So I’ve had my new Apple Watch strapped to my wrist for over 24 hours now. All in all, it’s been an interesting experience.
I’ve experimented with a few of the various watch faces, but have (for the moment) decided on the one above. It has a nice amount of useful data. In the pic above, starting top left: day and date, time, upcoming appointment, percentage battery remaining, activity summary and weather. You can add and remove these pieces of info, as well as change the colour of the text.
I had a bit of an issue with the watch within a couple of hours, where it would ‘crash’ when I tried to send texts or make a call. I narrowed this down to an issue with the contact (ironically, it was @FrankDJS!) as it didn’t happen when I contacted other people via the watch.
I ended up deleting his contact card from Address Book and reinstalled a fresh file he emailed to me. Moments later, no issues, and I was quickly texting emojis like a Japanese schoolgirl. A simple fix, but a frustrating hour while I tried to figure it out.
I forgot I was wearing the watch for long stretches of time, which I suppose is the point. If it was incredibly heavy or bulky, it would be a distraction and a chore to wear. I got some useful reminders during the morning and early afternoon: Twitter mentions, reminders from ToDoist, calendar appointments and reminders from the Activity app to stand up and move around.
Unfortunately, the latter went off while I was watching Avengers: Age of Ultron in the cinema. Twice. All while I had muted my phone – so I need to find out out to turn off that reminder when it’s inconvenient to stand up and walk around.
Not all notifications behave the same way though. Some are dismissed by swiping to the left, while others have a ‘dismiss’ button below the notification text. I’m sure I’ll get used to this and eventually spend less time figuring out how to clear the screen.
The ‘taptic’ notification is much more powerful, but also quieter, than my Pebble. I feel it on my wrist, enough to get my attention, but not enough to disturb someone close by. I’ve had feedback previously that my Pebble’s notification left some people thinking there was a wasp in the room!
In terms of battery, I got all the way through to 10pm last night and had 51% of the charge left. This was encouraging, as I’d worried about how the battery would hold up. I’m not sure how representative my use of the watch was – you always end up using new gadgets far more in the first few days. Exploring the functionality, demonstrating it to others and so on.
I’m away all this coming week for work, so I’ll be interested to see how the battery holds up while I’m working 7am to 8pm each day. I suspect I’ll get more than enough out of it. Tim Cook apparently wasn’t exaggerating when he spoke about an 18 hour battery.
While I’m on battery life and charging, a few photos of what I think is the best idea Apple had when it came to the Apple Watch: the UK charger. It’s a thing of beauty and person-centred design.
I’m not sure how much non-UK readers will appreciate how useful it is to be able to fold the usually sturdy UK plug. Really, really helpful. It almost makes it pocketable and definitely cuts down on bulk.
So, a quick review of my first day or so using the Apple Watch. I’ll share more thoughts and observations as I use it over the next few weeks. So far, I’m really happy with the watch. As someone who has used another smartwatch for the past six months, the whole concept made sense to me already. Whether or not you can even see the point of an Apple Watch is up to you. I’m definitely not trying to convince you!
But if you have any specific questions, just ask me in the comments.