I’ve had my Apple Watch for about a week. Here are my initial thoughts.
Size & model
I have the 38mm black sport watch. The size is good for my hand, and because it’s all black, it’s very inconspicuous. I haven’t had one person ask me about the watch; I don’t think anybody even notices it. The band is high quality plastic. I do have to wear it tighter than I normally wear a watch, so I can feel the haptic vibration.
- Attractive and understated, more so than I thought it would be
- Reminds me to stand up once an hour, and I’m actually doing it
- Great to receive text messages immediately, especially when I’m walking around and my phone is in my bag
- Our VoIP phone provider has a watch app, so I can immediately see when our office phone is ringing, even when I’m out of the office
- Pretty easy to use the iPhone app to set up what I want to appear on the watch
- Haptic vibration is sometimes too subtle for me to feel unless I’m really paying attention
- Screen is pretty small, as is the type!
- Not so easy to dictate a voicemail or answer a phone call if I’m out on a busy, noisy NYC street
- Not sure I need to see every single email on my phone; perhaps I need to investigate selective notifications for email?
- The animated emojis are hideously ugly; stick with the old-fashioned ones
- Activity app tells me I’m hitting my excercise goals (move, exercise, and stand) even though I’ve been mostly sitting at a desk all week (although I haven’t been wearing it when I actually do exercise)
- Not enough 3rd-party apps yet!
Jury’s Still Out
- Haven’t used the map feature for directions, the workout app, the Uber app, which all seem like they could be useful
Summary: It’s helpful and attractive, but it hasn’t changed my life. So I’m not recommending you run out and buy one. I’m looking forward to more 3rd-party apps that can really take advantage of its opportunities.