Sometime in July I went and got an Apple Watch (Series 1). After one week's worth of use, I returned it to the Apple Store. To be perfectly honest, my main reason for returning it was guilt. I felt guilty having purchased such an expensive smart watch - especially since I always comment about not wearing watches because I find them uncomfortable. There was something about the way people looked at you (me) when wearing one. Thus, it was returned.
Then came the announcement of the Series 2 in September. And I fangirled really hard. I wanted one. I had lusted over other people's watches even after I had returned mine. This time, I proclaimed, I wouldn't return it. I wouldn't feel guilty. So I preordered mine through Best Buy - the Space Black stainless steel model in 38mm. This is my review of the watch:
I love my Apple Watch. There, I've said it. It hasn't replaced my phone, but I never expected it to. That wasn't the reason I got it. I got it for the GPS, the notifications, the fitness trackers, and the productivity apps. I wanted something I could have with me during the day at work without needing to carry around my phone with me.
It's fulfilled all of my needs. I can leave my phone at my desk and know when a work email comes through or when my next meeting is. The fitness tracking app is good for me. I'm not a hardcore fitness person, so for me it is enough. I track my steps and my exercise minutes. The stand incentive is great, though it took me a while to realize it didn't just want me to stand, it wanted me to move around for one minute.
I charge my watch every night. I know this is a problem for some people, but not particularly for me. I don't want to sleep with it on (I take off all jewelry and accessories before going to bed) so for me it is natural to put it on top of its charging station. I do plan on getting a more attractive docking station, as my bedside table is starting to get pretty crowded with cords.
The response time IS faster than the Series 1. But some apps (like Slack) take a bit longer to load than others. My favorite watch apps are: heart rate monitor, Wunderlist, Breathe (my all time favorite), and Fit Brains. I have yet to need the step by step directions.
I got a middle range model, but the watch prices range from $350 to the thousands. The price range you can afford, as well as the materials of the watch face and bands you want, will determine the final price. Even if you're not someone who loves watches but is curious of a smart watch, I say give it a try. I have no regrets this time around. I highly recommend getting it for those interested in wearable technology! But if you're looking for a smartwatch to essentially replace your phone, this probably isn't the device for you.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5