Apple Watch LTE :: This is seriously cool

by Volker Weber

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Oh dear, this reminds me of my very first mobile phone, a Motorola 3200 International. Phone calls on the go, without a landline. Connected everywhere, without much effort.

Now I can do the same. Without a smartphone. This feels so weird. I am always alert because I don't feel my phone on me. Did I forget it somewhere, did I drop it? We are so used to always keep that phone safe, that it is almost second nature.

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It looks strange when you raise your wrist to accept a phone call. But with your AirPods it's completely natural and you cannot hear a difference to an iPhone call. It's not only phone calls. You can also send texts and iMessages. And you can reply to WhatsApp messages since they arrive as push notifications. iMessage stickers also work but show some artefacts from other frames.

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I may have to go back from using Outlook on the iPhone to the native messaging app. Outlook does not seem to work well over LTE, if at all.


but then, no phone = no camera :)

Samuel Orsenne, 2017-09-29 15:10

True. And still liberating.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-29 15:31

Absence of Outlook and Twitter are features rather than bugs, no? Liberation from the tyranny of immediacy.

David Richardson, 2017-09-29 17:44

Volker, Butter bei die Fische: Wieviele Kopfhörer nutzt Du über den Tag hinaus und welche wofür? Ich kämpfe gerade mit der Auswahl zwischen 5 verschiedenen und ertappe mich immer wieder dabei fremd zu gehen. Du weißt ja, kurz und knapp reicht ;-)

Martin Cygan, 2017-09-29 19:13

Hows the real world battery life with LTE on?

Andy Mell, 2017-09-29 22:23

U lucky guy. Telekom verschickt mir nur textbausteine “leider verzoegert sich der versand .....”. Bin jedenfalls auch sehr gespannt, wenn sie denn mal kommt.

Ingo Harpel, 2017-09-30 08:58

Martin, ich benutze zwei regelmäßig: die AirPods für alles und den Marshall Monitor für laut. Alles andere nur selten.

Andy, I have only used it in LTE for a day, and I did not run into any problems with the battery. I was on LTE for maybe two hours, got some messages, sent some messages, placed three phone calls and in the evening i was still at 40%.

Volker Weber, 2017-09-30 09:48

Die Telefonfunktion finde ich auch mit iPhone cool: wer schon mal beim Skifahren versucht hat sein klingelndes Telefon hervorzuholen ...
Ok, am Ende ist auch dieser use case wieder nur ein "nice to have", kein "must have" aber so ist die Welt heute halt ...

Axel Koerv, 2017-09-30 19:27

Was machen denn Menschen, wie ich, die kleine Ohrgänge haben und denen die Apple Pods bei der kleinsten Bewegung aus dem Ohr fliegen? Oder mach ich etwas grundsätzlich falsch?

Stephan Wissel, 2017-10-02 07:24

Ich weiß nicht, was Du machst. Nur zur Sicherheit: die dicken Enden kommen ins Ohr, nicht die langen dünnen. :-)

Volker Weber, 2017-10-02 08:17

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