What are your must-haves on the watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ssledoux, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. ssledoux macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    What apps/things do you use most on your AW? I don’t really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth from mine. I use it for texts when I’m not near my phone, alarms, a little of the activity stuff, monitoring my heart rate, and honestly, not much else.

    What are some things you love using yours for/favorite apps, etc.?
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Fitness Tracking: Swimming, Running, Walking, Biking

    Still Needed: Interval Training on Default Workout app

    Definitely, think it is worth it.
  3. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I use mine for activity monitoring (just how far I walk really, I don’t run or work out) and sleep tracking. I also like being able to use Siri to set a timer when I’m cooking. I use Bring for shopping lists, Things for To Do lists and Departure Board to check train info so I don’t have to juggle my phone and my Oyster on escalators. In unfamiliar cities I find walking directions invaluable.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 3, 2018 ---
    I’m sure others make much more use of their watches than I do but I find it invaluable, nonetheless.
  4. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    no big thing, just lots of little things all of which are good and none of which justifies what I spent on the watch:

    general things
    timers, especially whilst cooking.
    answering text messages whilst walking, by voice, or quickly by scribbling on my watch.

    365 scores for football scores
    2048 game
    bring. probably the most used function, for when I go food shopping as I have the memory of a goldfish
    currency. when in somewhere with a confusing currency, rather than take phone out of pocket, open it, open the app, type the amount, just tap on the complication type in the amount.very useful in Vietnam last holiday.
    hue. to turn on my Philips lights although its quicker by voice.
    bank app
    shazam for recognizing music, similar to currency, its just so much quicker than using the phone.
    maps, far quicker and you look less like a tourist.
    wallet. for boarding passes.
  5. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    It has to look and feel good first. Then I'll figure out what I need.
  6. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    Isn’t that what this is?

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  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Not really what I need. The setting you showed is just a calibration for calories burned.

    I need to be able to start stop the timer quickly as I do 440yd, 880yd or 220yd intervals. For example, I'll warm up 3/4 mile as I approach the 440yd start, I need to come to a momentary complete stop, tap 'lap' timer to reset timer to zero while keeping main timer running, then sprint the 440 and tap lap again as I cross for the cool down lap, then back at it again up to 12 more times. This lets me know my exact 440 time without having to do mental math. Mental math becomes pretty hard nearing the 10th interval.

    Without the lap timer, it also gets a little difficult to keep lap count in your head ( I currently do it fairly well by using overall mileage ) but as you get more and more exhausted it becomes more and more difficult to focus on counting.

    Minor complaint. Just a want really.

    Does that make sense? I never use the High Intensity Interval Traning; I believe that is more for CrossFit workouts.
  8. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    A couple ideas --

    Double-tapping the screen in the Workout app marks a new "lap" and resets the time display to 0:00. It'll save each lap in the summary. I don't know if this is documented, but I discovered it by accident.

    Does the Chronograph face work while Workout is running, or does it normally go to the background?
  9. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    What? That is AMAZING!! Thank you! That's why I hang around here. That is exactly what I needed.
  10. BarracksSi, Apr 3, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018

    BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Ha, cool! When you first said something about intervals, I thought that you wanted a timer that'll alert you when you need to start/stop your exercise (like Tabatas, for example), which is what I've wanted. Then I read your post again and thought, "Wait a minute... I think this'll work..."

    For the OP's question about "must-haves", here's what I miss when I wear one of my regular watches:
    - Temperature/weather
    - Texts/calls when I leave my phone at the far end of the apartment
    - Logging workouts
    - Flashlight for walking around the bed and not stubbing my toes
    - Morning alarm on my wrist
    - Light weight (relatively speaking)
    - Apple Pay and Wallet
    - Simple games, like Rules and Alien Invasion
    - Skim through emails and delete the ones I don't need
    - Remote camera shutter for the phone
    - Sports scores
    - Laundry alarm (back when we lived in an apartment building with communal laundry)
    - Navigation directions (a little redundant with CarPlay, but excellently valuable at every other time)
    - Live weather radar (maybe not a "must have", but it sure is cool)
    - Calculator

    The true "must haves" were, for me, tight iOS integration, on-the-wrist comfort, good looks, simple operation, and robust third-party support. From the beginning, it was clear that Apple hit all five of these points better than anyone else, so choosing whether to try the watch at all was an easy decision.

    EXTRA TIP if you haven't tried this already: Load up every single compatible app you have now onto the Watch, then try them out to see which ones are any good. My favorite example has been the variety of news apps. Of the five I've tried so far, each of them approach the platform differently; and it became obvious which ones knew what a smartwatch is best for, and which ones either didn't care to do anything or tried to make it do too much.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You have to remember, the Apple Watch does so many things (Its a digital multi tool), that you don’t have to utilize every feature or function for you to “Not have your moneys worth”. I can tell you that I don’t utilize likely a third of the capabilities my Apple Watch, but there still available features that I can use at any given time if I want to or when I least expect when I want to use certain capabilities.
  12. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017

    Glad BarrackSI were able to help.
  13. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Breathe is killer and under appreciated
  14. cinnabun814 macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2018
    To tell the time, alarm, and track my steps. I still have a gen 1 and am not going to upgrade once it dies. Haven't gotten my moneys worth. I like it but my needs are pretty basic.
  15. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Was going to post a list of my "must haves", but this is basically it right here. The *only* thing missing from the watch (that I can think of) is a watch face store. This is a "must have" for a smart watch IMO as there are only a couple of faces I routinely like and use currently. Please Apple, let us download more faces!
  16. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    Activity monitor (I started walking consistently after getting my watch) and the weather.
  17. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Sleep tracking. Activity. TripView. Phone call. Message. Listen to music.
    These are my bare minimum of using the watch. Anything else is a bonus.
  18. DevinNj, Apr 4, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2018

    DevinNj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2016
    New Jersey
    With today's smartphones you're carrying a computer/communication device in your pocket. With my S3 LTE I can now leave the phone at home and carry a computer/communication device on my wrist. All for the cost of a cup of coffee give or take a week. If that's not worth it, I don't know what is.
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I wish they would abandon the HR sensor they are using and go to the type that FitBit or Garmin uses. They work better for me and use less power so they are collecting HR data all the time.
  20. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  21. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  22. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    wish list: death lasers, ability to move back or forward in time, global teleporter, atomic scale power generation, cloaking shield, and unbreakable/scratchable glass. I'm hoping for these things in a Series 5 or 6.
  23. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Fitness tracking
    Siri for iMessages
    Alarm Clock
    Email notifications (from Work and/or VIP contacts)
  24. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don’t have a wishlist. The Apple Watch does so many things already, I really couldn’t ask for more. Whatever Apple introduces or improves from here on out, will only make the Watch experience better. The Watch is a digital multi tool encompassing fitness capabilities. It can only get better and its continually dominating the competition.
  25. Suunto macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2017
    Shave your nasty arm hair

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