I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch for 5 years. There were breaks, but you can’t call them long. I also used a couple of generations of Mi Band and an Honor smart bracelet. I have been wearing regular watches since I was 10-20 years old. To be honest, I’m tired. Convenience is debatable, but there are few pluses.
Exactly a week ago I decided to reduce the number of gadgets and other things that I regularly take with me. First clock went into the closet. Power supplies and cables also got there. Now with only a MacBook Air on M1, iPhone 11 and AirPods Pro.
I don’t have a watch easier work, and there are enough notifications on the smartphone. In a week with a free wrist, I realized not only that. I have spread out my impressions point by point, maybe you will find your motivation for the same experiment.
Yes, I consider the rejection of wearable smart accessories in 2021 an experiment. So let’s start:
1. Notifications on smartwatches are really needed by units
For notifications, the iPhone is more than enough, which is usually in line of sight
When I actively spent the first couple of days without a smartwatch on my wrist, I finally realized that I did not use it at all to control notifications. I received all new messages and other important information using my iPhone.
Most of the time in front of my eyes is the screen of the MacBook Air, which is used to control business processes and professional activities. Your computer is usually set to Do Not Disturb mode, which hides notifications.
Interesting: To see the dangers of regular notifications, I advise you to read the feature article on Business Insider. She confirms that they overload the brain, and it becomes much less efficient.
iPhone, regardless of location, lies face up next to the laptop. It includes only the most important notifications from Telegram, some other instant messengers, an email client. There are relatively few of them.
If the message is urgent, I immediately open the necessary application on my Mac and reply to it. I save everything else for the end of the working day or some of the breaks. In this way trying to maximize my productivity.
You can get rid of most of these notifications, and no one will regret it
In addition to working at a computer, I spend a significant part of my life behind the wheel. At this time, the iPhone is located on a magnetic holder and is in sight. On its screen I see all the necessary notifications in full and without turning the wrist.
To keep myself in shape, I try to pedal on an ellipsoid at least a few times a week. At this time, I install an iPad on his head and watch Netflix and Apple TV +. There are no messengers on the tablet, therefore No and notifications.
All in all, notifications are not that important to meto wear for them an extra gadget on the wrist.
2. While working on a MacBook, I already took off my watch in 95% of cases
Specifically, it is inconvenient for me to work with a laptop with a watch on my arm
For as long as I can remember, I always took off my watch when I worked on my laptop. To prevent the strap from catching on the topcase, they have to be lifted too high on the wristwhich is not always convenient. It is easier with a separate keyboard, but it is very rare at hand.
He developed a strong habit, so he took off his Apple Watch even when he took out a laptop in a cafe or office canteen.
Yes, it is difficult for me to conduct intensive correspondence on the iPhone, so I do it on the MacBook, which always with myself.
As a result, most of the time lately my wrists have often remained empty, even when I put on an Apple Watch or other watch when leaving the house. They just lay next to the laptop and waited for their time. The same thing happened with bracelets.
It turns out, trying to wear a watch for those short minutes when they are actually used, not so much logical.
3. iPhone proved to be an even more convenient way to control everything
Two hands are needed to control smart watches and other watches
The main advantage of almost any smartphone compared to smartwatches is the ability to use it with one hand.
I carry my smartphone in the left front pocket of shorts, sweatshirts or jeans. I can easily get it out of there when the need arises, without using my right hand. The size of my iPhone 11, which I have not changed yet, allows me to do this.
With Apple Watch, this reception will not work. Yes, you can see the time and other information on the smartwatch screen by simply raising your wrist. But everything changes when something needs to be done on the clock. account for connect the right hand for the display, knobs and buttons.
With multifunctional watches without the prefix «smart», the situation is even more deplorable. Setting a timer and doing other operations with them is even more difficult due to the non-obviousness of control. Getting a smartphone out of your pocket is definitely easier.
4. Most smartwatches and bracelets are not needed for training.
Such a watch complements the wearer’s sporty appearance, but there is no practical use for them in training.
In the gym, I have repeatedly paid attention to the guys who are trying to prepare as much as possible for physical exertion. These are hung with smart watches, fitness bracelets, sports headphones and other stuff.
Among such mods usually there are no truly experienced athletes who have achieved at least some level in any of the areas. During active training any additional tinsel usually only gets in the waybut does not help. It is a fact.
It seems to me, the only one the scenario when a smart watch is really needed is running. From the same Apple Watch at this time, you can also stream music to AirPods. They will also help to control the distance, pace and other parameters.
I can’t call myself an experienced or even just an active athlete. So correct me if I’m wrong on this point.
5. No need to worry about the watch during water procedures
It’s hard to say that any watch with moisture protection really likes meeting with water — especially along with shampoo and other chemicals.
Many will try to counter this assertion. Like, the vast majority of gadgets worn on the wrist today have protection against moisture. This applies to conventional and smart watches, as well as a wide variety of fitness bracelets.
On the one hand, yes, it really is. On the other hand, moisture protection usually only applies to clean fresh water.
It is undesirable for any watch and other gadgets with declared moisture protection to come into contact with salty sea water. After contact with it, it is highly desirable to rinse the device abundantly under running fresh water. Otherwise, the device maybe get injured.
Wrist accessories definitely have no place in baths and saunas. And they also need to be removed in the shower. Moisture protection is usually implemented using conditionally rubber gaskets, which lose their properties after contact with shampoos and other products.
And far from all hours are appropriate during outdoor activities related to water. With a wakeboard they are for sure not compatible.
6. You no longer need to match watches or straps for Apple Watch
Not all straps for Apple Watch that are in my modest collection
I always thought that ordinary or smart watches, first of all, act as an addition to the appearance of the owner. Since most often I don’t wear gold or other jewelry, they were supposed to emphasize my style and «unsurpassed taste».
Of course, the last phrase should not be taken seriously, because you definitely cannot call me a fashionista. However, in my youth, I always had several pairs of watches for different clothes, and by the time I got older, I had a whole collection of straps for Apple Watch.
Lately, especially when I was going on trips, always took with him a whole fan of bracelets for smart watches. One to match the color of the shoes, the other, as expected, for a bright accent. All this has sunk into oblivion with the rejection of smart watches. Breathing became easier.
No need to spend precious minutes choosing a strap, as well as buying new ones to match your clothes. It’s trite, but very cool.
To sum up: the principle of “less is better” works
❶ iPhone is enough for notifications. It may be convenient for someone to duplicate “push” for hours. But I don’t always need it.
❷ Behind a laptop with a clock is inconvenient. I myself always took off my Apple Watch when I worked on one of my favorite MacBooks.
❸ The watch inconveniently duplicates a smartphone. To control wearable electronics, you need two hands, and not one, as with the same iPhone.
❹ In training, gadgets are superfluous. During physical activity, it is better to minimize the number of gadgets that can be distracting.
❺ Hours interfere with outdoor activities. Most watches will wear out very quickly. Especially on an active beach holiday.
❻ Watches may not be a style element. Today, clothes already have too many different details.
I don’t know if I will wear any watch in the future after a week without it. I think it has to be done according to the mood. I wanted to put it on. If you want to take a break from everything, you can go for a walk without a smartphone. A change of scenery will not be superfluous.
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