Left-handed users: what did you think?

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  1. matthew23 macrumors regular

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    I am left-handed so I usually wear my watch is on the right-hand. At my try-on yesterday, I experimented with the watch on my right and left hands. I definitely cannot wear the watch on my left hand, it feels too odd to me.

    On my right hand, I tried to watch "upside down" so the digital crown was on the bottom on the left side (apparently how it's supposed to be worn if you were wearing it on the right-hand) as well as wearing it with the digital crown on the top pointing to the right.

    It actually did not feel that weird wearing it with the digital crown on the right side on the top and using my left hand to reach around and maneuver the digital crown. I thought it would be inconvenient but it really was not which makes me think I will wear it this way.

    Any other lefties experiment with this? Thoughts?
     

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  2. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    I'm adept at manipulating the crown of a normal watch even though it's normally on the right and I have to kind of loop my arm over the watch to get at it. Similarly I've always been able to use the buttons on digital watches in the past that were meant to be oriented for right handers.

    But in this case, I am concerned I'll block the view of the screen if I don't attempt to turn it upside down and reorient it for left handed use. I'm glad the option exists. Did you find that option not to your liking?
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I like it better with the crown being on the inside versus upside down. I have to use my pebble that way right now and it didn't bother me. Plus all watches the crown is on the inside for me.

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    You won't block the screen. Your hand will be above it. OPs way is best IMO
     
  4. matthew23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess for me, I don't really like (or am not used to from all of the media and pictures posted) how the watch looks with the digital crown on the bottom. And when I tried it on with The digital crown on the top on my right hand, and then use my left hand to reach around the watch it really was not that big of an inconvenience and I did not notice my hand blocking the screen at all or at least more than I thought I would, if that makes sense.
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Agreed. I actually think everyone should wear it with the controls on the inside. It looks "cleaner". It honestly feels easier to operate since it naturally provides support on the sides.
     
  6. al256 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't describe to others just how wrong it feels to wear a watch on my left wrist other than it's just morally wrong. LOL

    I keep trying to imagine having the crown, actually, point to my hand just like the majority of wearers. There's no way I'll keep the crown pointed to my arm... I just don't think I'll ever use the crown if it's that far away. It's just too much of a reach and which would require a higher arm angle, or I'd cover up the screen while reaching around.

    What I am concerned about is Apple Pay. By having the controls inverted, it would put my arm at that higher angle and a twist of my left wrist to perform that double tap.
     
  7. SLQ03 macrumors member

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    Agreed. It's sacrilegious.

    In terms of the crown position, I haven't given it much thought. Think I'll try both and see what feels natural. Although the watches I normally wear are both right oriented, I feel like it's different with the Apple Watch since you'll be using the crown and button more often.
     
  8. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    I am left-handed but always worn my watch on my left arm so no worries.
     
  9. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Thanks for this. Im right handed but pref to wear watches on my right hand.
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    comparison. I think it definitely looks better on the inside.
     

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    Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    Hey Matthew, I'm left-handed too. Your wrist also looks similar to mine.

    Size question: Did you try out the 38mm or 42mm? How does it feel? As a guy, I preordered the 38mm and keep reading many different opinions on how it fits. (Too small, not as expected, just right, for children and petite women etc.) What are your impressions as a leftie guy with a small wrist?
     
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    I'm left handed and have always worn my watch on my left wrist - it feels weird on the right, so I'll continue with it on my left when I get my Apple watch. However, if I did want it on my right wrist, I'd switch it round and have the crown on the side nearest my hand for usability (but it does look a bit weird IMO)
     
  13. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I'm still surprised apple didn't put the digital crown in the middle and a button above and below. That way the watch could be worn "upside down" on the right wrist, and look the same.
     
  14. matthew23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I kept reading about the 38mm being too small, etc. When I went yesterday, the 38mm was smaller than I thought it be, tbh. However, for me, I thought it felt much better than the 42mm on me. The 42 hung over my wrist a bit, or atlas the band did not sit enirely flush and felt "popped up" if that makes sense. I am very happy with the 38. The Milanese band laid very nice on my thin wrists although I think I preferred the look of the classic black leather band.

    A 40mm may have been perfect though LOL. Is that too much to ask Apple!!!

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    I completely agree and when I wore it like that and tried to control the watch using the crown and butter with my left hand, it really didn't feel that bad or awkward. Maybe with more use I'll notice it is a little weird but not at first impression. Glad to know other people feel the same way about the look though.
     
  15. dfine1966 macrumors 6502

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    I am a right handed but have Carpal Tunnel in my left wrist. I have been wearing a watch on my right hand for 8 years. Yesterday I had my try-on appointment and tried the watch both ways. As of now either way would be fine but just like everyone else it will be trial by error. I will see what works for me.
     
  16. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    I initially thought I would wear it on my right wrist with the crown on the right side. After trying it on I didn't have a problem operating the crown but I didn't like having to switch fingers to press the crown button (ie I could spin the crown easily with my left pointer finger but I had to switch to my left thumb to press the button, with my left pointer on the other side of the watch). After turning the watch over i was happy with both turning and pressing the crown (even though the demo loop was upside down :)).
     
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    Since I have not worn a watch on a daily basis in years I think I'll try it on my left hand and see if I can get used to that and see how it goes. I've retrained myself to switch "handedness" for various reasons and purposes over the years with no problem. I switched over use of a computer mouse from left to right so I could take notes using my freed up left writing hand while using the computer and taking a call at the same time at work, for example. I can write legibly with both hands. Oh well I'll give it a try. But I might increase my chances of bashing the watch around. I tend to do that to my wedding ring which is why I don't wear it when working anymore.
     

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