About a week ago, I would have told you that Apple Watches were cool but that I had no real need for one. About 2 days into having one, I fell in love. Of course, that's what Apple is all about.
"People don't know what they want until you show it to them.” -Steve Jobs
What I like about the Apple Watch:
I was really happy with my Fitbit until I saw how amazing the Apple Fitness tracker really is. In addition to counting steps and heart rate, it lets you set exercise, calories and standing time goals. It tracks these goals using brightly colored circles that form a target. It's both satisfying and motivating to watch the circles evolve throughout the day. The "stand" function gives you a little tap if you've been sitting too long and suggests you take a walk around. If I'm deeply in creative flow, it helps to be reminded to get up and take a break. It also give you a big picture view of your fitness for the entire month.
I always use Siri or Notes on my phone to take down ideas as I have them. The Apple Watch takes it a step further. I use the Evernote app on the watch and with a quick click, I can speak my idea into my wrist like Dick Tracy and it immediately gets synced across all of my devices. This has worked great for cartoon ideas as well as things I need to remember to do.
The Apple Watch will let you know if a text or a phone call is coming in. I can glance at my wrist and either respond to or decline the call or text instead of jumping up and looking for my phone or digging around for it in my bag. Somehow, this seems to keep me more focused on whatever I'm doing.
4. Apple Magic
There are so many subtle, beautiful Appleisms in this thing. The watch stays off unless you pick up your wrist to look at it. If you have one of the image settings for a watch face (butterflies, flowers, jellyfish) they animate and subtly change each time you look at your wrist. I can use it as a remote control and to change the music I'm listening to. I can ask Siri to get me directions or any kind of information.
5. Dick Tracy Factor
There's definitely something sci-fi and futuristically cool about being able to do things by yapping into this tiny device sitting on your arm.
Do I look like a jerk when I'm talking to my wrist? Probably. I tried to take a phone call on my wrist at a social gathering and one of my friends immediately took off his shoe and held it so his head like "Get Smart" answering his shoe phone:
Can I live without it? OF COURSE. Like I said, a week ago, I had no need for the thing.
Then again, I could live without my iPhone too (maybe.) Regardless, it's pretty darn cool and a ton of fun.