I’ve had my Apple Watch for about 4 months now and there is not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how I like it. The answer is: I love it. I was super skeptical to begin with, but I’ve learned to really use it to my advantage in so many ways.
Why do I love it?
1.Getting text messages while driving/while my phone is in my purse. This is one of the best features of the watch. I get a little ping when I get a new text message (which is a different vibration than for an email or an activity update). I flip my wrist towards me, read the message and can answer with my voice or a pre-chosen message. When I’m driving, I speak into the watch and Siri writes out what I said and sends it. When I’m at the grocery store, I like to take a peek at who texted and make a call if I’m going to take my phone out and answer or wait until I’m done.
2.Not being the person who has their phone out all the day and is checking messages.If I’m at dinner with Q/my friends/family, I don’t want to have my phone on the table, but with my job, I like to have my phone around. I keep my phone in my purse, and my watch lets me know if someone texts/calls. I think it is super discreet and a much better solution than constantly looking at my phone.
3. The Workout Tracker. The watch has a special workout app that you click before you start a workout. You select what kind of workout it is and set a goal for yourself. The watch tracks your heart rate, calories, pace, and distance and lets you know when you’ve reached certain milestones (halfway point, 1 mile, your goal distance or time). It’s great to have the heart rate monitor built in and not have to switch it out before going to the gym.
4. The Activity Monitor: Like the Workout Tracker, the Activity Monitor monitors your daily activity (calories burned, minutes exercised and hours standing). You set your own daily goal for each of these areas and the watches color-coded circles show you how far you are to your goal. I like reminding myself to stand once an hour, or making myself go for a 10-minute walk to get my exercise goal in. If you like the Fitbit, you’ll like this feature (setting goals, keeping you on track).
Which version of the watch do you have? I have the Apple Watch (the middle range version). There is a less expensive Apple Watch Sport and a more expensive Apple Watch Edition. I went with the middle range one because the screen is basically scratch proof (it is a different glass than used for the Apple Sport). It also has more bands to choose from (another plus).
Does the vibrating when you get a text/email bother you? Simple answer is no. At first I could hardly feel it, but now I am so used to the simple ping on my wrist that it isn’t annoying at all. If it does bother you, you can always turn if off.
How easy is it to switch bands? I have a leather band and a workout band. It takes all of 20 seconds to switch between the two. There are times I forget my workout band, and the leather one is totally fine to use instead.