10-20-2016 05:59 PM
- 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.10-01-2016 09:04 PM
- 10-01-2016 10:06 PM
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.
*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.10-02-2016 03:01 AM
- 10-02-2016 08:45 AM
- 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.10-02-2016 09:22 AM
- 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.10-02-2016 10:00 AMLike 3
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- 10-02-2016 05:46 PM
- 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.10-03-2016 09:21 PM
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- 10-04-2016 05:07 PM
- 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.10-05-2016 01:08 AM
I think the increased performance of the S1 and S2 won't really be noticeable until we see newer, more demanding wOSs.10-05-2016 05:19 AM
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.10-05-2016 07:22 AM
- 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 helps10-05-2016 07:38 AM
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