An Apple Watch review has, surprisingly, been my top requested post for the past two weeks. (Side note: I love when you send me blog post requests… It ensures that I’m posting things you guys are interested in!)
I’ve had the Apple Watch for over a year. Garrett got it for me as a surprise, but I only recently started wearing it on a more regular basis. I’m going to go into detail about what I think about the watch, but the bottom line is that it’s great if you want it and can afford it, but I wouldn’t say it’s a must have. Okay… onto the actual review:
PRO: I can be in the loop without having my phone out. I love being able to keep my phone tucked away in my handbag, but still get notifications of texts and calls on my wrist. While I don’t glance down often, it’s still nice to be able to check quickly to see if what’s going on if there’s a break in a conversion. On the same note, I love to walk around the city with my phone in my bag and not missing messages. I’m always so afraid I’m going to drop my phone on the ground and shatter the screen!
PRO: The notifications are so satisfying. I know that sounds super weird. Hear me out, though. I thought having something buzzing against my wrist would drive me nuts. It’s actually a really soft and nice feeling. Like a gentle tap. You can definitely notice it if you’re paying attention, but it’s also easy to tune out if you’re working in the zone, something that I appreciate.
CON: Charging sucks. Like, really sucks. I’ve had to plug my watch in on Metro North more often than not. The battery will get you through the day, but if you forget to charge it at night, you’re out of luck!! (This happens to me a lot.) I think this is why I didn’t wear the watch so much at the beginning. I couldn’t get in the habit of charging it. Recently, I purchased this charging stand for my iPhone and watch, and it’s been a game-changer. Now when I plug my phone in at night, I remember to get my watch for the stand, too. (Also I didn’t learn this until recently, but you can use the regular charger and turn your watch sideways to turn it into “nightstand mode.”)
CON: It can feel annoying on my wrist, especially if I’m hot. For the most part, I don’t feel the watch. However, just like any watch, it can feel irritating under certain circumstances. Sometimes I take it off when I’m hot, and my wrist starts sweating.
PRO: The straps make a huge difference. Garrett got me the simple, pale pink leather band and I’m obsessed with it. It’s the perfect neutral for me. I think the best part of the watch though is how easy it is to switch out the bands. I got the Hermes double strap, which is more of a statement band and I also got the white sport band for when I play tennis. If you’re picking your first strap, I’d actually recommend the sport band– it’s ridiculously comfortable and the easiest to put on!
CON: You still need your phone. That’s the one thing that I don’t think I realized. I knew it but didn’t understand the full ramifications of it. You have to have your phone on you for the watch to work. Well, you can wear it as a plain watch, but if you want any of the features, it has to be near your phone… because it uses your phone’s internet. It’s not some magic watch– it’s more like an extension of your phone.
PRO: The apps are small, but mighty. There’s nothing revolutionary about the apps, to be honest. But the functions you’re able to perform on your wrist is pretty cool anyway. I like using maps (it vibrates when you’re approaching a turn), checking email (if I need to), and the messaging (the voice to text is super accurate and easy!).
CON: I don’t like wearing it while I type on my laptop. This is the biggest con for me. I work from home and wearing the watch during the day when I’m at home isn’t practical– or necessary. I don’t like wearing any bracelets or watches when I’m on my laptop because I find them annoying against the metal of my laptop!
PRO: It’s cool! 😉 I feel very Zenon with this thing on!!
Any other questions that I didn’t answer?