I initially bought the Apple Watch with plans to return it. I didn’t think I would ever find it so useful. It’s still obviously a “Beta” version of a product that will one day be absolutely perfect. However, it’s one that has helped me so much with so many things. In fact, I forgot to charge the battery on Monday night and decided to leave the Apple Watch at home. Unfortunately, I had withdraw symptoms.
The Apple Watch, unlike my iPhone or even my Galaxy Note 5, has been my true digital assistant. When I want to schedule something, I tell the watch the date, time, and the description of the event. The only time it didn’t work was when i was walking with a car zooming by. Siri is on steroids when you use the Apple Watch.
Perhaps the best part of using the Apple Watch has been answering my text messages without using my iPhone. If someone texts, “Are you going to be there tonight?,” I just talk into the watch and tell them I am going to be 15 minuted late.
There is rarely a time where the Watch doesn’t type everything I say. If I want punctuation, I can say, “Hello comma of course I’ll be there period I may be fifteen minuted late period.” You can also do that with email, but only if you download Microsoft Outlook.
Apple’s Mail app will allow you to speak your emails and replies in watchOS 2. The new operating system is supposed to make your Watch feel more like a stand-alone device than something that is completely dependent on the iPhone. Unfortunately, Apple delayed the release of iOS 2 due to a bug. You would think that Apple would have been able to figure out this bug since the Beta version of iOS 2 has been available since June.
I bought a cheap plastic cover at Best Buy to protect the watch. I dropped the Watch while in the shower at 24 Hour Fitness (I don’t know why I didn’t just leave it in my locker) and thought for sure there would be a scratch, but there wasn’t. Even without the cover, people have said that they haven’t seen scratches.
I just wish that the battery life could be better. The Watch lasts me a full day, but I don’t feel I should have to charge my Apple Watch once every night. Why can’t the Watch last as long as Samsung’s upcoming Gear S2, which supposedly lasts for two or three days? Still, the Apple Watch is the smartest purchase I have made this year. It took a bite out of my wallet, but gave back more than it chewed.