Opening an Apple Watch
Choosing an Apple Watch version and ordering within a couple of minutes of pre-orders was a “leap of faith”. As I live in Bendigo, the closest Apple-owned Store was about two hours away.
I was excited to receive the Apple Watch and open the packaging. Apple excels on details, but even by their standards, the packaging was superb.
I purchased the lowest-priced “Sport” model with a black watchband and a 42mm screen. I’m glad I did.
If you happen to have a smaller wrist, there is also a smaller model with a 38mm screen. It’s slightly cheaper.
Although it’s important to get the right relative size for your wrist, Apple has a way of sizing the band so that regardless of your wrist size, it’ll fit you. Other colours are available too.
If gold is your thing, you can choose to buy the Apple Watch Edition for $US17,000. A collectors item indeed!
The Reason For Apple Watch
The Apple Watch enters a time period when people tend to wear watches less frequently. Especially for younger generations who see a smartphone as normal.
This means pulling the iPhone out of your pocket, or handbag, which can be annoying to reach for it.
Apple Watch puts this information back on your wrist, so that you can quickly check time and notifications, whilst leaving your iPhone safely where it lies.
Apple doesn’t simply hope to offer another iThing and strap it to your wrist. It aims to extend it’s capabilities and create an easier way of accessing information.
The Sea of Notifications
Upon linking my Apple Watch and iPhone, the setup assumes you want to have all notifications from all applications on your iPhone to appear on your Apple Watch. This quickly gets annoying.
Imagine your personal time or time with others being frequently interrupted with notifications. This is too much.
So if you get an Apple Watch, be very selective about what applications are important enough to interrupt your communications with others and deselect the rest.
I’ve deselected almost all the applications on my iPhone except for Text Messages, iMessages and emails.
Wearing an Apple Watch
One gripe I should add here is a very basic one and that it’s not as easy as it should be to put on your wrist.
I pick up the Watch, rest it face-down on a soft surface and then go through the process of linking the two parts together and tucking in the band.
It’s only after you get one that you’ll get what I’m referring to but the process is a bit awkward.
Apple Watch as a Time Device
Firstly, as a time-device, it’s fantastic. You have several choices as to the style of watch face you want to look at. In addition, you can also display things like battery life, your next calendar appointment, and your local weather conditions are. Very useful. And there are more options to display instead if you prefer.
Check out Part 2
I’m now evaluating each of the standard applications that are included with the Apple Watch and that’ll form part two of my personal impressions.