Life with an Apple Watch
I’ve been wearing my Apple Watch for almost a year now, and one of the most common questions people is, “do you like your Apple Watch?”
I got my Apple Watch last Christmas after doing a lot of research and comparisons to other fitness trackers. Through research, I pretty much narrowed it down to an Apple Watch or a Fitbit Blaze.
I have the 42mm Apple Watch from the second generation of Apple Watch. The face of mine is aluminum gold, which pairs well with many things in my style. There is a set of more expensive Apple Watches that are gold, silver, and so on. It just depends on the face color and the strap that comes with it.
I did not get to choose the strap, which is a common misconception about the watch. The watch comes with a strap and if there’s a certain color you want (other than the one that comes on the watch), it has to be purchased separately. I don’t often wear the strap mine came with, so I get asked if I bought a custom watch. It’s “custom” in the sense I got the gold face, and I wear it with the turquoise band that was purchased separately.
I had personal criteria for myself in terms of what I was looking for in a fitness device, which eventually led to my decision on the Apple Watch.
First of all, I saw the Apple Watch as a fitness tracker. It does many more things, but the primary function I wanted it for was the fitness. I did research as to how it measures fitness in deciding and it is different than its competitors. As far as I know, the Apple watch it one of the only fitness trackers on the market that measures fitness from pulse and heart rate.
Most of the Fitbits measure for the motion in your arm, which you would naturally get from swinging your arm while walking or moving as you work out. I can’t remember exactly if the Blaze watch was the same or not.
So the Apple watch reads from a pulse point which makes it a little more accurate at computing how many calories you’ve burned and so on.
One big feature for me personally was the the cosmetic look of the piece. I didn’t want some big chunky fitness watch that looked exactly like that. Because I dress up for work or other occasions, I knew I wouldn’t be motivated to wear my chunky fitness watch with a dress. I wanted it to be sleek enough to function and look intentional with outfits.
I have different straps for my watch for different occasions as well. It’s easy to dress it up and dress it down for the gym.
I also had the ability to get a strap in my favorite color to make my watch the combination of my favorite colors.
“Do you like your Apple Watch?”
The short answer is yes, it works for me.
However, I don’t recommend it for everyone. While it’s cool, trendy, and on the cutting edge of technology, you need to have a set purpose in mind for the watch.
If a trendy watch is what you’re after, getting a trendy analog watch is probably a better fit. The Apple watch is designed to track progress, and if you don’t wear it every day, it can’t do that. That doesn’t mean you have to wear it every single day, but if you want it for your once a week gym session, you won’t be making the most of it.
It also has a bunch of other cool features that I see secondary to the fitness piece of the watch.
I get texts and emails to my wrist, which is cool if I can’t look at my phone. If I’m wearing an outfit that doesn’t have pockets, I keep my phone in my purse or backpack. This makes it easy to read messages quickly. I also get notifications from twitter and other social media apps as well.
It’s also great for controlling music if my phone is across the room. Speaking of my phone, it and has a feature to find my phone, which is helpful.
“Would you recommend it?”
As much as I am happy with it, I don’t think it’s a necessity. It’s a luxury item that makes productivity easier, but it’s not like I couldn’t go to the gym without it. If fitness is a large part of your life, it is a helpful tool. If you just one one because everyone else has one, you might find it more of a money sink.
Note: This is all from my own personal experience. I am not affiliated with Apple, merely a consumer who uses apple products.