For what are you using your Applewatch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Bosechris, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. Bosechris macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2018
    Most of people think that Applewatch is a gadget and not useful.
    I am thinking about buying an Applewatch for activities circle (to move more) and to monitor my heart.
    And you, what are you using it for ?
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Leaving my phone in strange places then using the the camera app to take pictures of people picking up my phone

    Just kidding.
    Health, maps, email and messaging mainly
  3. Smileyboy macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    Health, sleep tracking, weather, directions and Music control and Siri shortcuts.
  4. Davidhedge macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2017
    Notifications, replying to messages, track activity, could even use it as a baby monitor, weather, and of course time.
  5. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    When I bought it, I wanted to use as a means to increase my activity. The stand reminders and to use when working out. After using it, I discovered much more, so my primary uses are notifications, activity, workouts, sleep tracking heart are the primary reasons. Then the slew of other things that can be done via the phone, weather, boarding tickets, music control, weather. I have a GPS mode since my phone is always nearby. If I'm not in the shower or it's not on the charger, it's on my wrist.
  6. a.y.n, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018

    a.y.n macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
    San Francisco
    - Quick glance to get information I care about with complications: Carrot Weather, Air Matters, UV index, activity rings, calendar, second time zone, wind speed, date/day
    - Apple Pay
    - Home app to control HomeKit devices and look at Nest cams (via Homebridge)
    - Audio: radio, music, podcast (overcast). With AirPods and waterproof bluetooth speaker in the shower. I wish I could Airplay directly from my AW though
    - Ability to stay in touch without carrying my phone
    - Notifications, quick replies
    - Walkie Talkie
    - Activity, I pay some attention to the rings, but I actually run with a Garmin 935 for many reasons. I carry the AW with band removed with me for emergencies when I run
    - Resting heart rate, HRV - I'm almost always in a training cycle so HRV is important
    - Alarm, I typically don't set alarms, but when I do, the AW is the best alarm in night stand mode
    - Timers, this was more useful when my kid was a baby. I had to set lots of timers and didn't want anything to ring to wake up the baby when he was napping
    - Find my phone in the house, actually use this quite often to locate where my phone is in the house
    - And of course, telling time, I wore mechanical watches before AW, and I'm used to looking at my wrist to check the time
  7. <3raining macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2018
    The only reason I've got it was my daily workouts. I was considering fitbit for that, but I found out my friends, who also workout daily are using AW and share their results daily. I was excited to join them and I'm glad I did. So workout tracking is my #1 reason.
    After purchasing AW I found out about sleep tracking apps, so #2 I'm tracking my sleep.

    Find my phone is good one, so it's #3

    #4 alarm clock, it wakes me up. My husband can't believe it, because my iphone can't wake me up, but AW can :D

    The rest is just addition. I text, answer phone on my watch sometimes, but I prefer my phone for that.
    Timer when I cook dinner :D But again, I was using my phone for that before and still do most of the times.
  8. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I have to agree, the haptic feedback from the AW is what wakes me up in the morning also. Despite the fact that I can hear the alarm going off. lol
  9. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Navigation, calendar, reminders, activity/fitness, heart rate, messaging. Find my iPhone so I can find my phone when it is in my pocket...smh...I mean I really didn’t actually do that this morning.

    My kid was scribbling to text messages to me today from his watch when he had an urgent question at school. I hadn’t ever tried that before. I usually talk to text but I could see trying that if I was trying to be quiet...for a short response.
  10. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    - Important Notifications without having to carry or look at the phone and being able to deal with them without the phone.
    -  pay without taking out the phone.
    - Timer while working out.
    - listening & being able to control music & podcasts while working out / commuting without the need to take the phone out.
    - Communicate with others without the phone while on hikes.
    - important Info at a glance with complications.
  11. axantas macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2015
    I am using it as a watch
    ...and as a useful extension of my iPhone.
  12. Bosechris thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2018
    Many of you are using to monitor the sleep.
    But how does it work?
    If i go to bed, without moving, how will the watch know that I have start to sleep.
    Sometimes I need 1 hour to sleep but I stay without moving.
    And sometimes I work in the night, so I sleep in the morning.
    Will the watch be able to detect I am sleeping ?
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Primarily notifications. Some health tracking. Interested in testing the EKG feature when its available.
  14. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It's main function is as a watch but the added functionality is very useful.
  15. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    It picks up using your movement and blood pressure.
  16. Bosechris thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2018
    I think you mean heart rythm cause no watch is able to mesure blood pressure.
  17. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Yeah by blood pressure I meant that. Your heart pumps faster when the blood pressure is high.
  18. Uofmtiger macrumors 68020


    Dec 11, 2010
    Notifications, email, Carrot Weather, Siri questions, controlling iPhone music/Airplay, activity rings, Simple Control remote, seeing my fav photos (much more useful on the new larger screen), reading news articles (better on new screen), Calendar, reminders, map (even when driving, the little taps help), podcasts/music via Beatsx, paying with ApplePay which I use more often these days, etc.
  19. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    1. Don't have to take my phone out of my pocket to see whose call I am ignoring.
    2. Tell Siri to message someone to stop calling me when I'm carrying things in both hands.
  20. cornerexit macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    I work out about 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, but don’t use it for that ironically. I lift weights a lot, and use gloves with wrist straps so the watch would be useless as I’d have to attach it higher on the arm rather than the wrist. I used to be a certified trainer and while I don’t compete, would consider myself an amateur bodybuilder. So I don’t need a phone, a pen or paper, nothing, for my workouts. My memory is all I need to lift, swim, bike, etc. when you work out a lot, you don’t need electronic anything and for me that aspect is mostly Apple marketing. I think the health stuff on the watch as it pertains to workouts is for people who don’t workout or who have a hard time getting motivated to do so. Maybe using an electronic doomdad gets them to do something so for that I think it’s a good idea. There are clocks on the wall at my gym that I use for timing between sets. When I swim, same, clock on the wall in front of the Olympic pool.

    I use the watch for all alerts so I don’t have to to touch the phone unless I want to take a call. I have a professional job so I can just put the phone in my drawer and look attentive. I use for a watch primarily. I own/owned multiple watches and I had two go bad at the same time. Tired of going to my jeweler to replace batteries every year and not wanting to replace two broken watches I broke down and bought a series 2. At home it is nice when relaxing or doing household chores. I can take a call, read a text, etc. I also quite like it in the car when using navigation/Apple car play because I get haptic feedback or whatever it’s called (vibration) when a turn is approaching. It allows me to focus on the road, and not need to look at the headunit. In the car I’m an eyes on the road at all times person. I don’t like touching a phone in the car, and the watch allows me to skip the headunit too. I talk to Siri to change music stations.

    So for me a watch primarily. I am hoping with mor real estate on the S4, I’ll use it more and use my phone even less. I’ve always worn a watch, always, and the Apple Watch has more functionality. I like being able to change watch faces. Can’t do that with traditional watches although I still keep and maintain a nice Tissot and a Casion Rangeman for severe outdoor stuff. Seeing weather at a glance is nice as well. During meetings if I get a notification it vibrates and I can check it without the distraction of pulling out my phone. I am looking forward to using the S4 more at home for phone calls with the better mic placement and better speakers. My S2, call quality or volume is rather poor and I often have to raise the watch closer to my ear or repeat myself. And I like that my S2 is worth something on trade in. Most stuff like this, after a year or two, might as well drop it off st the electronics recycling.

    Lastly the EKG. That’s a health benefit I cannot ignore once they have it running. The fact that’s its FDA approved means possible health insurance benefits.
  21. CreepyAF macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2018
    Behind you
    I use it to swim.

    I use it to show off.

    I like it because it’s shiny.

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