The AGONY! I can't settle on a watch face!!!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by karinatwork, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. karinatwork macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2009
    British Columbia, Canada
    I love the modular watch face - it's the most information with just a quick glance ... but then I also like Utility, because it's more like a "real" watch (you know, the one we force our children to wear so they learn to tell time), but the quick glance on Modular is just hard to beat.

    And the jellyfish! I love the jellyfish!! But I want my circles, too! :(
  2. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    First World Problems ;)

    I personally use the Utility face because I like how it looks plus it shows plenty of information.
    It all comes down to personal preference though, that's what the Watch is all about.
  3. zman5 macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2011
    You're not alone.

    I have decided on a schedule. Monday=Modular, Tuesday=Simple and so forth.

    To quell the insanity momentarily at least.

    There is help out there for us!
  4. Jason83 macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2014
    PA, USA
    Coming from a Pebble and using a "digital watch" style face on there, I gravitated immediately to the modular. I love having time, date, weather, stock, activity, and battery all available at a turn of the wrist. I'll likely tinker around with some of the more classic faces in the future depending on where I'm at or what I'm doing. Though since the screen doesn't stay on when you're not actively using it, I don't know that I would worry about going to an analog face because of say a dinner party or something.
  5. chrise2 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    I'm rocking modular right now. Its easiest for me to see the time fast and gives me other info as well. I just tried uploading a picture of it and got some firewall blocking me. Oh well.

    I liked the jellyfish a lot too. However, i would get memorized by looking at them, the screen would go dark before actually seeing what the time was...

    I tried the chronograph face a bit, but it was too busy to see the time easily for me. I just got the watch last night so I guess I have more experimenting to do!
  6. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    I change it based on where I am. At work I use the simple or chronograph. At home I use modular or astrology.
  7. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    I use the Utility most of the time, but thankfully it's so easy to change and it remembers the settings on any watch faces you've already customized. I love how easy they made it.
  8. Spendlove macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2015
    Cambridge UK
    Modular here too.

    Orange writing looks cool on the space grey sport.

    None of the other faces have enough complications for my tastes. I can't see the point in a jellyfish and knowing the time on Mars is irrelevant.

    God I am old. :eek:
  9. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Wait until we get hundreds of watchfaces, like some other watches have.

    It can get quite addictive.

    I'm even thinking of writing an Android Wear watchface master that automatically switches between multiple watchfaces during the day.

    Yeah, definitely first world problems.
  10. Snowkarver, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    Snowkarver macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2015
    Opposite here!

    The designer in me loves jellyfish and solar.

    I tried but am not a big fan of the complications, which I feel don't convey enough depth of information for my taste.

    For example, I thought it would be useful to show "current weather" but really a simple temperature reading is meaningless to me - what I really need to know are things like probability of precipitation in the next 1, 2, and 3 hours. Also a sunrise or sunset time isn't enough - I also need civil dawn and dusk to help decide how early/late I can be out running or biking safely. Having the S&P500 indicator complication just makes me want to see a daily graph to gauge trends. So I kind of find the complications stressful, and switched most off.

    In the end, I'm gravitating towards the cleanest and most design-y faces, and learning to streamline my glances to get the level of info that makes me happy.
  11. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I keep going back to the Mickey face since it has all the options I want:

    World Time: Upper Left Corner
    Temperature: Upper Right Corner
    Day of the week, month, date

    If I can find that exact layout on another face, I may switch.
  12. karinatwork thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2009
    British Columbia, Canada
    You and me both, dude. :)
  13. avalys macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2004
    Hah, I have had the same problem. I was playing with the faces for like 45 min last night while watching TV. One thing that's cool is that you can have more than one customized version of each face - just scroll all the way to the right and choose the "New" option. So you can have a few different "Modular" faces, with different colors and complications.

    The best analog-style face is "Simple", which has room for 5 complications (counting the date). So, you can display the same combination of information as Modular, as long as the date is included.

    I wish there were more color options for the other faces. I like the look and organization of Simple, but I wish it had the color options of Color (instead of just being able to change the seconds hand and date color).
  14. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2015
    I was switching between the analog faces at first and thought I'd hate the Modular face but once I tried it, that has become my go to face.
  15. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Sadly the animated ones kill my battery absurdly fast. I get 30% of what I do under modular.

    I really like modular because I get access to everything I need. Date, time, battery, temp, activity and calendar. And some how, even with all of that it isn't cluttered.

    I just wish I had more color options, using the blue because it looks best. I want hot pink! :p
  16. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Utility can be laid out the same way.

    I'm using Utility with Calendar appt in upper left, battery in upper right, weather at center bottom and day/date on the watchface at the 3 o'clock position.
  17. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Now we know the real reason Apple has not provided an option for custom watch faces. ;-)
  18. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I'm surprised how many are going with Modular. Yea, it has the info but the nice thing here is the analog watch faces. It's a good thing they give choice.

    I have been using simple with date, timer, weather, next meeting, and activity.
  19. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    I just switch back and forth. I have the simple face with a timer for work since I use the timer constantly. At home I like the astronomy face because it is just cool. I like the flower/butterfly/jellyfish face but it doesn't have neough information.
  20. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    anything but Mickey... if you're a male over 16yo why do you have mickey as your watch face? would you really be wearing a Mickey watch if you didn't have an AppleWatch probably not. :rolleyes:
  21. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    I switch between Utility and Chronograph since I like Analog watch faces. One of the best things about Chronograph is that you can have a white background. Although, I imagine that uses a lot of battery power.

    Astrology != Astronomy

    The former is BS, the latter is science ;)
  22. mrboba1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    M-I-C...K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
    Mickey Mouse
    Donald Duck!

    C'mon sing along!!:D:D
  23. mbaturin macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2014
    Southern NJ
    Just got my Apple Watch this morning and I have definitely been having a struggle with myself in this regard. I think I've come to a conclusion - I don't need the complications, because I can access that information ALMOST just as fast using the glances. So the artistic side of me won out, and Jellyfish it is. Reading through the thread, someone mentioned poor (30% reduction?!) in battery life while using the animations. I will give this one through tomorrow and see where I am. If I can make it through a full day (Day 2 even more) with animation without my battery running out, I'll probably stick with those gorgeous Jellyfish! haha
  24. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    LOL. :cool:
  25. lique831 macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2011
    I use Modular during the work week and Mickey on the weekends.

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