WatchOS 5 on Applewatch Series 2??

saxman211

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Has anyone update their series 2 Applewatch to the latest watch OS 5? If so, what’s your reaction to it? Is it slower? Faster? I’d like to wait for feedback before updating....
 

dgdosen

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I've been using it since WWDC - and it works fine for me. I notice delays (wait times) after a reboot and I'm staring an app for the first time. And for me, the battery runs down to about 50% after a day of usage.
 

yegon

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It’s not slower in my experience using it from Friday, and for me it’s TOTALLY worth it entirely for the ability to control volume in the Overcast app. It’s the single feature I’ve wanted for ages above all else, heh.

That said, not much of a risk updating for me, I’ve a Series 4 on the way.
 

nph

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To me it is faster and feels more responsive, definitely worth it!
 

Bbafett

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I don't notice any difference on mine. It does seem more responsive at times. Definitely not worse though. I have been pleased with ios 12 and watchos5 so far considering they have had no sluggish feel that some releases do have.
 

archvile

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As others have said, mine feels a good bit faster than watchOS 4.3.2, however battery life seems to be a tad less. But my watch is also 2 years old at this point, and have already noticed pretty serious degradation in battery life compared to when it was brand new. I'm hoping it lasts 1 more years until they release the Series 5.
 
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saxman211

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As others have said, mine feels a good bit faster than watchOS 4.3.2, however battery life seems to be a tad less. But my watch is also 2 years old at this point, and have already noticed pretty serious degradation in battery life compared to when it was brand new. I'm hoping it lasts 1 more years until they release the Series 5.
I think battery life is my biggest fear.... How significant is the change of battery life?
 

TheBearman

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I didn't see a drop in battery life post update based on my same usage patterns. But... as with anything like this, YMMV.
 

za9ra22

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I haven't really seen any change in speed of my S2, except that apps from the home screen open marginally faster. There has been a change in battery metering, I think, in that prior to the update, the watch would show 100% for a fairly long period, then drop to 90% quite quickly. After the update, the drop to 99% occurs much faster, and the decline in percentage is much more gradual. At the end of the day battery percentage looks about the same as it was previously.

The new watch faces look rather good however.
 

archvile

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I think battery life is my biggest fear.... How significant is the change of battery life?
Since it has settled down, battery life seems more or less the same, it took a hit yesterday when setting the Watch up on an XS but today it has been good.

For some reason, GPS arrow shows constantly on the watch, but not on the phone, and very very limited apps have location access. I think it’s a bug to be honest.

Also for some reason, syncing music to the Watch is SO SLOW now, for whatever reason. I think it is bugged too, it was taking 5+ minutes for each individual SONG to sync over, so I just cancelled it out (was trying to push ~200 songs). Never had that issue on iOS 11 or watchOS 4, or 3 for that matter.
 
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nph

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On Series 2 I find battery life pretty much the same. A day and a half with medium use.
 

mk313

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I have found S2 my battery life took a noticeable hit. I used to end the day with around 25% battery left. Since upgrading, I’ve hit the 10% low lower warning every day. I just hit it now at 8:38 pm. So my battery life has definitely been impacted.
Still worth the upgrade to me though. The increased functionality is fantastic.
 

Ryanmrash

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Activity app hangs sometimes, battery goes a little quicker. Not sure if it keeps more accurate track of activity or if something’s wrong, but my move ring is going way higher than it used to.
 

bmac4

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I don’t know how you guys are getting the same battery life. My series 2 has seen a decline since downloading watchOS 5. I have tried a lot of tricks, and nothing seems to work. I am not loving watchOS 5.
 

Ryanmrash

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I don’t know how you guys are getting the same battery life. My series 2 has seen a decline since downloading watchOS 5. I have tried a lot of tricks, and nothing seems to work. I am not loving watchOS 5.

I feel the choice of watch face and complications really have a huge impact on battery. The Siri face absolutely burns my battery down. I can get 32-40 hours from a charge including a 60 minute workout. When I’ve tried the Siri face I barely get 24.
 

imagineadam

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My S2 feels the same but get ready for a serious uptick in how many calories burned are being reported per day compared to os 4! And exercise minutes too have increased by doing the same activity throughout the day. They have changed how things are calculated and it totally gives you more.
[doublepost=1537713163][/doublepost]My battery life is the same unless I use one of those new watch faces like the fire and water or vapor or liquid metal.
 

tromboneaholic

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Reset my Series 1 to factory settings before installing WatchOS 5. I would say it feels a little smoother and battery life is about the same as WatchOS 4.

I am using the same watchface as before with the same complications and no third party apps installed.
 

bmac4

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I feel the choice of watch face and complications really have a huge impact on battery. The Siri face absolutely burns my battery down. I can get 32-40 hours from a charge including a 60 minute workout. When I’ve tried the Siri face I barely get 24.
What watch face do you use?
 

chfilm

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Has anyone update their series 2 Applewatch to the latest watch OS 5? If so, what’s your reaction to it? Is it slower? Faster? I’d like to wait for feedback before updating....
To me it honestly feels snappier! Almost makes me regret pre ordering a series 4. Almost ;)
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I think battery life is my biggest fear.... How significant is the change of battery life?
it still gets perfectly through one day. I never looked at it before and neither do I bother checking it now.
 
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tromboneaholic

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To me it honestly feels snappier! Almost makes me regret pre ordering a series 4. Almost ;)
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it still gets perfectly through one day. I never looked at it before and neither do I bother checking it now.
I felt it was smooth and responsive as well, until I tried out my wife’s Series 4. Mine arrives tomorrow.
 
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mk313

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I feel the choice of watch face and complications really have a huge impact on battery. The Siri face absolutely burns my battery down. I can get 32-40 hours from a charge including a 60 minute workout. When I’ve tried the Siri face I barely get 24.
Interesting. I use the Siri watch face pretty much exclusively. I’ll have to check out another face to see if it makes a difference thanks for the tip
 
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