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Why I have finally taken off the Apple Watch for the last time | Technology | The Guardian

Discussion in 'APPLE iPhone, iPad Tablets and all iOS Devices' started by dmapr, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. dmapr

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    He has his opinion. I have mine. Toward the end he states: "It’s that smartwatches are a solution in search of a problem." In my opinion, he's author in search of a reader. I am more than happy with my smartwatch, maybe because it is Android Wear and not Apple's product. I love that I can place and receive calls. I use it daily to create a voice-note of my ending odom reading that gets auto-posted to Google Keep. But if his Casio watch gives him all the function he wants, good for him.
     
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    I agree with Kevin.

    Thousands of years passed when our ancestors were annoyed with all these wood sticks lying around the ground... Until a brighter fellow realized that they could make and sustain a fire with them. Now they were useful.

    It takes a clever fellow to see potential sometimes.


    The author has an opinion, which is fine, but I've found clever uses for my Apple Watch as Kevin has with his Android Wear.

    Measures activity and heart rate throughout the day..,my doctor likes that. Phone calls, voice activated timers, weather forecasts and notifications when my phone is way inside my winter coat, fishing vest or golf bag. Controls the music in my car, map directions on my wrist, airline changes, all sorts of things that are just more conveniently located.

    These are good things to have.

    Is it a must? No, but neither are many things, including a smartphone.



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    Yeah, the father of the guy that wrote that article was probably someone who wrote an article against digital Casio watches back in the 1970/80's. "Those dang fangled digital watches! Who can figure them out? Just give me an old wind-up, analog watch. That's all anybody needs." I have always been a geek. I was one of the first to buy an old LED watch (before the LCD models came out.) This is the closest I could find on the web. You had to touch the set-pin to get it to display the time. It couldn't stay on because it would kill the battery.
     
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    and now a word from great grandpa....

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    "What's all this preoccupation with obsessively needing to know the time so frequently. Just go outside and check the sundial every so often. If it was good enough for the Romans, it's good enough for me."
     
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    They aren't for everyone.
     
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    I'm curious about how I would feel about a smartwatch, but I'm waiting for sufficient advances in battery technology. Or for fuel cell module becoming a reality.

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    No they are not for everyone. However the article is written as if they are for no one or of little value.

    I think most people charge their smartphones daily while sleeping. Even with 2day capacity phones, it smarter battery maintenance to charge a partially depleted battery. So charging the watch daily is practical.

    However I would use a regular watch for different activity as required, if no power source was available and timekeeping was the primary goal.

    One thing about the Apple Watch as used, it is accurate to 50 milliseconds with global time standards. And between each Watch.

    That's 4x better than the iPhone and up to GPS standards. And far better than that old Casio

    http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/974363

    http://9to5mac.com/2015/12/30/apple-watch-timekeeping/


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    Hey, my old Casio does atom time sync every night, whatever that is

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    There is a Casio smartwatch, maybe he would be happy with that.
     
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    Did had nothing to do with a brand. He just needed a timepiece. And a weather app


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    When sync'd each night that Casio is at best -/+ 500 milliseconds accurate. And may drift up to 1500 milliseconds during the day (1.5 sec).

    Errors stack up and the Quartz accuracy defeat the final accuracy.


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    I don't quite understand how the errors can stack up if it gets reset to within 500ms three times a night. Yes, it may not be nearly as accurate as the smart watches, but for all practical purposes the 2 second daily drift is good enough. I've never been told I was late by that little

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    I've concluded that I will get more out of everyone's commentary here than actually reading the article. ;):facepalm:
     
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    Undoubtedly 1 sec a day is good enough unless you want to get nerdy or figure your longitude with friends.

    From Casio, the Radio time standard is better, but the Casio watch error stacking limits it to 500 milliseconds (-/+). Whether the watch is sync once per night or 3x per night.

    The 1.5 sec per day is the drift in the Quartz crystal. Again from Casio.

    Overall, it's kind of cool.


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    Oh, I misunderstood you. Thought you meant the errors will stack up to exceed the limits over time.

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