptops. I could probably adjust to a lower setting but like knowing it's on "full blast" for the best looking screen.
     
  4. Bob190 macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't overthink it. Keep at it whatever you can see the best. You are still going to have to charge it everyday regardless of the setting. I have mine at full brightness since it allows for the screen to be most visible when I need it, especially outside. Whether you get 19 hours on full brightness or 20 hours on moderate brightness doesn't really make that much of a difference in real world use.
     
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  6. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Had my Gen 0 on full brightness once I realised the battery wasn't as shocking as everyone thought. Now I have my SS S2, that's on full brightness too. Took it off the charger at 7.30 this morning and still on 86%
     
  7. Delorean2006 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was keeping it on the middle setting but I'm going to switch to max brightness. I can't believe how little of a hit the battery takes on max brightness. Thank you all for the advice!
     
  8. Tony_YYZ macrumors member

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    I had mine at medium then moved it to the lowest and didn't notice much of a visibility difference.
     
  9. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    I keep it on full at all times. granted this isn't FULL FULL with the AW2, that will only show up in direct light or sunlight.

    I always had my AW0 on full and didn't have a problem. that light sensor does a good job adjusting.. it's not always technically full (and I'm not talking again the FULL FULL) but it adjusts down and up based on relative ambient light.

    I don't think one is going to save too much battery either way, I think it's more a subjective setting.
     
  10. Vihzel macrumors 6502

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    I'm a little bit confused. Shouldn't the AW automatically adjust brightness with its ambient light sensor?
     
  11. Julien macrumors G4

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    It does but it seems that it is relatively the same adjustment no matter what brightness setting you have it on.

    [theory] Have not tested but I bet it just limits peak brightness levels in bright daylight. For instance on a S2 set on minimum all will be the same inside. However it will possibly only drive to 300 or 400 nits in bright daylight.[/theory]
     
  12. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    Hmm, I haven't done a scientific test (don't have a device for that) but I think the setting adjust the regular peak, but the SHINE A LIGHT ON IT peak is still the max.. it only stays on that for a VERY short time, and goes to dark very quickly. like 100 ms quickly.
     

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