Apple Watch has always been some­thing incom­pre­hen­si­ble to me. On the one hand, this is an addi­tion­al acces­so­ry for the iPhone, which is option­al for pur­chase, and on the oth­er hand, it is an inde­pen­dent (almost) device that is of inter­est.

The idea of ​​buy­ing an Apple Watch first came to me in April 2018. But then I weighed all the pros and cons, and real­ized that I didn’t need a watch.

But at the end of May of this year, Ama­zon was hav­ing a Memo­r­i­al Day sale. Apple Watch Series 3 42 mm sold for $229 or 14,5 dol­lars. Even Ebay rarely comes across used watch­es for such a price, at least in Ros­tov-on-Don.

I still did­n’t under­stand why I need­ed an Apple Watch, but a good dis­count did the trick. Placed an order, and at the same time bought two addi­tion­al straps. Togeth­er with deliv­ery, it cost me $ 284, or almost 180 $, which is still very prof­itable.

Two weeks lat­er I received the trea­sured pack­age and began to study the Apple Watch.

All pho­tos tak­en on iPhone 8 Plus

1. Top design, of course

When I saw the Apple Watch in 2014, they seemed ugly to me, even scary hours. But over the years, this design began to like more and more.

The appear­ance of the Apple Watch is uni­ver­sal and suit­able for any style of cloth­ing. The main thing is to choose the right strap.

For every day I bought the Loop of Milan, and for train­ing I change it for a sports bracelet. I don’t like the stan­dard strap at all because of the attach­ment. It’s not par­tic­u­lar­ly reli­able.

2. Lots of beautiful watch faces

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I use the Mod­u­lar Dial and added a Sim­ple Dial just in case I have to wear a suit.

I don’t like Apple’s watch face pol­i­cy at all. I don’t need the Apple Watch Series 4 info­graph. But I would love to put “Cal­i­for­nia” instead of a sim­ple dial.

I won’t be able to do this, because only Apple Watch Series 4 got “Cal­i­for­nia” and almost all the watch faces with watchOS 6. The own­ers of the watch­es of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion were left with frankly dumb dials.

3. Mega fast and easy Mac unlock

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I have a 2017 Mac­Book Pro with­out Touch Bar and Touch ID. When I opened the lid, I con­stant­ly had to enter a four-dig­it code to unlock the lap­top.

I can’t say that it both­ered me a lot, but with the Apple Watch, I hap­pi­ly for­got about it. Unlock works with­out fail­ures and delays.

4. Convenient Apple Pay

For two years I got used to Apple Pay. Pay­ing by phone is unre­al­is­ti­cal­ly con­ve­nient, because it is almost always in your hands or pock­et.

Apple Watch is also con­ve­nient to pay, but only in the case when you don’t want to get the phone. I always put my watch on the ter­mi­nal now when I ride my bike.

5. Mixed workout performance

Apple Watch was inter­est­ing to me as a sports acces­so­ry, or rather, as a bike track­er.

Before buy­ing the Apple Watch, I used the Stra­va app on my iPhone to track my progress. On the Apple Watch, I use the stan­dard Work­outs. And then I have Ques­tions I haven’t found an answer to yet. Maybe you can tell in the com­ments.

The fact is that the indi­ca­tors with the Apple Watch and iPhone are dif­fer­ent, in places strik­ing­ly.

Dis­tance is fine. The dif­fer­ence in a kilo­me­ter could have been avoid­ed if I had not paused the work­out.

But the aver­age speed is very dif­fer­ent: 14.6 km / h on the Apple Watch and 18.1 km / h on the iPhone. I have an assump­tion that the appli­ca­tions have a dif­fer­ent method of count­ing, although I’m not sure about this.

The alti­tude dif­fer­ence is the most dif­fer­ent: 91 m on the Apple Watch and 211 m on the iPhone. At first I thought that the Apple Watch record­ed the max­i­mum height, but it does not, because the max­i­mum I had was 48 m above sea lev­el. Why the fig­ures dif­fer so much is not clear.

I liked that while dri­ving, the watch peri­od­i­cal­ly sends a noti­fi­ca­tion about the dis­tance trav­eled and aver­age speed.

It is equal­ly con­ve­nient to switch music from the watch and adjust the vol­ume when I ride a bike.

6. Easy to view notifications

I’ve heard a lot about how the Apple Watch is per­fect for view­ing noti­fi­ca­tions. Part­ly agree.

When a noti­fi­ca­tion arrives and the phone is in your pock­et, you instinc­tive­ly raise your hand and see every­thing. It’s great that you can not only view noti­fi­ca­tions, but also respond to them.

How­ev­er, buy­ing an Apple Watch just to see noti­fi­ca­tions is a waste of mon­ey. IMHO. The iPhone han­dles this per­fect­ly, it is not so dif­fi­cult to take it out of your pock­et.

7. Calls. But this is cool!

This is a real­ly use­ful fea­ture. I also use it when I ride a bike. The inter­locu­tors hear me nor­mal­ly, except that the vol­ume of the speak­er is not enough, espe­cial­ly on the high­way.

In oth­er sit­u­a­tions, I answer a call from the watch through Air­Pods.

8. No useful apps

I have high hopes for the App Store in watchOS 6, but for now, apps on the Apple Watch are noth­ing more than pam­per­ing.

Now I have opened the list of appli­ca­tions to see which ones I actu­al­ly use. There are few of them: Weath­er, Cal­en­dar, Reminders, Work­outs, Music and Activ­i­ty. Some­times I reply to mes­sages in Telegram.

As you can see, these are most­ly stan­dard pro­grams. I have a cur­ren­cy con­vert­er installed, but I don’t run it because it’s eas­i­er to ask Siri.

The sit­u­a­tion with soft­ware for AW is gen­er­al­ly dull, there real­ly is noth­ing to put there.

9. Excellent autonomy

An equal­ly impor­tant indi­ca­tor that com­plete­ly sat­is­fies me. Apple promis­es up to 18 hours of bat­tery life, in fact they are enough for two full days.

It absolute­ly does not soar that the watch has to be charged three or four times a week. I already have so many devices that need to be charged, so the clock does not great­ly affect the over­all pic­ture.

10. This is a standalone device

But only in very lim­it­ed tasks.

In the­o­ry, now you can ride a bike with­out a phone with­out any prob­lems. With Apple Watch, you can pay and record trips.

How­ev­er, the iPhone is not yet ready to upload, because then I will not be able to view and respond to noti­fi­ca­tions. Also on the iPhone there is a full-fledged nav­i­ga­tion, with­out which it is some­times very dif­fi­cult.

And yet, buy an Apple Watch or not?

Ini­tial­ly, I reviewed and read a bunch of reviews, and for dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. From a sin­gle review, I did not under­stand whether I need­ed this watch or not. The sit­u­a­tion began to clear up only after the pur­chase.

Still, the Apple Watch is indeed the most per­son­al Apple device, because every­one has their own whims and every­one needs some­thing of their own from this watch.

It remains for me to fig­ure out the train­ing and then I will def­i­nite­ly enjoy these hours.