Two Questions: Do you wear a watch already/Are you concerned about battery?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by dedufour41, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. dedufour41 macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2015
    New York
    Curious as to how many people who are at least thinking about purchasing an Apple Watch already wear one (any kind of watch) routinely. I would also like to know who also feels that battery life is a big concern to them when imagining themselves using their new device for their preconceived ideas.

    After studying many different types of individuals in different conversations regarding these two topics, it seems that there is a pattern and correlation. There is also a large number of potential buyers who are perturbed about nightly charging.


    I have not worn a watch regularly in 23 years and I have very little thought about battery life or having to charge daily.

    What do you think?

  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

    Feb 6, 2014
    I don't wear a regular watch because a watch does nothing useful outside of tell time, and I have my iPhone lock screen for that. However, I would indeed buy and wear a smart watch as it would be capable of so much more than a traditional watch. I'm not really concerned with battery life. I cannot use the Apple Watch in my sleep, so I may as well put it on the charger while I'm on the charger ;)

    Also, the word "poll" is in the thread title, most folks will assume there is a poll included. You may want to add one.
  3. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    Yes I wear a watch daily. No, I am not concerned about the daily charging of the Apple Watch. I take my watch off every night and place it on my nightstand, attaching a cable to it in that process will change very little.
  4. Esexx macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2015
    I wear a watch daily and even mandated to wear one at work. I work 12 hr shift and most of the time it is longer (plus commute time). I never worry about battery life because I wear a mechanical watch. I when I switch watches and not wear one for a few days, I do have to set the time and date again.

    I am not really concerned about the AW battery life, unless it dies after 13 hrs. I'm sure in the early life if will last all day, but after a while I know it won't last as long, just like any cell phone.

    I hope the battery can be changed out without costing too much.
  5. dedufour41 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2015
    New York
    Thanks for the reply
  6. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    Have worn a watch almost constantly since I was a child. I tried going watchless for a while on the false notion that my phone would do the job. There is simply no comparison in convenience for knowing the time between the two. Watch is vastly superior. I came to this conclusion before phones are enormous dinner plate sized affairs. Back when "candy bar" style phones were actually smaller than candy bars (Sony Ericsson T-910.)

    That's relevant, because, it also acts as an enormous endorsement of how useful the watch can be in every other "glance" like information conveyance situation, and I already have a handful of things that have me yanking my phone out of the pocket or bag 100 times a day. The watch will absolutely be useful to me.

    As for battery life, I'm not concerned. It will be a minor addition to my daily ritual. I already plug my phone in next to my bed every night, out of habit, even if it's 100% charged. I will buy a very convenient stand/hanger for the watch and charge it in that. It has influenced my decision about which band style to prefer, though.

    I also believe that AW "2" or "3" or whatever, next few iterations coming will have almost no difference in capability or size, but, will have increased battery life. That may partly come in the form of a faster CPU so it will be touted both ways, but, the reality will be that battery life will be a priority for this product for a while. At any rate, 18 hours is for the 38mm. I'll probably end up with the 42mm which Apple says experiences longer battery life. 18 hours is already longer than my typical day, and an underestimate based on third party hands-on experience.

    TL;DR Yes I wear a watch constantly and no I'm not worried about the battery life.


    In reality it will probably be SHORTER in the beginning, because you will keep playing and futzing with it more than necessary :) Also, lithium ion batteries need a number of full charge/discharge cycles to reach peak operating capacity which will typically remain at peak for about 500 charge cycles. SO yeah, it'll eventually lose some runtime, but, probably not until it's nearly two years old at which point you'll be bored of it so you won't use it half as many times a day :)
  7. dedufour41 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2015
    New York

    Thanks, #


    It also feels like the majority of us this interested in the gen 1 will undoubtedly be interested in upgrading generations at first chance. Apple knows this very well.
  8. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Have not worn a watch in about 10 years. I do wear a Nike FuelBand that will be retired when the watch comes.

    I am not currently concerned about battery life/charging nightly. Hopefully Apple doesn't give me a reason to become concerned.
  9. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I have a Pebble (battery life is great) and I have been wearing it since late September. Previously I hadn't worn a watch for about 7 years. I'm not concerned with the battery life on the :apple: Watch, 18 hrs is good enough for me and my usage/needs.
  10. dedufour41 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2015
    New York
    Good info, thanks!
  11. bumpylumpy macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2015
    I wear several digital watches, but the two that are my favorites are both solar powered and sync nightly via the WWVB atomic clocks in Colorado. I never have to worry about the battery or setting the time for them; however, to make sure they are able to receive the WWVB signal I have to take them off each night and leave them by my bedroom window. Because of this, I am used to taking my watch off every night and putting it on again. For me, the Apple Watch will be no different; every night I will take it off, but only to charge instead of get its time synchronized.

    I also tend to use my iPhone battery more than 50% each day, so I have to charge that nightly too. The Apple Watch and iPhone will charge together each night.
  12. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    From reading some of the posts here there are many who feel the watch will be life changing and will be using it constantly. These will be the first to run out of power at about noon. End of life.

    Might take a few days for people to settle down to get it to last a regular day before requiring recharging. There will be people complaining about their watch battery just hours are their purchase. Look at how many iPhone battery posts there are!
  13. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    Pretty much ditto for me. I have never worn a watch really as it served no real purpose. I guess growing up with cell phones all around you will do that to you. :p

    My wrist, it is ready Apple. Bring it already! ⌚️
  14. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I have a collection of Seiko divers and wear one daily.

    Probably won't wear them much if the Apple Watch does what I hope.
  15. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
    I wear an watch daily and always take it off before bed so all day battery life is no issue for me.
  16. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    I wear a very old ~35mm Tissot and I'm replacing it with a 38mm SS Apple Watch with modern buckle (I'm a 32yr male). I'm a tech enthusiast so prepared to live with the battery life trade-off.
  17. dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
    I have the Garmin Forerunner 15, and it is used for the time, and GPS. I have just sold it, in order to raise money for the  WATCH, so I will not have the time for around 3 weeks. I will just use my phone, for time and running. Battery life does not concern me, as I'm at school, so I'm out from 7:30 to 5, or 9 and a half hours. I will have time to charge at night, and even if I go out till 8, I will still have battery.
  18. NTurner42 macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2010
    Honestly, if the watch lasts 18 hours it'll do just fine. I work 12 hour shifts and have a 5 min commute so I don't think it'll die on me. I tend to come home and shower after work, I can't stand to sleep in a watch anyway.
  19. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I haven't worn a watch daily, since I got my first mobile phone. As it was as easy to use that to tell the time as a watch. Though I have worn them when going out.
    Assuming that the watch gets the 18 hours that Apple says that it does, I'm not worried at all about the battery life. If it gets much less than that, then I would be worried.
  20. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    I wear a watch every day (Pebble) and I am not concerned with the battery life of the apple watch.

    From everything I have read online and based on my current use of my smartwatch, the 18 hours of battery life supplied by the apple watch will be more than enough for me.
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I don't currently wear a watch, but I used to. My first watches were ones you had to manually wind every day. I liked the ritual of winding it every night before bed, and refused to switch to battery operated watches until the stores stopped carrying manually winding watches :(

    As for battery on the Apple watch, no I'm not worried about it. As somebody else suggested, I'd adjust my usage until it lasts me all day. And Apple's stated life of "18 hours under normal use" sounds plenty long enough to me. Looking forward to clicking it onto the charger each night, though it won't be quite the same as winding it. ;)
  22. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I've worn a regular mechanical watch for as long as I can remember. For the last couple of year I've been wearing a Pebble which typically has to be charged every 5-6 days. I am a bit concerned about the charge capacity of the battery and I don't think anyone here can truly say it will be OK until they have had the opportunity to use it in a real world environment.

    Obviously everyones usage patterns will be different so how long it lasts for one person may not be the same for others. My other concern is that I'm use to wearing my watch at night but I may have to forgo that in order to make sure it's fully charged for the next day. I'm sure however that battery life will improve with subsequent versions of the phone.
  23. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    1. Yes, I wear a watch already

    2. No, I'm not concerned about battery life
  24. chris975d macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    Yes, I wear a watch every day, and yes I'm concerned about battery life of the Apple watch. Whatever mechanical watch I have out of the safe stays on my wrist 24/7 (this is more common than most of you may think) The Apple watch can't do that. That's why IF I buy an Apple watch, it will be added to my collection as a work out only watch.
  25. nwlondonlad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    UK London
    I currently wear a pebble watch and it never leaves my wrist unless i need to shower or charge it.

    My pebble gets me about 8 days of usage before needing a charge so yes i am concerned about the daily charging of the Apple watch as i will be forced to take it off daily.

    If only there was a way to have wireless charging so i never had to take it off

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