Those of you you that know me will have either assumed or knew I would have/get one. Pleased you did, I didn’t.
It has been a real quandary as to whether I should have one let alone would I like it/use it at all. I may be known as “an Apple guy” but in my heart I am technology agnostic and really dislike gumph in my life. Unnecessary tat/gadgets that are a “gadget guy” would love. For me all my purchases are a calculated life enhancement and not always logical but bring enormous joy.
My head and heart were both torn.
They are £300. That is no impulse purchase price for me. Even if I had more disposable income, they suddenly become £800-£1000. You wouldn’t buy the sports one if you didn’t have to, would you? If money is no object, why wouldn’t you have an extremely exclusive gold one, apart from it being too bling?
All in all it is a very emotive purchase and has not been taken lightly.
Ultimately, curiosity has won out, secured with a no quibble 14 day return policy courtesy of Apple.
A little background too – I haven’t worn a watch in over 10 years.
My initial thoughts and observations so far (after 4 days)
- I bought the 38mm which is the correct size! I have always bought a “small man’s” watch in the past. The big watches make be look like some kind of special idiot on my willow like frame. If you are considering one, don’t write off the 38mm and DO try them on first.
- I really want a stainless 38mm, Milanese loop but bought a black sport (the “cheap” one). There are lots of theory about the product cycle for Apple watches, this is my punt at playing the impossible guessing game: Version 2 will be an “S” model, same outside with different insides. Version 3 will be the next big step forward. If this is the case, I have 18 months to enjoy/explore and play with an Apple watch. When version 3 launches, I can then make a decision as to whether: “Go big or go home”
- if you have a want or need for it, you’ll enjoy it
- if you are technically inquisitive, its fab
- if you don’t have a use for it you may struggle
- the interface isn’t always intuitive compared to other iOS or Mac devices
- the vibrate is ok
- side on it is big but you know it will shrink over time
- My favorite use case so far: I set my phone & mac on Do not Disturb whilst on a client site. They are paying for my time and me “on my phone” all day feel unprofessional. Balanced with my family comes first? The watch allows me to stay connected to important incoming messages whilst being respectful to my clients
- custom glances with omni focus/fantastical/drafts user is helpful
- I often get asked what’s the best thing about it, which is a difficult thing to answer. Give one a go and send it back if you don’t like it.
All in all I am really enjoying it as a very useful tool in my life, that makes me smile and keeps me away from technology and allows me to engage with my world more.