I’ve wondered this as well.
I wanted to revisit this topic after a few months of using the AW S4 every day.
I’m actually finding the watch able to do exactly what I want it to: keep me off my phone, but connected to the items that matter.
For example, on days my wife works and I’m home with the kids, I usually don’t want my phone in my pocket. Especially if I’m tired, the phone can end up being an unwanted distraction for both me and my kids. Previously, if I did this, I was always wondering about important communications. Now with the watch, I have no doubt, and no worries if I don’t have my phone nearby. I’ve also been taking the same approach at night after work, and it’s been great.
The workout and activity tracking have been a game changer this time around. I’m staying more active and more mobile consciously because the watch helps me keep track of this visibly throughout the day. This is a choice I’ve made to use the tool this way, but it’s been doing what I want it to do.
As far as distractions go, I haven’t hit the point where I felt overwhelmed by the watch at all. I think there are a few reasons for that.
- I don’t have as many notifications as I used to.
- I am more intentional with the inputs I put into my brain throughout the day.
The latter I think is the more important, as I’ve noticed on days where I’ve spent more time looking at Twitter, Reddit, and the like (purposeless activity), I find myself overwhelmed and anxious. The converse is true, too – when I don’t do those things, I feel a lot better.
Overall, I’m happy with my Series 4. I’m not worried about skipping the Series 5, either. Here’s to hoping I can use my watch for multiple years to come