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  1. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    The new USB-C charging cable for my Watch died. I think a recent power outage killed it. But no other adapters or cables on that surge protector were affected. 20 minutes on chat with Apple and they're mailing a replacement. $30 hold fee pending return of dead cable. So that's fine.
  2. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    That’s neat how the Calendar widget in Infograph shows next event on the dial. I hadn’t seen that. (I don’t use calendar much on the Watch because my personal calendar is mostly empty.)
  3. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    That’s the temperature widget, showing low, high and current temperatures for the day.
  4. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I’ve settled on four faces for normal use: 1) The new S7 analog face that curves onto the full edges with the complementary blue to my dark blue watch body 2) Portraits, which I’ve got friends and family and cats. I just wish this was automated like Photos. 3) Photos (Dynamic) This has been...
  5. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Nothing non standard. How do you even do non-standard stuff on ios? I don't run betas. I don't jailbreak. I run the the migration as prompted on screen. And it just doesn't work particularly well. Well, my "non standard" use is upgrading from four year old hardware instead of buying new devices...
  6. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    That's what the photos don't show: I've got 24 portraits (the max the face allows) that the Watch cycles through. I'm showing my cat rather than people, because, internet. :) It made me realize I need portraits of friends. I want more people to cycle through on my watch.
  7. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I recommend Portrait mode for pets, for some snaps. They can come out great and give a perspective you don’t get from normal photos.
  8. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Portrait is my default face. I'm surprised how much I like it.
  9. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Thanks! Sounds like you should get your Watch in time for a Christmas gift. But you can keep an eye on local supply. Stores are getting stock daily. I was looking at buying a watch for my wife. I could get a 41mm Starlight Watch locally today at one of the area stores (but not at the other two).
  10. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    + Love the speed; the large, always-on face, easier to read larger text. :) + Using the Strong (exercise) app with bigger always-on screen is an appreciable upgrade. And it's so much faster to respond when I click the Next button or scroll through my workout list! + Portraits face is surprising...
  11. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Yet again, Apple’s Watch setup is a failure. The backup is two months old from when I switched to my new iPhone. It apparently hasn’t backed up since. No apps were installed. No credit cards were installed. All complications were lost. All audio downloads were lost. Fitness connections to health...
  12. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Ordering an Apple Watch today. Last I looked, last few days, shipping was early December. Ordering today, shipping was early January. Or, pick up today at one of the area Apple Stores….
  13. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    It's the normal Watch, I think, not the more expensive versions. (The version I'd buy, give or take color choice)
  14. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    A friend with a brand new S7 scratched or chipped his in the first week. He said there’s a problem with the new S7 glass cracking, owners are talking about it online, and Apple is denying the real problem. I can’t find any such problem, real or imagined, being talked about online. I think he...
  15. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Anyone hearing anything about the S7 Watch scratching or damaging or cracking super easy?
  16. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I have the phone mounted for visual, but with the voice nav off. The watch’s tapping on the wrist replaces the voice alert of indication of turns, exits, etc. (I don’t understand in the context of GPS devices from the past 15 years, what role the passenger plays here. The GPS / iPhone / maps...
  17. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Voice off on the iPhone and tap-tap on the wrist is my normal approach lately.
  18. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Good thing I didn’t want to pre-order, as the Abyss sportsband isn’t available for order, even though it’s listed.
  19. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Didn’t pre-order. But took a look briefly today. I like the Blue with Abyss Sportsband (non cellular). I hope to have a look in a store later this Fall and buy it.
  20. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Yeah, I listen to The Talk Show and Upgrade regularly, and it felt good to be supported in my color sadness. :)
  21. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I loved the look and feel of the 5c. But again, the aesthetics are in the lower-end phones. I don’t get it. Make the most expensive, most capable phones look the most awesomest. Apple’s so good on look and feel, but they’re getting it so wrong on iPhones the past few years.
  22. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    IPhone 13 Pro’s “Sierra Blue” is basically pale blue-gray. Super boring. If you want actual color, you have to buy the normal 13. That blue I’ve heard is rich, saturated blue.
  23. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I don’t think I’m pre-ordering. Mostly, I’m waiting to receive credits for device trade-ins that I plan to use to pay for the Watch. I’m not in a hurry; my S3 still works adequately. And also, feeling a bit burned by the “blue” iPhone 13 Pro being actually boring gray, I wouldn’t mind sees the...
  24. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    Anyone know the details and restrictions on $100 rebate for buying and activating a cellular watch? I can’t find the details on Apple’s site; don’t know if they didn’t actually publish them or if I’m overlooking them.
  25. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    How old is your S3? Mine is original release cellular, so four years old? The battery life is noticeably degraded. Exercise consumes about 25% capacity per hour. My big Saturday workouts use half the battery and I have to charge again afterwards to get through the day. Without a workout, I think...
  26. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    My wife has a S6 and she gets all day battery life. Wears it from about 8am to about 11pm every day, including days with workouts. If you’re getting 24 hrs on an S3, I’d expect you’ll be fine with an S7. (Insofar as I only get about 4-8 hrs on an S3. So if your uses allow 24 hrs on an...
  27. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    When I started jogging avidly in the pandemic, I turned it on as “insurance” in case I took a bad fall or something and I was a couple miles from home. It’s also been nice at times in the park, enabling me to download podcasts on the fly. And even sending messages to my wife a couple times. If...
  28. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    I’m getting an S7. I’m a little confused by all the variations. But probably the basic model. Preferably with a sports loop band (but not a Nike watch). Gotta decide if I’m pre-ordering launch day. Or waiting for holidays. I’m also undecided about cellular. I have a cellular S3. But it’s not...
  29. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    This is good news. Or good rumors. Or backtracking on previously wrong rumors. Who knows? :) Either way, better chance I can get a new watch.
  30. DaveF

    Apple Watch Series 7 Buyers and Owners Thread

    It’s an original S3. And it was a free hand-me-down from a friend when he upgraded to a S4 or S5 a couple years ago. So it’s done me well super great! And not used for fitness tracking, it still works fine. And 75% of workouts are without hiccup. So I’ll probably pass it along, with due warnings...
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