Second Chance for Apple Watch??

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by GreatSc0tt, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. GreatSc0tt macrumors member

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    Hello Macrumors,

    I am thinking I want to give the Apple Watch a second chance. I pre-ordered the Apple Watch Series 2 when it first came out last September and sold it a few month later as I got bored of it.

    I got the Apple Watch Series 2 42mm Aluminum Space Grey.

    I want a watch of some type with notifications. I have been looking at the Samsung Gear S2 but it is so restricted on apple.

    What would you do? Am I going to get bored of it again
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    My opinion is Android Wear software is laggy. But Samsung makes a quality Smart Watch.

    That said, I can't speak if you will get bored of it again, only you will know that. But if you purchase an Apple Watch from Apple or another retailer, you would have 14 days to at least give yourself the opportunity to see if you would appreciate those features. If not, then return it for a refund.

    The Series 2 offers many functionalities that I appreciate, but notifications is executed so well between the iPhone and Apple Watch.
     
  3. ibookg409 Suspended

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    I reallly like my series 2 Apple Watch. I'm not sure if any watch ise "unboring". It's a watch. It does what it does.
     
  4. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    I got bored with mine also. Have looked at the Samsung but it work poorly with Apple.

    If you try it again, make sure you get it back during the return period.
     
  5. GreatSc0tt thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you still have yours? If so do you still wear it?
     
  6. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Both sit in my dresser drawer. Resale value is in the toilet and not worth the trouble. One is stainless and the other black stainless both series 2.

    The heart rate function never worked well for me so I went back to Fitbit. Like their app and the way it presents it's data. It track my HR even when worn quite loose.
     
  7. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    Well it depends on what you expect. I bought the first Apple Watch in Soace Black stainless steel when it launched in Denmark in September 2015 and upgraded to a stainless steel in 2016 when it launched - I’ve been wearing it ever since and simply love the S2 because of the water proofing and GPS. Just a great package.

    I do think the one thing that doesn’t make me bored of it, is that I chose the steel versions. To me looks and feel of a Watch is very important and to look at it every day and change straps to go from sporty running/swimming watch to a polished dress watch with my suit is just a winning package
     
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  9. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I would say that depends on what Series 3 has to offer and when we see the next release.
     
  10. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    bored with, not of.

    Speaking of which I got thoroughly bored with mine; I only use it for fitness.
     
  11. Khalanad75 macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand the whole concept if bored with the watch. It's a watch, what exactly are you expecting from it?
     
  12. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502

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    No one can tell you how you are going to feel about anything. If you want notifications so you either don't have to carry your phone around your house and/or they can come to you silently then the Apple Watch is the way to go. It's a tool. If it's working as designed, it should be boring after a little while as that means it's working. I can tell you this - I've had my Watch 2 since February and wearing it every day since. I tried wearing the watch my wife gave me for our anniversary a couple years ago recently and it drove me nuts.

    Being this close to September with possible availability in October/November (for what you want), you may want to wait for the Watch 3 to be announced first. If you want the features of the 3, you won't have buyers remorse or have to go through the trouble of selling the 2 to then get the 3. If you like the 2 just fine, you might be able to save a little $ when the 3 is announced.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    And even if you are bored with your Apple Watch, there is nothing wrong with that. At least you're still using one of the main functions which is fitness capabilities, and that's a huge part of what the Apple Watch was gearing towards when it launched.
     
  14. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the fitness features are very good - better than any tracker I've had.
     
  15. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like you mostly want a smartwatch for notifications, but you also want it to keep you entertained? Perhaps there is an app opportunity here for witty reminders? :p

    I had a Casio calculator watch back in the 1980's. It had this number invaders game that was inspired by the arcade classic Space Invaders. The number version on the watch was good for a few minutes of entertainment while I was waiting for a ride home from school, but it was no Atari gaming console. ;) Eventually I got bored with the calculator watch after the novelty wore off. It was still useful, so I kept wearing it... at least until I got old enough to realize it was a girl repellent.

    You don't say why you got bored. I would think that it would be more important for the watch to be useful than exciting, but why would a Samsung, or any other smartwatch, be more exciting or fun? I suppose there are third party watch faces for other platforms that might keep things fresh, but I think most people end up sticking to the same faces most of the time. There are more combinations for Apple Watch faces than I ever get around to using.

    Between the sheer number of available apps, existing watch faces, watch face complications, ease of switching between the multitude of bands available from Apple and others, I'm not sure how a smartwatch could be much more entertaining. I think the truth is that any smartwatch is going to be limited when it comes to the entertainment factor. It's not a gaming or entertainment platform in the way an iPhone or iPad can be. It's a fitness tracker, notification tool, and an extension of your iPhone. You can only play with it for so long.

    I do not find my Apple Watch to be boring or entertaining. I find it attractive, convenient, and useful. After two years of wearing it, I actually like it more now than I did when I bought it. I have never been able to say that about any devices I have owned for two plus years.

    I can't say whether you will like it more or not the second time around, but I wouldn't expect it to be any less boring... unless the upcoming Siri watch face offers a more dynamic face that you might like.

    Sean
     
  16. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    Along with the OP, I am giving the Apple Watch a second chance. I had the original AW Sport which I had for a little over a year. I also regretted not purchasing the SS, but it just wasn't in my budget at the time.

    Well, six months without a AW and I found a pretty good deal on the SS AW series 0 on Swappa. While I really didn't use the AW for fitness tracking, I did like the look and it proved to be pretty useful for me. However, I'm definitely excited for the SS especially since it will go better with my professional work attire.
     
  17. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    The stainless model is the way to go from my preference and the Sapphire display makes a significant difference in protection. I used to own the sport model when it first launched, sold it almost immediately because I didn't like how lightweight it was and I was not impressed with the Ion-X Glass durability.

    The stainless model has a nice weight to it and I find pairing bands is much easier, and looks much more professional if you will with leather bands and link bands.
     
  18. Sunny1990 Suspended

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    Agree with you! I also had a stainless steel series 2 model. I loved it at the glance. But not too much after wearing it for weeks or two. I just gifted it my brother on his birthday.
     
  19. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    I own the Gear S2, Gear S3, Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and now the Apple Series 1 Watch.

    All of my Android Wear watches are collecting dust.

    My Gear S3 is great with my S8 and I like having a fully stand alone watch, not to mention it actually looks like a classic watch. But with an iPhone, it's a no go. The worst thing is trying to download/sync apps from the iPhone to the watch. Even something as small as 100kb, can take 10 minutes or longer. It ridiculous. Not to mention, iMessages will not send to non-Appke devices.

    The Series 1 now graces my wrist daily, since the iPhone 7 is my daily driver phone. What amazes me most about the watch is the battery life. Granted, the screen is off the majority of the time, but I'm currently at 86% battery after 12 hours off the charger. My Gear S3 would be at around 50%. And I get all my notifications since it's Apple based. Is it boring? Maybe. But it works all the time, every time with my iPhone. Love that.
     
  20. areyes163 macrumors 6502

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    I had the original Apple Watch when it released. I got tired of it as I didn't use any functions on it really so I ended up selling it.

    Fast forward to about 3 months ago. I got a mint condition Watch from my friend who owed my money so he offered me the Watch. Once inset it up and actually started using it for more than just notifications I grew to really like it.

    I can set my house alarm and unlock my doors right from my Watch. I use Apple Pay on the Watch a ton now. I just bought a new car and I can even lock and unlock my car as well as remote start it right from my Watch. It has come in handy for me.
     
  21. Relentless Power, Jul 29, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Lol. Was this "45 MM" Apple Watch that you gave your brother? :D
     
  22. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Since you've had, and used, both setups -- Apple-centric and Samsung-centric ---

    How well do they compare? Does one actually work better day-to-day than the other?

    Would you be missing out on anything that one platform might have over the other?
     
  23. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    The Gear S3 is better in that it has built in LATE, so it is a true stand alone device to make calls, texts, receive emails, etc without the need for a phone near-by. It also has thousands of watchfaces that you can download for free or paid, not to mention you can make, should you want to. It has the ability to have an always on display, and it has a standard 22mm quick release band, so it is easy to buy any type of band you want, from just about anywhere. The bezel UI is hands down the best there is.

    All that said, if you are using an iPhone, then the Gear S3 will become a frustration. Too many restrictions by App!e to make it truly useful. Might as well leave it in stand alone mode. But no matter what you do, you will never receive iMessages, as those are proprietary to Apple products only.

    In the end, the Apple watch had won out by default because I'm using an iPhone. Don't get me wrong, it's a good watch and I really like it, but the Gear S3 is just better in almost every way. If I was using a Samsung or other Android type of phone, I would use the S3. Bar none.
     
  24. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    You wouldn't really have a choice the other way around :)

    I'm with you on some of the points you have (watch faces is really lacking - and the WatchOS 4 additions sucks)
     
  25. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    If using Android, you can use the plethora of Android Wear watches or the Samsung S2 or S3.... that's what I was inferring.

    Although, if you really wanted to, I suppose you could still wear an Apple Watch with an Android type phone. Don't know why you would, but it could be done. ;-)
     

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