I became a fan of Apple a handful of years ago after I’d been a die-hard Blackberry user for the convenience of emails. I started with the iPhone5 as my first introduction to Apple which quickly followed by my first MacBook as I said goodbye to my laptop and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been seeing adverts for the Apple Watch for a few months now and told myself that I really didn’t need it, until I took a shopping trip to Oxford Street and drooled all over it and now I don’t think that I could live without mine!
From what I understand the Apple Watch is the same device just available in different casings, straps and screen sizes. Seeing as I have such childlike wrists I went for the smallest size which is the sports addition and I chose the gold casing with an ivory strap as the white strap and silver casing looked far too bright for my liking. The larger screen is only marginally bigger than what I have and far higher in price which I think is more suited to a mans wrist as it would be larger than my existing wrist watch and I’d be concerned about banging it or catching it in my sleeves. There are also fashion watches which have shiny and precious metal casing and the scratch-resistence varies for each, I’ve gone for the most hard wearing variety as I wear mine daily and want to track my fitness whilst managing my social activity.
The watch comes in an iconic Apple box with the simplistic minimalism that we know and love. It has two straps of a S/M and M/L for which I’m wearing the S/M on the fourth hole which is half way through the size of this strap and it fastens with a pop-eye and rubber tuck so the hole will never weaken or wear out like traditional watch straps. It also has a magnetic charger so you can pop your watch off and it sucks itself onto it to charge without having to fiddle with wires or get dirt in charger holes which is a huge plus for me because I really hate plugs and cables and constantly have to replace my phone charger.
The watch has to be used in sync with your iphone via bluetooth which reduces the battery of my phone and leaves me charging it more often than I normally would but that may not be the case for everybody as my social media literally lights up my phone day and night from my hundreds of thousands of messages and notifications. I charge my watch once a day on my nightstand at bedtime and when it’s on charge and laying on its side it also works as a bedside clock to display the time which is pretty cool and convenient. The watch battery lasts me an entire day and I charge it each night at the same time as my phone.
So day to day as a fairly non-tech girl is it beneficial for me to have an Apple Watch? For me, I have to say 100% yes. As phones get bigger it’s a bit of a faff for me to grab my iPhone6 out of my pocket each time that I hear a ping or when somebody calls me. These days not many items of clothing have pockets, especially when I’m in leggings or wearing t-shirts, or if I wear jeans then my phone sticks out of the top of the pocket and when I bend over it falls out and smashes when it hits the floor which has been an expensive mistake that I’ve made all too often! I don’t always feel safe carrying my phone in my hand down a busy street and I can’t always hear it when its in my bag so for this the watch is incredibly convenient.
Whenever I receive messages or calls my wrist vibrates and I can immediately take a look by flicking my wrist as you would to read the time on your watch. The watch only activates with the motion of being held out horizontally in front of you so it doesn’t go off and light up or waste battery when you’re pottering around doing random things. It gives me the ability to filter my activity at a quick glance where I can see comments on my social media, important emails or take calls. If there’s something that I need to tend to I tap the screen to click into it or fetch my phone to follow it up.
The watch also has Siri which is great fun as she’s saved my socks enough times already. To give her a shout you flick your wrist so the screen lights up and say “hey Siri!” and up she comes. I get her to text people for me and make phone calls with the command “hey Siri call blah-blah-blah” and she gives me a choice of my contacts mobile or landline on screen. I can also receive calls which I hit the green tick on screen to answer or the x to hangup but obviously it’s on loudspeaker so other people can hear. It’s perfect when I’m in the car or out running when I can’t hold my phone but can chat handsfree whilst carrying on with what I’m doing.
There’s also Apple Pay on my watch which you activate by double clicking the lower button on the side of the watch and it allows you to make contactless payments up to £30.00 wherever contactless is accepted which is becoming more and more available, and it’s an absolute life-saver because I don’t have to struggle with a handbag fumbling for my purse when I’m busy at the checkout and I can leave my cash and bank cards at home on a night out.
The activity tracker is one of my favourite features as it keeps a check on my movement, exercise and calories burnt throughout the day and gives me a cheeky ping to get up and keep active if I’ve been sitting for too long which I realise I’m quite guilty of at my desk. There’s also the workout app to chart walking, running, cycling, elliptical, rower, stepper and other activities at the gym and around the home as well as the standard Google maps, alarm, photos, weather, calendar, music, timers, emails, Twitter, Instagram, mobile banking, wallet, contacts, messages, stocks and literally whatever watch apps you choose to add just like an iPhone.
I’ve set my wallpaper to a pair of lips because with the surname Kiss it’s basically compulsory but you can use whatever pictures or wallpapers you like from your albums. You can also use the watch to take pictures of whatever you see with your phone camera as it comes up on the watch screen. I don’t know if I should admit this but I use it as a spy tool by propping my phone on it’s side in the corner of the lounge whilst I’m in the kitchen cooking so that I can monitor my children. It’s probably equally as useful to check up on cheating partners.
I use my Apple watch constantly throughout the day and it’s seamlessly blended into my activities making my social life far easier to manage with my phone tucked safely away. These are the key points and apps that I use the most and really enjoy but I’m sure there are millions more and the watch probably has loads of features and settings that I haven’t even discovered yet. This is just the start of the watch and I’ve no doubt that plenty of innovative apps will start hitting the market along with the custom made straps that are popping up everywhere. I’m an Apple fan through and through and couldn’t live without my Apple Watch now.