Wearing Apple Watch "upside down"

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by chenjas1, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. chenjas1 macrumors member

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    I like to wear my watches with the face on the underside of my wrist. Do you think the raise to wake feature will work with this slightly different type of wrist movement? Or does anyone see any other potential limitations by wearing the watch in this way?
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I honestly think it would be easier to use that way. I just pretended my watch was upside down, and it seems like it would be easier to use. I personally do not like the way it looks, but from a functionality standpoint you should be just fine.
     
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  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    That doesn't cover which side of the wrist the watch is on, does it? The digital crown being on the left or right side has nothing to do with which side of the wrist you wear the watch.
     
  6. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    There's a setting for that as well right on the same page, so not really sure what you're on about... :)
     
  7. chenjas1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I see what you're saying. I'm not sure if these settings take into account the orientation of wearing a watch on the underside of one's wrist.
     
  8. refslady macrumors regular

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    Will the sensors be as effective? That would be my concern.
     
  9. Foxdog175 macrumors regular

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    I've been very curious of this as well. I've worn my watch with the face on the inside of my wrist for 15 years. My two concerns are whether the heartbeat sensor would be as effective (I'd think it'd be more effective being closer to the arteries), and how irritating the bulky sensor would be smashed up against your arteries all day long.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple Watch isn't meant to be worn like a bracelet, which is how I wear mine. I'm assuming it needs to be pretty snug in order for the watch to retain most of its functions (not just the heartbeat capabilities).
     
  10. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    No there's not.
     
  11. refslady macrumors regular

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    That is my understanding: the watch needs to be in contact with skin consistently in order to provide accurate, continuous readings.
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It is definitely meant to be worn flush against the skin. A smartwatch would look pretty silly if worn "loose"
     
  13. troop231 macrumors 603

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    I really wish they would've put the crown in the center of the watch body so it's symmetrical and ditch the contact button, that way it wouldn't matter.
     
  14. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    Right, I misinterpreted.

    I think the inferrence is you'll wear the Watch on top of your arm, and I doubt you'd want a watch as thick as this underneath; it would scrape against pretty much anything you rest your arms/hands on.
     
  15. WeemanWise macrumors 6502

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    I hope there isn't a problem wearing it like that. I also prefer my watches to be on the underside of my wrist. I've tried to wear my pebble the typical way and it just doesn't feel right to me.
     
  16. Armen macrumors 604

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    the potential to scratch the watch face is much more in this position isn't it?
     
  17. Foxdog175 macrumors regular

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    We'll find out soon. That's how I'm planning on wearing it. We'll see just how scratch resistant the sapphire screen is...
     
  18. kovey macrumors 6502a

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    There is no setting whatsoever to specify that you're wearing the watch face down. In no way does that change which side the crown is on and in no way would the screen have to flip or rotate, anyway.

    I always found it odd that people prefer to wear their watch like that, and this just seems like you're asking for the screen to crack. Unless you're constantly sitting in zen position, your watch will not be visible if you want to just glance at it.

    Also, if you wear the watch facing down, chances are it's not going to be able to pick up your heart rate, pulse, etc. Go ahead and try taking your pulse on both sides of your wrist and see what happens. One side you clearly can do it, while the other side is impossible.
     
  19. chenjas1 thread starter macrumors member

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    It's understood that the crown remains on the same side of the watch and the screen doesn't need to be flipped when wearing it on the underside of your wrist but what's uncertain, is the raise to wake feature that uses the gyroscope. Raising your wrist wearing it face down is a different motion than if it were face up.

    I'd argue that wearing it face down gives the watch a better chance of getting a more accurate heart rate. The sensors are on the underside of the watch which would be making direct contact to where someone would typically use two fingers to find a pulse on the veins and arteries in the wrist. Perhaps I misunderstood your last paragraph?
     
  20. kovey macrumors 6502a

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    I guess you have a point with the sensors. I said the opposite by mistake, so hmmmm. I'd imagine Apple has tested this already.
     
  21. Armen macrumors 604

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    My Omega watch band is scratched in the exact area you want your Apple watch face to be so If I wore an Apple watch like that it would be scratched.
     
  22. chenjas1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Have any of the reviewers mentioned if wearing the watch on the underside of the wrist works the same as on top of the wrist?
     
  23. AlanAsound macrumors newbie

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    I received my watch this morning and wore it all day and I have to say the function to wake the screen when looking at the watch doesn't work. So I will be looking for a way for this to work or I will have to start getting used to wear it the 'normal' way (which I haven't done for over 20 years!!!)
     
  24. techno-Zen macrumors 6502

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    This is one of my pet peeves.. I hate when people do that.
     
  25. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

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    I am waiting on my watch but I was thinking today it would make it easier to wear that way when running. Not that it's a big hassle to turn my wrist when it's on top.
     

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