I’m in the middle of a dilemma — I have a 42mm Apple Watch Gen 1. What do I do with it?
I’ve been back and forth about it for months, but wanted to get the Guild’s input on my thought process.
In fall 2015, I purchased a 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Grey. I wanted one because I was into fitness tracking. I had a Jawbone UP for around 9 months before it broke on me. I loved the UP because it was simple. It did fitness and sleep tracking, and served as a vibrating alarm.
Jawbone replaced it with a newer version (which sucked and I promptly sold). I tried a Fitbit for 3 days, and returned it after the band holder irritated my skin to the point of blistering. I’m convinced this was a plastics problem like Fitbit experienced prior, though their support did not agree with me.
At this time, the Apple Watch had only been shipping for a few months. I was hesitant to drop the cash, but once I bought it, I was really grateful to get one.
For most of 2 years, my experience with the Apple Watch was positive. However, since watchOS 3, the experience on the watch has drastically degraded.
Due to the current state of my experience with the watch, I wanted to spell out some of the pros and cons I’ve been thinking through. Maybe you can help shed some insight or share some thoughts about how I can use the watch I have more effectively.
Pros of Apple Watch
- Weather - When I’m out and about, at work, or out of town, I love to be able and see weather happenings on my watch face. Dark Sky has the best complication I’ve tried for doing just this.
- Notifications - Especially for text messages, I enjoy how Apple Watch lets me see what people are saying without marking the message as read. It allows me to more easily keep track of texts I need to yet respond to, plus quickly and easily get communication from my family without drastically interrupting me.
- Fitness Tracking - While I’m not huge into fitness, it’s been nice to be able to look at metrics regarding my own activity. AutoSleep has been a fun tool to track sleep, too.
- Siri, When It Works - On watchOS 1, I felt Siri worked pretty well. While active and unable to type texts, Siri on the watch used to dictate for me fairly well and reasonably quickly.
Cons of Apple Watch
- Gen 1 is SLOW - Yes, I know this is resolved by a hardware upgrade. However, I spent over $400 on a watch that’s now become almost a brick after 3 years. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
- Siri - Since watchOS 3, Siri started to suck more, becoming less responsive and accurate. I almost never use Siri anymore because it takes 30 seconds to respond that it even heard me correctly.
- Can be distracting - Notifications, while they have their upsides, do have their downsides as well, like habitually looking at my watch in the middle of a conversation, causing the other party to think I am checking the time and need to go. They also can distract me from getting real work done, as checking the notifications is reflexive.
- Expensive to upgrade - As stated in the first part, I need to spend another $300-$400 just to get a semi-decent experience, which will become obsolete and non-performant in another 3-4 years.
I’ve been wearing a high quality normal watch lately. I don’t have to worry about charging it, being interrupted by notifications, or about upgrading it every few years at high cost. However, I do miss many of the convenience features Apple Watch does give me when I do wear it.
I’ve already been about a month without an Apple Watch on my wrist. I may slowly reintroduce it to see if I really actually enjoy it. It can cause me anxiety at times, but I’m open to potentially try out the Series 3. That being said, what do you think?