My favourite accessory at the moment is my Apple Watch. I ordered it when it was first released and, although it isn’t perfect, I really like it. I’ve used other smart watches and compared to them, this works a lot smoother and has a lot more features.
There are a few reasons why I really like it (especially compared to the other ones I’ve used).
- The Size. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes (basically, his and hers). I got the smaller one, so it doesn’t look giant and oversized on my wrist. While the extra screen space would have been nice, I still find the screen usable and, for the most part, accurate. It is still slightly bigger than your normal wristwatch (though I think that’s probably moreso because of the square shape instead of round) but it’s not anything that would give you strange looks on the street. The same can’t be said for the previous watches I’ve used.
- The Fitness Trackers. This is the main reason why I wear my watch each day without fail. The watch tracks heart rate, step count, distance walked, how many hours you’ve been standing and calories burnt. For the most part I’ve found it accurate, aside from a bug I’ve got right now where it isn’t reflecting how long I’ve exercised for properly (though it’s tracking it properly as third-party apps that use the watch reflect it correctly. Very weird). I’ve always found the step count accurate, and I think the heart rate is too, although I have no way of knowing for sure. The thing I really like about the heart rate monitor especially is that it automatically checks every ten minutes or so, and saves it into the “Heath” app, which is great if you have medical conditions (or find out about one later on). While not 100% accurate, I’m sure it would help doctors to see that kind of stuff.
- The Alerts. The main reason anyone considers a smart watch over something like a Fitbit is the alerts that you can get through your phone to the watch. This was always the downfall of other smartwatches. It would alert you to basics and that’s it. The Apple Watch can alert you of anything you want basically (provided the app itself supports WatchOS, and most do these days). You can turn off what you don’t want, so you don’t get bombarded with stupid notifications you don’t need. You can read and reply to text messages with either auto replies (that you can change via your phone) or through siri. You can answer calls. Yes, you speak into the watch (though I’ve found the speaker isn’t very powerful and can sometimes make hearing the other person difficult). You can get email notifications. You can turn off your alarm – no more racing halfway across the house because you woke up before your alarm and left your phone in your room! I’ve never had any issues with notifications. To use Apple’s favourite catchline – “it just works”.
- Bluetooth Connectivity. I’ve found this especially useful of late after starting a new job and not wanting to have my phone with me. It has quite a good range, which means I can be several metres away from my phone without it disconnecting, even if the phone is in a different room. I’m not sure of the exact distance, but I think it might stretch as far as 10 metres, which is pretty good! It’s also great if your phone is going flat and you need to charge it in a different room but don’t want to miss anything or constantly have to get up and check.
These are my ultimate favourite things, but there are smaller things I love too. It took me awhile to adjust to the interface, but once you get it down pat it’s fairly straightforward. I have the Sport model, and the band is comfortable, although a little fiddly to get on in the morning through bleary eyes. Once it’s on though, it stays in place and I’ve never had it undo. I originally wanted the green band but wound up getting the white one to match more outfits. It’s got a few little marks on it, but overall has stayed fairly clean given I’ve worn it every day. There are about 8 different watch face layout options, which are then customisable. Since the reason of version 2 of the software, you can chose your own background picture if you want, or you can use one of the preset ones. There are both analogue and digital faces, and you can also add things like current temperature, moon cycle, sunrise and sunset, different timezones and how you’re tracking with your fitness goals for the day on the watchface if you don’t mind the clutter. Overall, I’d recommend it if you’re thinking of spending some cash on a new watch or on something like a Fitbit. It does set you back a little more, but it also gives you a lot more features. I don’t know that I’d recommend spending big bucks on a more expensive model…I know they look a bit nicer but it is technology and technology isn’t timeless. This is why I wound up getting the cheaper one. It does the same job but means I won’t feel obliged to keep using it after it’s well and truly outdated.
And no, I’m not sponsored by Apple. I wish I was. I’d have a more blingy watch than a Sports edition!
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