Using multiple watches...

Fubar1977

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Hi

Just wondering how many of you keep your old Apple Watch when you upgrade and use both in different circumstances?
I just got my S4 to replace my old S2 and given the re-sale price of it I decided to just keep the old one as well.
I love the way it auto-switches to whichever watch I put on and given that my S2 is a little rough around the edges now it gives me a "beater" watch to wear when I don't want to risk damaging my S4 such as outdoor work etc.

Its quite liberating having one that I'm just not bothered about scratching/dinging up. I have the old one on a Sport band and my S4 on my Milanese Loop.
 

SadChief

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I kept my not-so-old S3 SBSS as a backup exactly for the same reasons: very low resale value as compared to the S3 aluminium and minimize risks for my S4. I'm using it for situations like intense training (high humidity) or swimming, and keep my S4 SBSS for the rest.
 

ManicMarc

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Yes this is the ultimate first world problem, but I too have kept my S2 after upgrading to the S4. I think the Apple buy back scheme was Offering me in the region of £90, which for something that cost about £500 only 2 years ago is ridiculous.
I find even the S4 model won’t have enough charge to last the day if I do a 2 hour run without my phone, so when I do a long run on weekends I’ll often either charge up my old watch especially for the run, or switch to the old one after the run (depending on how good my forward planning is).

Not into the sleep tracking thing. Maybe it’s just me, but I know straight away when I wake up whether I had a good night’s sleep.
 

Fubar1977

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Yes this is the ultimate first world problem, but I too have kept my S2 after upgrading to the S4. I think the Apple buy back scheme was Offering me in the region of £90, which for something that cost about £500 only 2 years ago is ridiculous.
I find even the S4 model won’t have enough charge to last the day if I do a 2 hour run without my phone, so when I do a long run on weekends I’ll often either charge up my old watch especially for the run, or switch to the old one after the run (depending on how good my forward planning is).

Not into the sleep tracking thing. Maybe it’s just me, but I know straight away when I wake up whether I had a good night’s sleep.
Lol yes its about as "first world problems" as it gets. What to do with all my Apples watches! Like you I was offered peanuts for my old S2 so selling didn't`t make much sense and, other than being a bit slow and a little bit battered it works just fine and still lasts the best part of 2 days on a charge. Seemed a shame to just let it go for a pittance. I'm loving my S4 but the S2 is still great and really useful when I got out on the Mountain Bike and for rough/dirty jobs etc.

I don't mind using older Apple gear at all, my 2012 iPad is still going strong.
 

axantas

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I own a couple of mechanical watches. So after getting the Series 4 I decided to keep my Series 3 - using it from time to time, just like the other watches.
 
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ManicMarc

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Lol yes its about as "first world problems" as it gets. What to do with all my Apples watches! Like you I was offered peanuts for my old S2 so selling didn't`t make much sense and, other than being a bit slow and a little bit battered it works just fine and still lasts the best part of 2 days on a charge. Seemed a shame to just let it go for a pittance. I'm loving my S4 but the S2 is still great and really useful when I got out on the Mountain Bike and for rough/dirty jobs etc.

I don't mind using older Apple gear at all, my 2012 iPad is still going strong.
Indeed - I don’t think I could keep more than 2 watches. There’s always a family member or a friend who’ll take older ones. My sister for example is happily using a series 1 I used to own. Let’s hope older models don’t slow down too much when (or if) they get watchOS 6.
As far as battery life goes, according to the AppleCare rep, my S2’s battery has 90% of its original capacity (not bad after 2 years). However a 1 hour 30 minute run followed by a 10 minute walk, while listening to podcasts took the battery down to 16% (This was also using a Bluetooth heart monitor which should use less battery than the built in one!). I think watchOS 5 comes at a price in terms of battery.
 
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akash.nu

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Indeed - I don’t think I could keep more than 2 watches. There’s always a family member or a friend who’ll take older ones. My sister for example is happily using a series 1 I used to own. Let’s hope older models don’t slow down too much when (or if) they get watchOS 6.
As far as battery life goes, according to the AppleCare rep, my S2’s battery has 90% of its original capacity (not bad after 2 years). However a 1 hour 30 minute run followed by a 10 minute walk, while listening to podcasts took the battery down to 16% (This was also using a Bluetooth heart monitor which should use less battery than the built in one!). I think watchOS 5 comes at a price in terms of battery.
The older models had less battery life in general.
 

snow755

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after getting the S4 am keeping my S3 watch for sleep tracking and swimming