Here are my thoughts:
- Apple Watch is a second screen, wireless microphone or relay of your iPhone.
- It does nothing magical on its own.
- I get my iPhone out 80 per cent less (battery life extended greatly)
- I send most text through the watch
- I read most text messages on the watch
- I no longer have my phone on vibrate for when it is on silent (that’s solved by the watch)
- I check most email on the watch
- I am less distracted while driving
- I don’t walk along looking at the iPhone
My key learning
- Voice dictation is awesome
- The notifications I get on my iPhone come through on the watch
- Glances for sports scores, audio control (for TuneIn, Downcast, etc) are great.
- Quick phone calls on the watch
- Battery life
- Transport arrival times (Next There)
- Map integration with the phone
- Apple TV control
- Weight (don’t know it is there), size (wouldn’t want it any bigger), band quality, screen clarify
- Going out with just the watch and bluetooth headset and no phone – playing music from the watch to the ears
- Some third party apps need a lot of work
What I would like
- The Google app for voice searching on the phone
- Apple Pay in Australia
- Don’t overload the watch with apps. Be ruthless – only put ones on you will use not less than every few days.
- Take the time to get your user notifications right on the iPhone and mirror it on the watch.
- Tweak the settings in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
- 7 Sport – Australian sport
- SMH Skim – Sydney Morning Herald Australian news
- Evernote – for quick notes
- Next three (transport bus arrivals)
- Overcast – podcast player
- TuneIn – radio player
- My fitness pal
- Do notes – post to Evernote, Facebook, Apple Reminders
- Do button – turn on lights control by WeMo
- Twitter and Twitterific
- Apple notes
- Apple reminders
Apps needing work
Yet to work out
- Health, pulse, heartbeats, etc monitoring
- Doesn’t talk to myfitnesspal yet
- Heavy tech users: Buy now.
- Everyday users: Wait until 2nd or 3rd generation when they are half the height and price.
- Paid a lot but get great value out of it
- The best is yet to come as people work out the apps, functionality and places where it can work well