My Apple Watch arrived nearly two months ago, and I've been writing this review ever since. Why? I keep changing my opinion.
I started writing a blog which went something along the lines of 'Why I haven't got time for the Apple Watch', in which I covered some of my reservations about such a personal device. For instance:
- The ingrained cultural effect of raising your wrist to check notifications. Would people think Apple Watch users are constantly in a rush or have somewhere better to be?
- Would it really be a practical device, even though it's essentially a smaller, fiddlier version of everything a phone can offer?
- Will having bluetooth running all day have an adverse effect on battery life? (it requires a constant bluetooth connection to a paired iPhone to access nearly every feature other than time and some simple fitness tracking).
But here's the thing. After two months strapped to my wrist, I've been incredibly impressed by a number of things, in some ways surprised, and in others delighted:
It's not all perfect though. I've got a handful of irks:
Last week's reports suggested that the Apple Watch has so far underperformed against sales expectations. I'd find it hard to see whether any other company be worrying about estimated sales of 2-5 million units! No doubt the upcoming additions to Watch OS will address many issues and amplify some of the better features - time will tell.
The most surprising, somewhat paradoxical thing about using an Apple Watch is that I'm aware that I've stopped using my phone. Getting lost in my phone used to be one of my worst habits, but I've already noticed a huge burst in productivity, focus and mindfulness.
Which I've got plenty of time for.