I received my Apple Watch in early May. I was anxious, but in retrospect, a lot of what drove my purchase was a severe fear of missing out. I definitely wanted the watch, but I also wanted to be a Cool Kid™.
My first impressions were positive. The screen wasn’t as finicky as I had expected it to be. The battery life was not an issue. I was quickly hooked by the activity rings. I wanted to fill all three every day, and went out of my way to do so.
I was left wanting, more than anything, third-party complications and improved responsiveness from Siri.
I’ve worn my watch every day since I received it. The only times I haven’t had my watch on are when I’m going to a formal event. Then, I wear a Citizen that Erin got me as a gift. Unlike some friends, I haven’t given up on it.
I am not, however, using my watch in the way I expected.
The things I generally do with my watch are:
- Check the time
- Check incoming notifications
- Use a very limited set of third-party apps; generally:
- Send text messages with Siri
- Mess with the Now Playing glance
- Ensure I hit my stand goal every day
On the surface, that’s not a long list of operations. They are, however, more useful than the short list would lead you to believe.
If nothing else, at least I’m standing at least a minute at least twelve times a day. I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve largely given up on the move and exercise goals.
Siri has also gotten a lot better, in combination with me getting more used to just soldiering on with my queries before the screen actually catches up. I dictate far more text messages than I’d care to admit to Siri.
The thing that I love most about the watch is notifications. My iPhone has been silent since May. I’ve never had the ringer on since I got my watch.
Insignificant as this may seem to be, it actually isn’t. The Apple Watch has allowed my iPhone to transition from being a personal device to being a private one. That’s a really profound change. More so than I expected.
I really like my Apple Watch. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I love it, but
I like it enough that I don’t plan to stop wearing it anytime soon. I’m very
curious to see what the next revision brings to the
wrist. I don’t suspect I’ll be itching to upgrade… until I hear how much
thinner and faster it is. (In this case, Apple should be trying to make
Overall, I can think of many ways to spend $400 that may suit someone better than an Apple Watch would. However, I am very glad that I got one, as it really does improve my life, at least a bit.