Is it just me, or is apple watch just an excuse not to take your iPhone out

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mdapple, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. mdapple macrumors regular

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    I want to buy it, but I'm not really convinced it is a worthy piece of technology.

    I mean, it doesn't really do much more than what an iPhone would do anyway. I can just put my finger on my wrist to check a pulse.

    So I can draw a heart on my watch and send it to someone else...I can do that on snapchat or a much simpler app as well...

    And come on, who is REALLY going to change their daily activity based on what the watch shows you when there is hard research that even counseling by doctors has ZERO effect on the diet/exercise of people in America.

    Not trying to disparage the device, because I really am looking for a reason to buy it, but I'm not seeing it. This watch is basically a small iphone put on a wristband...it needs something more IMO....
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    To a point, yeah. Of the threads I've interacted in, the most reasons people posted for getting it mostly revolved around how cumbersome pulling a phone out of your pocket.

    There's other aspects of the watch, but it seems the primary usage is to supplement the phone's ability.
     
  3. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    Some companies require that phones not be taken out and must be silenced while at work or during meetings etc. For those people being able to glance at the watch to see messages, emails or incoming calls would be useful.
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    A dumbphone owner, circa 2007:

    Is it me, or is iPhone just an excuse not to take your laptop out?
     
  5. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    LOLOL.

    Or....

    A rotary phone owner, circa 1986:
    Is it me, or is a cordless phone just an excuse to not have to walk over to the wall to answer the phone.
     
  6. VFC macrumors 6502a

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    But what if you can't use your iPhone unless you had your laptop in your backpack?
     
  7. Armen, Mar 16, 2015
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    Armen macrumors 604

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    Look at it this way,

    You know how you use your iPad or tablet to do something rather than go to your laptop or desktop computer because its quicker and more convenient?

    Your iPhone is your new laptop/desktop computer and the Apple watch your new Tablet.

    Kind of like having that mini door in your fridge to reach for drinks you go to often without opening the entire fridge door.
     
  8. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    This is one of those situations where you really have to look at your own personal habits and decide what is important to you and how the Watch can supplement your lifestyle. For example, I personally wear a Fossil mechanical watch most of the day, so having a watch on is nothing new for me. When I'm at home, say after work, it would be nice to be able to drop my phone off on my nightstand and just wear my Watch around the house to keep in touch with what's going on without having my 6 Plus floating around in my sweatpants pocket. Or, when I'm outside feeding my horses and want to skip a track on a song, being able to do it quickly from my watch without having to reach into my pocket would be great. Very nice particularly when it raining or just misty out and I don't want to get my phone wet.

    I have some experience with this having used a Pebble for a brief period of time (I won one and ended up giving it away to a friend who has an Android phone; much more functional for him); it really does come in handy having quick access to that powerhouse of a computer sitting in your pocket when you don't really need to fully utilize it.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    That's why the Watch is a companion device whereas the iPhone isn't. It's meant to be that way so treat it as such.

    However, you can still do selected things if you're out and about (running, etc.) so not entirely useless.
     
  10. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    I simply remove my phone from my pocket before sitting.

    My phone has a very nice quick response feature Apple included at no extra cost. When at my desk, or anywhere for that matter, my phone rings I answer it. An amazing way to connect to those who wish to reach me. I like it. No magic life changing phone needed. That's very ideal for me.

    Simple, fast, efficient, no watch will enhance that ease of use.

    Nor do I crave looking like a superhero by talking into my watch. That's rather tacky actually. But hey! To each their own. :)
     
  11. slvrscoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Heres my take as a smartwatch wearer for over 2 years.
    The pebble I own is GREAT for ignoring things.
    Buzz - Its FB, nope dont need to look
    Buzz - work email. Not important, write back later
    Buzz - its personal email, the wife asks me to bring home gravy for the chicken - got it.
    Buzz - its a call. oh, its this dude, sure Ill pick up
    Buzz in meeting - important boss calling, time to politely leave. but without taking out phone.

    These are the things ive gotten used to with just a dumb display.
    Now, I will have the ability not only see them without taking my phone out 260 times a day, but 80% of these i can view/reply without even looking at it.
    Add in the music 'remote' feature for when your working outside (thats cutting the grass or whatnot to me) because the phone is wired through your shirt so the headphones dont get caught on anything..

    It is not an amazing new set of tools. What it allows you to do is do things youve done before but much more easily and simply.

    Plus it should look pretty snazzy!
     
  12. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    When the health app was released for my iPhone I thought it was really cool that it would track my steps and flights of stairs. That got me into calorie tracking and more in depth health metrics. I've now lost 40 lbs since September and have made a complete life style change - all because I initially thought that tracking my steps was neat. I think you might be surprised how many big changes have very small beginnings. Making people aware of even a small part of their health might be the one thing that gets them to start thinking about change.

    I'm very excited for the heart rate sensor (it's the next step for me in terms of tracking my workouts) - along with all of the other features (and yes, being able to see why my phone is always beeping without having to take it out of my pocket is a big deal for me).
     
  13. Armen macrumors 604

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    Exactly how I feel about my Pebble watch. Looking forward to actually interacting with the notifications on the Apple watch.

    Current workflow:

    - Wife texts "Sushi tonight?"
    - Pebble buzzes with message
    - Take out iPhone, unlock, go to messages app
    - type "yes" and click send.

    Apple watch workflow:

    - Wife texts "Sushi tonight?"
    - press reply on watch choose "yes". Done
     
  14. slvrscoobie macrumors 6502a

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    exactly.
     
  15. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    It's all about convenience. I am not sure how people can't understand that. I was watching Bill Maher this weekend. Beside calling it the Iwatch about an hundred time, they just didn't get it.
     
  16. DC Wallaby macrumors regular

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    I bought a not-entirely-smart watch not that long ago (a Martian Notifier, an analog watch with a tiny digital display at the bottom of the face to scroll notifications) to test how a potential smart watch would fit into my life without breaking the bank. I gotta say, I love that I get notifications on the thing. It's great to be doing something and leave my phone in my pocket or across the room and just get a little buzz on my wrist to alert me that something happened. And that way, I can decide whether it's worth getting my phone to deal with.

    That's just with a device that pretty much only displays the time, a weather report, and notifications. And I do not regret that purchase at all.

    The Apple Watch will do so much more. Not only will I receive notifications, I will be able to perform quick actions on my wrist that let me get past that notification and move on with my life. Not only will it tell time and weather, but it will give me a host of additional information. It will do phone calls and fitness tracking, allow mobile payments, and a whole host of other things that will only expand with time.

    Armen, I think, hits the nail on the head. This thing is going to be amazing, because it will cut back on actions and interactions that do not need to be there anymore. That applies to both how we use our phone (the text message example Armen gives, which is spot-on) but to other aspects of life. I love the idea of using the Apple Watch as a way to check into a hotel and open your room without even talking to a person. I hate the check-in process at hotels: in my experience, it's usually long, tedious, and frustrating. The idea of walking in the door and checking in automatically seems amazing to me. Using something on my wrist as my room key, instead of having to dig my room key out of my wallet, is revolutionary.

    One of my friends who just doesn't "get it" complains that it'll cut down on necessary interaction with the person working the reception desk. So what? If you want to talk to that person, you still can. You can introduce yourself. You can chitchat. But the idea is you don't have to. And you also don't have to wait in line for a half-hour because only one person is checking people in and there's a large family with a bunch of rambunctious brats in front of you in line.

    The thing that irritates me about the whole "it'll decrease our socialization" argument is that it denies the premise that we are capable of making our own choices. We can interact with whoever we want, whenever we want, and if we choose not to ... that's on us!

    The thing about the Apple Watch is, as much as it'll do right out of the box, it's going to do so much more in the very near future. I was very skeptical of smartphones and tablets when Apple introduced the iPhone and iPad. And now I can't imagine my life without them. But the smart-watch done right is something I've been eagerly anticipating for almost three years, and I cannot wait to see just how much of a change it can bring on the world.
     
  17. HelloMikee macrumors 6502a

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    Looking for a reason to buy it? If you have to look for a reason to buy something, you probably shouldn't buy it. You obviously don't want it so why force it?

    It also doesn't mean you have to take any of its qualities and try and convince yourself they aren't of value. And while that may be true for you, doesn't mean its true for others.

    Also, how is it an excuse not to take out your iPhone? Do you mean advantage? Because if I'm running and want to see my miles/heart rate or notifications with a simple turn of the wrist, versus trying to fumble my phone around and loosing my stride is pretty damn advantageous. Or how about waiting for an important text at a meeting and simply looking at your wrist versus possibly being distracting to a presenter by taking your phone out of your pocket?

    There are a lot of advantages with being more discreet.

    Obviously these things don't matter to you but they matter to many.

    While it won't "change America" it definitely has the ability to change lives.

    Google MyFitnessPal app and see how many lives that app alone has changed for the better.

    My fitbit, a glorified pedometer, keeps me on the move. Motivates me to my goals. My Nike app also does the same, motivating me to track my runs while running longer, faster, harder. I ran over 100 miles last month alone because of that motivation. So while you might think technology has zero effect on health... I want you to know that it does first hand for me and I for one can't wait to get even more motivated with an :apple: watch.
     
  18. Symtex macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a fitbit and the next thing I know everyone at the office bought one after. We are now talking about how many steps have you done this week. It has literally change my level of activity too. I lost 50 lbs in the last year. I broke my fitbit a few weeks ago and I am just waiting for the watch as as replacement.
     
  19. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats on the weight loss. That's a significant amount and not easy.

    My FitBit has started to come apart, and I too am waiting on the Watch as a replacement. Awareness of activity levels is a great thing. Add to it some gamification and it's even better. Hope they add more capabilities along those lines with Health app or other apps that integrate with Health Kit.
     
  20. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    For all the people talking about the health reasons, exactly. I've had every FitBit since the clip on kind, and currently I have the Charge. When I first started tracking my steps, I was shocked to find out how little I actually moved - I averaged around 4,000 steps per day. Now I routinely turn in 11-12k per day, and I hit over 20,000 this past Saturday. It has made a big difference in my life. I'm excited to see what the Apple Watch does for me health-wise, and I'm also looking forward to the other benefits - directions, notifications, etc.
     
  21. tgara macrumors 6502a

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    I can see many people now looking at their watches when messages or notifications come in.

    But remember, in some circumstances, looking at your watch can be considered rude (e.g., you are giving an indication you have to be somewhere else). It was a defining moment during the debates between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. It will be interesting to see how this behavior and its responses to it change after the Apple Watch is released.
     
  22. Gooberton macrumors 65816

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    Wife texts back.. What's your problem?!? "Yes" that's all I get.. Who is she
     
  23. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    not taking your phone out is the point in many situations...

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    then dictate that message!
     
  24. Idefix macrumors 6502

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    as the phones get bigger and therefore harder to pull out, the watch steps in.
     
  25. Gooberton macrumors 65816

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    Can you on the watch
     

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