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Why the Apple Watch won me over

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple Watch? smartwatch? iPhone? Android? Windows?

In the middle of the volley of attacks aimed towards the Apple Watch, one blogger intends to set things straight to put things in perspective as regards the smartwatch from Apple.

The Apple Watch has changed my life for the better, solving all the problems I had with the iPhone (such as missing calls while I tried to find it) as well as solving other problems I didn't even now I had until I got it.

I didn't want to write this blog about the Apple Watch, because I didn't want to seem like an Apple geek. But after reading the misleading reviews by other editors that shall remained unnamed, I just felt like I had to set the story straight. For one thing, all the features that one reviewer panned (he had put his Apple Watch on Craigslist because of them) were exactly the ones that not only work for me, but have streamlined by workflow and changed my life...for the better.

I know that Apple CEO Tim Cook showers with his Apple Watch and it's supposed to be water proof to 5m or some such, but I put my Apple Watch on as soon as I get out of the shower; it doesn't seem right to me to shower wearing a watch. But as soon as I put it on I start using it. I check the weather first, which tells me hour-by-hour (on a round display that shows temperatures instead of hours) so I know what layers to wear to make it through each day. While I'm dressing I turn on some mood music from the watch which is paired to my "bedroom" Mac. And at breakfast I continue listening to music in the kitchen by streaming it from my iPhone to my Bluetooth headset I wear all day to answer the phone. Whenever a phone call comes through I get a tap on the wrist then it goes straight to my headset, or if I'm not wearing it, it "rings" on my wrist where I can them answer directly from the watch, which has a small but very hearable speaker, to which I answer back by talking into the MEMS microphone on the same side of the watch (opposite the crown) just like Dick Tracey.

Apple Watch

The edition I bought was 38mm (because the 42mm doesn't look like a watch on your wrist unless you are a giant) with the black anodised aluminum case for light weight and sweat-resistant band that is curved underneath so it breathes). (Source: Apple)

To do a selfie, all you do its put your iPhone where you want it (I have a stand built into my ZeroChrome case, so it can be propped up either horizontally or vertically). Using the photo app on the Watch I can see in real-time what the iPhone's camera is seeing, and after getting every-one, -thing or -whatever framed properly I snap the shutter directly from the watch.

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