Got this baby today! Timepiece?

alanderp

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Sooooo today my girlfriend brought home a new SBSS S2 to surprise me, and I was shocked! This thing is drop dead gorgeous. I initially showed interest in the SBSS but I wasn't convinced on dropping $650 for it and was planning on getting the SGA S2 myself later.

My dilemma is I feel really bad she spent her hard earned money on this beautiful piece of technology when I don't wear watches that much and I'm tempted to have her return it so she can enjoy her money on things she wants to buy for herself.

I've played around with the watch for a bit and it's great! However I'm struggling to find apps in the app store to download as the stock apps like calendar and weather work fine for me. The way it seems now, it's more of a timepiece that I'd wear like a normal watch, therefore not utilizing it to it's full potential. (I don't like wearing watches during the gym). Even if it was a timepiece I feel like it won't age well compared to a mechanical watch as it will get outdated in a few years...

What do you guys think? How many of you guys use the Apple Watch as just a plain simple watch? How long did it take to get used to all the features it has and to implement it into your daily life?
 

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Relentless Power

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Nice purchase. There are times where I do disable Bluetooth from my iPhone when I use the Apple Watch as a timepiece for the day. And once you play around with the watch and figure out the user interface, you realize how quickly you adjust to the settings. It's fairly straight forward and simplistic. If you're into fitness, it does a great job with that. My favorite part of the Apple Watch is the notifications and how seamless it communicates with iPhone.
 
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BillGates1969

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When I got my 1st Apple Watch on launch day, I will admit to being decidedly underwhelmed. It took me about a week to fully appreciate it. Can't live without it now, notifications, maps, weather, Siri, fitness rings, sleep tacking...all I know available on the iPhone, but much more convenient than a phone. It has totally replaced a Rolex Date-Just......
 

AlliFlowers

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Forget apps on the watch. That will help you. Use it as an extension of the things you use your phone for most often - time, mail, texts, reminders, appointments. And then there's Apple pay. Big plus not to have to bring anything in with you to certain stores. Health is another plus.
 

BullittMustang

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Sooooo today my girlfriend brought home a new SBSS S2 to surprise me, and I was shocked! This thing is drop dead gorgeous. I initially showed interest in the SBSS but I wasn't convinced on dropping $650 for it and was planning on getting the SGA S2 myself later.

My dilemma is I feel really bad she spent her hard earned money on this beautiful piece of technology when I don't wear watches that much and I'm tempted to have her return it so she can enjoy her money on things she wants to buy for herself.

I've played around with the watch for a bit and it's great! However I'm struggling to find apps in the app store to download as the stock apps like calendar and weather work fine for me. The way it seems now, it's more of a timepiece that I'd wear like a normal watch, therefore not utilizing it to it's full potential. (I don't like wearing watches during the gym). Even if it was a timepiece I feel like it won't age well compared to a mechanical watch as it will get outdated in a few years...

What do you guys think? How many of you guys use the Apple Watch as just a plain simple watch? How long did it take to get used to all the features it has and to implement it into your daily life?
If you feel bad that she spent money on you, you could split the cost. Give her half the money for it. You were going to spend that on a SGA S2 anyway, and the SS is a great upgrade.
As far as the usability of the watch goes, I think you will soon start really liking the convenience of checking messages and looking at who's calling you without taking your phone out. Along with many other uses.
I would try it out for a while before you rule it out. Good luck! And that was really awesome of your girlfriend!
 
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Sital

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I agree, forget about apps. It's great for notifications, although it makes it harder to ignore some of those. What I use mine for mostly now is to wake me up in the morning with the tapping on my wrist so I don't wake my wife. During the day I typically wear one of my mechanical watches.
 
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alanderp

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I agree, forget about apps. It's great for notifications, although it makes it harder to ignore some of those. What I use mine for mostly now is to wake me up in the morning with the tapping on my wrist so I don't wake my wife. During the day I typically wear one of my mechanical watches.
That's what I'm a bit concerned about, that I'll be interacting with notifications a lot more, but I did end up turning off specific apps from notifying me on the watch so I'll see how it plays out!
 

Relentless Power

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That's what I'm a bit concerned about, that I'll be interacting with notifications a lot more, but I did end up turning off specific apps from notifying me on the watch so I'll see how it plays out!
Disabling certain applications will also assist with the battery life as well. It's managed much more efficiently, being some of these applications are not fully optimized/calibrated for the Watch.
 
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FrisbeeK9

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Sooooo today my girlfriend brought home a new SBSS S2 to surprise me, and I was shocked! This thing is drop dead gorgeous. I initially showed interest in the SBSS but I wasn't convinced on dropping $650 for it and was planning on getting the SGA S2 myself later.

My dilemma is I feel really bad she spent her hard earned money on this beautiful piece of technology when I don't wear watches that much and I'm tempted to have her return it so she can enjoy her money on things she wants to buy for herself.

I've played around with the watch for a bit and it's great! However I'm struggling to find apps in the app store to download as the stock apps like calendar and weather work fine for me. The way it seems now, it's more of a timepiece that I'd wear like a normal watch, therefore not utilizing it to it's full potential. (I don't like wearing watches during the gym). Even if it was a timepiece I feel like it won't age well compared to a mechanical watch as it will get outdated in a few years...

What do you guys think? How many of you guys use the Apple Watch as just a plain simple watch? How long did it take to get used to all the features it has and to implement it into your daily life?
Does your girlfriend have a sister?:rolleyes:
 

OriginalAppleGuy

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One of the best things to me about the watch IS the notifications. My phone lays silent while I get a nudge here and there on my wrist. One of the most annoying apps I have for work is SPOK which replaces a pager. Hated when it went off before the watch.

As for "just a watch" the coolest thing is you can change the face with a simple swipe. With the choices, you can have a new face each day. You can use pictures to make faces too, so imagine what you can do there.

Enjoy it!
 

SoN1NjA

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Other than tracking a mile I do about every day and getting Messages notifications
My Apple Watch is mostly a timepiece

I have a Series 0 so maybe my opinion is different because I can't use the apps (hella slow!) but I don't do all the fancy, in my opinion useless stuff

Weather on the Watch is awful by the way
 

xDKP

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I'm talking about stock

Not only is it slow af, but it doesn't show me that much information, and the interface is horribly confusing
I think the stock is pretty good. I use two stock complication on my watch face - one for temperature and one for current conditions and a quick tap shows me if it's going to rain for the next couple of hours (usually check before my runs)
 
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Relentless Power

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I think the stock is pretty good. I use two stock complication on my watch face - one for temperature and one for current conditions and a quick tap shows me if it's going to rain for the next couple of hours (usually check before my runs)
Agreed. That's exactly how I use my Apple Watch for temperature and current conditions. I actually went for a run yesterday and it was very accurate.
 
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xDKP

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Agreed. That's exactly how I use my Apple Watch for temperature and current conditions. I actually went for a run yesterday and it was very accurate.
Yeah for short term weather forecast before a run it's pretty spot on! I run 3-4 times a week and love that functionality - and every single day to look at the temperature with a quick glance to determine what jacket to wear
 

danmart

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I think the stock is pretty good. I use two stock complication on my watch face - one for temperature and one for current conditions and a quick tap shows me if it's going to rain for the next couple of hours (usually check before my runs)
You don't even need to do that; just use time travel to spin forward a couple of hours to see how things are going to develop :)
 

itsmilo

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I pretty much only use mine as a watch. I havent bothered to interact with any Apps in weeks. Like by the time it finally shows me the weather, i may as well already stand in the middle of a thunderstorm before it finally decides to show me the forecast. It is just so damn slow when u r used to speedy animations on ur phone
 

TxWatch

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I pretty much only use mine as a watch. I havent bothered to interact with any Apps in weeks. Like by the time it finally shows me the weather, i may as well already stand in the middle of a thunderstorm before it finally decides to show me the forecast. It is just so damn slow when u r used to speedy animations on ur phone
Which version of the Watch do you have? I upgraded from a Watch Sport S0 to a SBSS S2. The S0 was fast enough for simple things like weather and text messages, but I really wanted the GPS and waterproofing of the S2.

I use Carrot Weather on my S2 and it shows me the weather forecast at a glance on a large complication on the face. I do not press any buttons or wait for anything to load. If I want more details for hourly or days of the week, I touch the App and it loads in less than 1 second from the dock. I have all of the Apps I use on a regular basis in the dock and they all work pretty much the same. (Except for Fantastical, which is still slow, but that is an App developer problem)

TxWatch
 
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