“Watch Out Android Wear!”
One Week with the Apple Watch.
After having the Apple Watch for over a week now I have found it to be a very enjoyable experience. From being in the classroom, glancing at notifications, to being in PE or out for a run, logging my activity. Its actually been a very useful tool. This new product comes from the post Steve Jobs era with new CEO, Tim Cook at the helm, heading in the right direction for Apple’s future. The interface is of something new to iOS users. It could be a slight learning curve, at first, but to navigate the new interface Apple has made it easier by making things fluid and familiar to its bigger brother operation system, iOS. It just takes getting used to and after less than a day having it, I got the hang of it.
The heart rate tracking is quite fun actually. Its pretty cool to see your heart rate thought the week and with Apple’s new HealthKit, communication with your doctor is easier than ever. The new ability to submit and or show your weekly and daily blood pressure and heart rate to your doctor is amazing. No more high blood pressure spikes at the doctors office. Now you have a more accurate outlook on your health. Sleep tracking is kinda neat too. Its interesting to see your lowest heart rate while sleeping and an accurate time of your sleep.
The battery is as expected for a first generation device. It just depends on what you do with it in that day. If you do a lot including workouts, notifications, and checking time, you get the expected 18+ hours of use. I’ve got it to last about 2 days which is great compared to the 18 hours as told by Apple. Charging the watch is very cool. You just set it on its small puck sized charger and it wirelessly, inductively charges. It takes only 2 hours to get a full charge with the 5W adapter that comes with it and only 1 hour with Apple’s 12W adapter (sold separately).
The Watch case and materials itself a surprisingly very durable. It still feels like something Apple didn't make and thats not a bad thing. It feels very premium on the wrist which nails the whole point Jonny Ive made when designing this watch. I have the Apple Watch Sport, 42 mm space gray which has the aluminum body and iON-X glass. For example, in wood shop at school, I hit the center of the screen on a metal machine by accident and it didn't even scratch it. I was astonished at its durability. The higher end model;s have the Sapphire Crystal screen which is expected to be even better. So no worries here.
Already there are tons of apps for the watch in the app store. Surpassing Android Wear in just one day of available apps. So no problems finding any app. Android needs to step up its game if they want to compete. All in all this is a great new product that has the potential to live on. The Apple Watch is a game changer to the industry that will set new standards for other companies to follow. Whether you get the current Apple Watch, which is till on backorder after 4 million+ orders, or wait for the second generation. I assure you that you won’t be sorry with your purchase. I highly recommend the Apple Watch.
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Meet the Writer
Daniel Burns is the co-owner of Adium Technologies and has been in the IT buisness since 2014. Currently pursing a masters degree in Cybersecurity Management at San Diego State University. He occasionally shares his rant on technology and strives to help make the use of technology easier for the everyday user. You can follow him on Twitter for his latest likes, rants, and opinions.