Two Weeks with Apple Watch

i’ve had the Apple Watch for approximately three weeks now and I’ve learned how to use it pretty well. I’ve been able to to test it under vacation conditions and work conditions and so far it’s been pretty helpful in both areas.  I don’t regret buying the watch and it has freed me a tad bit from my iPhone but I’m also probably not using it to its full potential since its tethered to my personal phone and not my work phone.

During vacation I found Navigation to be the most helpful app on the Apple Watch.  I was able to use my phone to find out where I needed to go and then transferred the directions to the maps app on the watch.  The directions and taps were spot on in directing me and it was also good that it made me look a lot less like a tourist since I could keep my phone in my pocket.  I tried using some of the other apps like Yelp but it was still easier to use my phone.  Siri has also become more helpful since the release of Apple Watch, this is definitely one of the cornerstones of using the Watch and I use it for texting on the go.

I tried using the Watch for boarding passes but a lot of the readers at the airports aren’t positioned well to make it practical yet.  I still send my boarding passes to passbook but I still use my phone for the most part.  Apple Pay is the other awesome app and I use that whenever possible so I don’t have to fiddle around for my wallet.  I would say the only other two apps that I use continually is Sigfig and Weather.  The movement app is also helpful to make sure I get my butt up off my office chair.

I used to fitness app just once this last week and it was fairly accurate for all intents and purposes.  I won’t lie that I used it only for a long walk.  I’m not into running really and there was no exercise bike.  I’ll try it out a little more this week if I have the time in the morning.  Overall a good purchase, it will be interesting to see what Watch OS updates will breathe new life to this thing over the next couple of years.

First Day with the Apple Watch

Yesterday evening I opened the box of my new Apple Watch. I did the basic setup last night and didn’t get to really put the Watch through its paces until today.  I’ll be pretty brief tonight though regarding my personal observations.

  • Force Touch is pretty cool but it’s not obvious to use it when in a particular app
  • Notifications are generally useful depending on the app being used, the most helpful is for Messages
  • The Digital Crown is intuitive to use and helps a lot with using the watch for scrolling through different screens
  • I was surprised that the Reminders app isn’t present on the Watch, I think that would have been one of the more useful apps for the Watch
  • Siri is really useful and I used it for a lot of what I did with the Watch today.  I’ve always been an avid Siri user on the iPhone anyway but I am noticing I’m using Siri more
  • 3rd party apps are hit and miss, I’ve uninstalled apps like TripIt since it offered no value being on the Watch.  Since I travel so much I loaded a ton of travel apps that I plan to test in the next few weeks

Overall I have no real gripes about the Watch except I can’t connect to wifi with the watch but I’ve heard of that problem cropping up a lot with Netgear routers,other than that it’s about what I expected from a first generation device but I suspect that software updates will make it better.  The battery life has been pretty spot on.  It was down to 16% by 9pm but I think I’ve been using it a little more than would be expected since I was tweaking it all day.  The watch faces are pretty nice and I’ve chosen a classic face although I used pretty much all of them throughout the day.  Maybe I’ll write another update after using it for about a month.