#1 reason why you bought & love your Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by noobinator, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I don't have one yet but I'm on the fence so I'd like to hear from everyone who has one. What's the biggest, most important reason/feature etc. that you bought and love your apple watch?

    I want to leave this open ended so let's not get caught up in the semantics of my question. Just curious why people bought and love their apple watch.
     
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I like tech and gadgets, so I bought one. :)

    Like most of my tech stuff, I could easily do without it, but it is a cool addition to the iPhone. I am sure it will continue to improve over time as well.
     
  3. Phil A. Moderator

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    For me, I love the smartwatch concept and the Apple Watch is the best one currently available so I got one.

    It was only after I saw it in person and had a play with it that I was convinced though: Before that, I thought my pebble steel did everything I could want from a smartwatch, but the elegance with which the Apple watch does things makes it the better watch for me.

    I also think it's the best looking one but that's a highly subjective opinion that I'm sure won't be shared by everyone ;)
     
  4. noobinator thread starter macrumors 601

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    I agree on the best looking part. The only other decent looking watch IMO is the ZenWatch. I look at Apple Watch next to my kickstarter edition Pebble and the Pebble looks, feels, and acts like a toy. I do wish Apple could think of a way to have the screen always on while not killing the battery quickly. That's one thing the Pebble has going for it.
     
  5. ATS macrumors regular

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    The number one reason why I purchased and love my Apple Watch is because it is a wonderful extension of my iPhone 6 Plus. Just last night I was away from my iPhone and received an important and unexpected call. I was able to speak on my Apple Watch and didn't have to be inconvenienced by running for my phone. It's those little conveniences and so much more I love about my new watch.
     
  6. Shinigami301 macrumors regular

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    The advantage you cite for the Pebble is the same as that of any other watch. I had a Pebble, tried to make it work for some time, but the horrible user experience, including frequent unlinking with the phone, limited functionality, fiddly power cable, unreadability in dark conditions, and Fisher-Price construction left me cold.

    The latest model is so crappy looking it seems like a bad joke.
     
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  8. clg82 macrumors regular

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    I was on the fence like you as well since the first day it debuted......after watching every youtube video about them imaginable even after launch day I finally went into apple and tried on the one that I wanted....I was hooked....the craftsmanship of the watch compared to some of the others that I researched is second to none.....it is a great starting point for Apple and they can only get better from here...I'm glad I bought one.....aside from all I said above....I love the convenience of being able to answer text messages without having to take out my iphone from my pocket.....buy one....you won't regret it.....
     
  9. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    My favorite feature is knowing the time of day without taking my phone out of my pocket. I could have done a regular watch (have several) but didn't wear them any longer because I used my phone as my clock. Once the watch was announced and the features named in addition to telling the time I prepared for ordering. The time is correct, no adjustment needed.

    Past my favorite feature many others are tied for a close second. Notifications, messaging, the tap on the wrist (never could feel my phone vibrate in my pocket), activity tracking and fitness, and the list goes on. I bought the sports version with the idea that it would be the minimum investment with the same tech as the more expensive models and I feel like I made the right choice. Stainless looks good and has a few upgrades that will likely draw me in on the model that replaces this one but buying the lower priced unit left me to see how I like the device without it being about the cost.
     
  10. Armen macrumors 604

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    #1 reason for me was notifications. I have a habit of reaching into my pocket often to make sure I didn't miss anything because I don't feel vibrations.

    #2 I was considering a fitness tracker to begin with.
     
  11. susan12369 macrumors 6502

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    I was looking at the various fitness trackers to help motivate me to move more, but most of them don't have a reminder to get up and move (I have a desk job), and I think most of them look horrible so I would not be inclined to wear it every day.

    I love the look of the apple watch, and when it works right, the fitness tracking is what I need. It has definitely motivated me to move more and has helped me lose 23 lbs so far (combined with a better diet).
     
  12. toph2toast macrumors 6502

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    During the initial announcement I thought the Apple Watch was stupid. Then I read more about it and thought "Oh, ok, its kinda cool". Then I went to the Apple store to play around with and try some on in person. That's when I got hooked.

    Now that I've owned one for about a week, here are the 2 things I love the most about.

    First off, I enjoy the fitness tracker. I used to swap between a Citizen and Tag watch on one wrist, then a nike fuel band on the other. This combines them both into one package that works pretty well, not perfect, but pretty well. Plus it has a heart rate monitor which the fuel band lacked.

    Second is the notifications. My wife and I had baby 2 months ago and she doesn't go back to work for another month. She texts me constantly throughout the day and my phone was always going off. Now I can just look at my wrist to read the message and decide is it worth responding to, can I just use a pre-made reply as a response, or do I need to bust my phone out. It's a first world problem I know, but when your getting a constant stream of texts, it makes a difference.

    Hope that helps!
     
  13. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    Fitness and notifications
     
  14. spooky2k macrumors 6502a

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    Notifications. Whenever my phone vibrates now, I find it to be REALLY aggressive.
     
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I needed a device on my wrist that could accurately tell time.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Number one for me was to replace my FitBit Surge and use it instead.

    Sorry to report that the AW is not really good as an activity tracker. I am getting such eratic HR readings that I no longer trust it. Also like my first AW, the haptic motor seems to get weaker and weaker. Tired reseting, rebooting and have haptic set at max and still weaker than when new just a week ago.

    I love the AW but it has some bugs for Apple to work out.
     
  17. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    Ive been waiting to get one of these smartwatches / activity devices but did not want something half assed some areas and that just looked terrible to wear. :cool:
     
  18. applewatch macrumors regular

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    I bought one for my dad for Father's Day and he absolutely loved it. Seeing him all happy and giddy about his new SGS (mind you, his old watch kept crapping out on him) convinced me to run to the Apple Store and buy one for myself.
     
  19. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I wanted an affordably expensive watch that keeps great time, and looks and feels good. The 42mm SS with Link bracelet ticks all those boxes for me. I love it.
     
  20. Aniseedvan macrumors 6502a

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    Actionable notifications.
    I've had several garmins that have given me notifications but it's quite rudimentary. Being able to accept meeting invites, send quick canned response texts has been useful. Not essential, but useful.

    Close second is how accurate Siri I compared to my iPhone. Far too embarrassed to use it in public but I'll add things to my OmniFocus inbox whilst I'm walking around the house as I think of them, truly capturing stuff as I think about it.
     
  21. Mac2me macrumors 6502a

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    Many reasons but I guess the #1 would be so I can get time, notifications, phone calls, calendar, etc. without pulling my phone out of my purse or carrying the phone around all the time. That is really a very nice convenience for me and has come in handy already in the 3 weeks I've had it. In the past I've missed hearing the phone in my purse while shopping or elsewhere in the house. Sometimes hubby for example would be on his way home and calling to see if he should stop somewhere first.
     
  22. Randman macrumors 65816

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    It'll only get better as we see with watchOS 2. I like the fitness features after many years as a Fitbit user.
     
  23. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I was primarily interested in activity tracking, but I also wanted notifications, and I wanted something that worked reliably with my iPhone. I also wanted something that was comfortable to wear, and discreet. The Space Grey Sports watch hits all these points. Sure, there are some first gen glitches, such as slow third-party apps and the HR readings being wonky for some people. I personally find the HR adequate for my purposes, but I can see where it might not work for people who are more serious athletes. For me, the Activity app has helped me greatly to get more active, notifications work exactly as I thought they would, and all the other aspects can only get better as time goes by. It's not for everyone, yet, but if you liked the Pebble, I think you would like the Apple watch.
     
  24. QuiteSure macrumors 6502

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    You're actually asking 2 different questions here, so I'll answer both:

    #1 Reason I bought the watch: I needed a watch and since I'm a crazed Apple fanboy thought that this would be a good opportunity to jump into wearables because I trusted that the watch would function well and look good (both turned out to be true)

    #1 Reason I love the watch: creates true convenience for texting, appointment and reminder creation and resources to other information (time, weather, maps, timers, health related data) in a very attractive package that feels good on my wrist.

    Runner up: love switching out bands. I have the 42 SS with a Milanese loop for when I wear a suit, a brown leather loop for casual wear and a black sports band for exercise and golf. Love wearing all three.
     

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