Earlier today I finally decided to resolve my situation with the Apple Watch. Both yesterday and today were beautiful sunny days in Austin, Texas, with yesterday being surprisingly cool (vs. the weather forecast that called for 90-degree F).
Needless to say, the bikes were out (after fixing a flat I had not noticed on my way back from the trails three weeks ago) and my family and I hit the green belts on Barton Creek….a nice place to bike
We spent about 1 hour and 20 minutes riding – on both Saturday and Sunday – although Sunday was a more difficult day – due to the significantly higher temperatures.
Now, back to the Apple Watch situation – I had posted about my issues with the Watch in previous articles. I like the Watch! The idea is great and the industrial design / physical implementation is also impeccable. Problem (at least per my experience) is the software. I continue to find issues with how the watch measures exercise etc. A week ago I upgraded to version 2 of the Apple Watch OS with the hope things will improve. Since then I have been testing the exercise applications for elliptical trainer and for biking and in all cases the results are less than stellar – the Apple Watch continues to give incorrect readings from the sessions
Finally, today I went to one of the local Apple Stores and had a very positive experience with the Apple Store Staff. Overall, the are usually very attentive and knowledgeable. This time they went well above that. I discussed the situation with the store manager – admittedly I had spoken with him about a month ago about the issues and was very offered a great service – I was able to return the watch and get a refund. This is well beyond my expectations – Thank you Apple! and Apple Store Staff!
As I stated earlier – I really like the idea Apple was targeting with the Watch and was very disappointed to have to return it but it did not work. I will look forward to the next version – with the hope that things will be improved etc. Till then – back to my bike and iPhone applications… Just as a reminder – in my opinion Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro is a good one, and so is Strava (as many bikers will attest). I have not been able to use well Bike+ for some reason its user interface and features are not quite as well done as the other apps. But I like to experiment – will continue testing them.
If you have questions about iPhone Apps for Biking – do not hesitate – let me know…will give you my experience and view point.