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    3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    It looks like the soon to be released 4g Apple Watch still won't be a standalone gadget. It still requires an iPhone in order to function. What a joke.
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    That doesn't concern me in the slightest. I always have my phone with me, and the battery drain to support cellular would be horrible. To me, it's an extension of the phone. I have no desire for it to be a replacement.

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    Wait. There are two series 3, one without and one with cellular.

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    So, OP, since the Series 3 has LTE, what's your complaint?

    That you still need an iPhone as a sort of "home base" for configuring the AW?

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    Quote Originally Posted by T1meout View Post
    It looks like the soon to be released 4g Apple Watch still won't be a standalone gadget. It still requires an iPhone in order to function. What joke.
    You can make calls, receive texts, stream, work out w/o an iPhone.

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    Since the call feature is there from the beginning, I am curious if people actually make or receive calls on the watch, while in public? To me it seems awkward to talk on the watch while in public, not mentioning that everybody would hear your conversation. The only use case for me would be to take calls while driving.

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    I mostly received calls but made a call or two.

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    I have taken calls, but they're always brief. I have to good sense to not wander around gossiping about my friends via speakerphone. :p

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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    I have taken calls, but they're always brief. I have to good sense to not wander around gossiping about my friends via speakerphone. :p
    You could use ear buds I'm thinking.
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    Re: 3rd Gen AW still no standalone capability

    Might as well mention it here:

    The figures I've read say that the AW can do three hours of talk time while piggybacking off the phone (much like before, where the phone is doing the heavy LTE lifting), and one hour of talk time while using its onboard LTE.

    No, nobody's going to be talking to their wrist for an hour, but they'd use AirPods to carry on the conversation.

    I'm not surprised, so I'm not really disappointed, either. I think that feature creep (even though the new SiP in the AW3LTE is even more efficient than previous models) is outpacing battery technology. I would like to use the AW as a gateway -- or foyer, or some other analogy -- and only bring out the phone when I need a bigger screen.

    On the other hand, I'd probably be fine with the current specs, mainly because I just don't talk on the phone very much. My non-LTE AW covers the gateway role today just fine. Also, my old job needed me to be accessible 24/7, but my new job doesn't.
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