Updating it wrong !
Apple has withdrawn a faulty update that has left Apple Watch 4 owners with bricked bling. The watchOS update (5.1) to the new kit has resulted in an endless reboot cycle for some, rendering the device useless. Watch owners at MacRumours and Reddit flagged the issue as major. Users who did successfully perform the update …
Not that big of a deal as its it's the usual "small number" that have had their watch
bricked experience an issue: "Due to a small number of Apple Watch customers experiencing an issue..."
Perhaps we should call this intrepid band of release day downloaders the Kamikaze Beta testers?
> My watch only needs recharging about every three years with a new battery @ £3.
And one of my watches never needs recharging, and another needs sunshine for recharging. Does that mean your watch is cr@p and you have to buy the watch I have?
Does your watch allow you to take phone calls / listen to music / send sms etc etc?
Please stop rubbishing people's life style choices.
Believe it or not some people have disposable incomes and they like new pioneering technology and it is their choice alone how they spend their hard earned money.
I sometimes buy things because "I *want*" not "I need".
"Please stop rubbishing people's life style choices."
You're on a hiding to nothing on this site, son. Spent more than the absolute bare minimum on a device? Can't view and/or edit every line of code ever used to program it? Don't have a security certificate signed in blood by the Elders of the Internet? Prepare to be ridiculed until you break down and repent.
”You use a watch to tell you what fucking time it is!“
Shittest Luddite argument I’ve ever heard. YOU might use a watch to tell what f*cking time it is. OTHER PEOPLE might use it for different things. Y’kniw, like mobile phones do more than just make calls?
You mean, it's telling the correct time twice a day?!
Software driven watches just sounds like a complete clash. Mankind spent centuries perfecting watches both mechanical and electronic, and then someone has the bright idea of shoving one of our least reliable inventions (software) inside. What did anyone really expect the result to be?
I have a lot of meetings in my job and having something that notifies me of calendar events by buzzing my wrist is genuinely useful + passing through emails/messages from my VIP list so I can discreetly see if there's something I might need to find time to respond to. Also, paying for something with watch is super easy and convenient, be it a coffee, a sandwich, a pint, or the tube ride home.
But I completely get why many people wouldn't get much value out of one.
But the market remains wary of switching from more reliable analogue devices.
Weird thing to say. It's nothing to do with digital versus analogue. I don't think anyone's doubted the reliability of digital watches for over 30 years - my Timex Triathlon keeps better time, runs for longer and is more robust than any of the analogue watches I've had. It's the inflated prices and poor battery life of smart watches that's holding them back: nobody wants to have to remember to charge yet another device every night. That, and the fact that for all the marketing they're still more cumbersome and clunky-looking than a traditional watch.
<snip>nobody wants to have to remember to charge yet another device every night. That, and the fact that for all the marketing they're still more cumbersome and clunky-looking than a traditional watch.</snip>
That depends. Most people think my Fossil Q Explorist is a traditional watch until I tap the screen to wake it up. And I tend to take my watch off at night anyway, so popping it onto a dock by my bed takes no effort at all. Battery lasts 2 days, so not a problem if I forget one night. They have moved on quite a bit from the first generation watches problems, you should take another look...
"Battery lasts 2 days, so not a problem if I forget one night. They have moved on quite a bit from the first generation watches problems, you should take another look..."
Most of the time I have a solar power watch that never needs explicit charging.
When I want bells and whistles and a short battery life I switch to a first generation Garmin Vivoactive smart watch, with a battery life of 3+ weeks....
... and it isn't bulky and clunky like most of the smart watches.
All most watches will do is tell the time - that's what they're made for and we have a curious need to know what time it is. That's why I have my A3 smartphone AlwaysOn function set to the watch - it's useful like that.
I also have an actual watch. Funny how moving the hour hand twice a year bothers me a lot less than having yet another piece of kit that needs recharging every day.
As to what watch you buy, that depends purely on what you have to spend and how far you're willing to go. These days, all watches are largely accurate enough, so buying a Rolex is purely a whim statement.
Every device should have a hardware reset option. AFAIU the 'reset' option is similar to other iOS based devices but it would appear the only 'reload' connection is via BT? Clearing / resetting is only possible from a working device - oh dear.
Have they hired MS staff at Apple? Maybe the QA department can't have a series 4 Watch as it's outside operational budget....
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