Eight thoughts on my Apple Watch

I’m a fairly late adopter: I bought an Apple Watch just a few weeks ago after the hype had settled down a bit and I could just walk in, try one on and buy one.

I bought the 42mm ‘sport’ model because I’ve got big wrists and my main intention with the watch is to measure various aspects of exercise I do.

Here some initial thoughts:

  1. The waterproof is really cool: whilst the touch doesn’t work well under water, I wear it in the shower, I’ve worn I swimming in the pool and also in the surf without any issues. It makes me wonder why we can’t make all our portable devices this waterproof Apparently it’s not waterproof (see comment below) and this isn’t recommended.
  2.  The battery isn’t that bad: I charge it overnight, and monitor a hour or so of exercise most days, and I still get to the end of the day with 50-60% of battery remaining. It could be better and last multiple days, but since I wear it overnight it doesn’t bother me.
  3. The notifications are awesome: The best part for me was that by default the notifications mirror your iPhone. I have minimal notifications set up (none for email etc) so I get minimal notifications on the watch. And apps don’t need to support the watch or be installed on the watch to send notifications on the watch. Plus if you’re using your phone your watch doesn’t notify you and vice versa. They’ve done really well with this.
  4. I don’t really use watch apps: There will probably be better ones with the new WatchOS that supports native apps, but the main purpose for me is glancing at my watch face and quickly seeing notifications. The only app I really use is the exercise one from Apple which monitors your heart rate, distance etc when you’re exercising.
  5. I use the modular watch face: it offers a good range of information I can glance at. Some of the other watch faces are fancy but can only see myself using these as a once off. watch face
  6. The activity rings are a good idea: especially the standing ring which notifies you towards the end of an hour when you haven’t stood up. Great.
  7. Transferring anything to the watch is really slow: and updates are really slow to install. But these happen so infrequently it doesn’t really matter that much.
  8. Nightstand mode is half done: I’d like it to be like an school alarm clock and always show the time in the dark, but unfortunately it only shows anything when tapped etc. Kinda defeats the purpose of this. Maybe there will be some options to enable always on in future updates.

Do you own an Apple Watch or another smart watch? What do you think of it?

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.

4 thoughts on “Eight thoughts on my Apple Watch”

  1. You are the first person I’ve come across who has actually stated that they wear their Apple Watch in the shower. You aren’t worried about water damage? It’s water-resistant, not necessarily waterproof…


    1. Thanks. I’ve updated my post to not recommend others to do this. But if you like there are plenty of videos where people have tested these watches underwater without any (short term) consequences. Only time will tell I guess.

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      1. I trust that the watch can get wet and be ok. My skepticism begins with how the watch handles contact with shampoos, conditioners, and other soaps. Do they just wash off? Do they build up and clog the crevices? How does that work?


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