Real-world usage of Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by boogermin, May 15, 2015.

  1. boogermin macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2015
    I've been wearing my Apple Watch for nearly a week, and I'm finding myself using it as an ordinary watch, which, presumably, defeats the purpose. Aside from checking the time, I view texts/emails without having to take out my phone (which is convenient), and monitor my activity progress, but I'm getting the feeling that if I'm primarily using the Apple Watch as a watch, I'm grossly under-utilizing it. Just wondering how other new owners are utilizing the watch to see if there's anything that I can incorporate into my daily routine.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    You probably do not realize how much you are actually using it. You said it are using it as a watch, to get text/email, and track activity. Put the watch away for a day and I bet you miss all of these thing being a glance away.
  3. mrboba1, May 15, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2015

    mrboba1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    I do what you do, plus I make and answer calls, and reply to texts by talking to it. I find it translates me pretty well, but if it doesn't, I just send the audio :)

    I also use the calendar a lot, and tell it to remind me of things to do.

    Oh yeah, and ApplePay.
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Today's my first day wearing it. I paid for Starbucks and lunch with it, quick replied to some texts, looked up the fastest bus route, scheduled an appointment, and made a phone call with my phone in my pocket. I'm sure I'll find more uses as time goes on.
  5. Scott-n-Houston macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    I love it while cooking. Easily setting timers… getting notifications from my phone without having to use my greasy hands… getting step by step instructions. I love it.
  6. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011

    That's exactly how you should be using it. If you try to do too much you'll become unhappy with its performance. Start small and add little things as you go. That's perfect.
  7. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I'm not sure if I'm underutilising it. It isn't an essential part of my daily routine though, and although I lightly use a lot of the features, most of the time I'm using it just to check time or set timers so I know when to take the tea bag out:p
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have been using mostly for looking at the time (gasp!!), notifications, and Apple Pay.

    If I get the watch a little wet or dirty while cooking or cleaning it isn't a big deal because it's IPX7. Rather that than my phone.
  9. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    i've stopped keeping track of how much i use it because i found that it is blending into my life so quickly that its just there and i use it for a variety of things.

    I abs. love this thing.
  10. iamasmith macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    Cheshire, UK
    It's a watch, I've owned enough new gadgets to realise they are what they are for and you should think about what they are supposed to do.

    Mostly, in order of use...

    1. I get notifications - text, email, facebook and apps like Dark Sky. I lump app notifications as inconsequential as notifications is the thing.
    2. Getting calendar alerts or reminder alerts, particularly for meetings.
    3. Checking the time.
    4. Reminder to be active and an occasional notification and tracking.
    5. Occasional app use.. probably mostly because it's a new gadget and I feel inclined to play.

    In terms of importance I stick with my order of use.

    I don't actually want the watch to sing and dance, it does the important things for me in the order I mentioned and I think the current model serves it well. The notifications, particularly when I only get tapped and notified on VIP emails (due to the setup on the phone), are perfect and cut down on a lot of distraction from getting the phone out.

    FWIW: I leave the sounds ON with the watch so that folks aren't offended if I look at the watch and otherwise might think I'm impatient and/or don't have time for them.
  11. eifer macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2008
    I like my notifications to be silent on my phone, so the tap I get on my watch is perfect. I also almost always just leave my phone somewhere, ie on my desk at home, or at my desk at the office. Now I know when people are trying to reach me without having to carry my 6+ around the home/office. When I'm out, I usually put the phone in my gf's purse. Same idea, now I know when people are trying to reach me.

    Maybe what this is saying is that the 6+ is a bit large lol. If Apple can get battery life in their normal sized phone that matches this 6+ battery life, I may consider going back to that size.
  12. Blakjack, May 16, 2015
    Last edited: May 16, 2015

    Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    1. Checking the time
    2. Counting my burned calories. Current daily goal is 500. Being able to see my calories burned motivates me to meet the goal when I workout.
    3. I like the Bodbot app because it gives me a daily workout plan. Now I don't go into the gym without a plan.
    4. It's 7:00pm here on the east coast and my phone still has 70% battery left. I woke up at 8:30 this morning. Being able to receive and reply to notifications from the watch is literally life changing.
    5. Downloaded the "pennies" app today. I love the simple concept of it. Really hoping it affects my mental psyche the way the activity rings have.
  13. echo4sierra macrumors member


    May 4, 2015
    all of the above plus the one thing I miss having my landline phone for==finding my iPhone!
  14. NikkiAngel macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2015
    I of course use it as a regular watch, and I felt the same as OP until today when I got a call and answered it on my wrist and never even looked for my phone. I realized then that it's changed the way I use my phone. Later this evening my husband asked me to look up something on the Internet and my phone was upstairs in my bedroom. This might be the first time in years my phone has not been glued to me. I realized then that for the whole day I read emails, texted a few people and was still connected, without my phone. i rely on the watch a lot.
  15. FoxD macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010
    Instant Kik and text notifications
    Activity tracker, love it now
    McDonald's payments. :)
    Music for workouts with Bluetooth wireless headphones. Very convenient.

    That's about it really.

    Phone calls it keep dropping out when via Watch so stopped using it.
  16. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    - Time
    - Fitness tracker
    - some notifications
  17. Yptcn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    FWIW: I leave the sounds ON with the watch so that folks aren't offended if I look at the watch and otherwise might think I'm impatient and/or don't have time for them.[/QUOTE]

    That's a very good point ‼️
  18. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    -Phone calls
    -Remote Music/Apple tv
    -Unlock my Macbook air

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