GPS on or off?

OriginalMrC

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So alot of the battery saving tips say to turn GPS off however I've just noticed I've had GPS on for the last couple of days and there has been no noticable impact on battery life. Has anyone tested it? And should I set to GPS only or GPS and WiFi?

I should say I am not bothered too much about battery saving as I have the watch switched to AOD and am still getting 2 days +
 
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So alot of the battery saving tips say to turn GPS off however I've just noticed I've had GPS on for the last couple of days and there has been no noticable impact on battery life. Has anyone tested it? And should I set to GPS only or GPS and WiFi?

I should say I am not bothered too much about battery saving as I have the watch switched to AOD and am still getting 2 days +

I leave it on. I charge nightly, but have enough juice to make it two days.
 

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So alot of the battery saving tips say to turn GPS off however I've just noticed I've had GPS on for the last couple of days and there has been no noticable impact on battery life. Has anyone tested it? And should I set to GPS only or GPS and WiFi?

I should say I am not bothered too much about battery saving as I have the watch switched to AOD and am still getting 2 days +

I thought I read but can't find it that the watch uses the phone GPS location when it can (via BT). If true, this might explain no noticable impact from turning it off if you were BT connected.
 

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Yes I think that might be the case as I am connected via BT. I've had it on most of today and the battery has dropped at the usual amount. No point in turning GPS off then. Wish somewhere would do a definitve guide to all the features on the s3, still struggling to understand everything
 

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Even when you're not connected to the phone by BT, the watch only uses the location tracking when it's called for. I think the only times mine uses it is to update the weather hourly and when I'm using Gear Navigator S. If you see a significant battery drain that you can track back to GPS, it's probably down to apps calling on it too often more than the GPS function itself.

We're all still experimenting at this point and Samsung has been a bit cautious in what they're telling people. Also, Tizen is still in development and has some headaches that other OS's fixed years ago. Example, it's got the IP68 dust/water resistance rating and should be able to survive fairly well in everyday water situations but the manual says to essentially baby the watch around moisture.
 

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Even when you're not connected to the phone by BT, the watch only uses the location tracking when it's called for. I think the only times mine uses it is to update the weather hourly and when I'm using Gear Navigator S. If you see a significant battery drain that you can track back to GPS, it's probably down to apps calling on it too often more than the GPS function itself.

We're all still experimenting at this point and Samsung has been a bit cautious in what they're telling people. Also, Tizen is still in development and has some headaches that other OS's fixed years ago. Example, it's got the IP68 dust/water resistance rating and should be able to survive fairly well in everyday water situations but the manual says to essentially baby the watch around moisture.

Thanks that makes sense. The more I use the watch to more I realise that they have optimised battery life pretty well. I have pretty much everything turned on and getting 2+ days which is fantastic. Apart from topping the battery up every morning I am wearing the watch 24/7.
 

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