I’m a huge Apple fan and usually jump on purchasing (or dying to purchase) their products as soon as they’re released. What can I say, I geek out when it comes to tech things!
While I was excited about the idea of the Apple Watch, I just wasn’t sure if it was for me. I was totally glued my FitBit and didn’t think I’d want to give that up – especially when thinking about the difference in battery life. But Ted surprised me with an Apple Watch for my birthday a few months ago and I must say, I’m really glad he did!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it (especially the “is it worth it”), so I wanted to share my thoughts on the pros and cons of the Apple Watch for anyone considering splurging on one!
- Notifications – Being able to stay in the loop via your watch is the BEST. I love being able to see my text messages, emails and phone calls on my wrist. Plus, if my phone’s on silent or not out in my hand, I might miss a call or message. This helps me stay connected!
- Apps – While not as great as your iPhone (let’s be real, the screen is tiny in comparison), you can still access content (e.g. Evernote, calendars, flight info), or make payments with Apple Wallet, which is pretty cool.
- Custom Watch Faces – Being able to customize the watch screen is fab! I’m not just talking about the image, but rather the info that displays on the main screen. Currently, I have the date, time, and sunset/sunrise time, but you can also add things like weather, workout time, stocks, etc.
- The Sport Band – The sport band (which fortunately is the cheapest model) is SO comfortable. Sometimes I forget I even have the watch on my wrist because it’s so smooth and lightweight!
- Activity Monitor – I’ll admit, I do still miss my FitBit app’s dashboard! But Apple really focuses on fitness full circle, reminding you to stand if you’ve been sitting too long, tracking exercise, heart rate, etc.
- You Still Need Your iPhone – The watch uses bluetooth to connect with your phone, so if you’re wanting to use your app for all the things other than it’s basic time function, you’ll still need your phone with you.
- Battery Life – While it’s better than expected (it doesn’t drain as fast as the iPhone), it does need to be charged every day (I usually charge at night so it’s ready to go in the morning) to ensure it won’t die on you the following day. It can last about a day and a half with a single charge.
- Can Be Distracting – If you have the haptics on (buzz alerts), it can go off quite a bit thanks to emails coming in. Of course there’s a setting to turn the notifications off, but it’s a catch 22 if you don’t have all of your email filters on (especially with sale emails).
So, should you buy an Apple Watch? I wouldn’t categorize it as a must-have (where I’d put the iPhone), but rather a nice-to-have. Since Apple recently released the second generation model you can snag one of the first-gen models (from last year) at a cheaper price if you’re wanting an Apple Watch but not wanting to pay the full price of the new one.
What are your thoughts on the Apple Watch? Do you have any other questions about it?