I have been wearing an Apple Watch for the past few days to see if I can bring up some enthusiasm to understand why some people love it so much.
I have failed again.
The fitness bit makes sense because it is in your face and more obvious than most dedicated fitness trackers, but it is a bit of a hassle to track sleep and a £40 fitness tracker does a very similar job. If you spend a little more you also get the heartrate monitoring and so I remain dubious about that.
Notifications are another area that are perceived as useful, in a theoretical sense, but when I don’t wear the watch I never miss them and I never miss the notifications on my phone anyway.
There is still not one third party app that does anything useful for me, not one, and I have spent a lot of time trying to find one. The form and size of a watch obviously do not lend themselves to doing anything above very simple interactions and the moments when such things are necessary appear to occur only occasionally.
It tells the time very accurately, but the lack of an always on feature hampers that a little as well because on occasion a shake of the wrist is required to pop up the display which is a shame.
I realise that I have written about this subject before, but I would love to hear from those of you who find your Apple Watch, or any other smart watch, indispensable and why?