Thinking about "up-trading" my S2 alu

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Fzang, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. Fzang macrumors 65816

    Fzang

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    Well I've had my first Apple Watch for a month now... and I don't know... I really like the notifications, the music control, the phone calling, reminders and all.

    I thought I would use it more for navigation, but the map is still ridiculously slow and drains the iPhone's battery in the process (seriously, why does the phone need to go into GPS mode?).

    I was originally stuck between "I'll never go for the cheapest model" and "I've never worn a watch, maybe the SS is a wee bit too expensive if I regret it".

    But the SS is a really really snazzy looking piece of tech, and it still has all the more simple capabilities. I've heard it's even quite useable on WatchOS 3... Should I attempt to trade/sell it off my current Watch for a used Series 0 SS? Is the Series 0 a viable product, or will I be blinded (or, the reverse, more likely) by a dimmer display, and driven mad by last year's innards?
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I gather you have the Series 2 watch? Having had the S0 and now the S2, for me, the biggest difference is the battery life. S2 gets me at least a few more hours than S0. I'm not sure if the map app is faster on S2 because I rarely use maps on the watch. Other apps like timer, workout, and so forth, I can't say I've noticed a tremendous difference in speed.
     
  3. julesme macrumors regular

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    No, you should keep the Series 2. If you are somewhat unhappy with the speed on Series 2, then what makes you think a much slower Series 0 would be acceptable?
     
  4. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    The biggest difference I found between my Series 1 and Series 2 watches is the time it takes to update the AW or reboot. I always carry my phone so the GPS is never used. As far a screen brightness I notice no difference.
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    You mean S1 (with new CPU I think is the same as one in S2) or S0 (original watch)?
     
  6. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Yep my bad.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Not to many mention the speed of the S2 processor, being some may not notice a difference in speed. I think it depends how you use the Watch with different applications that would show a faster pace. But I agree, I like the Stopwatch feature and how you change the face. I use that a lot.
     
  8. daijholt macrumors 6502a

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    Keep the series 2 my friend. I have a series 0 and had the luck of testing the series 1 for a week as a review unit (it has the same chip as the series 2), and the difference was night and day.

    The new watch is so much faster than the original, even with watchOS 3. For all intents and purposes, The original watch is unusable as an application device; all but the most refined Indy and 1st party apps are just too slow.

    You'll regret dropping the Speed more than you'll regret the finish of the device.
     
  9. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000

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    its also about future proofing. There are no guarantees that a Series 0 will work well with WatchOS4 when it's released next year. Technology moves on quickly and the series 2 will be good for a least a couple of years if you want to keep the OS up to date.
     
  10. Fzang thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've been backing out, partly due to reasons written in here, but also because I actually got a closer look at the first versions. My girlfriend, who by no stretch of imagination is any kind of techie, actually said that the S0 looks bad because the screen looks different than the surrounding bezel, whereas the S2 screen is almost indistinguishable from the bezel.

    So I think I'll stay with my Alu S2, and then just splurge on the next generation :)
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    Had the S0 and now have a S2. Can't say I notice a difference between the two screens. Maybe you can see this difference if you are out in bright sunlight? But I wore the S0 in bright sunlight a few times and didn't notice any bezels.
     
  12. Fzang thread starter macrumors 65816

    Fzang

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    It might be a thing with the sapphire screen (since SS versions are used as display models in most stores), compared to the S2 alu version?
     
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    Could be! Mine are both Sports models.
     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Technology does advance. But I am confident the first Gen Apple Watch will be highly compatible with Watch OS4. Series 2 might have the S2 processor, but it's not that far More advanced over the Gen 1 Watch in terms of performance. It's no different than comparing the iPhone. Plenty of older Generation iPhones operate flawlessly on iOS 10, and I'm referring to those who commmented on the iPhone 4s and above.

    Also, certain applications are more tasking than others, which would give the Series 2 the advantage with the S2 processor. But for me, I have no third party external applications on my two stainless models. And it's still plenty fast with watch OS 3.1.

    I'm not worried about Watch OS4 at all. In fact, looking forward to it. Especially comparing how poor Watch OS 1 was.
     

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