After 6 Months, Top 10 Things I’ve Experienced From Apple Watch

by James A. Martin on November 5, 2015

in Apple Watch Experience, Apple Watch Fitness Tracking, Apple Watch Problems, Apple Watch vs. Fitbit

It’s been just over six months since I first strapped an Apple Watch to my eager wrist. Here are 10 things I’ve experienced wearing the Watch daily since then.

  1. I’m exercising more. I used to exercise 3-4 times a week. Now, I’m exercising 5-7 times a week. Apple Watch, and my focus on completing the three activity circles each day, has been the catalyst.
  2. I’ve lost weight. About five pounds, more or less. Again, I thank the activity circles.
  3. I still wear a Fitbit. Fitbit’s leaderboard, on which I can see how many steps friends and family have accrued during the week, is as motivating as the desire to complete Apple Watch’s activity circles every day. Plus, I have years of Fitbit data I want to keep adding to. During the day, I wear a Fitbit One when not exercising and a Fitbit Charge HR when I am. I also wear the Charge HR for sleep tracking.
  4. I worry about scratching my Watch case. In fact, I already have scratched it. I first noticed tiny scratches about a month ago. The scratches happened even though I bought the stainless steel case, which I thought would be more scratch-resistant than the aluminum case of Apple Watch Sport models. I’ll try to buff out the scratches at some point, per 9to5Mac’s advice.
  5. I don’t launch many apps. I flip through Glances occasionally. And sometimes I use Wunderlist on my Watch to check off items on a grocery list while I’m in the store. But that’s about it as far as using apps on my Watch.
  6. I don’t change my Watch face. It’s the Modular face for me, all the time. On it, I can quickly glimpse the time, date, weather forecast, current Apple stock, my progress in completing Apple’s activity circles, and how much battery juice is left. Sweet.Apple Watch Modular face
  7. I change bands regularly. I now own six bands and change them 2-3 times a week. I particularly like Apple’s red and navy blue sport bands.
  8. I’m glad I bought the Watch. No buyer’s remorse here. I wear it every day.
  9. I’ll sell it as soon as the second-generation arrives, as long as the next Apple Watch models are thinner and lighter. Supposedly, they will have FaceTime cameras on them, but that doesn’t interest me.
  10. If I had it to do over again, I’d probably buy an aluminum Apple Watch Sport model instead of the mid-priced Apple Watch. Not sure the extra hundreds on the Apple Watch were worth it.

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Randy Ortlieb November 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

I concur with all of your conclusions. I bought the cheaper aluminum case and I’m happy with it. I am frustrated sometimes by the sluggishness of the watch. I have a feeling that Bluetooth is a second rate and outdated technology, that doesn’t transmit data fast enough. Overall I am pleased with the watch and like you I will be dumping the original version for the next version as fast as I can. One more thing, I feel that Apple’s customer support for the Watch is nonexistent. There are a lot of features on the watch that I need to guess about, and there is no guidance available from Apple. For instance, when authoring a text via transcription, I receive the message “I will send this out later.” What?? When? Why not just tell me it has been sent. Just an example. I’d rate the Apple Watch as 3 1/2 stars, hopefully the next version will be 4 or 4+.


James A. Martin November 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Randy! Jim


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