I’m a huge fan of Apple. Almost my entire setup has an Apple logo on it, from my laptop to the routers. So, how could a resist to the new shiny and magic Apple Watch? I bought my Apple Watch Sport 42mm three weeks ago and I got it one week later. Basically I’m wearing it from two weeks so I could start to express my feeling about this new product. I don’t want to write a review. There’re many great reviews and videos online. I just want to synthesize my first impression after two weeks of normal use in five simple points.
1. How it is
As many other Apple products the attention to every detail is simply impressive. The aluminium of the case, the plastics of the band and every component is well assembled. It really looks nice and many of my friends were surprised by that. From the packaging to the user interface the Apple Watch is a mix of beauty and delight. The 42mm version perfectly fits on my wrist and the sport band is incredibly comfortable, even after 12 hours of continuous usage. The digital crown is simple but effective, it’s easy to use and very precise. Generally speaking, this product feels as premium as the others Apple products. It’s durable (even secretly “waterproof”) and comfortable.
2. How it works
Well, using the famous Apple’s slogan: it “simply works”. However… it could work better. Many apps are definitively too slow and sometimes the lag is disappointing. I believe that the true experience of the Apple Watch will come in fall, with the new Watch OS 2. For the moment the Watch works, it does a great job in various tasks but it also shows its limits in other. Get a call, write a text message or check the emails are tasks that the Watch handle perfectly. The real problem, in my opinion, is how it manages the third part integration. Many apps, like Telegram or Wunderground, are definitely too laggy to be used. It’s a shame of the OS 1.0, because the Watch itself is an incredibly powerful tool.
Another important aspect on which I was dubious was the fact that the Watch could be intrusive while working. After two weeks I think that Apple managed this problem perfectly, mainly thanks to the Taptic Engine. The way it feels on your arm is incredible. It doesn’t make any noise while muted and it doesn’t disturb while working. It’s more like a finger tap on your wrist than a noisy vibration.
3. Why to use it
I wore my Apple Watch every day since its arrival. The battery is quite impressive and I never (really, never) enabled the power safe mode. The bluetooth connection with my iPhone is very stable and while I’m in the office (or even at home) I simply leave my iPhone in the bag. The Apple Watch comes handy in many situations. I found myself dictating text messages while driving instead of using my iPhone; I control the music on my Mac under the shower; in general I definitely use Siri a lot more. I just leave my iPhone in my pocket, check the notifications and clear the list with a touch, if nothing needs my immediate attention.
The real problem with the Apple Watch is something that it shares with many other Apple products. It’s called “dependency”. When you start using it you feel almost naked without it. Don’t get me wrong, the Apple Watch is not indispensable but it found its own place in many common tasks during my every-day life. The more I use it and the more I realize that wearing it for just 5 minutes in an Apple Store is pointless. This is a kind of product that needs to be used and experimented in real life, not in a store.
4. Which one to buy
I bought an Apple Watch Sport 42mm with a white band. It’s almost the cheapest one but I’ve no regret at all. In my personal opinion the steal version is much more elegant but it doesn’t worth the price. For just one steel version (around 800€ in Italy) you could buy two Sport units, while the features, the performance and the whole system are the same. The steel is certainly more stylish but the aluminium has the best price/quality ratio.
I’ve been wearing my Apple Watch Sport for almost two weeks. I wore it in the lake, under the shower and into a swimming pool. It still works perfectly and it’s shiny as the first day. It’s a gorgeous product in terms of material and general user experience. However, although these things, I don’t know if I’d rather suggest to buy it. How Apple said in its spot “it’s our most personal thing” and that’s true. For me the Apple Watch is an incredible product but for many other people could be quite useless. For sure this is the first version and the new one will be better, as it was for the iPad 1. The Apple Watch has a great potential and I’m quite sure that in two years from now almost everybody would buy it. However, at the present time, I’d like to suggest the purchase only for the people who truly use their iPhones. I mean, the Apple Watch is not intended as a tool to navigate in Facebook (whose application does not exist yet).