When the Apple Watch first came out I was pretty sure I didn’t want one. I love gadgets, but I thought the watch, with all it’s alerts, sounded more annoying than useful. However, when I saw it was on sale for $250 instead of the regular price of $350, my curiosity and love for a great deal got the better of me. Plus, I’d been wanting to get myself a nice watch for almost a year, but had yet to find one I loved. I decided to give it a try and I got the 38mm watch face in rose gold and the lavender sports band.
Since I’ve had the Apple Watch for about a month now, I wanted to share my thoughts on it.
- I love the look. I know it isn’t for everyone, but I personally like it,
- I like being able to easily look at the watch face and see the weather instead of having to look at an app on my phone. I know it sounds silly, but this is one of my favorite features.
- The Glances feature allows you to have easy access to all your favorite apps and information in one easy swipe of the screen.
- It tracks my activity and the activity app is similar to the Fitbit interface. It tracks my steps, standing time, and exercise.
I like being able to track my heart rate.
- You can share your heartbeat with a contact who also has a watch and their watch will vibrate to your beat – so it’s like sharing your heart with someone, if you like that mushy, gushy, romantic sort of thing.
- You can answer calls from the watch, which has come in handy at times when my phone has been impossible to find at the bottom of my purse. Note that any answered calls are on speaker and audible to those around you.
- The Mickey watch face. He even taps his foot. But if Mickey isn’t your thing, the watch face is customizable with many options, including your own pictures. You even get to decide what information you want to show on the face from an array of options (date, weather, stocks, etc.).
- It’s a bit heavy and bulky. Even though I got the smaller watch face, the weight took some getting used to (mostly because I haven’t worn a watch in years) and I certainly wouldn’t sleep with the watch on.
- The battery has to charge overnight, which really isn’t so bad because I think it’s too bulky to wear while I sleep.
- It doesn’t track sleep like the FitBit, but I hear the next generation watch will.
- The alerts can get annoying. I quickly turned off the majority of them and the annoyance level has dropped significantly. Plus you can turn off the sound and vibrate functions entirely.
- My biggest con – always being connected. Wearing the watch means you are always connected or available to be contacted. There are times when I simply don’t want to be connected to technology or have to deal with the world. There are evenings or portions of weekends when I turn my phone on silent and put it in another room so I can have a break. That’s not really possible if you’re wearing the watch, so there are times I also take the watch off to get a break.
- The apps are not fully functional. You obviously can’t type because the screen is tiny. You can dictate a text message or use one of pre-programmed responses to reply to a text, but I usually just reach for my phone to reply. You can browse apps like Twitter or Instagram, but I’d rather use my phone to have the benefit of a bigger screen.
Honestly, after a month, I am still one the fence about the watch. I have until the 10th to return it, and I am unsure about whether or not I will. I don’t NEED it, and spending $250 on something I don’t absolutely love or need makes me feel a bit guilty. It is certainly useful, but there are rarely times that I don’t have instant access to my phone, essentially making the watch unnecessary.