Hows your experience been?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by eddiexhart, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. eddiexhart, Jun 20, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015

    eddiexhart macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2008
    North Hollywood CA
    I was fortunately able to order my Apple Watch this past Monday and to my surprise I received it on Thursday Morning (4 Days!). Of course the decision between models finally narrowed down to the Stainless Steel model.. I must say, after much obsessive reading on here and many other blogs, I have to say that I have never had a more exciting and positive experience with an Apple product in my life.

    Since day one, I know you shouldn't say that a device should be motivation to live healthier, but in this case, its been my drive. I find myself everyday striving to fill my goals and rings. I've been taking longer walks, taking the longer way everywhere, I'm a lot more active now more than ever.
    Just yesterday at the grocery store, instead of having to pull out my iPhone every time I was checking items off my list, it was convenient to just 'tap' things off my life via my watch.
    This morning I walked to my local Starbucks and simply paid with the Starbucks app barcode via the Passbook app on my watch. Of course when waiting for my coffee, a guy came over and asked me a bunch of questions about it. Even when I'm laying in bed after taking it off to charge, when I'm watching TV, I find myself lift my wrist to check, then remembering I took it off.

    I know every one of you have had their own experience, negative or positive. But for me at least, has been amazing. I'm extremely fashionable, and accessories are my addiction. The Apple Watch has been by far my most favorite addition.

    I just have to know, hows your Apple Watch experience been?
  2. JSB1540 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2015
    It has been amazing for the last 9 days! I agree I am striving to complete all rings, and today I will for the first time. For those of us that are rarely if ever seen at a gym, it is a motivation toward a healthier lifestyle.
  3. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    I'm typically a 5 workouts a week guy, but this weekend I'm in the gym trying to fill those rings. I hate it when I fall short. Will I be as good a week, a month, 6 months from now? Maybe not. But it does add a bit of accountability to it. When I take a day off, my failure will be staring me in the face in the activity app.
  4. Jigga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm on the fence here. It's certainly been fun to get one (4 days in) but it's been quite bumpy. Even the raise to activate rarely works. Many times after the 4th raise I just hit the button.
    Seeing a mail notification and reading it doesn't seem to mark it as read on my phone or desktop so I now have a ton of "unread" emails that I need to go through again.
    I really like having my heart rate measured- not sure why but it's nice to know. OS1 seems quite limited to be honest, I hope I still have it when OS2 is released but I'm not sure.
  5. JSB1540 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2015
    I have not had an issue with "raise to activate" rarely. If I scroll and hit dismiss on the email notification my emails ARE being marked as read. If you haven't done the Personal Setup appointment with Apple, do it. They were able to answer a lot of my questions.
  6. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I've had my 38 SS modern buckle for 2 weeks and I love it. I think it looks great and I've had no problems with it whatsoever. I haven't changed my fitness workouts but I do walk more to make my Move goals most days and like being reminded to get up when I've been sitting for an hour. I like notifications and the ability to get messages and phone calls without always having the phone at hand. I only take it off to shower and charge it overnight which isn't a problem, but wish the battery life was just a little longer.
  7. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York
    I really do enjoy mine, I have had some raise to activate issues as well. I used to use it to reply to messages a lot. But now I just use it to tell time and to view notifications. Pretty much what it was designed for. Not apps interest me on there that much as of yet.
  8. kelub macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    I've had mine for about 5 days now - 38mm Sport with black sport band. I do not work out regularly; I used to run and would like to start running again, but am currently not running. Experience so far:
    - Overall, very positive. I've found it highly useful, and I rely on my phone a lot less.
    - A few of the 3rd party apps that are actually running on the phone: those experiences are mixed. The delay to get the app to open can feel really slow. I'm looking forward to 2.0 when more apps can run natively.
    - Apps that only redirect me back to my phone are useless to me (looking at you, CNN.)
    - I do wish there was a sleep tracker to keep up with the quality of your sleep - I remember there being iPhone apps that did this once, which required your phone be on the bed with you, and that seemed awkward; a watch app seems much more logical for that, but I haven't been able to find an app that really does that. Besides, when would I charge it?
    - Battery life hasn't been great for me. I'm OCD with battery life, though; when my phone goes below 50% I'm desperately looking for a charger, so part of it is just getting used to the idea that "IT'S OK IF YOUR BATTERY IS AT 62% MID-AFTERNOON" (me yelling at myself). Still... by the end of the day, the battery is in the teens when I'm going to bed. I've disabled "hey siri" because I never use it anyway (I can just hold down the crown to talk to Siri) which is supposed to help some... I dunno. Flip side: my phone battery life seems to last a LOT longer because i'm not interacting with it near as much as I used to.
    - LOVE LOVE LOVE that I can take phone calls, read and respond to texts, etc., around the house on the wireless. I can basically leave my phone on the night stand and walk around with the watch for 90% of what I need it for. I only grab my phone if I think I might want to take pictures or actually read a website or check facebook or something.
    - Very useful for work purposes - I have a lot of meetings & reminders, and the haptic feedback is invaluable.
    - I've found it much more discreet when using it for things like grocery store lists, etc., than constantly looking at my phone (also safer than fumbling with my phone and groceries, etc.)
    - The "Activity" component has made me much more aware of my sedentary lifestyle (being in IT, I do tend to sit most of the day) and I love the reminder to stand up, walk around, etc.
    - I read in a separate post the idea of having different faces for different times of the day, or days of the week, as a desired improvement, and I do think that'd be nice: during weekdays, having the calendar items etc on the modular face is necessary, but seeing "no items" all weekend seems like a waste of space. Sure, it's not hard to force press & swap, but it'd be cool if you could set them to auto change based on time of day or day of week.
    - Oh, I'm left handed and wear my watch on my right wrist; the option to flip it and have the crown on the left side of the watch... it's difficult to express the delight in having that option. I've lived my whole life having to reach across a watch face and awkwardly manipulate a watch crown; having the choice to put it on the left side so my left hand can easily access the crown and button is fantastic.
    - The "glimpse" feature, I just can't decide about. I think it's part of why my battery doesn't last longer (turning the steering wheel, or moving my wrist to type / switch keyboards / whatever, etc can cause it to turn the screen on) but then again, having to tap the screen every time I want to look at it isn't convenient.
    - I also go back and forth on what to return to when I glimpse. I think I'm set on "current app" instead of clock face, so that if I'm doing something that requires reference I don't have to navigate back to the app; however it just means I've had to get into the habit of returning the clock face when I'm done. I've recently discovered that a double tap of the crown toggles between the current app and the last one (commonly the clock face) and that when looking at the apps, tapping the crown once centers the apps (which puts the clock in the middle by default). I don't mind just habituating going back to the clock when I'm done with whatever.
    - I set my photos to sync with my camera roll instead of favorites so that I can see recently taken photos on my watch. I'm undecided on leaving that setting as it is, or going back to "favorites" and just using the favorites more frequently. Or, 3rd option, creating a shared photo stream just for "watch pics" and adding images to it that I want to see on my watch.
    - The button seems underused. I don't have any cards that can use Apple Pay (grr, wish I did) so it's only useful for quickly accessing favorites and for restarting the watch. I wish I could customize it a bit to make it more useful (I did just discover it can be used as a shutter button when using the camera app.)
    - Speaking of, the camera app option is really neat. I do wish it was compatible with video as well as photo, though. I've used video in the past (with the light on) to peer in to hard-to-find / hard-to-see areas, and I'd LOVE to be able to see the video input with the light on through the watch.

    Alright, that's way longer than I intended it to be. I'm sure I'm forgetting something but that'll do for now.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Do not get too hung up on the "rings" and I did, but stuff happens beyond your control and something happens where you loose your data. The watch is nice indeed.
  10. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Reviving and quoting a 2 year old thread?:eek: I thought only newbies did this?:D:D:D
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sorry, I guess I lost it when I noticed that my watch is now not counting steps. LOL!

    Back to the Garmin Chronos

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