Just a gimmick?! Review of the Apple Watch Series 2
Stuffed inside my Santa Sack was a long oblong shaped present scrawled on in my Dad's handwriting. Like me, Dad is a bit of technology fiend, so I suspected an Amazon Echo or some kind of electronified object, from wireless headphones to a smart toaster. To my absolute shock, I peeled away the red and gold wrapping paper to reveal Apple's signature all-white packaging...it was a gold Apple Watch Series 2. I quickly unwrapped the little beauty, set it up and it hasn't left my wrist since!
I've always been interested in the Apple Watch, but never considered making the splurge. I deemed them chunky, indulgent and slightly gimmicky, without paying much attention to the new release. My preconceptions couldn't have been more misplaced. In terms of style, my Dad did a brilliant job and picked the 38mm (smallest size) gold aluminium face with a concrete grey sports band. The watch isn't chunky or oversized, but appears small and sleek. The gold aluminium also adds to the feminine, delicate feel of the watch. True, I wouldn't wear this to a black tie dinner, but I've found it does add an extra something to outfits - especially businesswear. The grey strap goes with everything.
I was pleasantly surprised at how light and comfortable the watch sits on the wrist. The watch really is light and the sports band is designed beautifully. It is sleek, ergonomic, incredibly comfortable and not sweaty in the slightest. I take this watch off when I sleep (it converts into night-stand mode when plugged in for charge) and charge it up every two days.
What I use mine for
At the end of the day, the Apple Watch is...well...a watch, so I mostly use it to tell the time! The watch face lights up by sensing when you flick your wrist and this works 90% of the time. On rare occasions I end up frantically flicking my wrist to get the screen to light up - so it isn't perfect.
The gorgeous selection of customisable faces is one of the best features about the Apple Watch. You customise and modify the face on the Apple Watch app on your phone and there are so many different faces to choose from. I have mine set in the utilitarian style with a button connected to my work email in the top right-hand corner. I also regularly use the timer and alarm settings when I need a quick count down or reminder!
Beside the timepiece features, the activity tracker has been an absolute game changer. Every day I keep track of my step count and frantically walk round the park if I haven't made it to 10,000! I have notifications that tell me to stand up when I've been sat down for too long and the watch keeps a log of all my day to day movement. The fitness features are amazing, you can track your heart rate and distance travelled mid-workout, as well as record your route on daily runs. I'm planning on writing another post on the integration of my Apple Watch into my fitness routine - so watch this space!
Other features worth mentioning are the Spotify music controls, incredibly smart Siri for hands-free texting and calling, as well as notifications for...wait for it...don't judge me...work emails!
What I don't use
I've had my Apple Watch for about a month now and find new ways to use it every week. However, there are some features that I just haven't bothered with. One of those being the 'Breathe' feature. Every day, my watch tells me to take a minute out to just 'breathe' and then proceeds to buzz breathing patterns to my wrist. This is a little too far for me! I also haven't used the Nike Run GPS tracking App yet, for no other reason than I don't like road running!
One month on, I've started to feel very lost when I don't have the Apple Watch strapped to my wrist. It's stylish, sleek and extremely useful. Fitness fanatics - don't bother with that dull Fitbit malarky if you can afford to shell out an extra £100. This Apple Watch has revolutionised my workouts and encourages me every day to move, stand and go outside! To the skeptics that claim the Apple Watch is an uncomfortable bodily-extension of the iPhone, I've never been more detached from my phone. Quite the contrary, while my phone sits somewhere in the house or at my desk, cold from the days of hourly Facebook checking and Instagram scrolling, I'm walking around with my head up, prioritising my time and connecting to the world at my fingertips...well...my wrist.