Is the Apple Watch as functional as you thought it would be?

iMas70

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I'm considering getting an Apple Watch. I've been holding off since the release but I really like tech products. Overall, is the Apple Watch as functional as you thought it would be and would you suggest it to other Apple friends?
 

sonicrobby

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It didn't work out for me. I thought it will be cool to be able to be connected and still leave my phone at my desk at work or in my car when at the park. But the range is about 50 feet, and so I had to have my phone with me anyway to be connected. And then I expected to actually do more on the watch itself, but It ended up just being an expensive notification holder. I ended up having to pull out my phone out for almost everything. I was hoping it could cut down my dependence on my phone, but it didn't at all. But I'm not the active type, so it may be more useful for those who are. Lifestyle plays a major role. I'm just glad I sold it and got most of my money back
 

Zirel

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I'm considering getting an Apple Watch. I've been holding off since the release but I really like tech products. Overall, is the Apple Watch as functional as you thought it would be and would you suggest it to other Apple friends?
Yes. Yes.
 

exxxviii

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Yes for the app, notification, and gadget factor. No for anything activity or fitness related. Yes I would recommend it, depending on what the person is looking for in a smart watch.
 

artfossil

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Some things I use my Watch for. (As a preface, my pockets are small or non-existent and my phone is always in a bag/in the other room. Now, there's no more scrambling for the phone. Bliss!)

1 The Stand reminder--essential!--and tracking (and increasing) my daily Move calories.
2 Having my next appointment on my watch face and getting an alert on my wrist. No more missed appointments.
3 The timer complication! I use it multiple times every day--for the classes I teach, for cooking, for studio work.
4 Quickly checking the weather.
5 Controlling playback and volume of music and audiobooks on my Bluetooth headphones
6 Getting my messages on my watch and being able to dictate a reply when necessary.
7 Screening my calls and declining or answering.
8 Checking MLB scores during faculty meetings
9 Having my shopping list and most important task lists always with me and always synced.
10 Apple Pay!
11 Being able to record a quick note of something I need to remember.
12 Doing all these thing WITHOUT the distraction of a web browser.

I have a diverse work and studio practice and I'm ADD and the Watch helps me be more organized, less stressed, healthier and more productive.

I'd recommend everyone give it a try.
 

jasie02

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I think the question should be is smart watch as functional and useful as it is, compare with dumb watch. And if answer is yes, what is best smart watch in market? The answer will be AW. Then next question is is there other smart watch with equivalent function and potential in HW & SW as AW, in the current market as reasonable alternative, answer will be no, not at this moment.
 

macworksgreat

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I'm considering getting an Apple Watch. I've been holding off since the release but I really like tech products. Overall, is the Apple Watch as functional as you thought it would be and would you suggest it to other Apple friends?
So far so good. Have had it for only s week but each day enjoy it more and more .
 

ChocolateApple

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I've only had it for a few days because I haven't worn a watch in years and didn't feel the need to start. However, my inner tech-junkie couldn't resist after seeing someone else with one. The following morning, I bought one.
  • With the Apple Watch, my incoming messages will be more discreet.
  • I love the camera remote control with a timer. Who knew?
  • I am a fitness freak but there are too many apps. I am confused about which are most intuitive/made for the watch because entering data into multiple apps is cumbersome. I'll likely figure this out over time.
  • I wish there was a way to make a call and answer it via bluetooth headphones vs. having to push a button on my phone.
It doesn't seem like a must-have, but I don't see myself returning it. It feels very much like a first gen, but I don't mind that. I bought the first gen iPhone and have bought every (top-end) version since. So when the new improved AW is released, I'm so there. No regrets...yet.
 
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Expidia

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The feature I like the best is to no longer having to carry my iphone 6 plus around my house because the watch works off my phone over the home wifi to answer calls, respond to emails or texts. I hated having to carry my phone like into the bathroom in case a client or family member calls. I can now leave my phone on a table and its not tied to me anymore like a leash.
 

MBHockey

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Overall, very meh. Loved the 1st gen iPod, loved the first gen iPhone (even though these were very expensive gadgets). Didn't get an iPad until the retina mini, but love it too. The watch is just...okay. Likely going to sell mine on ebay in the next 1-2 weeks. It's worth $99 to me. Not $399.
 

JohnApples

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It *is* as functional as I thought it'd be, even more so. Notifications and other data/info right on my wrist in incredibly convenient. The health features, while lacking, are an added bonus. However, I have not recommended it to a friend yet. I've actually been asked if I'd recommend it a dozen or so times, and each time I said "Not for the price I paid." Each model, in my opinion (excluding the Editions of course) should have been priced at least $100 lower.

Yeah yeah, "it's a first-gen", I understand that. I love my Apple Watch, but at the moment, I don't think it's "there" yet and not worth the hefty price tag for a wearable.
 

Mac2me

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I'm very happy with mine and glad I got it. Everyone's usage will be somewhat different because our lives are different but I'd have no problems recommending it. I still don't use my Watch to full potential but guess that can be said of my iPhone or MacBookPro. Still find it a good value and it has become something I use everyday and don't think much about using.
 

eyeseeyou

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I'm considering getting an Apple Watch. I've been holding off since the release but I really like tech products. Overall, is the Apple Watch as functional as you thought it would be and would you suggest it to other Apple friends?
Yes and No

This may be my personal opinion overall for the smartwatch category but I can't comfortably reccomend the apple watch to someone else for the price
 
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KeepCalmPeople

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I enjoy mine, although I'm a sucker for Apple gear and I will concede it is expensive for the functionality.
There is a missing function that I just don't understand:
If I have headphones on, either plugged in or connected via BT to my phone, why can't I answer the call on my AW and have the sound go through the headphones? There should be an option on the AW screen - use AW speaker or direct to headphones.
It seems simple to me. It frustrates the hell out of my wife, who listens to audio books all the time with BT headphones. The AW is supposed to be a remote for the phone in these situations.
 

Phil A.

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I've had mine for 4 months and absolutely love it - it's become part of my essential gear and I wear it all day. My main uses are (in no particular order)

1) Telling the time (obviously!)
2) Notifications
3) Activity tracking - OK, so it's not the most detailed info, but it still provides useful data
4) Heart rate monitoring
5) Navigation - IMO, it's a killer feature when you're walking round a strange city to be able to get accurate directions to somewhere without constantly having to look at your phone
6) Siri - firing off a quick timer or reminder is loads quicker using siri on the watch than pulling out your phone
7) Stopwatch
8) Music - Its brilliant when I go for a run to not have to take my phone with me

And, when Barclays finally join the party, I'm sure Apple Pay will be one of my most used features :)
 

The Game 161

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The feature I like the best is to no longer having to carry my iphone 6 plus around my house because the watch works off my phone over the home wifi to answer calls, respond to emails or texts. I hated having to carry my phone like into the bathroom in case a client or family member calls. I can now leave my phone on a table and its not tied to me anymore like a leash.
BINGO

that was the main reason i wanted one.
I’m not the kind where i will use loads of apps as i would rather use my phone for it. However my main need is notifications on the go so i don’t need to keep getting my phone out and about.

I get a huge amount of notification so a watch is needed for me. Getting my phone out all the time is annoying which how much my phone goes off.

Thats why i like it so much. I know some think it’s not worth it but it does what it needs to do for me. Which is why it’s the only apple product i don’t think you need to upgrade every year.


I like the fitness side of things. I use the fitness for walking the dog all the time.
 
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