Apple Watch Review – Week 1

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

I have had my Apple Watch for a week now, and wanted to share some first impressions. In no specific order, here is a quick Apple Watch review.

The watch is lighter than expected for the size. I have the 42mm sport version, and while it is larger than a traditional men’s Movada that I have been wearing, it is lighter.  It feels natural on the wrist.

I like the sport band, more than I thought I would.  Even before I ordered the watch I had already ordered an adapter to use standard bands, but the sport band is very comfortable. The genius part is how it hooks and then tucks under so easily; why no other watch manufacturer ever did this is beyond me, but it is slick.

The battery life is amazing.  As I write this I am at 55% at 9:42pm and have been using the watch since about 7:30am.  I have done dozens of texts, responded to alerts, took a long walk and use the activity recording features, used it for directions to a client,  and even did a phone call with it. When I ordered it, I also ordered a second charge cable, but have not even even worried about it to this point. I have heard of some getting 1.5 days out of it.  Why can’t all electronic producers be like Apple and under-promise and over-deliver?

The most handy feature that is making a difference for me is the activity tracking and alerts about progress towards goals. I listened to a podcast that said the watch was not a must have yet, and to wait for version 2 or 3, but that means you would wait 1-2 years or more to get the health benefits.  I am not going to live long enough to wait, so let’s get it on now!  I tend to look at that little gauge of activity goals and respond with more activity.

Siri works phenomenally well. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the playoffs, and I wanted to know what time the game was starting.  If I were using my phone to check that, I tend to open a web browser and search.  But with the watch, there is no web browser.  So I just long hold the crown button and it prompts me to speak my command and I say “What time do the Cavs play tonight” and in a moment the answer is displayed with the channel, the series win-loss stats, etc. Perfect.

And finally, the fact that I can just leave my phone in my pocket and still get things done is great – as I mentioned, texting, accepting calendar invites, following somebody on Twitter is all very convenient.

I am liking it.