What's your favourite part about your Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by The Clark, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. The Clark macrumors regular

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    I've been toying with the idea of buying one, but I'd like to know how everybody else feels about their Watch.

    What's your favourite thing about your watch? Is it practical? Do you regret it? Should I wait for the 2nd gen?

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. Armen, Dec 24, 2015
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    Armen macrumors 604

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    Like I mentioned to another potential buyer if the Apple watch did nothing but show you notifications from your iPhone would you buy it? Some people seem to think that you have to use every feature available on the watch to justify the purchase.

    I've had mine since April and I use it primarily for notifications and seeing information on the watch face and occasionally for activity tracking. I do not have any 3rd party apps installed and barely use any of the native ones. Am I happy with my purchase? heck yes I am.
     
  3. The Clark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your input. It helps more than you think.
     
  4. nite2k macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking of switching back to Android phones and wondering if I will still be able to have some sort of connectivity between Android and Apple Watch. Has anyone tried it and what did you find out?
     
  5. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Not gonna happen.

    If you're getting a Samsung phone, my top vote for a smartwatch would be the new Samsung model with the rotating bezel.

    Outside of that, I've got no specific recommendation. All the rest are too similar for me to care. :p
     
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    That I resisted the urge to keep what was for me, a time wasting gadget.

    The SS AW I pre-ordered came unusually quickly, arriving on the very first day that preorders went out. It was quite nice for what it is. Fortunately I was able to separate the hype from functionality easily within the return period. If I liked to fiddle and tinker, the watch would not have been returned.

    Conversely, I'm not one that needs a watch to bring notifications to my attention. Nor do I have a struggle with removing my iPhone from my pocket. In fact I greatly prefer interacting with my phone and found the AW I spent a few weeks with, a geeky annoyance.

    That experience was but one more reminder that not _everyone_ has a need, or would benefit from Apples Newest Gadget.
     
  8. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/index.php?posts/22389804/

    Buried in my thread earlier this week, I said this:
    Practical? It's easy to recharge, but I had one instance where it was difficult -- two full days of activity and an overnight bus ride. I had to come up with a way to keep it in my lap and attached to the charging puck. But that's been one night out of, uh, over 120. The rest of the time, I've charged it while my wife and I sit down for dessert, then I wear it into bed and use it as a silent alarm.

    Regret? Maybe I'd regret it if I had spent thousands on fancier watches.

    Wait? Nah. Nobody really knows when the next will appear. I'm not expecting a huge change, either. Get this one, use it, and when v2 drops, you'll discover the refresh cycle, and you'll know how long to wait until v3.
     
  9. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    I don't like pulling out my phone to check a notification when it comes in and I am having a conversation. Yet it bugs me to ignore it and it distracts me until I check it. With the AW, I can just glance at my watch and continue the conversation without feeling rude.
     
  10. xDKP macrumors 6502a

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    So wait.. The question asked was what part was people's favourite... And you decided to answer a question nobody asked?
     
  11. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    Doing what he does best!
     
  12. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    Well said. I am a watch guy. The first feature I love about the watch is, well, the watch. I really enjoy being able to change and customize watch faces. My killer feature is the notifications and how unobtrusive they are. I had a Pebble a couple years ago and the vibrate vibrated audibly. The little tap like someone is poking me is great. I am also a fan of Maps and the taps to tell me a turn is coming up. Glances is handy as well, I like being able to check the weather. I can go on and on, I know you asked for my one favorite feature, here are a couple.

    Which version are you interested in by the way?
     
  13. Mac2me, Dec 26, 2015
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    Hard to give a favorite thing, sorry. I like the taps...a lot. I like seeing the notifications and glances without pulling out my phone 'cause well it's just right there. I like being able to pick up or make a phone call with it when that's the most convenient way at the time. Like the quick responses to messages. I do find it practical for me. Ordered it the week after they were taking orders so had it for sometime now and no, I don't regret getting it. Would I want to return it if I could after all this time? No, not at all.

    As for when to buy, I can't advise either way. You can get deals now over the holidays on the current one (and even with some dollars back to use to buy an extra band too) so that might appeal more to some than waiting and getting the latest and greatest down the road at full price. I haven't heard any rumors about new features that would excite me enough to postpone but you could be different depending on what you're interested in. In any event the software will continue to mature and be made available to both versions.
     
  14. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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    i can make a call when im drying cuz im always using my phone gps. look at notification in a glance
     
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    it is nice to have a quiet phone. I listen to audiobooks all day and get tired of al the sounds that interrupt it. it was really bad on my samsung s6 the audio ducking would stop it complete and take seconds to get going again.
     
  16. Fthree macrumors 6502a

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    I love my aw but have to admit that it really doesn't do a whole lot of anything. I like to keep up with the activity tracker on it but won't buy another unless it comes with a built in gps
     
  17. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Mac2me, you reminded me of the taps. The Taptic Engine (heh… my iPhone auto-capitalizes "Taptic Engine") is probably my favorite hardware feature. It's so quiet, but it's unmistakeable, too. It lets the watch take the lead for notifications and makes the phone a secondary device.

    Second would be Force Touch. It allows up to four extra app-specific buttons (somehow I think I've seen five once) without requiring hardware buttons all over the case. It lets the crown and side button stay with their specific tasks. I also think it would be annoying to have more side buttons that don't do anything in some apps, and that they would be difficult to label.
     
  18. Armen, Dec 26, 2015
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    Armen macrumors 604

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    The Apple Watch is like a Swiss Army knife. You don't ask yourself if you need a can opener, tweezers, scissors or a magnifying glass. You buy it because you want a blade but know there are other tools if you need them.
     
  19. TxWatch macrumors 6502

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    I like seeing more than just the date and time on my Watch face. I like being notified of incoming text messages, calls and alerts when my phone is in my pocket or on my desk while in another room. I used to miss notifications on my phone because I keep it in silent mode 100% of the the time, yet I rarely miss the tap notifications on my wrist even though my Watch is also in silent mode.

    I use the Modular face during the week because seeing my next scheduled appointment at a glance is important to me. I use the Utility face on the weekends for a simpler look. In the morning, I like to know the temperature so I can dress for the day. With the activity complication, I can see how I am progressing towards my goal of staying more active each day. Before the Watch, I used my phone for most of this information, but it is much more convenient to have it all on my wrist.

    I also use the Watch for step counting because my insurance pays me for staying active. They cap the amount I can earn at $400 a year, so I waited until the price of the Watch Sport came down before the holidays to pull the trigger. Had I known how useful it was going to be in the other areas I mentioned above, I would have bought one earlier.

    It is not a perfect device by any stretch, but the v1 shortcomings are easily outweighed by its benefits. I will probably buy v2 if they make certain technical changes. However, I typically only buy a new phone every other cycle, so I may wait for the prices to come down on v3.

    TxWatch
     
  20. lah macrumors regular

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    Favorite things:
    1. Gps driving direction taps
    2. Complications
    3. Notifications
    4. Some apps

    For me it's not used as an iPhone replacement. More like a watch that compliments my iPhone.
     
  21. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    My favorite is the color Modular screen. In a glance I see the time, weather (Dark Sky lets me know of impending rain), day and date, phase of the moon, S&P 500 index, whether I have any messages, and the all-important (to me) Activity Circles.
     
  22. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I bought it with the expectations of it being a watch first where I can glance at the temperature, and date as well. It's secondary use for me is to look at notifications by twisting my wrist other than grabbing my phone. It let's me filter things faster and determine if I should take out my phone to reply.

    And I'm no fashionista but I do enjoy swapping bands and home screens for a "new look".
     
  23. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Hey Siri, remind me to do <something important> at <a time I'd likely forget>

    Saved my bacon more than once.
     
  24. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I don't seem to get as much out of my watch as a lot of other people. My favourite feature (I have the SS with Link) is how it looks. I wanted a watch that looked good and told the time accurately. My Apple Watch ticks both of those boxes superbly well.
     
  25. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    Allow my iPhone 6+ sit on the table/charger more often, rather than have to wear it on my hand or in my pocket which I am afraid to break it when sit down, and have to remove/insert/remove/insert/remove/insert.... into/from my packet all day long. Specially at home/work, iPhone are always comfortable sitting on table/charger, unless I want to look at them, not check/waiting for call/text/notification/email.

    Also I not only does not missed any call/text/notification/email, but I am getting them on time and never missed any of them, vs I would missed some and always delayed.

    Not to mention the app, and automatically track all activity, again, without have to wear iPhone.
     

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