Thinking about an Apple Watch now..

heyyitssusan

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After looking through the "Show off your watch!" thread I'm even more tempted to get one now.. it just looks sleek and sexy. Would the best idea be to get a 38MM Apple Watch Sport and then buy different bands off after market websites like Etsy or Ebay? I love Apple but not spending $500 for a band.. Is it worth getting and worth having?
 

wanderfowl

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Are you an "Early Adopter"? Do you like having the latest and greatest, and are willing to put up with flaws and bugs to have it? Are you the kind of person who willingly installs beta software? If you answered yes to all of these things, then get one!

There's no doubt that the Apple Watch is a good product, and that with a few more software updates, it'll be a great product. And the second or third gen hardware will be *much* better.

But right now, it's *way* below the level of "Just works perfectly" that most Apple users are used to. If you're buying it to play around and experience the growth, do it. But otherwise, hang back and wait for V2.

Also, remember that you can get a very nice third party link band for $50-100, if you're willing to combine adapters and bands. Apple's not the only game in town.
 

flur

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Are you an "Early Adopter"? Do you like having the latest and greatest, and are willing to put up with flaws and bugs to have it? Are you the kind of person who willingly installs beta software? If you answered yes to all of these things, then get one!
I'm none of these, and yet I've had my AW since a few days after launch and love it.

OP - IMO the best plan, based on the questions you asked, would be for you to go into a store and try it on. Also, read a bit on the differences between the sport and the SS - if you're thinking about doing a bunch of different bands, the SS might be a better option, as it's quite a bit easier to dress up than the sport. Given the number of times I've already bashed mine on things (and I'm very careful with my stuff), I'm very glad to have the sapphire screen.

And keep in mind you can always return it if it's not for you or if you'd rather have a different model once you get it.
 

thefredelement

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What do you hate about yours?
It's a horrible experience if you're sweating.

It's a bit slow with 3rd party apps on wrist raise to refresh data, which is kind of annoying while cycling (not so bad when running)

"Hey Siri" seems to open Siri about 50% of the time, not the end of the world, unless your hands are full.

It's not bright enough with the sun overhead.

Heart rate isn't consistent, neither is passive fitness tracking.

Notifications are ridiculously slow, especially gestures / heart beats from other Watch wearers - this seems sporadic.

My sport version seemed immune to scratches, now it has a bunch. I don't hate this though, I don't really care about it. The wheel gets sticky sometimes, again not a big deal for me.
 

L-Tuned

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Really? You felt a need to correct him on $51? The spirit of what the OP meant is pretty dead on, $449 is a bit much for a band.
Huh? where did the OP say anything about which band? you're just assuming she's talking about the link bracelet.
 

heyyitssusan

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I'm none of these, and yet I've had my AW since a few days after launch and love it.

OP - IMO the best plan, based on the questions you asked, would be for you to go into a store and try it on. Also, read a bit on the differences between the sport and the SS - if you're thinking about doing a bunch of different bands, the SS might be a better option, as it's quite a bit easier to dress up than the sport. Given the number of times I've already bashed mine on things (and I'm very careful with my stuff), I'm very glad to have the sapphire screen.

And keep in mind you can always return it if it's not for you or if you'd rather have a different model once you get it.
I wish I could try it on! The nearest Apple store from me is about an hour and a half away and it's always packed because of that. I only have an Authorized Apple retailer here and they don't have the watches in.

Is the sapphire screen only on the SS version? What do you think of the S. Gray on the sport edition?
 

flur

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I wish I could try it on! The nearest Apple store from me is about an hour and a half away and it's always packed because of that. I only have an Authorized Apple retailer here and they don't have the watches in.

Is the sapphire screen only on the SS version? What do you think of the S. Gray on the sport edition?
The sapphire screen is only on the SS. I'm not personally a fan of the space gray but lots of people here like it.
 
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Jack426

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I wish I could try it on! The nearest Apple store from me is about an hour and a half away and it's always packed because of that. I only have an Authorized Apple retailer here and they don't have the watches in.

Is the sapphire screen only on the SS version? What do you think of the S. Gray on the sport edition?
I feel you, mines 2½ hours away. :confused:

I do agree with flur, if it's in price range, I'd consider the SS. The sapphire glass is a plus, and the shiny stainless steel really dresses up the watch. This is just my opinion. However, when comparing the insides, the Sport is exactly the same. I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever watch you get. :D
 
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heyyitssusan

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I feel you, mines 2½ hours away. :confused:

I do agree with flur, if it's in price range, I'd consider the SS. The sapphire glass is a plus, and the shiny stainless steel really dresses up the watch. This is just my opinion. However, when comparing the insides, the Sport is exactly the same. I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever watch you get. :D
It's lovely!! But wow that price tag though, haha. I heard the sport edition scratches easily but I could hopefully put a screen protector on it. I'm still deciding on whether I want to get one, but I'm leaning more towards yes now.
 

Jack426

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It's lovely!! But wow that price tag though, haha. I heard the sport edition scratches easily but I could hopefully put a screen protector on it. I'm still deciding on whether I want to get one, but I'm leaning more towards yes now.
Lol, I totally understand.
If my SS wasn't a gift, I probably would've bought myself a Sport. Also, if mine was a Sport, I'd also use a screen protector. I really like this company's skins/protectors: http://www.bestskinsever.com/apple-watch-skin
 

thefredelement

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With native apps coming soon, this should be much better in the near future.
Yeah I know, to the ops point they asked for why I hate it, so just pointing it out. I will say for the money, the dev time, etc. It really should have been a 1.0 "feature"

Upgrade to the beta and you'll be traumatized off it for life! :p:D
iOS 9 Health doesn't seem to integrate with any of my 3rd party fitness or nutrition apps as of yet, when it does, I will.
 

moetownslick

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IMO the best plan, based on the questions you asked, would be for you to go into a store and try it on.
This. I was on the fence until I went to the store and tried one on...once I saw how it looked on my wrist, that finalized it for me...ordered one yesterday.
 

heyyitssusan

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The main question I always have wondered is, is it worth the money? Only because I'm constantly looking at my phone. Does the watch make everything much more convenient?
 

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I like mine, it's a cool toy, but in no way would I recommend it as a purchase. I have the 38mm sport.

If they make the fitness/HR tracking more robust, then it'd be worth it for me.

Unless you simply can't wait to have one for aesthetic considerations, I'd wait for the 2nd generation or at least until watch os 2.0 is out later this year and has been given the seal of approval from the masses. The functionality right now is a little too half-baked for me personally.
 

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The main question I always have wondered is, is it worth the money? Only because I'm constantly looking at my phone. Does the watch make everything much more convenient?
Yes, I waste less time now that I have my watch....in fact I hardly use my phone at all during the day. My emails and messages can be looked at with a flick of my wrist and a pull down. I am not tempted to have a quick surf of the Internet. I can also check the weather, stocks etc.

It is by no means perfect....I was not sure that I had made a wise buy at first, but I love it now!
 

heyyitssusan

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Yes, I waste less time now that I have my watch....in fact I hardly use my phone at all during the day. My emails and messages can be looked at with a flick of my wrist and a pull down. I am not tempted to have a quick surf of the Internet. I can also check the weather, stocks etc.

It is by no means perfect....I was not sure that I had made a wise buy at first, but I love it now!
I'll probably be the same way.. I check email and text a lot.. I use handoff for texts on my iPad and Mac so I can text when I'm away from my phone so it might be easier to have it on my wrist.
 
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