My second generation Pebble still hasn’t arrived yet … The compare and contrast post I was hoping for remains unwritten as of yet.
I CAN talk about two weeks with the Watch. I’ve worn it daily in my usual “If I can’t blunder through it, I won’t do that thing” fashion. Because I am lazy. I have a few things I love and have come across a few annoyances.
Battery life hasn’t been a problem, by the way. Usually when I put it on the charger at the end of the day it’s at 50% or so. I suppose you couldn’t wear the watch to bed, but I’m not sure wearing a watch to bed is all that common. I don’t know. But if this is something you need or want to do, you wouldn’t be able to do that unless you committed to charging it some other time.
Five Things I Love About The Apple Watch So Far
1. It’s a beautiful device. Keep in mind I’ve been wearing the larger 1st gen Pebble for over a year. I just don’t have a problem with the size. It feels substantial but not heavy on my wrist. I love the animated faces that move. Jellyfish. Very striking.
2. The haptic reminders/notifications are awesome. No, it’s NOT a shock. It’s just a little tap. I sit a lot so the reminders that I should stand up are great.
3. The Activity Monitor is pretty nice. (See below). I like it. I thought I wouldn’t but I do. It tracks time moving, exercising, time standing up and gives me little haptic high fives. I’m awesome!!!
4. Color. I love the color. Yes, this is something of a subcategory of the first one, but I think it deserves a call-out. Every time I move my wrist to check the time it’s elegant to look at. Sometimes I wish the watch would do more just so I could look at it.
5. Moving/sharing phone functions off the phone. This one applies to any smart watch. I do find it convenient to have notifications on the watch. The phone can stay in the pocket or wherever I have it stashed. I would even say this is the truly transformative functionality.
Four Things That Annoy Me About The Apple Watch So Far
These could well be user error. In fact, they probably are. But really.
1. You can swipe the screen to get to other apps/features–which I like. But the calendar app has me utterly befuddled. To the point where I dread it coming up. Because once it’s on the screen, I get stuck there. I can move through the calendar in a way that would be pretty neat and slick if I wasn’t stuck in the app The only solution I’ve found is to press the button that returns me to home. This means I can never swipe past the Calendar. HELLO! YOU ARE IN THE CALENDAR DON’TLEAVEMEEVER!!!!!
2. I can’t make the voice thing work. Remember, I don’t read instructions unless I have to. I feel stupid talking to the watch and NOTHING HAPPENS. Why? I don’t know and so far I’ve been too lazy even to Google.
3. Sometimes the notifications are delayed. I have two-factor authentication set up for a lot of applications. This means I get a text with a code that is required to complete a login. A few times I’ve pulled out the phone to look at the text and login in and THEN finally, the notification arrives.
4. Activity monitor seems slightly less sensitive than the Pebble. My Pebble app registers the entire hour of my morning work out. The most the Watch has registered is 48 minutes. Usually it’s between 30-40 minutes. Maybe it thinks I’m not sweating enough. It’s related, I’m pretty sure, to what I’m doing with my arm on the treadmill. As long as my arm is moving (as opposed to resting on the bar, or holding something) it seems fine. But on a treadmill it’s my legs that are moving and I keep a pretty steady 3.7 to 4.0 mph for an hour. I feel I’m being cheated of haptic accolades.
I will spend some time Googling and resolve my user error issues and report back.