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    I was thinking of getting an Apple Watch and was just wondering if you all find it worth it to get one? Do you find yourself on the watch more than the phone?
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    Welcome to iMore, Pat! I'm not on my Apple Watch nearly as much as my iPhone but that's not how it's designed. The watch is a companion, not a replacement. That being said, I feel that the convenience and additional functionality that my Apple Watch offers makes it a worthy purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    I was thinking of getting an Apple Watch and was just wondering if you all find it worth it to get one? Do you find yourself on the watch more than the phone?
    It is an excellent fitness tracker, if that's your thing. For me, it is worth it for the fitness tracking alone. The other features are 'sauce for the goose', as Mister Spock once said.
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    I don't feel the series 0 AW is worth it, personally. It's a nice device and I like it but for the price, it was meh. I think I will like the series 2 much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    worth it to get one?
    Broad, general, opinion oriented questions like this have no one or simple answer, and unless someone knows you very well, can't be answered for you. Ask a 100 different people and you'll get 100 answers, 10 of which may be useful. As such, they're not not a good question to ask.

    Bone up on the Watches' various features, and as others what they do with it, what they like, and what they don't like. When someone offers an opinion, find out if they actually own and use the Watch. Facts can be fact-checked. Opinions, maybe, mostly not.

    That said. at this point a Watch needs an iPhone for most of it's functionality. It's principal job is to lessen the reliance on your phone, even while needing it. A Watch must be paired to a phone. Aside from that, there are a few function the Watch can do while leaving the phone at home. With the exception a very, very few scenarios, there is nothing the Watch can do that the phone can't. The opposite isn't true.

    All that said, after a year and a half, I still use my Apple Watches* daily, several times a day, at the expense of leaving some nice mechanical, 'dumb' watches to languish in a drawer. Maybe in another several months I'll give it a rest on a weekend day. Maybe.

    My main uses are time, notifications, and messages. I can view and respond to these without ever taking my phone out of my pocket. I also use the Workout app for walks, an app to check my bike's tire pressures, the Breath app, and the Timer app. At home (or anywhere else), as long as the Watch sees a network that has been previously joined with my iPhone, I can use the Watch without having the phone on me. I always have my Watch on me.

    How you use your phone and a watch, will determine if it's 'worth it' to you.

    If you can find an Apple Watch (not Series 1 or 2) around the $200 mark, watchOS 3 could be all you need or want. It certainly is for many members here. Lots of people are trying to sell theirs to get an S1 or S2.

    Good hunting.

    *Apple Watch is the Watch typically referred to in lay terms as the original, Gen 1, or Series 0 Watch. I prefer Apple's terminology as it's what you'll find when scouring their site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    I was thinking of getting an Apple Watch and was just wondering if you all find it worth it to get one? Do you find yourself on the watch more than the phone?
    I don't use mine for phone calls, but I do respond to an occasional text. Mostly notifications, logging an entry into Waterminder, etc. The phone is still necessary but the watch is a great extension for it.
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    As I've stated on numerous occasions, the Watch can be worth it if you know the following:
    1. It is a watch first and foremost
    2. It is excellent with regard to notifications.
    3. It's a decent fitness device, but it's not a perfect one.
    4. It's excellent with dictation and map directions
    5. It is NOT a replacement for your iPhone, but it is an excellent iPhone companion.
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    Hubby got my Watch for me in July as an early bday gift. I knew a new watch would be released a couple of months thereafter but that didn't bother me. I tucked away my rosegold MK watch and this one now has my heart. I don't know how I functioned without it previously lol. Like others have said, it does NOT replace your iPhone, rather it is an extension to be more productive with certain features the watch has. I use mine for messages, timers, alarms and to see what emails come in. My weather pops up as well.

    Depending on your needs/wants only you can really answer the question if the watch is worth the purchase for yourself. If I had to give an answer, it would be yes, without a doubt.

    Just to add, I only take a call if my phone is out of reach because the speaker is difficult to hear to me...I have hearing loss in my left ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePinkChameleon View Post
    Just to add, I only take a call if my phone is out of reach because the speaker is difficult to hear to me...I have hearing loss in my left ear.
    I think I've used it twice... comes in handy but not using it as a main feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertk328 View Post
    I think I've used it twice... comes in handy but not using it as a main feature.
    Same here. Used it 2-3 times to take calls in a pinch when I couldn't get to my phone. It serves its purpose, but I wouldn't have a long heart to heart convo on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertk328 View Post
    I think I've used it twice... comes in handy but not using it as a main feature.
    Me too. When wearing a bunch of layers of clothes or the phone is in a jacket pocket on a chair in the other room or whatever, taking a call on the Watch to say "Hang on, let me get to my phone..." has come in handy more often than I would have guessed. I've even conducted an entire (SHORT) conversation on a received call when it was quicker than getting at my phone. I might do this more frequently with the S2's improved speaker.
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    Thank you everyone for the feedback! Much appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    Thank you everyone for the feedback! Much appreciated
    On behalf of those who responded, you're very welcome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    Thank you everyone for the feedback! Much appreciated
    So what did you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat F2 View Post
    I was thinking of getting an Apple Watch and was just wondering if you all find it worth it to get one? Do you find yourself on the watch more than the phone?
    I love my Apple Watch and I am trying to convince myself to get the new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertP1 View Post
    I love my Apple Watch and I am trying to convince myself to get the new one.
    An iPhone 7 Plus and a 12.9" iPad Pro, both within the last month, mean no Watch Series 2 for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Guy View Post
    Me too. When wearing a bunch of layers of clothes or the phone is in a jacket pocket on a chair in the other room or whatever, taking a call on the Watch to say "Hang on, let me get to my phone..." has come in handy more often than I would have guessed. I've even conducted an entire (SHORT) conversation on a received call when it was quicker than getting at my phone. I might do this more frequently with the S2's improved speaker.
    I love it when I am in the gym playing Racquetball and I get a call, I answer it on my wrist and do't have to stop playing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    An iPhone 7 Plus and a 12.9" iPad Pro, both within the last month, mean no Watch Series 2 for me!
    You're looking at this all wrong. You should get a new Apple Watch BECAUSE you bought a new iPhone and a new iPad. It's important to keep all your Apple products on the same purchase cycle. Otherwise knowing when to upgrade becomes a burden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcuprof View Post
    You're looking at this all wrong. You should get a new Apple Watch BECAUSE you bought a new iPhone and a new iPad. It's important to keep all your Apple products on the same purchase cycle. Otherwise knowing when to upgrade becomes a burden.
    I like your approach, but my checking account (and my wife) might disagree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    I like your approach, but my checking account (and my wife) might disagree.
    My wife gave the biggest eye roll when she saw my wrist. I understand what you mean, lol. My Pro was purchased earlier this year so when the 7 Plus came around she didn't really blink. (Plus she got a 7 out of it too) But when I came in with the watch...yea...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    An iPhone 7 Plus and a 12.9" iPad Pro, both within the last month, mean no Watch Series 2 for me!
    I know have the Ipad pro 12.9, Iphone 7+ 128gb, 13inch MacBook Pro, and my Apple Watch... I can't have EVERYTHING upgraded!!! or can I????
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    I love my new (to me) Apple Watch! I decided having quick access to notifications was more useful at the moment then getting an iPad (shhhh - don't tell anyone I'm posting from a Samsung tablet). I'll wait until new iPads are announced next year.

    So far the watch is working great. I do see where a series 1 or 2 would be useful from a performance perspective, but this series 0 watch is still great for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devhux View Post
    I'll wait until new iPads are announced next year.
    There'll likely be new iPads announced this month- iPad Air 3/Pro, iPad Mini 5/Pro (all rumors of course) unless you're wanting to wait until the next go round, next year. It does cut the wallet or plastic some slack.


    Quote Originally Posted by Devhux View Post
    I do see where a series 1 or 2 would be useful from a performance perspective, but this series 0 watch is still great for me.
    The Apple Watch, with wOS3, is great for a lot of people. This was a master stroke on Apple's part. Apple won't give sales figures on the Watches much less a breakdown of the individual models. The resale value of those Watches has plummeted (not that it was great to begin with) but it's still a solid value for a lot of people.

    I think the increased performance of the S1 and S2 won't really be noticeable until we see newer, more demanding wOSs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Guy View Post
    There'll likely be new iPads announced this month- iPad Air 3/Pro, iPad Mini 5/Pro (all rumors of course) unless you're wanting to wait until the next go round, next year. It does cut the wallet or plastic some slack.
    Looking for that to be able to upgrade my Mini 1 to Mini 4 for a good deal

    I get way more value day-to-day out of my watch than I do my iPad (but I do have a MBP too). To me it has more utility. @Devhux you did the right thing IMO.
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    Personally I find much better value in the 1st generation and the series 1. I use a watch for a watch for time and the notifications are a added perk. Ive had both a series 1 and a 1st generation cannot tell a difference between the 2. A series 2 I don't see the added cost being worth it for me. GPS and water resistant don't plan on using a watch to track my workouts. And I don't plan on going swimming with a 500 dollar watch. So with that said the 1st gen SS watch has the best value for me. If you need a better processor on paper then a series 1 is the way to go. Hope this helps
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