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Ghost31

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I’ll be ordering mine soon and my absolute biggest use will probably be in the gym and going on hikes without my phone

Other than that not sure how I’ll use it, but I definitely wanna try going phone less for a day just as a fun little experiment
 

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I’ll be ordering mine soon and my absolute biggest use will probably be in the gym and going on hikes without my phone

Other than that not sure how I’ll use it, but I definitely wanna try going phone less for a day just as a fun little experiment

Quite simply when I have to go to the store quickly or run a few errands where I don't necessarily need to have my iPhone tethered to me or I can take a quick call or message. That's where I find it most convenient for me.
 

MJ22

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Oct 3, 2017
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Though running with it is the main reason I bought it, i work in a large building and it’s been really great to go to other offices in my building and not have to take my phone with me, yet still respond quickly to work related texts.
 

Achilles75

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Feb 25, 2011
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1) Cardio (running/walking) with music or podcasts and no phone
2) Moving around my office, home, and yard without having to put the phone in a pocket
3) Running short errands around town
 

convergent

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May 6, 2008
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I didn't have LTE on my AW, but have it now on my Gear S3... I think the "loves" of my use cases still apply. I use the watch a lot in the gym. Being able to stream music, and have calls and texts forwarded from my phone are the main LTE uses. I do go into stores now and pay with it, and the same applies... I can have calls/texts forwarded. But honestly, unless its really quick like picking up takeout or something, I would bring my phone into a store. I often like to look things up on Amazon to compare prices.
 

CharlesShaw

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May 8, 2015
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Going to gym without iPhone. But I really love the peace of mind from owning and wearing a backup phone in the event something happened (knock on wood) to my iPhone.
 
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dave006

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Jul 3, 2008
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Not sure that I would say that I "Love" any of these features but the ones I use the most: make / receive Phone calls, Apple Pay, SMS Txts, iMesssages, check calendar and finally respond to urgent emails.

Dave
 

Applebot1

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Jan 4, 2014
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I’m coming to a point where U can either upgrade my phone or go PAYG. However I’ve been toying with the option buying the iWatch with Cellular instead of using a phone. How practically viable is this in reality?
 

dave006

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Jul 3, 2008
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Just West of East
The watch is not ready to be a full function stand-alone device. Battery life is just to short. It is only rated at 1 hr total talk time on Cellular. Also you can't use the watch on a PAYG plan only post-paid carrier plans. The watch also requires NumberSyc, NumberShare or Digits to share the iPhone's phone number.

Now what is missing on the watch: Watch apps are not very mature, only a handful of apps are actually "Native" to the watch and don't require an iPhone for full function. Without a host iPhone the watch can't connect to any new Wi-Fi networks.

SMS/MMS text messaging requires that your synced smartphone must be powered on so SMS/MMS messages may be forwarded to your watch. iMessage must be enabled and your smartphone must be connected to the cellular network via either a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. If using a Wi-Fi connection, your smartphone must have Wi-Fi calling activated.

Dave
 

broadbean

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Jun 10, 2007
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Streaming Apple Music was surreal. Being able to make calls when you left the phone in the office is great too. Wife called me one time from her Watch as she left her phone at home.
 

rayward

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Mar 13, 2007
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Houston, TX
I’ll be ordering mine soon and my absolute biggest use will probably be in the gym and going on hikes without my phone

Other than that not sure how I’ll use it, but I definitely wanna try going phone less for a day just as a fun little experiment


I think the best part about LTE on the watch is that you don't know when you're using your iPhone connection or using the watch's LTE. It's seamless. If you're using Airbuds (which are a virtual necessity to get full utility / enjoyment from the watch), you can be making calls, getting texts etc. etc. and the proximity of your phone is irrelevant.
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I’m coming to a point where U can either upgrade my phone or go PAYG. However I’ve been toying with the option buying the iWatch with Cellular instead of using a phone. How practically viable is this in reality?

Going phone-less isn't really an option due to battery constraints. My S3 will go at least two days between charges when mostly being connected to my iPhone, but you burn the battery pretty quickly if you're streaming music or making calls on the watch's LTE.

However, I decided to get a watch and airbuds instead of updating my 6S, and it was definitely the right choice (once I'd had Apple replace the phone's battery to end throttling).
 
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KarimLeVallois

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Feb 22, 2014
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I think the best part about LTE on the watch is that you don't know when you're using your iPhone connection or using the watch's LTE. It's seamless. If you're using Airbuds (which are a virtual necessity to get full utility / enjoyment from the watch), you can be making calls, getting texts etc. etc. and the proximity of your phone is irrelevant.
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Going phone-less isn't really an option due to battery constraints. My S3 will go at least two days between charges when mostly being connected to my iPhone, but you burn the battery pretty quickly if you're streaming music or making calls on the watch's LTE.

However, I decided to get a watch and airbuds instead of updating my 6S, and it was definitely the right choice (once I'd had Apple replace the phone's battery to end throttling).


Haha, same! Still rocking my 6S too, as the watch took priority.
 
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perezr10

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Jan 12, 2014
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Monroe, Louisiana
I used to hate the limited music selection on my Series 2 because it had to be downloaded in advance. Now, with streaming, it doesn’t matter if the music is downloaded or not. I can go for a run and listen to just about anything. Including radio stations. I love that!
 
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subjonas

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Feb 10, 2014
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I think the best part about LTE on the watch is that you don't know when you're using your iPhone connection or using the watch's LTE. It's seamless. If you're using Airbuds (which are a virtual necessity to get full utility / enjoyment from the watch), you can be making calls, getting texts etc. etc. and the proximity of your phone is irrelevant.
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Going phone-less isn't really an option due to battery constraints. My S3 will go at least two days between charges when mostly being connected to my iPhone, but you burn the battery pretty quickly if you're streaming music or making calls on the watch's LTE.

However, I decided to get a watch and airbuds instead of updating my 6S, and it was definitely the right choice (once I'd had Apple replace the phone's battery to end throttling).

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GRT89521

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Apr 24, 2018
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This weekend I was sitting at the beach, streaming music to a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, while my phone was safely stowed away in my hotel room.
 
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anticipate

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Dec 22, 2013
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I use it at the gym for sure (music from watch, iPhone in locker) but it piggybacks on the gym wifi so that's technically not LTE. I like it for moments when I run out on errands and forget my watch. When my watch is in my office and I take a break, or go to lunch. I also enjoy having it as a backup if my phone battery dies when I am out.

It is a little $10 a month backup plan, essentially.
 

JPGR_Fan

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Apr 5, 2003
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St. Louis
Running with music (AirPods), then Apple Pay at the coffee shop on way back. Nothing in my pockets, just keys in the key holder.
 

Southern Dad

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May 23, 2010
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Shady Dale, Georgia
I go for a morning walk. iPhone X stays at home. AirPods and Apple Watch are all I need. Podcasts, music, and iBooks. If a call comes in, I can answer it. A text message and I can reply.
 

matrix07

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Jun 24, 2010
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Running with music (AirPods), then Apple Pay at the coffee shop on way back. Nothing in my pockets, just keys in the key holder.

Jealous. If I can use Apple Pay I wouldn’t have to take anything with me on the run because my building using fingerprint scanner, and my door is pin coded.
 

macophile90

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Aug 17, 2018
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I just got my Series 3 Nike+ Cellular and im thinking about purchasing an eSim for it. I would use it to stream Music over LTE for 1-2 hours in the gym or just walking around the neighborhood without my phone. So, how is the battery drain for 1-2 hours of streaming Music over LTE if you started with 100%?

Sorry if this is the wrong thread, im a newbie :S
 
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edhchoe

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Oct 28, 2011
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Jealous. If I can use Apple Pay I wouldn’t have to take anything with me on the run because my building using fingerprint scanner, and my door is pin coded.
Apple Pay works with no internet.
I carry my android phone and wear wifi apple watch (no internet connection until I get home). I still use Apple Pay at the stores.
and the card use notification pops up on my android phone.
 
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