- vibration only alarm
- Mac unlock
- 1password unlock
- blood oxygen readings while sleeping and health analysis
- reading sms messages in a glance while driving
- able to quick answer / decline a call when away from my phone or working on something
- Quickly view caller ID and reject unwanted calls
- No need to pull out phone to accept/reject multifactor authentication push (we use Duo at work)
- View outdoor temperature at a glance
- Fitness tracking
- Apple Pay (a bit less so now than when mask mandates were a thing)
Sold my AW a couple of months ago after having used it for about 6 months, I’m just using my phone again for like 90% of the lost functionality.
Found myself turning off a lot of Watch features one by one before finally selling it. First was the standing alert, then most other notifications and sounds. Then sleep tracking. I would leave the Watch at home sometimes and after a while it just remained in a drawer.
Health features like heart rate are really the only things I can think of that I don’t have anymore. But that’s fine, that sort of tracking is way more advanced than whatever my workout was.
Just my personal experience, I get that the Watch is nice to have and essential to some. I might try again someday.
I think the three things I'd miss most if something happened and I couldn't wear it are:
Mac unlock, timers, stand notifications.
But it's really indispensable in so many other ways. The watch effectively frees me from my phone, I can take calls (or dismiss them) read notifications, track workouts, view the weather and air quality, use 2FA, all without having to pick up or look at my phone and without disrupting other things I'm doing.
Pay. Use it when getting gas when out on my motorcycle. Don’t need to take my helmet off or take out my phone which then wastes time telling me to uncover my face... Also use it maps on the watch for directions when walking around. Also run my workout app in it so I don’t get distracted by playing on my phone when I enter sets (at least that was the intention)