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My Review of the Apple Watch

My Review of the Apple Watch

I've been using Apple's products for years. I use the Mac almost exclusively, I love my iPhone, so I thought I would love the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case.

It's not that Apple didn't make a good product this time around, it's just that everything that the watch does, the iPhone does better. The Activity app, the reason I purchased the watch in the first place, worked for the most part. In fact, the steps were equal to the steps my old pedometer was recording. The Activity app also reminds you to stand for a minute for 12 hours of the day, another cool feature. This is a great feature for someone like me, as I sitting in an office.

But there were problems with the Activity app too. As you all should know by now, I'm very active. The watch monitors how much exercise you're getting each day. Some days, I would easily get the required 30 minutes of exercise. Other days, the watch seemed to rest at like 27, 28 minutes, without ever advancing to 30 minutes, despite exercising for way more than 30 minutes. I'm sure you realize how frustrating this could be when you want to meet Apple's goals each day. The calories burned worked great, as did the number of steps and miles walked, no issues there.

I would have kept the watch but I started to notice I was getting a rash on my wrist from where I wore the watch. I couldn't justify spending $350 for a watch that gives me a rash and is basically an overpriced pedometer. It does do texting and you can make calls with it, but you have to keep your phone near by for it to work. Also, when you use the texting and phone features, such as having the watch send you alerts when you have texts, drains the battery so fast. I had to turn off all of those features and just use the Activity features. This was the only way to get the battery to last all day long.

Apple was cool about the return and I don't have any bad feelings toward the company. They did make a good product, but it just doesn't have that must have thing that the iPhone has. Apple has a reputation of launching innovative products and I think they need to focus their attention on something other than the watch.

I find the phone does everything better than the watch. Plus everything is easier to read and the battery lasts a lot longer. If you have to keep your phone nearby when using the watch, you might as well just use your phone!

I will say that the Apple Watch was more accurate in comparison to the Fitbit I tried a few months ago. The Fitbit usually had a few thousand steps less than my old pedometer.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_0199.JPGSo now I'm back to using my old pedometer, the Sportline, at least for now. It works good and it's a tough little pedometer! It's been dropped and lost several times but is still going. I can also use my phone for steps, as the app on the phone works just as good as the watch.

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