I have always liked watches, but for a while now haven’t worn one and my wrist has felt naked. My current watch has been stuck in draw needing its battery and display replaced and I hadn’t got around to getting these issues sorted until recently.
As someone that likes watches I have often stayed clear of digital watches as they just haven’t appealed to me, they just haven’t given me the same feeling as wearing a nice analogue watch and for me, they aren’t as desirable.
Recently though technology companies have made small strides to bring technology and desirability together with varying degrees of success.
Apple have been a company that for some years have been able to bring what is typically a boring slab, whether that be a phone or tablet and made them into something that people buy not only for their usability but also their desirability.
Now I know that some will disagree and that’s fine. I’m certainly no Apple fanboy, but for me I just love the way that their products look, but that is not to say that Samsung or any other manufacture don’t do a decent job
In April 2015 Apple entered the smartwatch market and though simple in its design, it was the first smartwatch that I actually liked the look of , though I’m not an early adopter so didn’t consider it as a purchase.
Which one do I buy? the Series 1 or Series 2?
Like many if not all technology companies, with each new release Apple improve their products while at the same time making older models that little bit cheaper.
Fast forward to September 2016 and Apple have tinkered with their offering and released not one but two watches. The Series 1 and the Series 2. With this iteration I now have something that I might be able to consider.
If I was to buy an Apple Watch I would definitely go for one with a 42mm casing. The one that appeals to me in particular is the Space Black watch with a Stainless Steel Case. This costs a whopping £599.00 so isn’t cheap and way out of budget for something that within a year could be technologically outdated.
The Series 1 as an entry point into Apple Watch ownership and comes with only an aluminium case, a dual core processor and Watch OS3. The Series 2 also comes with a dual core processor and Watch OS but also adds GPS and GLONASS (the Russian Variant ), is water resistant. Now all these seem impressive stats, but I couldn’t care less. When considering buying a smartwatch I want one that just works straight out of the box with my iPhone being from the same company there is no doubt what it will work seamlessly.
So should I buy one or not?
I am still unsure as to whether a smart watch should be positioned as a consumer product or one that should be marketed more towards business users.
I’m unashamedly a lover of all things technological and the idea of being able to receive notifications without taking my phone out of my pocket is certainly something that appeals.
As I get older having health information available to me, no matter how accurate, can only be a good thing. I know myself that I’m not currently as active as I should or need to be and being office based doesn’t help. If I monitor this health information as I do my account tracking apps, it will soon become habit forming and I will be encouraged to move a lot more.
There are obviously arguments for and against buying the watch so here are a few of my considerations below.
- Being Apple it will work seamlessly with my phone
- I’m always connected (for and against)
- I’m a watch person and not having a watch for daily use feels alien to me
- It works with Apple Pay
- I’ll not be so bothered about updating my existing phone to the newest model
- There are cheaper fitness tracker alternatives
- I’m always connected
- I don’t use my phone that much, I’m just not that popular or interesting.
- It will become old technology as soon as I have bought it
The very fact that I am writing this post tells me that I don’t need to spend a small fortune on an Apple Watch just yet, but that is not to say that I won’t in the future, should my circumstances change in such a way that I need to be able to receive notifications whilst my phone is off.
The thing is there are a number of cheaper alternatives that do the same but might not have the same appeal as an Apple product. There is obviously the Fitbit and Jawbone and other health tracking devices that fall below the £30 price point.
Maybe next year then.