So, would you buy it again?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by yanki01, Aug 15, 2016.


Would you buy it again?

  1. Yes

    132 vote(s)
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
  1. yanki01, Aug 15, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2016

    yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    Now that it's been out for over a year and for those who use it, would you buy it again? Are you using it as often as you thought?

    Those who have one and don't find them selves using it often, what are your thoughts?

    At the beginning, i didn't want one. I always have my iPhone with my so i didn't need the notification feature. I don't run or exercise (at least not as often as i should). Now, i just like the looks of it more than anything. the interchangeable bands, different faces and colors. I have 2 old timex watches that i wear on a daily basis (go with my work attire) and would really like the 42mm SS model. Seeing the sales pop-up a little more often, i may snag one but my mind changes often about the use of it other than to tell time.

    So, would you buy it again?
  2. starbright01 macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2015
    I love mine but more for notifications and easy access to a phone incase of an emergency.
    I don't really use the work out or heartbeat function.
    So my battery lasts atleast a day and a half.
  3. Shark5150 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2014
  4. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    I also love mine. It is great for glancing quickly at emails/facebook messages when I am in the lab, plus it is a great companion for my daily run. When I am at home I can go anywhere without worrying about carrying the phone with me.
  5. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    For those priorities, the AW is a no brainer. It is one of the best looking. The band swapping is great fun (I have more than a dozen bands). And, it does the notifications and Apple Pay great. The watch faces is one of the AW's weaknesses, but the ones it offers are decent. (Other smart watches probably have orders of magnitude more choices and complications, but some of the AW's faces are artistically superior.)

    Personally, I am on the fence with it. Now that I have used a good activity tracker watch, I wish the AW had that. I could get far superior activity tracking for $110, and use the extra cash for other interests. But the cheap alternative does not do notifications very well. So, I am on the fence...
  6. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    Based on what I have read from you, I can't blame you for being on the fence.

    What the Apple Watch does is great for me and I work out a lot. Lately, that has been tough with 16 hour flights every 7-14 days. However, my most important workout is weightlifting and there is nothing better. Well, at least for me. I put on my wireless headphones and start music on my watch. I start the workout app and load my fitness app. In general, I may lose the heart rate once or twice in 90 minutes and over a 90 graph, you can't even see on my fitness heart rate graphing app. Especially since OS3, the missed heart rate has dropped to basically nothing.

    However, anyone who is serious about times and splits and perfect heart rate, will want something better. Maybe Apple Watch 2 will add GPS and better sensors in bands. Then it might win more over. Plus some health data fixes.
  7. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    Yes, but not because of the fitness, just for the instant notifications as well as the look.
  8. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Most likely not.

    It's fitness uses are limited. Trying to stop runs using force touch caused me to rely on my Garmin FR 225 for running. No GPS is only a minor concern.

    Although I appreciate the notifications, it's not really worth the price.

    Hopefully, watch OS 3 will improve my experience.
  9. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    You will like OS3 for stopping a run for several reasons. You can setup runs to auto pause if you stop. You can press both sides buttons to pause. You get a lot more stats on your screen and the heart monitor works better. Nice graphing if you workout when you bring your phone and that makes me think GPS is coming. I hated the force touch to stop a workout. It took a several tries. Now, even when I swim, I just press the side buttons until I can dry off and then swipe to the right and end the workout. Also love that I can name my workouts.
  10. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Totally agree. Some very nice improvements to the Workout app. If GPS is coming in the next watch that'll be a nice combo. The workout naming is nice - but they don't have swim as an option!!!
  11. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I assume they left swimming off the choices on purpose until the next version if more waterproof/resistant. Otherwise, if they added swimming, people would blame Apple if their watch had water damage. Seems far fatched? I don't. People would definitely say "why do they have a swimming option in the workout if it can't do swimming". :)
  12. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
  13. ianrip macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    work:Oyu Tolgio, Home:LOS, From Scotland G15
    I would buy again, but I still wont recommend it.
    notifications are great, no need to pick your phone up for every stupid sms or reminder that doesn't need any action, that's the killer feature for me along with changing the straps/bands
    version 3 will be huge, I think version 2 will be a small bump up
  14. otozuz macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    watchOS 3 will make me use it again after months, so yes, now I can say I'd buy it again :)

    Can't wait to see iteration 2 and 3 from a hardware point of view.
  15. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Yup, I'd buy it again.

    Whenever I try going the day without it, I miss calls or texts. I always wear it into bed to use it as my morning alarm clock. I greatly prefer it for giving driving directions -- I don't even want a navigation screen in my next car.

    Some things are "meh", but the tricks it does better and more conveniently than a phone are what keep it on my wrist.
  16. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Definitely would buy it again. I love it and use it constantly for all sorts of things. And yea, the band swapping makes it a fun piece of jewelry. I'm trying to convince a friend to buy one just for that.
  17. zokstar macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2016
    Yes 100%! I use mine mainly for running. Hanging for the next one to have GPS
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am thinking not. Wearing my AW less and less and Apple would have to offer way more in the fitness area before I would even consider.
  19. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    I bought the Apple Watch on release day. Prior to that I was wearing a Pebble. I use my Apple Watch constantly all day, every day without thinking about it. It wakes me up in the morning. During the night it has tracked my sleep. I get a reminder to take my medicine. It tracks my morning walk. My calendar notifications alert me. I get notifications of emails and texts, all day. It gives me directions when I need them. I can use it to control my house temperature. A few minutes ago, I got alert that something my daughter ordered on eBay had been delivered. I used it to buy a soda from the vending machine (Diet Caffeine Free Aspartame free Pepsi)

    Oh, and yes it tells me the time. I would certainly recommend the Apple Watch to friends.
  20. sean000, Aug 16, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2016

    sean000 macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    Absolutely! In fact when I do upgrade to the next version (and I'm not sure that I will, unless it makes rainbows or something... the kids would love that) I will hopefully be able to splurge on the Stainless Steel model. If not the SS (I do have kids to feed), then I'd be 95% as excited to get another Sport.

    I bought my Sport in July, 2015 and I have worn it every day since then for 16 to 18 hours a day. I did leave it at home once and I drove myself crazy all day glancing at my blank wrist. That really drove home how many times a day I look at my watch for all kinds of information and updates. Since I rely on it so much I am skipping the beta (despite reports that it is pretty solid) and patiently waiting for the release of Watch OS3.

    Over the past year I have added new apps and complications, or just leveraged a feature (new or old) that I had never tried before. That has kept the watch fresh for me and increased its usefulness. I have owned a lot of technology gadgets and mobile devices since the 1990's and I'd say the Apple Watch is definitely one of my favorites.

    I would just add that there are still things about the watch that frustrate me from time to time, or features that I hope will improve. Given the ambition and complexity of the Apple Watch, I doubt it will ever reach a point when we all agree that it is perfect... but I do appreciate that Apple has continued to refine and improve the software with each update.

    I do bicycle a lot, but I'm not training for competitions so the fitness features of the Apple Watch work fine for me. Even better than my old Fitbit One. I value the smartwatch features more than the fitness tracker features, but I can definitely see why the Apple Watch doesn't cut it for athletes who want more advanced fitness tracking. I would certainly recommend the Apple Watch to friends though (and I have) who don't need advanced fitness tracking (unless they want to buy a second more specialized device for that purpose). I think last Summer and Fall I gave the AW a cautious recommendation, but for 2016 I have given it a solid recommendation to anyone who asks. I think Watch OS3 will make it even more appealing to those who are interested.

  21. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I wear mine all day, every day and will almost certainly buy again. Whether I buy the next one or skip a generation or two will depend on what is added (I'm not interested in GPS or cellular but am interested in more health tracking features) and on whether it has the same strap connectors. If I have to buy new straps then there's every chance I'll stick with my existing silver sport for the foreseeable future; if I like the features and can use my existing straps, I might stump up for a stainless steel one next time.
  22. jsd79 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2013
    I've had mine for a month and a half and have greatly enjoyed it. I use the Workout app for light fitness (some treadmill or outdoor walking and biking). I like the interchangeable bands, the Apple Pay, and most of all the notifications.
  23. bounou, Aug 16, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016

    bounou macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Yes and will be upgrading to version 2 as soon as humanly possible (even if I have to get up at 3AM again to preorder)

    That answer your question?

    I'm a cyclist and work a job where I can't be on my phone all day so notifications on my watch are a godsend.
  24. Freida macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2010
    what workout apps do you use, please? And how does it work for the weightlifting? Do you get time interval notifications? Ie. 1min go and 1 min rest?
  25. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois

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