Apple Watch as the ONLY phone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by HippyRabbitFish, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. HippyRabbitFish macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    I don't currently own an Apple Watch at this time, but...

    I don't use my phone for much more than making calls, texting, and occasionally streaming music or playing stored music, light browsing, and occasionally GPS. I do this because my phone is comparatively ancient... the iPhone 4.

    Given my particular use case, I would find it amazing to have an Apple Watch that was not a companion to an iPhone, but is itself the genuine article as a primary phone.

    I would still have a computer/tablet/iPad/book device, but the watch would stand completely alone as the primary telecommunication device.

    • Am I alone in wanting this?
    • Are we so attached to holding a phone in our hands to use apps that we can't imagine being without that experience in our phone?
    • Or can we stick the phone on our wrists so our "books" can be book-sized and not have to be small enough to hold up to our ears?

    Food for thought. What do you all think?
  2. Joey Appleseed macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
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    I’m planning on doing this experiment.

    I’ll let you know how it works.
  3. BLuRRnAWAY macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2014
    I think it may be a bit premature to do this, due to the battery life, however I am wanting the same thing!
  4. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    As long as you've got a decent Bluetooth headset/earbuds. Otherwise you'll constantly be talking to your wrist.
  5. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Simply it will not work. You need an iPhone to be paired with the Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular for setup and management of apps. Your iPhone has to be an iPhone 6 or more recent and has to be running iOS 11 or later. Maybe time for an upgrade.

    Also what carrier do you plan to try this experiment on? So far the big 4 here in the US all require the watch to be an add-on to an existing cell service plan.

  6. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I would consider this, since I often have to bring my little Macbook around for work, anyways, and Siri would get me through when I don't have my Macbook...but I'm embarrassed to admit that I have quite long phone conversations with my Mom and a few friends, now that I no longer live near them, so an hour of battery life for talking would be my issue.
  7. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    Considering that most communication peoples do on a phone these days is through texting (or any text based messaging app), I'd say that a watch won't ever be a "good" phone. You won't ever be able to text comfortably on any device that is small enough to be worn on your wrist.
  8. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    OP -- battery life aside, no, you're not alone with this.

    I started to notice how much attention I paid to my phone after I got my AW and was able to offload my phone out of arm's reach. It really dawned on me when I was out Christmas shopping with my wife and put my phone in her purse -- all of a sudden, I was more involved in her shopping efforts. I also noticed how many other husbands were walking around with their faces in their phones.

    At home, when I'm at my computer, I don't really need the phone nearby; Messages and phone calls come through via iCloud anyway. Same with the AW -- no matter where I am in the house, I get texts or calls right there on my wrist. Even in my car, with CarPlay, I don't need to directly interact with the phone (in my old car, I parked the phone upside-down in a cupholder and solely used voice interaction).

    This 2015 interview with Kevin Lynch concludes:
  9. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    Good points, although, I must admit, with the Watch, people now think I'm in a hurry, because it looks like I'm constantly checking the time on my wrist.
  10. Bellagem macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2012
    I'm planning on doing the same. There are so many instances that I need my hands free but still want to check on things and receive/make calls. I can't wait until next week!
  11. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    I've filtered notifications that hit the watch. Only emails from my VIP list, text messages, and a couple sports teams (via ESPN ScoreCenter), plus a couple news aggregator apps, come through. I think I'm fortunate that my friends don't insist on having text conversations all day long, too.
  12. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    Oh, me too, but I still end up looking at it quite a bit more than a regular watch.
  13. mikey2004 macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2009
    Portadown, Norn Iron
    apple watch s3 is 1 hour battery life with call time, so you wouldnt get very far into the day if you plan to make many calls, unless you plan to keep a charger with you at all times or in your office
  14. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    1 hour by itself (using its own LTE), 3 hours if it's piggybacking off the phone (like the non-LTE models do now). But yeah, it's still not enough if you're usually talking on phone calls all day long.
  15. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Yea - I imagine the Apple Watch or any wrist based phone Watch was never intended to be a full replacement for long conversations.

    Of course, Apple could be like Samsung and others and add an enormous battery for longer life and make the product unuseable for the majority of people with small to medium wrists. I tried on the Samsung watches and couldn’t get them under a dress shirt and I am 6’4” and it looked horrible.
  16. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    I wouldn't expect this to happen any time soon, even if it was possible.
    It makes no buisness sense for Apple to make a watch that will replace a phone. They want you to buy a phone and a watch.
  17. GoFlex macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2016
    Ehh, they did it when they moved from iPod to iPhone. I think they will eventually make the watch work by itself but will offer the iPhone alongside as I think many people would choose the iPhone over the watch even if they were both independent.
  18. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    If that's what you think, I believe you will be disappointed though.
    Plus iPod was cheaper than iPhone and gave a reason to upgrade to the more expensive device.
  19. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    You will need and probably always need an iPhone to pair, setup, install apps and sync data to and from. There is NO way to setup and use an :apple:Watch without an iPhone. Also the :apple:Watch may not be able to have its own independent cell number.

    Without pairing to an iPhone all you can do is see the time.
  20. Zune55 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2015
    Good point texting is the most we use for communication.

    Edit: But we can dictate message from AW easily i guess.
  21. edhchoe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    I browse internet and play games during the day. Ipad mini is too big to carry in my pocket. Smartphone is the perfect size.
  22. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I don't share your sentiment, but I relish the challenge in seeing how far we can push the watch as a phone replacement, the same way I pushed the iPad into being a laptop substitute.

    So far, I am disappointed that there is still no WhatsApp app for the watch. If the LTE watch can incentivise developers to create more standalone watch apps, I think it's a win for everyone, regardless of which watch model they are using.
  23. Relentless Power, Sep 17, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Now that the Apple Watch Series 3 has audible feedback from Siri, Siri can provide audible feedback.

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