Okay so how do you use the Watch?
The selling point of the Apple Watch was to keep you connected to your phone without disconnecting from your life.
The watch does a spectacular job of doing this. Mainly by use of the glances.
Glances are quick views that keep you updated with an app. The views can vary from whatever app you have installed.
A quick swipe up and Twitter will show you trends. Mint shows you how much money you can spend today. Wunderlist will tell you what task you should work on.
Glances are useful and they embody what the Apple Watch should be used for.
The truth is, I’m never on the home screen. This is the view that shows you all your apps. This is because glances keep me up to date with everything that I need to know.
It isn’t easy to use the Apple Watch for an extended period of time. It’s an arm workout to use your Apple Watch apps. The limited usability and arm fatigue isn’t worth the effort. It’s better to take your phone out.
A common misconception of the Apple Watch is that it’s an iPhone killer. I get asked all the time, “do you even use your iPhone anymore?” People seem to think the Apple Watch will turn their phone into a brick.
I want to make it very clear that this is not the case. There is nothing the Apple Watch does better than your phone.
In Apple’s presentations, a lot of attention was given to the ability to draw to one another and send each other heartbeats.
These features are really cool, but I would imagine they would get old really quick. The reason I can’t say for certain is because I don’t know enough people who actually own an Apple Watch to use these features with.
If the sending/receiving heartbeats is a big selling point for you, then I would definitely hold out on making that purchase. Otherwise you’ll be pretty lonely.
Avoiding social stigma.
The Apple Watch keeps me off of my phone. But it’s still distracting in public settings.
If an e-mail or text message appears on your watch, you still look rude reading it.
The best use case I have for my Apple Watch is to reply to text messages and schedule reminders.
I am shocked at how accurate Siri is for me. Because of this, Apple’s dictation replies for text messages is convenient. It’s nice being able to quickly reply back to a text message from your wrist.
The mic and speaker is surprisingly good on the Apple Watch. If someone calls me while I’m on my computer, I accept it on my watch and talk through there. I don’t lean in or get all awkward. If I’m typing then I keep typing while talking. It takes no effort or thought. It’s a lot more convenient than I thought it was going to be.
The best use case of the Apple Watch is the calendar. It’s really nice being able to see your next meeting/event in a quick glance.
Oh and while we’re on that note, yes there is a delay when you raise your hand to activate the screen. No, it’s not a problem at all.
If you own an Apple Watch you understand that you are a guinea pig for a much bigger idea. Apple’s first version of any product always has obvious features that need to be desired. After all, copy/paste on the iPhone didn’t exist until the 3G.
It’s safe to say that the Apple Watch will see a similar pattern. Future generations of the device will have incremental iterations. This will repeat and build mass appeal. But remember, it’s not there yet.
Right now, the Apple Watch is for a certain kind of person. If you’re the kind of person who uses their calendar and are busy, then I would buy one.
For everyone else, it isn’t at that point yet. I would recommend waiting it out until there are better apps available. There just aren’t many apps that have awesome appeal.
Keep in mind that the Apple Watch has only been out for three weeks and the app store is showing some initial promise. In less than six months we will see some awesome new use-cases specific to the Apple Watch.
If you expect the Apple Watch to replace your phone, you will be sorely disappointed.
If you expect the Apple Watch to help you stay updated with your day, then you will be blown away at how the level of utility it provides.
Do you have an Apple Watch yet? I want to know what your thoughts are on it so far. Also, if you think I missed any points, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to go back and cover them. Reply in the comments below or tweet to me @willietran_.