Best Buy Review by TexasGuy
The Best Smartwatch
I really wanted the stainless steel Apple Watch with the mesh band, but I couldn't justify spending that much, especially given how quickly technology changes. Instead, I got this space gray aluminum case with the nylon band that has a mesh-like look. I absolutely LOVE this Apple Watch, although I admit that a big part of why I like it has to do with how well it integrates with my iPhone. I can take a phone call from my wrist instead of digging my phone out of my pocket or purse, and the text messages and notifications that appear on my phone/iPad show up on the watch. Set-up was mostly easy, although I had to restart my phone because it couldn't read the coded icon on the watch face at first. I don't recommend women going larger than this 38mm size, although I've seen it on men, too, and it doesn't look small.
I especially love that this Series 2 watch is waterproof and has GPS, both of which allow for a greater range of recorded activities. I can tap the date at the top left and bring up my calendar for the day. Depending on which watch face you choose (and you can change from minute to minute), I can tap on the outdoor temperature to bring up the forecast. I can see what my heart rate is, see my progress on activity goals, and start recording a specific exercise. I can control the music I want played out of my iPhone (great when I’m walking outside with headphones on). I can text using the voice control, and I can conjure up Siri. Many apps that are compatible with the iPhone are also compatible with the Watch. The biggest downside is that you need to know the icons that represent the apps you want to open since there’s no keyboard and therefore no search capabilities – you move the icons around with your finger until you find the one you want.
So far, at least, the charge lasts from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed. I charge it overnight, every night, but I suspect it might last at least halfway through another day. Last night, for example, I had a 45% charge remaining when I went to bed. The 38mm is perfect for a women’s wrist, and it’s so lightweight that I’m not conscious of wearing it except when it vibrates to indicate a message/notification or when I go to use a specific app. If you have large wrists, you might have to buy a bigger band; I have relatively small wrists, and I have only four notches remaining.
I’ve tried several smart watches, and none are as elegant with the user interface and functionality. The Pebble comes the closest, but now that they’ve sold their company to FitBit, the Apple Watch has little or no competition in terms of quality. Yeah, the Apple Watch isn’t cheap, but you CAN get one of the lower priced ones. If you want the waterproof and GPS capabilities, you’ll want the Series 2. The processor is also supposedly faster – I have nothing to compare it to so I don’t know how much of a difference that makes.
The funny thing is that I wasn’t sure I wanted an Apple Watch despite loving new technology. Now I’m sure that I will wear this every day.