Using the Apple Watch for a Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mikemike690, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. mikemike690 macrumors regular

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    Hi, I am a long time Android user, and was wondering if its worth it to buy an Apple Watch to use just as a watch for fitness tracking etc. Have you guys had any experience with this?
     
  2. lionsy macrumors 6502

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    It functions as a watch very well, the raise wrist to turn on the screen thing definitely errs on the side of caution, I'm yet to have a time where it hasn't turned on when I've needed it to.

    The fitness tracking works independently of the phone.

    That said... You NEED an iPhone to set it up and even start using it, so if you buy one without an iPhone you have a rather expensive paper weight until you set it up, so if you're in the market for a new paperweight, I suggest the link bracelet, I think it's the heaviest :p
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    This is misinformation to the OP. There is no way to track ANY fitness data beyond 12:00AM on the current day without an iPhone.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    To activate the watch you need an iPhone. So even if you just want it as a watch that's not going to be possible. Secondly how will you be tracking your workouts on the watch if you cannot sync the data to an app to track and display the historical information?
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Sound like you want the Apple Watch. Maybe time to buy that iPhone you have always wanted.
     
  6. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Not sure why Android user will want Apple Watch since there're so many Android Wear watches out right now. But if you really want it, the first step must be buying iPhone.
     
  7. mikemike690 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your responses, I am able to activate it by using my brothers iPhone, but what about that 12AM fitness tracking? Also yeah I am slightly heading towards the iPhone :)
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    The only thing the :apple:Watch will show is todays (starting at 12AM) Active Calories, Steps, Distance, Exercise time and Stand hours. All fitness data will be lost after 1 day without an iPhone.

    Also you have to pair and setup the Health data on your brother's iPhone. He will have incorrect personal/health/medical data (yours) then and obviously can't get an :apple:Watch.
     
  9. mikemike690 thread starter macrumors regular

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    He should be fine lol, he isn't interested in that kinda stuff. But I am able to view the data on the day and not ever again? Even if I sync it again?
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    Again, this is a BAD idea. However if your brother is going to 'share' his iPhone and allow it to be used to view your Health/Fitness data then you can see it on his iPhone.

    A BIG caveat: When you get your own iPhone you will have to also get your own Apple ID and will LOSE all the data (it will be your brother's data and not transferable) and have to start over. Again, this is a BAD idea.

    You should START by getting an iPhone. The Apple ecosystem is very unforgiving and unyielding when trying 'stunts' like you are contemplating. There will also be other unforeseen and probably regrettable pitfalls you will encounter if you go this route.
     
  11. prezasti macrumors 6502

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    Just trade phones with your brother. Problem solved. :)
     
  12. mikemike690 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha, he isn't interested in Android sadly.
     
  13. Thepixelsedge macrumors regular

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    If you sync with your brother's iPhone it won't help you any since the data your watch tracks will mix with the data that his iPhone tracks on its own while he's walking around with it. Also there's no way this will work if your brother has his own apple watch or ends up getting one later since each watch can only pair to one iPhone and vice versa.
     
  14. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

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    I have to associate myself with these comments. Get the iPhone first, otherwise you'll encounter other problems later if you go the route you're considering.

    The importance of starting your Apple ecosystem on the correct path cannot be overemphasized. Your brother will thank you later for not continually nagging him to look at his iPhone so you can check your stats.
     
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  16. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    While technically you can pull it off and get some functionality without owning an iPhone it's really not a good idea. You're going to keep bothering your brother to view your stats and if he ever resets something you're going to have problems too. What a hassle.

    Just get the iPhone and be done with it. With Apple's new plans you can get one with no money down. Your carrier might also have great plans that are affordable by anyone ($30-$40 a month).

    And honestly, if you're just going to use it to tell the time and get fitness data you might as well get some version of the fitbit which can do all that for less. Or just get an android wear watch for $149-$249 and have all functions.

    I wouldn't be spending $399+ on a watch that I wouldn't be able to use for anything other than telling the time and maybe that day's fitness data.
     
  17. Uguubot macrumors member

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    Another note - won't he get alerts about iMessages his brother gets, assuming he is in a wifi-remembered area?
     
  18. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    Your brother sounds like a smart man. :p
     

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