Opinions Needed... Apple watch a keeper?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by eggersj, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    So after a couple months, I see that I can walk into my Apple Store and pick up a watch. I'd really like your opinions before I pull the trigger. Oh, and sorry if other people have asked this.

    M questions are to my MR brethren are:

    Do you like your watch?
    Can you live without it?
    Is it a cool functional gadget?
    Would you buy it again if you could build a delorean with a flux capacitor?

    Many thanks in advance...
  2. Brett1203 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I've had mine since launch day, wear it every single day and love it!! Battery life for me has been awesome, at least at 60% at the end of every day from 7am till around 11pm
  3. ATS macrumors regular


    May 7, 2015
    North Carolina
    Yes, I love my Apple Watch.
    Yes, I could live without it but I would prefer not to.
    Yes, it is cool and quite functional for a first generation product. The apps need some work but they will improve over time.
    If it were 1985 I might consider the Delorean. I'll take a Porsche now instead.
  4. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    I can't build a Delorean so I'm not sure how to answer that.
  5. Mac2me, Jun 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015

    Mac2me macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2015
    Do you like your watch? - YES

    Can you live without it? - Don't want to

    Is it a cool functional gadget? - I like what I am using it for now (messages, calendar, phone calls, set alarms and timer, I don't always have my purse with phone right with me so solves that and nice to be phone-free in my 2-story house and yard) and there's more to explore on it right now that I haven't used it for yet and there will be more down the road thru software upgrades and 3rd party apps. I want to use Apple Pay but waiting for my credit card company to get on board still. I'd rather be using the Watch now than wait. I have no issues with charging at night (looks like 2 hours to charge anyway) and haven't had to use reserve battery ever. I don't have GPS in my car so it has that capability too. Need to get acquainted with that feature soon. Taking my time getting things down.

    Would you buy it again if you could build a delorean with a flux capacitor? - I look at it this way. I have the conveniences of it now. It fits my needs. If down the road I need more battery life, I either sell it or maybe there'll be a battery upgrade program thru Apple since the battery and screen were reported easily replaceable or I simply charge it over dinner if at home or watching TV...no biggie. The watch is expensive enough that it probably will do well in the resell market as there is always someone who'd like one of these but are holding off because of the cost, just like with the phones. I'm also pleased enough with the watch to not care if the next one is a bit thinner.

    As it is now with all the watch faces to customize and the nice notification wrist taps and gentle sound alerts, I'm glad I pre-ordered it and have been using it since 6/2. It's so versatile, and I'm starting to customize it with more bands. I have the BCB and WSB (like both) and two 3rd party ones on order. It really is a very personal device. Not a full blown phone but still with many of the must-have-features of it. Siri has been pretty good too. Hands free calling from my car thru Siri. Messaging is easy and quick. So to answer your question I say "Why go looking towards the future when you can be enjoying the present now. So Yes would be the direct answer". And who knows when the next Watch will come out.
  6. Dukecitydawg macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Yes, like it and going to keep it. I love all the info available on my wrist. Have three bands, and swap them out regularly depending on the day and activity. Can live without it, but notice whenit's not there. It has become part of my daily habit and routine.

  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Yes, I like it. Yes, I can live without it. Not sure if its cool or not, but I'm the last person who would know if something is cool. Is it functional? Well, it is functional enough, but it could be even more functional. I find myself annoyed that it's so dependent on the phone. I like to take walks in the park, and I'd like to go with just the watch and still receive notifications and phone calls. That is, I want the watch to be a phone, and it annoys me that it's not. It works pretty well as a fitness tracker, but I'm a sedentary couch potato that's just trying to start being a bit more active. Hard-core fitness nuts might find the watch's tracking features lacking. I love the weather app, except when the data doesn't update. All sorts of first gen issues like these that are minor but kind of annoying when they all add up. Despite all that, if I had to do it over, I'll definitely buy it again.
  8. Cervelo-Van macrumors member

    May 14, 2015
    I love it
    I'm almost 60, so lived without it all my life, but I want to keep it.
    It's amazing how in just a few days its reduced my iPhone use
  9. cwerdna, Jun 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015

    cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    It's ok.
    Yes. Have done it twice already and am still not using the 3rd one I have, yet.
    It's ok.
    Don't know.

    As I've posted elsewhere, I bought one (38 mm Space Gray Sport black band) to try for 2 weeks and if I didn't like it, I'd sell it for a slight profit or return it. It was sold for a $40 profit on the last day I could return it.

    I ordered another to basically do that same for another 2 weeks. It got sold before the 14 days, again for $40 profit. There weren't that many responses in either case.

    I ordered another and immediately put it up for sale... No takers and it's still unopened. Will open it soon and still leave it up for sale. I guess I'm keeping it, but never felt it was really worth ~$380 ($349 + tax for me). If it was $150, it's a no brainer, I'd keep it. I don't plan to sell an almost new watch at a loss though.

    A bunch of folks at my work have them. I spoke to one person today who has a 42 mm Sport and she said she loves it but also admits, she doesn't feel it's worth the price Apple's charging ($400 + tax, in her case).

    If you care, http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...g-about-getting-rid-of.1888823/#post-21397096 has more of my thoughts on this.

    Here are some gripes of mine that I wrote elsewhere PRIOR to WWDC. These are just disappointments/gripes, not the primary reasons:

    Some of my gripes and disappointments below:
    - some apps are just slow
    - some apps have content problems, like CNN. It's crazy that in some news sections which show only a few top stories/headines, that some of the articles are weeks old.
    - some notifications from apps are just disappointing (e.g. You have message from WeChat but not the message itself!)
    - some apps are just crap and/or buggy, including crash prone
    - most (news) apps let you view very little on watch itself. You end up having to use your phone.
    - why is it that the stock complication won't auto-rotate thru stock symbols? My MSN Direct Watch would auto-rotate thru a set of symbols.
    - sport band is still tricky to put on at the right level of tightness, compared to traditional bands w/buckles on my every watch I've worn

    I'd imagine that Apple had a much bigger feature list but had to cut it down to get out the door. Clearly, it's a v1 product. Some still will probably be improved, over time.

    I am also skeptical about how accurately it can count steps, given I type so much of the day.
  10. H3rman macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2015
    Yes I do
    Yes, but at this point I would prefer not to have to live without it, but I could easily manage
    Yes it is
    Yes I would
  11. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    I just suggest the OP buy and try using it heavily during 14 day return period. If you feel it's not worth it, return it. It's probably impossible to sell for a profit now, unless there ends up being a shortage.
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is Ok. Consider it a accessory to the phone. Not a requirement but nice to have. A little disappointed in the fitness aspects, coming from a Surge the fitness functions and app need some Apple help. The hardware is nice and I like the leather loop WAY better than the link bracelet.

    If you are into gadgets and have the money give it a shot, if not you can return it.
  13. vinz420 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013
    I think it lived up to my expectations. The battery life is not too bad but can take a hit when you work out (probably due to the heart rate sensors functioning). I personally think it's a great looking watch despite what the netizens say.
  14. Macalway, Jun 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015

    Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013
    I have one. It's not bad, but probably overpriced by about $150US
  15. eneisch, Jun 18, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015

    eneisch macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Do you like your watch? Yes - I like it very much!
    Can you live without it? Yes - I could live without it. At this point it is really just an extension of my phone. Maybe that will change when WatchOS 2.0 comes out in the fall with native apps and direct connection to known wifi networks.
    Is it a cool functional gadget? Yes - I like getting news alerts and messages on my wrist. Also like some of the glances (like being able to find out when the next NYC bus is coming to the stop I am waiting at). Love being to be able to control my music from the watch.
    Would you buy it again if you could build a delorean with a flux capacitor? - DEFINITELY!

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