We have seen a quite revolution in health and fitness tracking in recent years, with Apple Watch playing a key role in it.
Measurement of training statistics has been transformed from something that is only done by hardcore athletes to a routine part of the lives of millions of common people …
I'm not a gym-rat. I have little patience for exercise done for your own sake. I climb 18 stairs each day (driving most of them, but walking a few flights in the middle), and I work a bit with pilates and hand weights, but it's about conscious training. In essence, I'm dependent on training as an advantage that I prefer to ride a bike and walk when it comes to getting around London.
I would never have dreamed of buying a laptop just to track the training, but I do it as the fact that Apple Watch does it almost automatically for me (more about it in a moment). I do not want to say that it has a big influence on my behavior, but the fact that my cycling rides are classified as training sessions, encourages me to push a little more difficult than I might.
I say "almost automatically" as the new watchOS 5 feature in auto-training detection can work for those engaging in serious training, but it seems quite random to me. It will suddenly determine that a cycling trip is a workout throughway, even though I actually ride more cautiously than I was earlier on the trip. It has also sometimes been decided that a leisurely stroll is a workout while a faster trip is not.
One thing I've never bothered with is sleep tracing. But as someone who recently upgraded from Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 4, and for a while had two watches in the apartment, I noticed Zac's last paragraph about this. By the way, I was also sent a smart pad to test, which also claimed to do automatic sleep tracking, so I tested it against car sleep on my Apple Watch Series 3 for a few days. (Except: REM-Fit Zeeq cushion did not impress me.)
But I was impressed with Autosleep and wondered how convenient it was to use my most important Apple Watch for sleep tracking. While someone has complained about the battery life of the laptop, I had always found it good, despite using it a lot. So I decided to test something else has described.
I wore my watch at night, when I woke up, I took it off and left it on appointment until I went to the office, usually about 45 minutes after waking. I did it for four nights and found out that it actually was enough to get Watchen to do it throughout the day.
Sure, it may be required when taking a cross-country flight, when a day can be 20 hours or more, but for everyday (and night) use, the Apple Watch battery is exactly where I need it. A reader has confirmed the same thing that applies to him in Series 3. For my money, I would like to see additional battery and / or efficiency gains used to slow the clock, rather than prolong battery life.
What about the rest of you? Does Watchen see enough power for your needs, or are there times when it's out of juice before you do it? Let us know in the comments.
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