Besides time/heath: what can it do?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by wayland1985, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. wayland1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    I’ve never been a watch guy... I mean, my phone is in my pocket and it has any time I could ever need!

    But, I’m trying to get in shape, so I’m looking for a better way to monitor heart rate (to track my workouts).

    Fit bits can do this, at a much lower cost.

    So I’m curious: what exactly can an apple watch add to my day to day?
  2. applewatch macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2014
    It can also do health.
  3. Steve28 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    it's a discreet way to get iMessages/notifications. So for example, I'm in a meeting, and someone texts me - my phone will not buzz or beep, but my watch will "tap" me in the wrist, I glance down and I see the message.

    I like having the temperature, my next meeting, time left before sunset, etc. displayed on the face. Stuff like that.

    If you are getting in shape, there's a lot of fitness apps available to help you track calories eaten, glasses of water, etc. depending on how you want to use it.

    Finally, if you get the cellular version, you can leave your phone at home when you exercise and still get calls, stream music or podcasts, get texts, use Siri, etc.
  4. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    I laughed at this more than I should have.

    In all honesty: you can show your Stainless Steel Gold 44mm Cellular LTE GPS MAX Watch to your friends, so you can ooh- and ahh- over how you paid $2000 for a plastic watch.
  5. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    • navigating on a bike is fantastic with the watch. no unsafe fumbling with a phone. haptic turns, and maybe some quick glances while your hands stay on the grips
    • plane boarding passes on your wrist are really nice when trying to juggle carry on bags, jackets
    • discreet, quick notifications/temp/stock
  6. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Timers for cooking with just your voice. Silent taps on your wrist in the morning so your alarm doesn't have to wake your S.O.
  7. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    The navigation is cool! Love getting texts on it versus taking out my phone. Apple Pay. Soon ecg. Show you your calendar at a glance on the home screen...and reminders! Track sleep, alarm, flight notifications.
  8. Deguello macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2008
    For pure workout tracking, I don't think the Watch offers any real advantages with walking or running other than being able to leave your phone behind and still have music.
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    The best thing about the watch is being able to use Apple Pay on it as well as your loyalty cards, boarding passes and even some event tickets.
  10. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I don’t know if fit bits do this...they didn’t when I had one...but the Apple Watch encourages you to keep moving throughout the day. I appreciate the nudge to finish off the day strong when I haven’t met all my goals. I have had a fit but like I said...and I can’t imagine going back to one now.
  11. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I was actually just coming back to add this. I've been into lifting since I got out of the military back in '05. It's a huge part of my life but now that I'm getting older, I'm finding it harder to motivate myself as often as I used to and the rings on the watch definitely have an impact. I'm nowhere near the 1000 move goal badge but it still bothers me that there's nothing past that as far as achievements go.

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