I don’t think you are in minority wearing a smart watch. Where I live in Europe I see more and more people wearing various smart watches, fitness bands or sports watches (the likes of Suunto or Garmin). I think more and more people are replacing their regular watches.I know I'm in the minority (using an AW as a medical device) but it makes things simpler.
I meant that I'm in the minority because I wear an AW primarily as a medical device. I have phone calls, texts, music, and everything I can disable, disabled. The only thing it tells me is the time, temp, date, battery percentage, and most importantly, my blood glucose. I have only one app installed.I don’t think you are in minority wearing a smart watch. Where I live in Europe I see more and more people wearing various smart watches, fitness bands or sports watches (the likes of Suunto or Garmin). I think more and more people are replacing their regular watches.
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Thanks for this write-up. I'm not a fitness fan and don't want notifications for emails, calls or messages on my wrist, so I never saw the point of an Apple watch for me. I still won't get one I think, but at least some of the uses you describe actually sound very practical!The fitness aspect is a huge thing for me. I’ve lost over forty pounds over the last year and a half, and exercise every day. I can attribute this directly to the gentle nagging of the Apple Watch.
Other things off the top of my head:
Freeing me from my phone. When I’m wearing the Apple watch, I often don’t care where my phone is. There is a place I visit regularly and socialise. If I’m wearing the AW, I usually leave the phone out in the bike, because as long as I’m in an area with WiFi that I have previously visited with my phone, it works just the same. I don’t have to be that person plonking a cellphone on the table.
Timers when cooking: “Hey Siri, set a timer for thirteen minutes.” Really handy when your hands are full or covered in foodstuff.
Trivia/information. Someone asked me the other day what is the population of the Isle of Wight. A simple lift of the wrist, and my watch told us (literally spoke the information).
Directions. I often ride a motorcycle. I was once sat at a set of lights, with gloves on, and decided I was hungry. I lifted my wrist: “Take me to a Subway”. The watch taps my wrist differently for right turn, left turn, or straight ahead. Five turns later I was at Subway.
Reminders: “Remind me tomorrow to get groceries.” “Remind me when I leave here to bring my computer.” “Remind me next time I’m at Walmart to print the photo.”
Camera: I was once working on my RV, and needed to see if this switch was properly operating the device at the other end of the motor home. I left my phone pointing at it, and used the watch to see what the phone was seeing.
Phone calls. There have been many times when my hands were full, or my phone was out of reach (often in the morning—I don’t take the phone into the bedroom). I can take the call on my watch.
Flashlight. Many times bringing stuff in from the car at night (I live in the middle of nowhere). The flashlight is surprisingly bright and useful.
Texting. Many times, I will receive a text during my workout. I can quickly dictate a reply without disturbing what I’m doing.
Setting the time on my other watches! It’s the most accurate watch I own.
I’m sure I could come up with many more, but you get the idea. I always say that you don’t really realise the utility of these things until you start using one, and from the outside, it’s all too easy to question why.
I wear mine 24/7 (or more like 23.5/7). What enabled me to easily wear it all the time was putting the charger next to my couch. The idea is, if I’m just sitting there in the evening, I’m probably also using my laptop and/or just watching TV with my wife. So, I plop the watch onto the charger, and when it’s time to do anything else, it’s juiced up and ready to go.My AW has totally taken over when not wearing really feel like I could miss out on a vital notification, which in itself is worrying. If AW could sort out battery life or a way of swapping batteries so I could wear it at night and it would be able to monitor my sleep pattern / quality it would have everything for me.
Just be careful with anything that tells you calories burned. People tend to see they burned 300 calories so eat an extra piece of cake, thinking they earned it. I got away from fitness watches and just exercise now. If I feel like exercising for 30 minutes or an hour, I just do it...no reason to track it.I am prospecting switching from regular watches to smartwatches as the functionality provided by them is appealing to me. Mainly I am interesting in the health aspect, as my job is very sedentary. Other than that I am interested in notifications and other apps useful when travelling.
I don't really want to wear a regular watch on my left wrist and a SW on my right. Currently I am wearing my son's Apple Watch Series 3 whenever he doesn't and so far I like it. I got over the always off screen and the limited set of faces.
As for my regular watches, I will sell some of them as many are overlapping. I will probably keep one or two mechanicals for now.
For me it’s not necessarily about calories burned but about having something to motivate me move more and sit less. I don’t really analyze the statistics.Just be careful with anything that tells you calories burned. People tend to see they burned 300 calories so eat an extra piece of cake, thinking they earned it. I got away from fitness watches and just exercise now. If I feel like exercising for 30 minutes or an hour, I just do it...no reason to track it.
But, I’m sure some people do fine with trackers, that’s just my personal experience.
I kinda wonder now...Have to admit, since receiving the latest Apple watch as a Christmas gift, I find I am wearing all the time. Its just so.... handy! So, my Marathon, Breitling, Ball, and others sit idle.
With the current trend of prices going up on the mechanical watches, it is quite possible we’re in the same sort of situation as post WWI.I kinda wonder now...
Going back 75 years (or more) to post-WWI when wristwatches started to arrive on the scene, did pocketwatch owners make a similar transition, thinking that wristwatches are "just so handy"?
I'm thinking of the current metaphor of smartphone = pocketwatch and smartwatch = wristwatch. It was easier to fit more complications in a pocketwatch (I didn't necessarily mean "cheaper", just "easier") and a wristwatch, by necessity, couldn't do as much. But it was undeniably more convenient.
At first, I thought the Bluetooth version AW was redundant and gimmicky. So I gave it to my wife (who doesn't like regular watches), so she can text, and monitor Facebook in stealth mode at the office. She also uses it for voice calls in the car. But, when the LTE version came out, I ditched my phone and switched mostly to the AW for calls, text, and alerts. So I mainly use it as a communicator, and occasional workout tracker w/ iTunes. But you have to budget your usage so you don't run the battery down. As far as navigation goes, it's a bit lacking with the tiny screen, but does in a pinch. Wouldn't want to use it for heavy navigation. Because of the high battery drain, I check the route, memorize it, and then shut it off. Currently, I wear the AW on my left wrist and rotate my traditional watches on the right wrist. There is nothing like the analog dial to get a quick read of the time! If given a choice between my watch hobby and the iWatch, the mechanicals win! After all, I can always go back to my iPhone. Horologically speaking, the AW is not so appealing. It reminds me of a modern version of the Zenith Futur Time Command watch of the seventies. The design violates most basic watch principles with lack of a bezel, leaving the crystal exposed to damage. The use of soft glass, aluminum case, and funky strap design makes it prone to damage. How many Apples have met an untimely end, because of landing face down while fumbling around fastening that strap?Maybe I am in the wrong age group (was suggested in another thread, though I don't believe it myself), but why would I want an Apple watch? What's the unique selling point for someone who is not into sports really (except long distance walking, but I don't really care how many steps)? Could it fully replace my GPS that I use for routing and tracking? Is the small display good enough for that?
Besides sports, what is the killer function of a smart watch for you? Except of course showing you the exact time