Well I have been using my Apple Watch since early June. I was very eager to get the watch – why, you would say..? Because it promised some nifty ways to encourage you to exercise and measure your achievements.
so I started the quest – run, bicycle, lift weights, run on the Elyptical trainer…and in the process I also used secondary instruments to measure the time, distance, calories spent.
I used apps on my iPhone which I mount on my mountain bike. In the process I have used many different apps – you can find the postings on those on this blog. Also used the computer part of the Elyptical trainer….
the results have been rather unsatisfactory – with respect to the Apple Watch…not a good sight.
Here are the reasons for my dissatisfaction:
- measured mountain bike session – well the watch app does not discern mountain bike from road bike…. The result, completely different results – 1 hour on the mountain bike is 800+ calories but according to the Apple Watch 500-600….
- running on the Elyptical trainer results in a closer measurements but still disconnected
- i did weights – for about 5 minutes of lifting – the Apple watch registered 1 calories spent…! Really !?!?
i believe you get my drift… Very surprising that 3rd parties have developed apps for iPhone which are pretty accurate, while Apple’s own for the Watch are not that great…!
I hear new software is coming for the Watch – hope these updates will bring positive changes …!
Well folks by now (2+ years after starting to use my iPhone as a bike computer) I am completely sold on the concept and convinced that using my smart phone on the bike handlebars and going on multiple trails is OK, safe and useful.
The phones I have used on my bike (actually two different mountain bikes – a Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 29 and a Trek X-Caliber 29 Gary Fisher) have survived multiple accidents, including 2 or 3 major spills from my bike with the phone on the handlebars in its holder….without any damages to it.
2+ years ago I wrote about the phone mount I have been using — I still use it but lately have started searching through companies that supply new and more versatile mounts and cases including water proof implementations.
Here I must add a disclaimer on my current setup – the mount I am using does not provide splash, rain, etc water protection. In those cases I have to remove my phone and put it in my under the seat pouch for safety.
So, what have I found from recent browsing through manufacturers’ web sites – the company that appears to have developed an interesting water proof and very versatile – ie being usable on bikes and other situations, is Tigra Sport. The specific mount and case I am considering is which has some very interesting features. These images (from the Tigra Web site) provide a good idea why I consider them a good option if you are looking for water proof solution:
This last image shows the versatility the case offers. So next stop for me will be the long term test – i.e. riding for a few (very cold – burr…..!) Winter weeks with the case – as soon as I get it. Stay tuned for another update. In the mean time I do believe this mount and case will be a winner.