Is the Apple Watch for You?

It has been an interesting time recently, speculating about the Apple Watch. And now it’s time to decide: is the Apple Watch for you?

Tim Cook’s presentation yesterday gave us a better idea of exactly what the Apple Watch can do. But as many people have pointed out, most of what the Apple Watch does you can already do with your iPhone. For many users, spending $350 or more on another device which is essentially a satellite for an iPhone may be out of the question.

I’m quite attracted to the idea of having a device that frees me from my iPhone. In the initial presentation six months ago, I had assumed that the Apple Watch needed to be within Bluetooth distance of an iPhone: about ten meters.

I had wondered what would happen if, for example, I left my iPhone in my office, and then went downstairs with the Apple Watch on my wrist. I thought I would need to carry the iPhone around, But Tim Cook explained yesterday that the Apple watch will work with your iPhone as long as it is on the same network; the same Wi-Fi.

However, if you want the Apple Watch to record your runs or walks, you will need to take your iPhone with you; I seem to recall that this was not specified in the initial presentation.

Like many people, I find myself looking at my iPhone too often. Sometimes it is because I got a notification, and want to see what it is for. But often, I end up flipping through a few other apps after that. With an Apple Watch, I would only see what’s important, and I could ignore the rest. I could leave my iPhone on my desk all day, and, unless I need to make or answer a phone call, the Apple Watch could be my communication interface.

But, again, you can do all this with your iPhone. If you simply don’t want to spend the money for the Apple Watch, this is understandable. If you don’t want to wear a watch — which is the case for many people — than the Apple Watch is not for you.

I’m not yet convinced that we need smart watches. While I do think fitness trackers are a very good idea, I’m not sure that all the other features of the Apple Watch are essential. However, I’m looking forward to trying it out to see if it does become an essential device. Time will tell. This is a new, polished product in a market of rushed prototypes trying to get an early foothold. I’m curious to seeing what people think about the Apple Watch after they’ve been able to use it for a few months.

4 thoughts on “Is the Apple Watch for You?

  1. Happy to await your verdict, and that of others. Have to say that I think that it’s chunky, using the Apple Store watch page as my size guide. I think the usability has yet to be shown in a convincing way for me to even think of dropping big dollars on this gizmo. I think that it’s priced all wrong, but I’m sure people will buy it ,and into the ecosystem, and show me up as being wrong on this point. As for the so called ‘Gold Edition’ Apple have done us all a favour by giving us a big, out there, privilege and bulls**t detector! Well, time will tell I guess. Over to the tech writers to trial it for the rest of us.

  2. Happy to await your verdict, and that of others. Have to say that I think that it’s chunky, using the Apple Store watch page as my size guide. I think the usability has yet to be shown in a convincing way for me to even think of dropping big dollars on this gizmo. I think that it’s priced all wrong, but I’m sure people will buy it ,and into the ecosystem, and show me up as being wrong on this point. As for the so called ‘Gold Edition’ Apple have done us all a favour by giving us a big, out there, privilege and bulls**t detector! Well, time will tell I guess. Over to the tech writers to trial it for the rest of us.

  3. I’ve decided to wait for now.

    I use Google Calendar for my calendars and Google Voice is what I use for calls and texts (I’d have to look up my actual T-Mobile phone #), and there are no watch apps (yet) that let me take/make calls or get calendar event reminders/info. Maybe there will be eventually, but right now the watch would only be useful for time, weather and perhaps some fitness stuff, which isn’t as compelling to me. If Google integrates its services with watch apps I’ll definitely pick up a Sport model, but right now I’ll hold off and save up for a refreshed iMac model (hopefully out this fall).

  4. I’ve decided to wait for now.

    I use Google Calendar for my calendars and Google Voice is what I use for calls and texts (I’d have to look up my actual T-Mobile phone #), and there are no watch apps (yet) that let me take/make calls or get calendar event reminders/info. Maybe there will be eventually, but right now the watch would only be useful for time, weather and perhaps some fitness stuff, which isn’t as compelling to me. If Google integrates its services with watch apps I’ll definitely pick up a Sport model, but right now I’ll hold off and save up for a refreshed iMac model (hopefully out this fall).

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