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Why do you need a smart watch or fitbit?

Asked: Dec 11 2018 | 8:25 pm EST 3119 Views 22 Answers View Best Answer

Why is an Apple Watch or fitbit needed hen you already have the phone and ipad?


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Dec 12 2018 | 7:51 am EST doogald

They aren’t needed, but they add optional functionality that an iPhone alone cannot provide. (Mostly it’s the fitness detection provided by the heart sensor on these wearable devices, but for me I always wear a watch anyway, and I like also having discrete notifications and the ability to roam around without my phone on my person every waking minute.)

And of course there is a big story in the news where somebody’s Apple Watch ECG app clued him in to an unknown atrial fibrillation condition.

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Dec 11 2018 | 8:38 pm EST Rob Phillips

It’s kind of like asking why you would need a notebook computer when you already have a desktop computer. A few thoughts...
1. You can’t wear your iPhone or iPad on your wrist
2. Convenience of getting your notifications without having to take your iPhone out
3. Apple Watch can measure your activity, play music, and generally help you communicate while you’re engaging in activity that makes it difficult or inconvenient to keep your iPhone on you (i.e. biking, running, swimming, etc.)
I’m sure I’ll think of more.
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Dec 12 2018 | 9:39 am EST Annie_8plus

I wondered this very same thing for a couple of years. I'm not really into physical fitness and initially, I just didn't think it was for me. However, as I continued reading about Apple Watch Users great enthusiasm for their devices, I began to see the merits of having one. And so I asked for one for my big milestone birthday last April. I just wanted the basic watch... no cellular service. I didn't think that was necessary either. But my husband, who I've described as "frugal" disagreed. He thought that $10 a month extra on our data plan was money well spent and he convinced me to go for it.

So I did, and there's no turning back. To say I love it is an incredible understatement. There are so many things about it and I can't imagine not having it. One of the biggest benefits is that I am have become more conscientious about my personal fitness. As I mentioned earlier, I had a "milestone" birthday in April and I'm not getting any younger. Getting fit is essential. I'm not in the best shape, but I need to get a grip on it, and there's no time like the present. Another benefit, is that I no longer have my beloved iPhone clenched in my hands. It's so nice to be able to put it in my purse, and relax my fingers. I'm really not kidding here! And the most amazing thing is having the cellular service. It's come in handy many times. And when I forget my phone, which I've done a few times, it's awesome. So that pretty much sums up my personal experience.

And after all of that, there are amazing benefits available like the ECG. And it's exciting to think about what is coming next!!!
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Dec 12 2018 | 10:54 am EST Mr Segundus

Why is an Apple Watch or fitbit needed hen you already have the phone and ipad?
They aren’t needed.
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Dec 12 2018 | 11:26 am EST Wotchered

There is really not much need for a watch these days, I personally don’t like the things, I bash them or scratch them and they get caught on stuff. When sailing, and fishing salt water they are essential,I don’t do that any more so not. Fitness, you know if you are not ! ECG , I’m fed up with wasting half a day to be told nothing’s changed,I don’t need to be told that all the time! Notifications, now there’s a thing !I’ve got them all turned off on my phone, apart from the ring and text tones, I certainly don’t need something else to turn them off on.
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Dec 12 2018 | 12:38 pm EST fredriks

Didn't think I would need a smart watch, now I know better. Think it's awsome! Don't use it for fitness at all, use it for notifications and a specially at work. Think it's great not to have to take up my phone everytime it's vibrating, I can have a quick look at my watch to see if it was something important or not. It's also great for calendar notifications and to have a quick look at my agenda for the day.

Use mine everyday
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Dec 12 2018 | 5:30 pm EST kataran

Why is an Apple Watch or fitbit needed hen you already have the phone and ipad?
Welcome to iMore

It serves a purpose and with the newer series you can leave your phone behind when limited use is Warranted
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Dec 13 2018 | 2:09 pm EST calebt

No real need, but the apple watch adds a little convenience if you own an iPhone. i don't know about the fitbits.
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Dec 13 2018 | 3:59 pm EST Lee_Bo

One of the main reasons for me is my step count. First, the iPhone in my pocket doesn't always record accurate steps. Second, many times throughout the day I walk from my desk out into our warehouse to look for an item and I don't always take my iPhone with me (since my S3 is on LTE) so my watch is my primary step keeper device.

But mainly......because it's a Series 3 Apple Watch on LTE.

'Nuff said!
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Dec 13 2018 | 4:23 pm EST Quis89

Why do I need a smartwatch?

I don't. But I like it. I enjoy having my notifications on my wrist as well as my music controls. And the ability to take calls is nice. I also enjoy not needing to have my phone on my person to stay connected.
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Dec 13 2018 | 4:37 pm EST TgeekB

My wife wears one all the time. She measures her steps, etc. I don’t get it. I walk a lot at work, do the stairs, I don’t need to know how many but that’s just me.

I’d rather wear one of my beautiful mechanical watches.



Stock photo, mine is on the way from Germany.
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Dec 13 2018 | 7:02 pm EST Just_Me_D

Why is an Apple Watch or fitbit needed hen you already have the phone and ipad?
I don’t, and I didn’t buy the Watch solely for keeping track of the time. Having said that, I’m someone who has worn a watch since elementary school so I’m conditioned to look at my watch when I want to know the time and I often do so while being on my iPhone. That’s just how it is ‘for me’....
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Dec 14 2018 | 5:13 am EST calebt

I don’t, and I didn’t buy the Watch solely for keeping track of the time. Having said that, I’m someone who has worn a watch since elementary school so I’m conditioned to look at my watch when I want to know the time and I often do so while being on my iPhone. That’s just how it is ‘for me’....
Yup if I leave the house without a watch on my wrist, I feel naked.
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Dec 15 2018 | 9:40 am EST Wotchered

You don’t need a watch of any kind if you have a phone in your pocket. I have bashed up and broken and drowned too many of the things, I went back to a pocket watch when I was doing building site work, and that’s fine, but I couldn’t find a shockproof one ! Fitbit ? if you can’t do it, that should tell you !
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Feb 09 2019 | 5:07 pm EST jakie55

My situation is similar to many. I grew up wearing watches, so I feel undressed without one. I am also a geek/nerd, and enjoy tech. My drawer has two pebbles,
Moto 360, asus zen watch 2, and lastly, a Samsung S2, which is my current watch. I just moved from BlackBerry android to an IPhone X, so am seriously looking at the Apple Watch. I don’t drink, gamble, or game, so I rationalize that this one vice is okay.
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Feb 09 2019 | 9:08 pm EST Annie_8plus

1 word: Pay
This is an excellent point!
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Feb 22 2019 | 11:17 am EST jakie55

My situation is similar to many. I grew up wearing watches, so I feel undressed without one. I am also a geek/nerd, and enjoy tech. My drawer has two pebbles,
Moto 360, asus zen watch 2, and lastly, a Samsung S2, which is my current watch. I just moved from BlackBerry android to an IPhone X, so am seriously looking at the Apple Watch. I don’t drink, gamble, or game, so I rationalize that this one vice is okay.
Ok. Add a S3 to my collection!
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Feb 22 2019 | 11:46 am EST Annie_8plus

Ok. Add a S3 to my collection!
Awesome! Can't wait to hear how you LOVE it!
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Feb 28 2019 | 9:26 am EST imwjl

The Apple Watch is a better nudge than my wife, kids or mom. It has helped me know exactly what it takes to be in size 32 pants and achieve or do some physical things I enjoy such as MTB and adventure type bike riding.

Someone I know is not very tall and this stuff has helped her lose and keep off 100 pounds.

Truth be told, I've had good discipline with diet and exercise for a long time, but the watch has helped. As silly as this might sound, the stand reminders help with my brain power intensive and much time glued to a screen job. A lot of time I don't just get up each hour but also make an effort to close those rings.
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Mar 28 2019 | 10:16 pm EDT George Ponder

Why is an Apple Watch or fitbit needed hen you already have the phone and ipad?
I don't think these devices are needed, but they do make life a little easier.

For me, the Watch is an extension of my phone and can track my activities more precisely. I can keep my phone on my desk at work and roam the office without missing any messages or calls. I can track my daily activities with more precision. Plus I can monitor my heart rate and now my ECG.

I don't fault those who choose traditional watches and don't mess with the smartwatches or fitness bands. One size rarely fits all but for me, I like what these devices bring to the table.
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Mar 29 2019 | 10:45 am EDT Annie_8plus

Need? not really! Want? Definitely.

And after having worn one for almost a year, I can't imagine life without it. It's been such a wonderful "tool" and companion to my phone. And I am definitely exercising more, so that's a good thing.