Yep, put this in the category of “Things I had no idea I needed, but now I don’t know how I ever lived without it” – my new Apple Watch.
When they came out, I had very little interest. First, I don’t wear a watch. Secondly, I always have my phone next to me at all times, so a smart watch didn’t seem to do much for me. Third, I have an awesome and dedicated running watch (and several different versions of things like fitbits that I never use), so the activity stuff didn’t do much for me either. In the last few weeks, I started to get a bit more interested and considered buying one. When I had a chance to buy one slightly used, I jumped at it.
I had the watch on for one day. One day. And I love it. I can’t believe how useful it is and how much I already rely on it. Some examples:
My car has bluetooth to connect to my phone, but it doesn’t always connect properly. Half the time I can use the car controls to skip songs, but half the time I can’t and have to fiddle with my phone, which in New Hampshire is now illegal. Apple watch has the “what’s playing” glance, so if the bluetooth didn’t connect properly from phone to car, I can just glance at my watch and skip the song.
I have a Ring doorbell. When someone is at the front door, I feel a little pulse on my watch, which is actually less disturbing then the chime on my phone.
I get message alerts on my watch. Now here’s the interesting bit. I had zero interest in that, as I said, I always have my phone by my side, why do I need message alerts on my watch? Well, let me tell you, it just gives me a little pulse to notify me and turns off the notification on my phone, while wearing the watch, which is automatic, I don’t have to turn it on and off. That’s brilliant. As I said about the doorbell, the pulse is way less annoying than any sound notification on my phone. Especially when I’ve forgotten that it’s on and I’m on a conference call and my kid has decided to send me 10 texts.
And much like any Apple product, you can customize it, but you don’t have to. The notifications all start with “mirror my iPhone” as the default, so I don’t have to set anything, unless I don’t like it and want to change it.
I realize I’m late to the party, but I’m extremely pleased with my Apple Watch, and I haven’t even had it 48 hours. I’m looking forward to what else I can do with it. Speaking of, have a favorite use for your Apple Watch? Let me know how you use yours!