Is an apple watch worth it?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by npolly0212, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    I am just wondering if it is worth spending my money on an apple watch?
    Have looked into the galaxy gear and was tempted to buy one but have since preordered my iPhone 6s+
     
  2. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What makes you say this? I have been looking up information and whatnot
     
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    (smart ass answer)
    ask Paul Houle, whose apple watch saved his life

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    yeah i like mine. i like how i can check the watch instead of getting up to check the iPhone.
    plus you can make phone calls on it, even when the iPhone is not around with t-mobile with the new os
    it doesn't need the phone near by anymore, it just needs to be connected to a known wifi network
    i haven't tried turning the phone completely off yet
     
  4. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Lol.
    Is that just t mobile, or all carriers?
    Which watch did you purchase?
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As above really. It's a complimentary device that with os2 on it has vastly changed the usage of my iPhone.
     
  6. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Was just reading about this.
    What version do you guys recommend?

    I guess what I'm nervous of, is if I buy this the next version Will come out in a few months and I'll want the newer one
     
  7. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    with other carriers, you can use your iPhone to make calls over the wifi network , and use it whenever you feel like it or whenever cellular reception is low, AT&T is working on it.

    with t-mobile's wifi calling your iPhone # is shared via iCloud, and any device can be used to make and receive telephone calls over the wifi network , when the iPhone is not nearby, or when it is even turned off

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032

    i bought the stainless steel one, because of the better sapphire screen and ceramic back.

    the regular aluminum one has a gorilla glass type screen and a composite black ( plastic )

    the ceramic back looks skinnier and higher quality then the composite back, which looked dull to me

    regardless of what model you choose , there is no difference internally. you get the same amount of memory if you buy the aluminum one or if you buy the gold one

    38 mm = women size
    42 mm = mans size
     
  8. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Alright thanks for the info, appreciate it!
    I am looking into the 42 mm space gray sport watch..can't decide to spend the 400 or not
     
  9. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, only if you can afford it. No, if you have to ask is it worth it.
     
  10. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yup. I'm just hesitant lol
     
  11. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    i figure if you buy any apple watch, its probably a good idea to applecare / or get a square trade warranty on it.

    the screen on the sport ( aluminum ) isn't as strong as the Stainless Steel one. i havent dropped my apple watch, but i have banged it against walls

    anything that goes wrong with the watch is $229 for sport, $329 for Stainless steel, and $2800 for gold. a battery is $79
     
  12. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I buy apple care on anything I buy that is apple lol. Very accident prone. Why so much to have something done thrush apple care though
     
  13. Armen macrumors 604

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    The real question you should be asking yourself is "Do I want a Smart watch?". If the answer is yes you need to start looking at features and options out there:

    The Pebble Watch is $99

    Pros: Screen is always on, easy to read in sunlight, battery lasts 5 days or so.
    Cons: Made of plastic, crappy eInk display, only allows you to view and dismiss notifications.

    The FitBit Surge is $250.00

    Pros: Popular activity tracking device, heart rate monitor, notifications
    Cons: crappy screen, only view notifications

    Apple watch: $350

    Pros: heart rate monitor, activity tracking, ability to interact with notifications, beautiful display, can store music and photos. Natively connects to the iPhone with no 3rd party software, works over WiFi when bluetooth isn't available. Syncs health info with iPhone without user intervention.

    Cons: battery only lasts 1.5 days maximum. No custom watch faces (yet).

    In the end the device tells the time, tracks activity and shows you notifications. I haven't gone a day without wearing/using mine since it first arrived on April 24 (1st shipment day of the preorders)
     
  14. Cowboy1629 macrumors regular

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    Go get one and take it out for a 14 day test drive.

    I wasn't sure if I would like one either being a first generation device so I got the Space Gray Sport thinking if I didn't like it I wouldn't be out as much money. After playing with it over the weekend I went back to Apple on Monday morning and upgraded to the Space Black SS model mainly for the sapphire crystal.

    Only you can decide if it's worth spending your money on.
     
  15. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Now I have looked into most others and haven't done it, wasn't a fan. But everything I've read and whatnot of the apple watch has been making me want it more and more each day.
    Hopefully I can get the launch day and purchase one than.

    My other question, there anywhere other the apple stores that I can go to test them out and try them on and whatnot?
    No apple store within 2 hours of me
     
  16. Armen macrumors 604

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    Most Apple stores have a try on section and a section against the wall that you can play with that's not a demo loop.

    Just be warned it's not a magical device that will entertain you. You will play with it for few hours and then the honeymoon wears off and it becomes just a watch that does more than tell the time.
     
  17. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I completely understand.

    Think best buy would have them that I would be able to try on and whatnot. Not an apple store near me
     
  18. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I agree, just wanted others opinions of what they liked and whatnot
     
  19. meikdunj macrumors member

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    For the majority of things I still use my phone. The watch is great when your on the move for notifications but otherwise I find a lot of the functionality pointless on the small screen. It does look nice if you op for the leather loop or link bracelet. For me it's about asthetics and comfort with the added bonus of notifications.
     
  20. placidity44 macrumors 6502

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    I thought it was a neat device when announced but I thought it would just make me more technologically reliant than I already am. I bought one when I had some spending money and picked one up. I'm absolutely in love with it. It's actually made me quite less reliant on my phone. I love the custom watch faces, notifications, siri on my wrist, health tracking, espn scores, phone calls, apple pay, etc. Siri is extremely accurate and in my case I find it more accurate than on my phone, but this could just be me. If you're a student or someone who could use a little extra push to stay organized this has helped me tremendously. It WILL NOT and CAN'T replace your phone but it's extremely useful for notifications, health, keeping organized, etc. It's meant for quick micro interactions and I was worried about battery life but mine's been fantastic. I end the day with around 40-56 percent battery. Apple watch is in it's infancy but I am extraordinarily impressed with it. I love apple products and even I was skeptical with the release of the apple watch but i've been proven wrong. The best advice I can give you is look into everything it does and more importantly how it will fit into your life. It certainly isn't a necessity in the way a computer or smartphone are. I'm happy to be an early adopter but if you could use money for other things i'd hold off until gen 2. Also if you aren't sure i'd get a sport 42mm model because the specs internally are the same ranging from the 349 model to the 17000 model. I was going to get the 38mm because it was 50 dollars cheaper but I thought it was way too small. You could always get one and return it within 14 days if you aren't satisfied. Best of luck!
     
  21. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the response, hearing a lot of great stuff. Most definitely gonna pick one up!

    Thanks for the post and I just so happen to be a college student. Sounds like sir would be very helpful to me on it!

    Just wanna find a place near me I can go check them out without an apple store nearby
     
  22. placidity44 macrumors 6502

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    I got mine at best buy because I didn't have an apple store near me. I think it'd be useful you could set timers on your watch between classes and deadlines and texts from your wrists. It might seem weird at first playing with it but I got it anyway and got used to it within 2 days. You can always get one and use it for a week and determine whether or not it'll fit into your routine. I was never a huge siri user but like I said since you can't type on the watch that's your primary input. Siri has been extremely accurate for me on the watch. I have always been critical of siri. Best of luck if you have any more questions i'm happy to answer them.
     
  23. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    If you have to ask, then you don't need it.
     
  24. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you, will have to go by best buy to check them out. Wasn't aware if they carried them or not
     

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