AW 2: Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by CoriG, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. CoriG macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    I am considering buying the apple watch series 2 and am just curious whether it is worth it. I am an applefan and have had my eye on getting the watch for a while. My question (primarily for the series 2 watch owners) is once the novelty wears off (after a few weeks) do you still love the watch? Would you buy it again?
  2. Zippy3505 macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2015
    I don't know about series 2, I've got a space grey original, but I really do love mine. Wearing it every day. I wasn't even doing a watch before that for several years. Text alerts. Weather alerts. Driving alerts. All kinds of useful stuff.
  3. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Every product novelty wears off , like my iPhone 7 is great but looking forward to 8 now. It's a tool and how you will use it, I'm getting a watch for health reasons (I'm a gym kind of guy) and iMessage, you have to ask yourself if you will use it for more then 1 reasons before you buy it.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If the GPS, screen brightness and water resistance is worth it to you, then yes. But it really comes down to what you want in the Series 2.
  5. Bob190 macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2015
    For me the Series 2 is ideal. As someone who likes to run, bike and swim, it is good at tracking all three. For me, the most important feature is the integrated GPS as I don't run with my phone. The Series 2 basically replaced my Garmin Vivoacative which I only wore to run and swim and my Series 0 AW. With the Series 2, I can wear it to track those things, and use the smartwatch features the rest of the day also.

    Unless you want to swim with it, or use the integrated GPS, I would go for the Series 0 at a deep discount as it does all the other things just as well as the Series 2.
  6. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    thank you!
    I really like the idea that it is waterproof so that I can swim / shower with it. I also like the idea of being able to hike with it without bringing 7+
  7. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I'm a first time Apple Watch owner (got the Series 2) and I have to say, I really like how it's freed me from checking my phone so often -- which, for me, can easily turn into wasting time on my phone doing trivial things.

    My watch is configured to only give me the most important alerts that I know I'll need to respond to quickly (mostly texts). My phone gets far more alerts than my watch does -- and that's the way I want it. I've had the watch just over a week now and while it's probably too soon to tell for sure, I can say that in the first week, I've looked at my phone far, far less (probably 30 minutes to 45 minutes less per day) than I would on a typical day.

    Also, I find that the reminders to get up and walk around and concentrate on breathing give me a nice break from my work, which consists of staring at three monitors all day long.

    I'm glad I waited for the Series 2 before getting the watch. I've been swimming with it two or three times now and it's been very handy to have in the pool. Truth be told, I was thinking about getting an iPhone 7; but between the fact that the watch is swimproof and does everything I need while swimming and the fact that I'm looking at my iPhone 6 less than I was before, I think I'll hang on to the 6 and wait for next year's phone.
  8. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have the 1st gen that I bought around a year ago. It started out good but I ended up not wearing it for 3 months. Then back to wearing it and then again sitting at home for another 3 months. I started wearing it again a month ago.

    For me the game changer was scribble and also not using it like a phone. It became distracting because I would always try to use it over the iPhone. What I learned was use it as a watch and only when its convenient to use. Don't justify using it just to use it.
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Best Buy has some stellar deal on the first gen stainless. Cheapest I've seen is $250 with some nicer bands and current stock is $250 for a 38mm SS with sport band. Great price if you just want to get into the Watch for less money than an aluminum series one costs!

    If you want or need the gps and water resistance you'll have to pony up another $120, at least. Up to you ifnthe feature set is worth it.

    I'll add that the brightness in all circumstances I've tested it was a complete wash. Maybe mid summer at high noon I'll have a different opinion :)
  10. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    I am extremely annoyed that Apple has been designing their newer products with the notion of "thinness at all costs", yet we get a slightly thicker S2! I don't own an apple watch. I had 2 different jawbones which crapped out after less than a year each.

    I am give the watch a shot and see if I really make use of the features. It is this or the Nixon Mission!

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