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Apple Watch ¿Sí o No?

kaixo

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances 2012
Geneva-Bilbao 2015
Norte 2022
I would like to hear your experience on the camino with/without your Apple Watch.

If you brought it:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Was it a nuisance? Charging, etc.
- Was it essential for you in some way?

If you left it at home:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Did you miss having your watch and regret not bringing it?

Best,
Anna
 
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jeanineonthecamino

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Camino Frances 2021, 2022
I am bringing mine, as I did last year. Only had to charge it once a day - and can charge with my phone since my plug has multiple ports. Not a nuisance at all. I enjoyed tracking my days data on it. Came in handy when I needed GPS navigation and didn't want to keep my cell phone in my hands. Also came in handy to see who was calling me or texting me if my phone wasn't in airplane mode and I wasn't sure if I wanted to answer. Certainly not essential. But I like having it. I will also use it to make "video maps" of my days journey this year with the "Relive" app.
 

AlexB

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Francés
I’m just on my way from London and left it, I didn’t want to bother charging it, I took it last year and truthfully it didn’t do much for me. Everyone is different
 
Past OR future Camino
Frances but starting iin Somport
I would like to hear your experience on the camino with/without your Apple Watch.

If you brought it:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Was it a nuisance? Charging, etc.
- Was it essential for you in some way?

If you left it at home:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Did you miss having your watch and regret not bringing it?

Best,
Anna
I brought mine and it is invaluable. I have a 2 outlet charger so I can charge my iPhone and watch together over night. Some albergues also have charging stations.

In the morning I start Hiking mode and pause it every time I stop and then finish when I reach the next albergue. Going up hills I can see my heart rate which is important for me at 70+ . At the end it shows me my steps, distance walked, heart rate over time and recovery times, elevation gains. etc. It's also useful when close to my destination to guide me to the right street.

I wouldn't be without it.

Chris
 
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Past OR future Camino
March 2019
April 2022
I happened to bring mine as I also like to track distance, health, and the like, and I was glad I did. Charged it once a day, sometimes at a cafe outlet, while I had my coffee. It wasn't a distraction or a burden and it earned its keep.
 
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Future Camino Frances (2022)
I would like to hear your experience on the camino with/without your Apple Watch.

If you brought it:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Was it a nuisance? Charging, etc.
- Was it essential for you in some way?

If you left it at home:
- Are you glad you did? Why?
- Did you miss having your watch and regret not bringing it?

Best,
Anna
Got one just before starting. Just on halfway through now and I like the distance tracking feature, also prompts me to keep hydrated via the Waterful app.
 

Viva Terlingua

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Partial Frances (2018)
Full Frances 2022 (May-Jun)
Currently on the Camino but didn’t bring mine. Although I love it, I didn’t want to bring one more cable. Haven’t missed it at all yet. I put my phone in airplane mode while walking anyway because I don’t want to be distracted by phone calls and texts, plus the battery lasts longer.
 

YvonneMP

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances
Sept/Oct (2018)
I brought mine and it is invaluable. I have a 2 outlet charger so I can charge my iPhone and watch together over night. Some albergues also have charging stations.

In the morning I start Hiking mode and pause it every time I stop and then finish when I reach the next albergue. Going up hills I can see my heart rate which is important for me at 70+ . At the end it shows me my steps, distance walked, heart rate over time and recovery times, elevation gains. etc. It's also useful when close to my destination to guide me to the right street.

I wouldn't be without it.

Chris
What Apple Watch charger did you use? I’m looking for a more compact one. Thank you
 
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YvonneMP

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances
Sept/Oct (2018)
I have 4x3A charger and use the cable that came with the watch. I also have a 2 outlet 10k battery in case there isn’t a plug near to my bed at night.
Thank you. I’ll see what weighs the least!! 🤔.
 

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