The Apple Watch is a crap watch.
No, really. It is slow at telling the time (you have to lift your wrist at just the right angle in order to activate the screen), one-dimensional (big hand covering the date? Tough) and doesn’t offer a single watch face which features digital seconds. Every other watch I’ve owned has beaten Apple’s wrist computer into the ground when it comes to the one area in which its name suggests it should excel.
Of all the takeaways in ten months of ownership, that one takes the biscuit. And I bet I’m not alone. I’d wager that many of Apple’s most loyal employees feel the same. It is a technical marvel, no doubt, but it is a useless timepiece, and that realisation took quite a while to materialise if my experience is anything to go by.
That aside, it hasn’t left my wrist in ten months (bar the nightly charging routine, which simply fades into non-event territory very quickly). It has somehow managed to work its way into my life in the most unobtrusive and impressive of ways.
I didn’t know what to expect from the Apple Watch when I pre-ordered it sight unseen and it has therefore turned into a fascinating technological experiment. Here’s how I use mine.
It tells me the time
Ok, badly. But, when the screen blinks into life, it does tell me the time. It is a watch, after all, and I look to it first before anything else. I’ve just learned to wait and occasionally twist my wrist furiously as though I’m possessed.
It is brilliant for fitness
The first time I went for a run with only my Apple Watch and bluetooth headphones to keep me entertained and track progress, I had one of those ‘crikey, we’re living in the future’ moments. My headphones were connected wireless to my watch, which was in turn feeding them with a hefty 2gb playlist of tunes. At the same time, the watch was tracking every mile I passed, along with my average pace, speed and heart rate. Bluetooth connection irritations aside, that really is one hell of a leap forward.
It notifies me
I’ve trimmed the number of notifications I receive on my Apple Watch, but I’ve kept just enough to keep me informed. They range from text messages to football scores, but the process of quickly glancing at my wrist when someone or something wants to get my attention has become intrinsic. However, I disagree strongly with those who believe it prevents one from being rude during meetings. Looking at your watch is considerably more disrespectful than glancing at your phone… so I’ve developed a sneaky way of checking notifications whilst in the company of others (arms folded, watch tilted, quick downwards glance, if you’re wondering…).
It wakes me up
My iPhone has finally been retired as chief waker uperer; the Apple Watch is a far better bedside companion.
And… that’s it.
Not a particularly big list, eh? Of all the above, the fitness element is the most technically impressive. The rest are just mundane features of a smartwatch, nothing more. But that’s fine. I can’t for the life of me think what else I want it to do. The wrist is not a platform designed for complex computing tasks. Anything you place on it should simply offer quick, convenient glances at information or statistics and the Apple Watch does this brilliantly.