I have been slowly warming up to the Apple Watch.
Don’t get me wrong; I love it, but like many people, I had been getting the time from my phone, so I wasn’t used to wearing a watch.. Strangely, it’s weird just to have the time on my wrist.
What I Like So Far
I admit I love getting notifications on my wrist. It’s nice not to have to dig out my phone to check to see if someone messaged me.
Face it, if you’re like me, you have learned not to trust that you’ll always hear your notifications. The Apple Watch notifications feel like a gentle tap on my wrist (in addition to the alert sound). It’s hard to miss.
Thus I find myself looking at my iPhone a lot less.
I love having Apple Pay, and Passbook on my wrist. (And here’s a word to you late/non-adopters of Apple Pay, I favor businesses who use Apple Pay and/or Passbook. Given two businesses which are nearly identical, I will choose the one that supports Apple Pay every time.)
Every time I have to get my phone out to do something, I risk dropping it, or setting it down and losing it, so the more times I can keep my iPhone in my pocket, the better.
The design of my strap (the black leather loop) is very well thought out. Initially I thought it would only include a magnet in the end, making it less secure. All segments seem to contain magnets, which makes it much more secure.
I love being able to start and stop music from the Apple Watch. This would really come in handy for those runners out there. As a musician, I like to play along with songs, so being able to start, stop, and rewind a song, is really nice. I just send the song to my bluetooth speaker and go at it.
I love being able to adjust the volume with the crown of the watch, too.
I have been really happy with the battery life so far. Yes, you can’t go an evening without recharging, but I’ve never come any near running out of energy on it.
As a developer, I like that I can finally know exactly how my new app will behave on the Apple Watch. The simulator just wasn’t showing me all I needed to know.
There is definitely a performance difference between the simulator and the real thing!
I don’t think I’ve found the killer app for the Apple Watch. I thought of one while I was writing this post, but alas I will keep it to myself for now.
I believe once developers get the ability to create native apps and watch faces, the Apple Watch market will get really interesting, really quickly.