Broke down and got the Apple Watch 3

After much delay I finally decided to get an Apple Watch 3.  It was mainly driven by the reduced price that I could get through work (who can say no to $150 off?) and the fact that my original Apple Watch starts running out of power at 6PM.  I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted about this before and that I wouldn’t get a new watch till number 4 came out.  I got the exact same watch as my wife which is the Apple Watch Nike Edition, the difference being is that mine is a 42MM and hers is 38MM.  It’s very nice that I can go ahead and re-use my link band from the original Apple Watch, it doesn’t look as snazzy as when I had it with the chrome finished Apple Watch edition but it still looks good enough to me.

I got the LTE version and I might be activating the LTE on it just to give it a try.  my wife has the LTE edition too but she doesn’t want to go running outside, too many snakes and other vermin in my neighborhood that she doesn’t want to deal with but I want to use mine for going out and walking the dog or going to the nice walking area outside of my hotel without my phone but still be able to get my text messages.  I’ve watched reviews saying that the LTE is hit or miss but that was a while ago when the watch first came out and there have been a few updates since then.  I’m sure its better now but I just don’t feel like dealing with the $10 a month that I’mg going to have to pay.  We’ll see how useful it is, I think I have a month to try it out and see how it is.

So far, the watch is noticeably faster than my original one, thats to be expected since its 3 years behind in terms of technology and speed.  The battery part was never its strong suit but the increased battery life of this Apple Watch is just awesome.  My wife doesn’t make fun of me anymore when my watch turns off, even after putting it on power save mode.  Siri is also way more useful too, it actually responds in a decent time frame rather than just sitting there spinning and then timing out since it can’t figure out what I wanted.  Most of the stock apps are also very good too now, I’ve made good use of the work out app during this weekend and I’ve been closing my rings without having to worry about the watch running out of power as it counts steps or how many times I’ve done the water rower.

I have to say that I’m happy with my purchase of the Watch 3.  I shouldn’t have waited so long but I was skeptical of upgrading.  I’ve been trying to reduce my upgrade cycle, not really because I can’t afford the new toy, but its more evaluating if I need the latest and greatest toy (case in point my iPhone 7 and iPad Air 2).  Both still work great, although I want something that can use an Apple Pencil.  The iPhone I won’t be replacing until maybe 2019, unless something truly WOW comes out in September with the newer phones.  Now I just have to wait for the box so I can recycle my old Apple Watch, this way I’ll at least recoup another $75.  Money is money after all!

 

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Finally used the Camera App on my Apple Watch

6a00e55225079e88340133ed129c9a970b-piIMG_9310-0This past New Years Eve I finally  found a use case for using the camera app on my Apple Watch.  We wanted to take a group photo and silly me I forgot my selfie stick!  Bad Asian!!  Anyway, I remembered that my Apple Watch is hooked up via Bluetooth to my iPhone 6 and that there is a remote camera app so that I can take photos.  I had to position the camera on a table and stand it up but what was cool is that I could use my Watch to  see what my iPhone was going to shoot.

I was going to use the 3 second timer but at midnight with a few 4 year olds, even 3 seconds was too long.  I was able to shoot the picture just fine but what I didn’t know is that it shoots in burst mode to ensure that I get an awesome picture!  I’m going to have to start using this app more and more when I want to take photos of things.  I just need a mount of my iPhone so I can take awesome stills from hard to reach places and when i can’t see my iPhone screen.

I need the Apple Watch to be more useful, and downloading more apps is helping but I think the real usefulness would come with syncing it with my work phone but I’m not ready to take that step.  I’ll keep it synced to my personal phone for now, besides I don’t want to see work emails on the weekends on my wrist anyway 😉

Trying on the Apple Watch

 

 

This past Friday morning I went ahead and pre-ordered the Apple Watch along with my wife.  In addition to purchasing the watch, I also made an appointment for Saturday at the Aventura Apple Store to actually try on a watch.  Normally I wouldn’t buy something so expensive without looking at it first but since I can always sell it on eBay or something.  There have been numerous posts online by journalists about what the try on experience was like, I’m sort of going to do the same but since I’m the average person, my post will be a lot shorter.

First off, the Apple Store employee that I first met regarding my try on appointment was genuinely impressed that I managed to make the appointment on my Apple Store app.  I’ll admit that it was’t easy to figure out sine it wasn’t apparent so I guess most people were just doing walk ins.  I was also surprised that there wasn’t a long line to try on the watch.  There were plenty of stations that were empty so actually getting to the table to try on the watch wasn’t such a big hassle as I thought it might be the day after the pre-orders were allowed.

My wife and I actually each had an appointment but we were able to do our watch fittings at the same time.  Tis was pretty convenient and the person helping us was very nice about letting us try on watches.  We had to go one at a time though since I think they were trying to control theft and the overall experience.  I was surprised how small the 38mm watch was compared to what I saw online.  I did only try ons with the 42mm watch and my wife did hers with the 38mm watch.  The band that I picked for my watch which was the black sport band was pretty nice.  I’ll probably have to use the smaller band for it to fit my wrist snugly but overall quite awesome.  I did also like the link bracelet but its over $600 and I’m not sure I want to spend that much on a band.  What surprised me was that my wife like the Milanese loop band but she pointed out that she would never really use it except for the sport band.

After our fitting (we didn’t even stay for the 15 minutes for 1 appointment since I’ve read all the info I could regarding the Wacth online).  There was a place where we could play with the watch interface so we went to that table and I started to try some of the fuctions out.  Since it wasn’t paired to my watch there was only a few things that I could do but it was still pretty cool to be able to swipe on the watch and use the digital crown.  The interface will take some getting used to since I can tap, press, use the crown, or the side button.  The goal is to not have to always look at my phone and also so I don’t miss any alerts.  I miss a ton of alerts because my phone is in my pocket.  I am definiely going to choose the Mickey Mouse face, I’m hoping that they add more faces or have them for purchase because I will definitely pay for a Donald Duck watch face.

All I can do now is wait patiently for mid May when my watch is scheduled to arrive. Hopefully it will get here before my wedding anniversary but if not, no big deal.  Still it was exciting just to try thing thing out in person. 🙂

So I bought an Apple Watch

Just like previous launches of things I wanted to buy, I woke up nice and early this morning to make sure that I could get an Apple Watch.  Not only did I wake up but I also woke up my wife so she could get one too.  I’m not sure if we are going to keep them but we wanted the opportunity to at least get them pretty close to launch day.  I’ve read most of the reviews online that were released lately saying that the Watch really wasn’t a must have device but thats not why I wanted to get one.  I wanted to get one to see how it would help me as I travel around for work.  I also liked the fitness piece about reminding me to get up from my desk and walk around more.  I’ve tried setting reminders on my iPhone to try and accomplish the same thing but that didn’t work so hot so maybe this will work instead.

I was surprised my wife got one too but hopefully she can use it for her half marathon training.  I was watching some of the videos online on how to use the watch and I think she’ll really like how it syncs up with the watch.  I might even buy her some bluetooth headphones for running so she doesn’t have to carry her phone with her while she runs.  I probably won’t run like she will but maybe I’ll end up doing something else like riding my bike more.

Another possibility is to sell them on eBay.  The Watch seems to be getting decent bids although I don’t expect things to heat up considerably until April 24.  Needless to say I’m a little sleepy right now since I woke up early and had a hard time going back to bed.  I scheduled a try on at the Aventura Mall tomorrow so I can see what it really looks like.  Who knows I might even buy another strap for the thing or I might turn right around and sell it on eBay like a lot of other people;.  The fact that it sold out so quick should be pretty telling that people want the Watch even though its a first generation device.  I personally have no problems with first generation devices.  I still own an Original iPad that my daughter uses.  Worse comes to worse, it’ll be come a tech collectors item.

All that remains is the wait….. 

 

Awaiting the Apple Watch

Like a lot of people I’ve been keeping tabs on the new Apple Watch that was just announced during the “Spring Forward” event.  A lot of the stuff on the Spring Forward event was a rehash of what was already shown when it was first mentioned when the iPhone 6 was released.  I’ll admit that I’m definitely intereted in getting an Apple Watch but I might wait until the 2nd iteration comes out and for there to be a lot more apps.  As a frequent traveler there were 3 things that were totally awesome during the demo.

1) Getting my boarding pass on my watch (I happen to fly American a lot and this was demoed).

I go through airport security twice a week most of the time and I always have to dig out my ID and my phone and present it to TSA so they can scan it to make sure I’m in the right line.  The idea of getting my boarding pass on my wrist and just scanning that instead of fishing for my phone would be a great convenience to me (its not a MUST have that would make me buy the watch though)

2) Unlocking my room at a SPG hotel using Apple Watch

Along with boarding planes I go and stay at hotel quite often.  I’m technically a Hilton loyalist but I have also started to stay at Starwood properties a lot recently.  Unfortunately a lot of the Starwood hotels haven’t been upgraded to include this feature yet but this would also be a nice time saver for me and I wouldn’t need to fish in my wallet for a key card to get into my room.  I’ve forgotten my key card more than once duringa  trip but rarely do I ever forget my watch.

3) Remotely manage my house while traveling

This is more on me than anything else and requires a lot more money to spend doing upgrades but I like the idea of being able to open my garage door using my watch (very helpful for someone that rides a motorcycle and keeps it in their garage).  I would also probably do a few more upgrades like get some remotes for the lights in the front so I can turn them on before I get home so I’m not in total darkness or maybe even unlock and lock my front door using the watch.  Again lots of money will proably be needed to do this one and I’m not willing to spend all that right now.

The real reason I don’t think I need the Apple Watch right now is because I have a very nice watch my wife gave me during my 30th birthday which I asked her for and I still wear every day.  It does what a watch is designed to do which is keep time.  I’ll re-evaluate things after the first year is done, then maybe I’ll get the sport edition.