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I’m usually the passenger in the car and I use the iphone for navigating. I’m having trouble imagining the little bit of info on the watch being helpful. How do you guys make it work?
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 app does all the navigating and the driver does all the driving. The passenger just sits and enjoys being chauffeured around. :) )
 

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BUDDYWATCH is an essential app for the watch. It has an incredible assortment of watch faces that you can download. The app is free. There is a VIP purchase available, but I am having a hard time finding information on what you get for it. All I can say is that I have downloaded some incredible watch faces with this app. Look for it in the App Store.
Thanks for the heads up on Buddywatch. I’ve put a couple of faces, so far, on my version 6. One is a profile of a skull and I like it because it’s so elegant. The app seems to have little structure, just a list of faces to scroll through. True they are kinda grouped and there’s a butt-load of country colors faces to get through.

There are a lot of other face apps too.
 

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I’m usually the passenger in the car and I use the iphone for navigating. I’m having trouble imagining the little bit of info on the watch being helpful. How do you guys make it work?

Your watch taps you when it's time to make a move. You glance quickly and see exactly what you need to see, no competition for sound in the cabin and no scanning a big panel to see the specifics.
 

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Thanks for the heads up on Buddywatch. I’ve put a couple of faces, so far, on my version 6. One is a profile of a skull and I like it because it’s so elegant. The app seems to have little structure, just a list of faces to scroll through. True they are kinda grouped and there’s a butt-load of country colors faces to get through.

There are a lot of other face apps too.

If you have any other highly recommended face apps, do let me know
 

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I tried using my watch for navigation and found it a bit annoying so I turned it off. I have my iPhone connected to my head unit for CarPlay anyway so I might as well have the three pane display on screen: music or podcast, map, and directions. If I’m local, I keep Siri muted and just keep an eye on the map for traffic issues.
 

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I had to go to the Apple store today. It's something I rarely do, but the only way to exchange my solo loop band for a smaller size.

The store was somewhat busy when I entered. However, I must say I was immediately impressed that there were young Apple employees actively watching the front door and approaching anyone who entered to see what help they needed. I was directed to an accessory table at the rear of the store and within a few seconds, someone there assisted me.

I exchanged my "7" loop for a "6" loop. In all, I was in the store in under 10 minutes and most of that was waiting for the guy to bring out my exchanged product from the back room.

In all, it was a very pleasant experience.
 

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

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Anyone hearing anything about the S7 Watch scratching or damaging or cracking super easy?
I have dropped my on the hardwood floor a few times while trying to fasten it to my wrist -- no signs of cracks or damage. (FWIW I have the stainless steel version)

The other thing: the battery life is clearly vastly superior to the S5 Watch, even when I ware it on the inside of my wrist.
 

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I have dropped my on the hardwood floor a few times while trying to fasten it to my wrist -- no signs of cracks or damage. (FWIW I have the stainless steel version)

The other thing: the battery life is clearly vastly superior to the S5 Watch, even when I ware it on the inside of my wrist.

Good Morning, Ted!

I have owned nothing but Stainless Steel watches. I buy a new one every year. It's more expensive but I buy them for their durability. I used to work in a warehouse and knock that watch face against metal cages and equipment. It took a beating but the glass never even scratched.

So, I am not surprised to hear that yours survived the fall.
 

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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 just banged his watch into something and scratched it without knowing it. And maybe read some comment in Reddit and so it’s now a thing to him.

But..checking…because sometimes Apple does have early production problems. Doesn’t seem so here though.
 

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I am assuming your friend has the aluminum version? AFAIK, the glass used on the aluminum and stainless steel versions is different.

My main problem right now, getting the link bracelet that I've been using since the Apple Watch 0 fixed -- I need to remove one more of links to shorten it, and all the 6 removable links are stuck in place after 6 years of use... I guess I'll make a genus appointment but more likely need to go to a jewelry store where they have the equipment to do it
 

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I am assuming your friend has the aluminum version? AFAIK, the glass used on the aluminum and stainless steel versions is different.

My main problem right now, getting the link bracelet that I've been using since the Apple Watch 0 fixed -- I need to remove one more of links to shorten it, and all the 6 removable links are stuck in place after 6 years of use... I guess I'll make a genus appointment but more likely need to go to a jewelry store where they have the equipment to do it
It's the normal Watch, I think, not the more expensive versions. (The version I'd buy, give or take color choice)
 

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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….
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Can’t speak for the base model Series 7, but I have found that the base model Series 6 screen does easily scratch. My first one had a few scratches (it shit the bed after I took it in a pool), and the replacement one Apple sent didn’t take long to acquire scratches. I’m fine with it though. I’d rather live with some scratches than deal with a bumper guard or screen protector.

If scratches easily bother you then definitely look at the models with the sapphire glass.
 

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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 apps was lost. The only thing preserved was the watch face order.

Such a pain.

Is this just me, or is the Watch recovery and setup broken for everyone?
 

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+ 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 great. But I wish it automatically searched and found portraits in my photo library. Having to manually scroll through and pick out the ones I like is so 2010.

- Hate the limited face options, hate Apple not updating old faces for new Watch sizes 🤮
 
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Hey Dave!

Wanted to pop in and say congrats on your new watch.

I ordered one for my girlfriend as a Christmas present. At least as of Friday, deliveries were promised Dec. 14-24.

Got her the blue aluminum.

However, I am sure that delivery estimate changes quickly -- especially when considering different watch combinations.
 

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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).
 

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Surprisingly, happy to hear this. Don't need anything motivating me to buy the 8th watch in a row. I was hoping to take a year off.
 

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