I’ve been living with my Apple Watch since Christmas and so I feel I can now give an honest review. For the record, this is by no means solicited…just me on my own account. And can I start off by apologizing for my veiny hands and oddly tanned arms…we’ve spent a lot of time outside this summer. I actually edited the picture to make my arm look LESS orange 🙁
For a little back story, I wasn’t in the market for one, but my husband is a tech lover to the Nth degree and so several months after they came out, I ended up with one too. I’m not a huge tech person, but will try to stay at least somewhat up to date. But let’s just say I rely heavily on my husband to do all that for me 🙂 I am a huge watch person however, so it wasn’t a struggle to get me to wear a watch, but I was really happy with my not too expensive wide banded gold watch. Looks and function-wise. I turned to look at my wrist and voila! There was the time!
When I got my Apple Watch, I tried wearing it a few times, but it comes with a white sports band and that was just not “me”. I like my watch to double as a jewelry piece as well as be functional. I thought the Apple gold bands were crazy expensive, but I guess on Amazon, there are tons of compatible bands for far less cost. The one in the picture I think was around $18. Because of the white band, I was hardly wearing it at all until my husband gave the suggestion to buy a band from Amazon. That was a game changer for me having the gold band. For the last few months I have been wearing it pretty much every day. That said, there are some pros and cons for me. Keep in mind, I am not a tech lover and still prefer to write my grocery list on an old fashioned notepad.
So here’s my breakdown list of PROS and CONS:
- With a band that fits your style, it’s a good looking watch
- Tracks your steps, activity level and bugs you with a little buzz on your wrist to stand if you have sat too long
- You can quickly glance at a text when you receive one
- Tracks your walking and/or running
- I can see when I’ve received an Etsy message
- Shows weather…and a whole lot of other features. Let’s be honest – I don’t use it to it’s full potential
- Incoming buzz updates on your wrist can almost cause an accident if you are driving in traffic
- Clock doesn’t always light up when you turn your wrist to look – big annoyance on my part! I like a watch to work when I need it too. And my hands are usually full so I can’t tap the screen with my other hand.
- You have to charge it nightly so you can’t use it for the sleep monitoring function
- I can’t use it to play soccer or when I exercise with a kettle bell so the fitness function is a moot point when I do these
- I also have a fitbit and the steps calculated are more than on my fitbit. Sounds good, but which one is accurate???? I tend to lean towards on the lesser side to be safe.
- I’m always worried I will scratch or crack the screen
- Replying back to text messages isn’t practical when driving. Your phone is much easier when you have a moment.
So there is my unbiased review! I hope my husband isn’t disappointed with all my cons, but for someone like him, he loves it. He optimizes his to it’s full potential and is a tech guy through and through. I’m on the fence about it and if you are someone like me, but aren’t sure about getting one. I’d wait until the next generation comes out.