There’s telling the time, and then there’s telling the time in style. Since its release in 2015, the Apple Watch has been either a godsend to some, or simply a pointless piece of technology to others. What does this smartwatch do that a normal watch can’t? Quite a lot, actually. In fact, to the naysayers, you may well be surprised at how many things the Apple Watch can do; far more than simply a wristwatch in any case. Here’s why you should own one.
Top 10 Reasons to Own an Apple Watch
It would take a serious philistine to take umbrage at the Apple Watch’s design. Beautifully sleek and sophisticated (much like any Apple product), the smartwatch’s curved corners, dynamic colors, and gorgeous casing makes it a futuristic-looking watch that doesn’t go overboard with the design.
With a choice of a 38mm or 42mm body and the selection of stainless steel or aluminum casing, the Apple Watch also allows the wearer to change the screen’s watch face. Whether you prefer a modern, digital look, a traditional design, or whimsical Mickey Mouse hands indicating the time, you can alter your watch face as you see fit. There are also many straps to pick from, ranging from sporty to nylon to designer-made straps from prominent brands such as Hermès.
As for complaints about price, well there are far more expensive watches out there. The basic 38mm model with stainless steel casing will cost around $650, but it’s worth considering second-hand watches to find a cheaper price. See if one is available with at least a like-new condition and be sure to check regularly in the coming months; enthusiasts may well be looking to sell their Apple Watch, as this September has been rumored to be the release date for the much-anticipated Apple Watch 2.
The Apple Watch adds a great deal of convenience to your life. It’s possible to answer calls and text messages via the smartwatch instead of your iPhone, although as it uses speakerphone functionality, make sure you’re in a private or quiet area to take a call. A further note, you’ll still need your iPhone to type a text message, but the Apple Watch does allow for template messages (“On my way,” “Nearly there,” etc.) as well as emojis.
Apple has put a lot of effort into their ‘Activity app,’ which gives the wearer three daily fitness goals: stand up for around one minute every hour, achieve your personal calorie burn objective, and accomplish at least a 30-minute brisk walk. The smartwatch will monitor the wearer’s fitness and send reminders to complete the tasks.
In addition to the fitness tracking, the Apple Watch also has the capability to track your overall heart rate. Using sensors on the back of the smartwatch, the device will monitor your BPM (beats per minute) and provide you with detailed daily analysis. There is also a whole host of useful little health-related apps, such as Lark (tracks sleep patterns), Lifesum (tracks calorie and water intake), and WebMD (tracks your daily medication schedule).
One great reason for the Apple Watch is that it definitely makes accessing apps a whole lot quicker and easier. Without reaching for our iPhones, we can use apps for translation, finding our way, paying for in-store items with Apple Pay, as well as the ever-helpful digital assistant, Siri.
Useful for when there’s a desire to listen to music while working out, the Apple Watch can be paired with Bluetooth headphones, meaning you can shake and move about without worrying about your iPhone in your pocket.
Placing your phone across the room and taking a group shot can often take a bit of time, as lining up everyone and getting the angle just right requires a few tries. However, the remote viewfinder on an Apple Watch means you can move everybody into position and take a perfect photo on the first try.
Find your iPhone
Most of us are guilty of putting our phone somewhere, then totally forgetting where it is later on! These few moments of panic can actually be resolved with an Apple Watch, as it has the ability to call your iPhone, leaving you to swear you’ll never let it out of your sight again!