Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

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  • Reply 61 of 154
    d4njvrzfd4njvrzf Posts: 797member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post



    They better fix this fast. I am getting the Sport model specifically for cycling, and using it in conjunction with the Strava app.



    Two "killer apps" for me: 1) getting notifications while cycling, such that I don't have to stop the bike and get my phone out; 2) seeing my Strava stats while on the bike, again, without the need to stop and get my phone out.



    The Apple Watch will fail (for me) if its power capabilities fall short in this respect.

    Why not use a handlebar mount to keep your phone at your fingertips? E.g. http://www.rokform.com/v3-bike-mount/

  • Reply 62 of 154
    totaltotal Posts: 83member

    anyone with longer cycling rides about 7-8 hours? i do these rides from time to time on my road bicycle, or i attend some marathon races for 250km, where it takes about 9 hours to finish. Actually im using Garmin Edge 500, its battery holds for about 12hours of riding, so if Apple Watch would hold for 10hours it would be awesome.

  • Reply 63 of 154
    yojimbo007yojimbo007 Posts: 1,163member
    Its a fluke... I had the same experience.. But its not was not the workout draining it .. It was a bad charging session.
    It can happen... Sometimes the watch wont fully charge and will get hot after the charging session.
    Problem easly solved by a single reboot or reset of the watch.

    If you feel your watch is relativly hot/warm after charge .. Make sure it has fully charged... And keep an eye if it happens again.. If it does.. Reboot or reset !
  • Reply 64 of 154
    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
    macvicta wrote: »
    This might be the buggiest hardware product Apple has ever launched. It should have a beta tag slapped on it. All I hear about this thing are complaints. And every time I run into a person wearing one in the wild, their wrist spin never lights up the screen. The wheels are coming off in Cupertino.

    What? That's not my experience. Is not perfect but it works most of the time. Do you have the "wrist detection off"?
  • Reply 65 of 154
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    brucemc wrote: »
    I wonder if there has ever been a study on "the sociopathic nature of internet trolls who constantly post & complain on forums about companies they hate, who make products they hate, lead by people they hate, and used by people they hate".  Seriously, when you think about it, these people must be really messed up.

    that would be a fascinating paper for somebody's phd. i mean, really -- hanging around on an enthusiast site, bagging on the company and its products. what sort of pathetic life must a person have IRL to warrant such a fruitless use of their limited personal time?? i can only imagine some sort of debilitating life condition being the source...like partial paralysis, leaving them homebound and pissed off. cuz i mean, what other reason is there....?
  • Reply 66 of 154
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    mac_128 wrote: »


    So yes, this is a problem. People work out routinely for two hours and longer, especially serious athletes, and Apple marketed this watch and its features to them.

    Are you going to tell your eBay sucker-customers about this "problem" before you sell to them? Are you?

    I didn't think so.
  • Reply 67 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    Went on a 2 hour ride last sat and it worked perfectly and retained battery well. Running, biking, treadmill. Tried them all and works like a charm.

    They better fix this fast. I am getting the Sport model specifically for cycling, and using it in conjunction with the Strava app.

    Two "killer apps" for me: 1) getting notifications while cycling, such that I don't have to stop the bike and get my phone out; 2) seeing my Strava stats while on the bike, again, without the need to stop and get my phone out.

    The Apple Watch will fail (for me) if its power capabilities fall short in this respect.
  • Reply 68 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    There's a glitch here or there on a rare occasion, but nothing as absurd as your anecdotal hyperbole.

    I bought two and some friends have them. No issues whatsoever. Time pops up at the slightest look and everyone I know loves them.
    macvicta wrote: »
    This might be the buggiest hardware product Apple has ever launched. It should have a beta tag slapped on it. All I hear about this thing are complaints. And every time I run into a person wearing one in the wild, their wrist spin never lights up the screen. The wheels are coming off in Cupertino.
  • Reply 69 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    I could be wrong but I thought thee watch uses your heart rate along with speed and other metrics to estimate caloric burn.
    maestro64 wrote: »
    Prior to the watch coming out and I am no Fitness nut either I was researching fitness and activities monitors, the general consensuses among those who seem to know is there is no reason to track your heart rate constantly as you exercise. Yes there is group people seem to make a big deal about it ,however, there is no benefit to knowing this information unless you doing some sort of research and your tracking how a specific activity changes your heart rate over time. This is just a group of OCD types who think knowing this information will some how make them a better athlete.

    I think we have an example of people using the device in a way which is not an intended use case nor needed.

    Beside the constant monitoring of the heart, I wonder if they are having the same issue that was reported about the display staying on while driving. If while cycling the motion keeps the screen active along with the heart rate monitor being active I can see this killing the battery.
  • Reply 70 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    My guess would be the third party apps. Stravas app has some complaints about theirs right now. Should get fixed shortly.
    My guess is that their motion is activating the screen a lot, killing battery life.

    Of course, "a handful" is like three, so...
  • Reply 71 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    You might have a faulty device, which can happen when you make millions of devices. Document and take it in to exchange. I've put about 60 miles on my watch in just the last week. Testing it against nike, run keeper, and map my ride. It's performed very well.
    peejaybee wrote: »
    the main problem, not mentioned here, is that it stops a workout partway through. I'd read about it re a marathon. Now I've experienced it twice - went for a family bike ride, wasn't serious enough to strava so I used the Workout app, hit outdoor cycle, pressed start. When I looked a couple of hours later it had stopped it's self after 1.5 miles - annoying.
  • Reply 72 of 154
    blitz1blitz1 Posts: 413member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NolaMacGuy View Post





    you are making the common mistake of comparing a generalist product to a specialized product. your garmin is a specialized product that does one thing (and only thing) well. it cannot do any of the other things that the apple watch does. for most people most of the time, the generalist features match the desired use cases.



    me, i wanna be able to stream BT music, make AP payments, get basic activity tracking during my day, get reminders to move, and quickly access the notifications i care about. and send dopey drawings to my SO.



    get it? let that sink in.



    You cannot ignore that Apple Watch was foremost targeted at Health.

  • Reply 73 of 154
    scafe2scafe2 Posts: 61member
    macvicta wrote: »
    This might be the buggiest hardware product Apple has ever launched. It should have a beta tag slapped on it. All I hear about this thing are complaints. And every time I run into a person wearing one in the wild, their wrist spin never lights up the screen. The wheels are coming off in Cupertino.
    Absolute bollocks
  • Reply 74 of 154
    diegogdiegog Posts: 134member
    Yes. It was. And for 97% of people it will be more than adequate to use as a primary/only fitness device. For he remaining 3% who are beyind just an enthusiast and compete closer to the professional level, it's not going to meet their needs. Hence the difference between specialist and generalist...
    blitz1 wrote: »

    You cannot ignore that Apple Watch was foremost targeted at Health.
  • Reply 75 of 154
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    blitz1 wrote: »
    You cannot ignore that Apple Watch was foremost targeted at Health.

    which doesnt change anything about what i said. it's a generalist device, not a specialist device. thus, specialist devices that do only one thing are probably going to do that one thing better than the generalist device which does several things. see iphone.
  • Reply 76 of 154
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    blitz1 wrote: »
    Idiots! It's not meant for workouts so long

    Says who?
  • Reply 77 of 154
    paul94544paul94544 Posts: 1,027member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacVicta View Post



    This might be the buggiest hardware product Apple has ever launched. It should have a beta tag slapped on it. All I hear about this thing are complaints. And every time I run into a person wearing one in the wild, their wrist spin never lights up the screen. The wheels are coming off in Cupertino.



    Hey Mr Troll, is your buddy BF?

  • Reply 78 of 154
    paul94544paul94544 Posts: 1,027member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NolaMacGuy View Post





    that would be a fascinating paper for somebody's phd. i mean, really -- hanging around on an enthusiast site, bagging on the company and its products. what sort of pathetic life must a person have IRL to warrant such a fruitless use of their limited personal time?? i can only imagine some sort of debilitating life condition being the source...like partial paralysis, leaving them homebound and pissed off. cuz i mean, what other reason is there....?



    I think the term for them is "Moron" with a huge dose of insecurity. Haters die young which is  good thing

  • Reply 79 of 154
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,356member
    nolamacguy wrote: »
    peejaybee wrote: »
    To explain, the battery life is great. But the app randomly stops recording the 'workout' - so you can't rely on having a workout logged. With my garmin, once I've pressed 'start', I have no doubts that it will be still logging the event hours later. Hit stop, sync watch, garmin talks to strava, have a look at my rubbish strava efforts.

    never happened to me. so to state that as fact is bogus.

    Never happened to me either.
  • Reply 80 of 154
    lundkemanlundkeman Posts: 87member

    It would be nice if those awaiting receipt of their Apple watches could use the iPhone Watch App to preconfigure all their settings in advance, then just pair and sync and you're done.

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