I was one of the few, the proud, the crazy that purchased the original Apple Watch when it came out on launch day. The picture above shows what it looks like now (I actually use the photo album watch face and not the one pictured) and I’ve upgraded the sport band to the link band (my wife is so awesome for getting it for me) and I use it every day at home and at work. I’ve gone through all the different OS upgrades for the watch and its currently running on WatchOS 4.0. The watch is starting to show its age since its kind of slow compared to just using my iPhone 7 but its still the best for notifications and maybe the quick text to someone.
Where I’m really starting to see some wear and tear is in battery life. I’ve been using it for 2 years straight? I can’t remember when I bought it but these days there seems to be a lot of battery drain and I have started to see “Power Save” mode pop up as soon as 7PM. That means the watch is barely getting through a 12 hour day on its current charge. Thats not really acceptable. I keep a charger with me while on the road to charge it up but I don’t keep it with me in my bag, I leave it at the hotel so I can charge up then. I’m not really lost without the watch, I always have my iPhone handy with me but its just a minor annoyance. Doing work outs with the watch drains the battery further and frankly I only work out when I’m actually at home but still, it reduces battery life considerably when in use.
I don’t know what my solution will be if the battery starts to really stink. My wife and I paid a decent chunk of change for the watch and I like the notifications and everything but I might be going back to a regular watch if it dies. While I love having the ability to get those notifications or send a quick text, its not enough to buy another one at the price I paid. I can technically use the same watch bands as any other Apple Watch as long as its a 42mm so there is some savings but I don’t think anyone will buy the watch from me. I have scratched it up a lot over the years but it still works pretty well for a 1st gen device. I haven’t explored replacing the battery but at that point I want to get a newer watch because the new ones are water proof, faster, and ummm…. I think thats it really.
Anyway, I’m going to continue to use it till it dies. I’m hoping that they keep the watch humming along with software updates and start to get rid of more of the bloatware that seems to be creeping into Apple OS’s of late. It’s only noon and I’m down to 70%, hopefully it will last the rest of the day and my work out tonight.