During a ‘Hey Siri!’ event held in 2015, Apple announced that it was released several new Apple Watch bands and models, as well as Apple TV, iPhone 6S, and iPad Pro. However, these Watch models should not be considered internal second-generation products. The components and the specifications are the same, and since they were already in stores, it can only be theorized that Apple is attempting to get as many sales from these products as possible.
For example, one of the models that were rolled out during this time was the ‘rose gold’ colored Apple Watch. This proved to be a popular watch choice for many consumers.
The questions do remain. Are there any pros and cons to these types of watches? Do these watches offer any real benefits to the user? The following describes the advantages and disadvantages of the popular Apple Watch.
The Advantages Of The Apple Watch
One of the main reasons why consumers purchase the Apple Watch is because is a great exercise companion. In fact, the primary features of the heart rate sensor as well as the device’s ability to track workout sessions and burned calorie tracker are some of the prime selling points of the device.
However, it is important to remember that the device will not suddenly transform someone who has not worked out in years as a health enthusiast overnight. Living a healthier life is a lifestyle choice, and it should not be determined by a fitness accessory.
With that said, the watch face features hours, minutes and percentages of every activity you have completed. The main objectives for these features are standing, calories burned and minutes run. The heart rate data is placed into the iPhone’s health app under the ‘vitals’ tab located on the dashboard. This means that you can keep track of the most active periods of your day, as well as times you may have felt anger or stress.
Another benefit is drawn many consumers in is the ability to request an Uber pickup from your wrist. This is beneficial if you need assistance while walking around or locating cross streets. The watch offers a ‘hand free experience, ‘ and that is beneficial for those who have a vision impairment. You will get notifications on the phone when the driver is close to you, and updates can be clicked directly from your wrist.
One thing that must be mentioned when talking about disadvantages is the app interaction on an Apple Watch. Even though the Uber app is not a major offender, there are many other apps, including Apple’s messaging app, that unfortunately are.
For example, if you are trying to compose a message, you must force tap on the screen to get to the message list. This ‘compose’ button appears. After pressing ‘add contact,’ your recently used or favorite contacts will appear. However, if you do not, you will have to scroll through your entire list of contacts. This can be time-consuming if you have several hundred Facebook contacts.
After retrieving the contact list, you are presented with only a small space for numbers. So, what if you have seven people named Amber on your list? You will have to go through a series of steps whether the message is dictated text or audio. Unfortunately, this complicated interaction, a multi-step model is common among many Apple Watch apps.
Also, keep in mind that the watch is very dependent on the iPhone. Even if your iPhone is not close by, you will still need to use it to set up the device even if you plan to use Android as your daily driver. Various data will also need to be synced to your iCloud account. This is an important feature to consider because you will be more dependent on Apple’s operating system by owning this watch.
So, is the Apple Watch a ‘must have’ device? With the addition of apps, the Apple Watch has added a few more ‘pros’ to its list. However, the watch should be considered an optional electronic gadget that you will need to decide for yourself if you need it.