Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Apple Watch Review

As my mother so-lovingly put it, I have poor impulse control, and, as per my father and grandfather, rather delight in buying myself lovely things.  The latest is a rose gold Apple Watch.  My precious.  I've only had it for about a week, so this is a preliminary review, but here's what I love, what I don't, and why I'm a total convert.
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Pros // 
  • The biggest pro for me is that the watch allows me to be less involved with my technology.  Ironic, I know, but hear me out.  At least once an hour, I pick up my phone to check notifications, and 4 out of 5 times, I'm still on it 10 minutes later and can't remember why I got on in the first place.  My phone is a vortex, and it can be frustrating. I LOVE that I can glance quickly at my watch,  see that none of jillions of friends have texted me and no mommy bloggers have uploaded pictures of their cute babies and go back to work. When I'm traveling, I can see that an advisee won a soccer game in the same time it takes any one else to read an analog clock (aint nobody got time for dat, ps). Is this necessary in my life? No, absolutely not.  Is it really awesome? YUP 
  • This thing is beautiful.  I just like admiring it.  The watch face is gorgeous, but also really informative, and I love how customizable it is.
  • Siri is amazing. Without taking my hands off the wheel of my car, I can send a text, change the song or call my grandparents.  You can choose whether the safety or awesomeness argument is more sound
Cons //
  • The screen is TINY.  This is the point, but even I, who has child-sized fingers, often have issues controlling things.
  • OS2 isn't a thing yet.  The software was supposed to hit last week, but didn't.  I'll reserve judgement until then, but the lack of external apps available now are a bit of a bummer.
  • This isn't so much a con but a point.  No one needs this. Apple Watches are not necessary, they do not solve the world's problems. But they make things easier, more fun, better streamlined.
Overall // Now that I have one, I won't be without. I love it, and I love that it makes me feel less tethered by technology (irony already acknowledged).  It fills holes I didn't even realize I had in my life, and makes being on the road for long stretches a lot easier.  If you can safely afford one, I absolutely recommend it, but if not, you aren't missing out on much.

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