I was wrong about the Apple Watch – 5 reasons why I’m loving it

“I finally bought the Apple Watch after saying I wouldn’t,” Michael Hyatt blogs. “I looked at it twice in the Apple Store. I even tried it on. I just couldn’t find a compelling reason to buy one.”

“But this past week, my watch stopped. I was overdue for a new one. So, once again, I decided to check out the Apple Watch. I probably would have walked out of the store again without the watch, except I bumped into my friend, Fred, who works at Apple,” Hyatt writes. “Noticing he was wearing one, I asked, ‘What do you think of the watch?’ Without hesitation, he replied. ‘It’s awesome. I didn’t get it until I tried it. Now I’m not sure how I got along without it.'”

“So, I thought, What the heck. I can always return it if I don’t like it,” Hyatt writes. “And the verdict? I won’t be taking it back. So far, I love it.”

Here are my five biggest reasons:
1. It’s a beautifully crafted gadget.
2. It’s less intrusive than the iPhone.
3. It’s made me more conscious of my activity level.
4. It keeps me focused on what matters most.
5. It’s just plain fun to use.

Each of the five points above explained in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve said many times before: If you don’t have an Apple Watch, you’re missing out.

Apple Watch saves time. And, we don’t mean that in a small way, we mean that in a big way. 😉 (Thanks, Steve.)

Small bits of time saved throughout each day equal big time savings each day. Time is our most precious commodity.

Lost time is never found again. — Benjamin Franklin

That’s why we wear Apple Watches, they give us the gift of time.

Back at the end of April, with just a week of having Apple Watches strapped to our wrists, we wrote:

Already, we feel naked without our Apple Watches on our wrists. Already we notice people staring at their iPhones (real and pretend) everywhere and understand that Apple is going to change the world again. It’s like driving a car while everyone else is being pulled in buggies by horses. We hardly look at our iPhones compared to our pre-Apple Watch days, plus we’re saving so much time!

Two months ago, on the occasion of our fourth week with Apple Watch we wrote:

Our iPhone usage is way, way down and, consequently, our iPhone battery life is way, way up (from about 40% left at the end of a typical day to over 65%). We put our Apple Watches to bed every night with about 30-35% battery remaining.

SEE ALSO:
Why Apple Watch sales are primed to explode – September 19, 2015
Apple Watch users are abandoning traditional watches – September 15, 2015
Over 1 million Apple Watches already sold in China – September 3, 2015
A convert’s Apple Watch diary: Three months in, a skeptic no longer – July 31, 2015
Apple Watch dominates smartwatches with 75% market share – July 28, 2015
The Apple Watch reviewed, 3 months on – July 24, 2015
Apple Watch after 3 months: It’s still personal – July 24, 2015
Apple Watch: A brilliant addition to my life – July 24, 2015
Non-techies love their Apple Watches even more than tech users – July 20, 2015
Look who bought the first Apple Watches – July 14, 2015
Apple Watch satisfaction is unprecedented at 97%; beats original iPhone and iPad – July 20, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ralph S.” for the heads up.]

18 Comments

  1. I just got back from a 10 day vacation. I left the watch behind. Before that I wore it everyday. I didn’t take it because it was an “adventure” vacation and I didn’t want to worry about it.

    I am back now. Day one of wearing it again. I am feeling slightly indifferent about my watch now. I guess that is a good thing. It’s there. I use it. But it is just a normal part of my life now. Back home. Back to work. Back to my normal routines. And my watch is just another part of my normal routines.

    1. I can understand that: I don’t wear mine on weekends. I just want to be a little more disconnected on weekends. I am able to be with my wife and sons, so I don’t need to worry about calls or texts from them. Work doesn’t need instantaneous access to me, and I am able to relax more. I have missed a few text messages from friends when I don’t hear or feel the phone in a loud, crowded place. I am amused that, by the I time I notice the first message an hour afterwards, that same person has sent me three more and maybe called once. I kind of like being “disconnected”!

  2. If Apple only would manufacture an AppleWatch for the right wrist I would buy one.

    I am not going to dump my Langematik Perpetual – which is a piece of art and craftsmanship which I adore – for an electronic gadget (which also may be beautiful and well made).

  3. ok, you started doing drugs. let me make this simple, don’t do drugs! that includes alcohol too.

    the watch is still overpriced at every level. note the internals are the same for every watch. you are paying crazy money for plastics, leather, or less than 24 karat gold… and not even a few ounces of gold at that.

    the watch was a bad idea at this current price point.

    another thing, disconnect a bit more. cell phones are for other people’s convenience not yours. think for a minute. it’s really about other people contacting you when they want to, with the illusion of you being in control of that contact.

    at 600, 800, 1000 dollars, phones should come with free service for 2 years, not buy the phone for 1000 dollars over the next 30 months and the telcos charges 80 for network use per month. it won’t be long before apple offers a bundle, iphone and iwatch, and tell you, you are getting sugar instead of ………

    apple’s stuff is overpriced, way overpriced. more people are asking, “am i getting the (dollar value) i paid for this item over the time i expect to use it?” for more and more people the answer is coming up NO. what’s worst is they are starting to ask the question in the first place.

    1. You seem to believe objects have some intrinsic value, when in fact that value is solely determined by supply and demand. Since Apple’s products are flying off the shelves, I would say they are priced correctly. The Fire phone, on the other hand, has never had any demand, so I would consider it to be vastly overpriced even though it is less expensive than the iPhone. I recommend you spend some time studying simple economics.

  4. I wear mine on my right wrist. Actually, that makes the rotating crown easily accessible to one’s left thumb. No problem (and as a life long left hander, that’s not always the case). And, like others, one you get used to it you feel naked without it.

  5. 1. It’s a beautifully crafted gadget.
    It’s so pretty! I guess for some AppleWatch is jewelry. Next we can expect AppleNecklace, AppleEarrings, etc.

    2. It’s less intrusive than the iPhone.
    I don’t find iPhone intrusive at all, but even so less intrusive is still intrusive so I can’t understand why the author insists on purchasing a device that still increases the level of intrusiveness. The author’s constant need for information seems obsessive and a waste of time.

    3. It’s made me more conscious of my activity level.
    I do the same without AppleWatch. Being aware of one’s level or activity or inactivity is nothing unless one acts upon it. When I swim or row I know how many hours I swim or row simply by making a mental note of the time, I don’t need AppleWatch to do this. If you have a desk job you are sedentary by definition and the number of hours worked per day with your butt velcroed to a chair is a simple equation of lack of activity. Don’t need AppleWatch to perform this math.

    4. It keeps me focused on what matters most.
    Wonderful for you. Hundreds of millions of people can manage their lives without AppleWatch. Makes one wonder how this is possible.

    5. It’s just plain fun to use.
    I can see no fun with AppleWatch. My MacBook, iPhone and
    iPad are adequate enough for my fun.

  6. It’s too thick. Much much too thick. And I don’t see the attraction in a thick rectangle with a black face and a cheap plastic band – I have only seen two in the wild in Sydney, both with plastic bands. Cheap looking…

    I have 3 macs, iPad Air and iPhone 6. But the watch leaves me cold.

  7. I’ve had mine since day one, and just upgraded to OS 2.0. I actually find the Apple Watch more irritating than my old Pebble, which just seemed to work. I still get my text messages after a long enough delay that it’s not really useful to me anymore — since I get everything immediately on my iPhone and iMac. Talking into your wrist is idiotic, and the apps are still pretty slow to open – even after upgrading to 2. But the biggest problem for me is that the screen is just too tiny and navigating all the apps on the home screen is frustrating — even after using it for months. I’m an Apple fanboy and I LOVE my iPhone and iPad, but I actually think I’m gonna sell the Watch and find a simpler sleep and fitness tracker. (or just keep it because it’s pretty and I’m stubborn).

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