I’ve been wearing an Watch for about 2 months now and I can say I love it!
Most people who see my watch and realize what it is ask two questions, “How is the Watch and what do you do with it?”
I can confidently say that the Watch is an nice extra but it is far from essential. It is however very useful. It’s so useful that the few days that I have forgotten to charge it, I feel a sense of loss without it. I can safely say the Watch has become a part of my normal life. So what do I do with it? How do I use it?
The problem with the Watch is that it is Apple’s most personal device. And I think if you ask 10 people what they do with their Watch you would get 10 different answers because everyone is different.
For me, the built in Watch Apps are what I use the most. I love being able to look down and see my next event. I don’t have a terribly busy schedule so I don’t drill down into the calendar much, but having that glance at the next event keeps me on track.
I also love receiving and sending text messages (and iMessages) from the Watch. Dictating messages works 95% of the time as long as I don’t try to use a Hawaiian Word. 😉
I listen to podcasts or music while I work and the Watch has great controls to play/pause/fast forward/rewind, and adjust the volume. It’s a little thing, but it’s much more convinient to make these changes on the watch rather than pull out my iPhone 6 Plus.
The one other app the gets used from time to time is Authy. Authy is the App that I use to manage my Two-Factor Authentication codes. And it is so much more convinient to launch the app and look at my wrist for the code than get my phone out of my pocket.
I keep other apps on the watch just in case I need them. Calcbot and pCalc are fighting for my go to Calculator Watch. I keep Drafts, Omnifocus, 1Password, and Due on the watch. But I must admit that I have not used any of these apps.
My Other Observations:
I have noticed that some apps drain the watch battery. Because I listen to 4-6 hours of podcasts with Overcast, if I install the Overcast App, my battery will be dead by 6pm. I know I’m not normal user and the reason I drain the battery is because of my excessive use of the app.
Other than that use case, the battery life has been great for me. My Watch is around 10% at 11pm when I’m ready to sleep. It’s my all day companion and I love it.
What has been your experience? Leave a comment below.