“Over the next month, many people will evaluate a smartwatch for a potential gift or personal splurge. I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for approximately four months,” Maribel Lopez writes for Forbes. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch (no pun intended) the experience evolve and adjust to wearing the watch. Currently, I’m currently wearing the 38 mm, stainless Apple Watch with a Milanese band. I also have the white sports band.”

“It took more than a month of wearing the watch to truly understand it’s benefits. After wearing the smartwatch for more than a month, I liked it. However, I wasn’t sure it had changed my life. Yet, I was wrong,” Lopez writes. “When I stopped wearing it for several days, I realized how much I missed the subtle conveniences the watch provided… I grew accustomed to the tap on my wrist to alert me of an incoming text or phone call from my VIP list. In fact, I’m shocked at how this one item changes your behavior. Notifications mean you don’t have to check your phone every few minutes to see if anything important happened. If it’s important, it will tap your wrist.”

“However, if you aren’t a heavy phone user nor interested in tracking your fitness, this probably isn’t the best product for you,” Lopez writes. “You have to have at least one function that you truly value. In my case, it’s a fitness tracker. Other people it’s the notifications. People always ask me what’s the killer app or reason for owning the smartwatch. For awhile, I was also looking for that big bang. What I’ve discovered is that the watch is wonderful because it integrates into your life in a seamless way, changing your behavior in subtle ways. If you’re an moderate to heavy iPhone user, it’s a great gift.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in August:

Apple Watch users’ experiences, even those who were initially naysayers and/or non-wristwatcher wearers, are remarkably uniform: Apple Watch offers bits of improvements and efficiencies throughout the day that add up to a stellar, addicting experience. That’s why Apple Watch customer satisfaction is off-the-charts.

Apple Watch owners understand. Hopefully, this article and many others like it helps those without an Apple Watch to begin to understand, too. It’s like trying to explain “Why Mac” to a Windows PC sufferer. You really have to use one in order to understand. There are just too many details, too many nuances; a list of benefits simply doesn’t do it justice – and that list’s order of importance is different for everybody. With Apple Watch, as with the Mac, it’s the entirety of the experience. It’s indescribable, yet indescribably better.

That’s why we can say, after four months of wearing Apple Watches every single day: You can have our Apple Watches when you pry them off our cold, dead wrists.

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