18 Months With The Apple Watch

Note: This post was originally published on 12/22/16

I’ve had the Apple Watch for about a year and a half now, and I generally remain a fan. With a lot of “wearables are fading” press out there these days, you might be wondering if getting into this scene makes sense for you. Well, for anyone that’s interested, here’s what I use my watch for all the time:

  • Instant glances at time, date, my next calendar event, temperature and daily physical activity (all on my main watch face)
  • Nightstand time display (when groggily tapping the plugged-in watch face)/alarm clock
  • Ability to immediately see incoming text messages and fire back quick replies without reaching for my phone
  • Triggering Siri to dictate new text messages, set reminders and magically call up any song/album to my car via Apple Music
  • Audio controls for music and podcasts
  • General notifications (when family members leave/arrive at places I’ve asked to be notified about, when new app builds are ready at work, etc.)
  • Checking items off my grocery list without needing to hold my phone while pushing a cart (using the truly great AnyList app)

Additionally (though less frequently), I use the watch for:

  • Paying with Apple Pay (I can even do this at some vending machines now)
  • Getting handy “left vs. right turn wrist taps” when use Apple Maps (which has come a long way these days) for driving directions
  • Going on runs with only the watch (my first-generation watch tracks distance reasonably well as a pedometer even without GPS, and you can store downloaded Apple Music tracks on it locally)

There you have it. THE MORE YOU KNOW (shooting star)…

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