If you read my most recent Monthly Musings post, you will know that I bought myself an Apple Watch as a graduation present (#treatyoself). I had been back and forth about whether or not to buy one, but when I found out you get two weeks to return it I decided to give it a shot. I’m happy I did! Today, I’m going to review the watch from the perspective of a skeptic. It’s not a total review; I just want to touch on the things that stand out to me. When I bought it I wasn’t sure it was going to be worth the money. I got the Series 1 because I didn’t feel the need for the updated features (GPS and totally waterproof) on the Series 2 and the extra $100 on the price. I also chose the gold face in the 38mm size. It comes with a navy band, but I sold that and got myself the white one instead. So, if you are weighing the pros and the cons, I hope I can help you come to a conclusion!
My Favorite Functions
Watch: Most of all, I use it as a watch. Imagine that! I keep the large analog watch face (you can see it below) as my default because it gives me the time quickly. Most times I just glance at it and I hate having to search for the time and try to figure it out from the watch hands (it’s time consuming, okay?).
Activity: One of my postgrad, big girl goals is to find a way to exercise consistently and without total dread. My mom, aunt and I have been walking a lot and the Activity and Workout (below) are fantastic for me to track what I’m doing. I think these apps tap into the idea that you don’t have to do a lot, you just have to do a little bit everyday. Activity is broken down into 5 categories: move, exercise, stand, total steps and total distance. I really pay attention to all except the distance. It is very satisfying when you open the app after a long walk and the circle updates. The watch will notify you if you need to stand and does activity progress updates throughout the day. I like this app because it’s a supplement to my lifestyle, but I don’t feel like I will burn out of it because it’s such a small addition that really packs a big punch.
Workout: This app works really well along with the Activity app. I like it because it breaks down your workout by things like time, heart rate, calories and distance, so I really feel like I’m doing something awesome even if it’s a quick 20 minute walk. The Workout app allows you to track outdoor/indoor walks, outdoor/indoor runs, outdoor/indoor cycling, elliptical, rower, stair stepper and other. I have it preset to where I pull up my Workout app and click Quick Start Outdoor Walk Open Goal (you can set calorie, distance or time goals for all). You can even pause it if you need a breather or stop to talk to someone on your walk like we do sometimes.
Music: I absolutely love the music app because you can control your iTunes playing from your phone or laptop from your wrist. Often I will have music playing in my room and now I can control the volume, pause/play and skip a song without having to go find the music player. I know that sounds really small, but it solves a little inconvenience in my life and that’s what makes products like this worth it. It also works with movies and TV shows.
Battery life: I was nervous to see if the battery life was going to die on me everyday, but actually the battery life has been fantastic. I could probably go two days without charging it, but charging my Apple Watch at night is the same thing as charging my iPhone. It’s just a habit and a necessity, not a nuisance.
Text notifications: I thought that getting a notification on my watch wouldn’t be different from my phone, but it actually is more convenient. I was out running errands for my boss one day and it was so nice being able to see what she was sending me, as well as answer, without having to pull out my phone. Once again, nothing revolutionary, but worth it.
Not So Great
Durability: I’m almost afraid to say this in fear it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I’m afraid I will hit my watch on something and break the face. The face is just glass with nothing protecting it and since you move your hands so much, I worry that one day I’ll accidentally break it. I could get Apple Care, because if you crack the face you have to replace the whole unit. Hopefully, by the time I crack it (knock on wood), they will have a way to fix it. I’ve never cracked a phone screen or anything and I don’t want to start now.
So, those are the things that have stood out to me since purchasing my Apple Watch about a month ago. I think there are way more pros than cons and I can’t imagine not having one now. I hope as time goes on I will continue to find other awesome things to use it for. I’ll keep you updated!
Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.