Apple Watch: a Useful Tool or a Smart Toy?

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September 30, 2016
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Apple Watch Series 1

Apple Watch Series 1
7.1

Battery Life

4/10

    Ease-of-use for messaging

    6/10

      User-friendly Interface

      10/10

        Design

        10/10

          Cost-effectiveness

          6/10

            Pros

            • Smart Design
            • Sport Apps
            • Quick message editing

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life
            • Not Fully Waterproof
            • No accurate Step Counting

            After six months spent with my Apple Watch, I am still not sure if I consider it a useful tool or “just” a smart toy and fancy accessory. The design is minimalistic and wristbands are available in multiple colors and sizes. I have it in white and unfortunately it gets dirty pretty fast. Apart from this, it is definitely a cool accessory to wear. My smartwatch usage relates mainly to App notifications and workout tracking.

            What I like

            • Useful notifications by discrete vibrations on your wrist. Useful for instance when I left the phone at the charger.
            • Quick message editing.
            • Make and receive calls (via the connected iPhone)
            • Workout tracking (for running, walking, cycling, etc.). When you finish your exercises, your history will appear (calories burnt, steps, time spent standing and exercising).
            • Workout goal set (helps motivating me to move more, and stand up more frequently. Nice to have, especially in case of desk jobs).

            What I dislike

            • Battery life (one day max at normal use). Also, it considerably affects your iPhone’s battery life, as bluetooth needs to be always switched on.
            • Not waterproof.
            • Step counting is not accurate.

            What has been announced for the second series

            • Brighter screen
            • GPS built-in
            • Waterproof

            It seems that with the new release, the Apple Watch moves from being just a cool accessory to a useful work and sport device. It appears that battery life has also been improved (+35%) somewhat, which might make a difference for potential buyers.

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