By: Adele Marchant
Photos by: Megan Rooney
The rumors of a drop in Apple’s annual profits for the first time in fifteen years can really make someone wonder if the new release of the Apple Watch 2 is worth the money. Luckily for you, I recently had a birthday, and happened to receive this gadget in the silver aluminum 38mm sport version. Now, after a month of frequent use, I can say the Apple Watch II has changed my life – and tell you exactly how.
Comfort and Aesthetic
I’ve never been someone to enjoy wearing a watch, as having one on my wrist tends to get on my nerves. With the sports band on the Apple Watch, I do not have that problem in the slightest. The sport bands are comfortable, sporty, and easy to clean. The watch has become a trendy accessory, and is frequently seen on both the wrists of celebrities and people next to me in line at Safeway. I have the color “Pink Sand,” which works great as a neutral. I personally love the look of it on my wrist, and I think it adds a little something to your typical winter sweater-and-leggings athleisure look.
The biggest convenience about my Apple Watch is that I now use my phone less. I was afraid having the watch would make me use my phone more, but being able to screen my notifications has allowed me to not feel the need to grab my phone every time I hear it buzz. When I’m cooking dinner or in class, I can just check my wrist to see who is texting me, rather than digging my phone out of my bag. Because I never miss a reminder or a calendar event, my life has become significantly more organized. The battery life is great, and I have never had it die on me (but you do need to charge it every night!). I have found my phone does die slightly quicker, but this inconvenience is offset by the fact that I use it less now.
My Favorite Apps
As far as features that you don’t see on the iPhone, I love the scribble-to-text feature. It is slower than typing, but is convenient since you don’t have to pull out your phone to reply to someone. There are also preset text responses for you to select and utilize when the conversation allows.
As a longtime FitBit Flex user, I can confidently say I prefer the fitness tracking on the Apple Watch. I love how it tracks your workouts and your heartbeat; I also find that the daily tracking of my activity is slightly more challenging than the FitBit standards, which I like. The fitness tracking part of the watch was my biggest worry, but it is the aspect that I have ended up enjoying the most Also, there are Breathe reminders at least once a day, to remind you to take a moment to breathe. The reminder walks you through one minute of slow and focused breathing, which can easily be forgotten in the whirl of a stressful Georgetown day.
On my home screen I have the next event on my calendar, the temperature outside, the time, my activity levels, the weather, and the exercise tracking app. While I love having all of these easily at my fingertips, my favorite convenience is being able to see what is next on my calendar when I look at my wrist. It helps me be far more organized – when your reminders buzz your wrist, you can’t miss them.
Finally, it never hurts to have Uber notifications on your wrist so that you don’t have to check your phone to see when your ride will arrive.
Honestly, I don’t have very many negatives. Sometimes it can be glitch-y or slow, but these malfunctions are infrequent. Some complain that the screen is too small, but I disagree. I wish I didn’t have to charge it every night, but now that I am used to it I hardly notice the inconvenience.
How Much Do I Actually Use It?
All day, every day. Seriously. I have worn it every day since receiving it, from the moment I wake up to when I go to sleep. If you want to see your notifications on your wrist or to have a high-tech fitness tracker, you will love this. If you want to be more organized or to be on the cutting edge of trendy tech, you will love this.
I can 100% say I would buy this again. Is it essential?
No, but really what is?