I've used a Fitbit and a couple friends have Apple watches, but the entire concept of charging an always connected timepiece just makes no sense to me.
However, I bought a Pebble a few years ago, and I have to say there is definitely a way to do smartwatches right. The idea of charging a watch regularly is annoying, I can't deny, but Pebble did something right when they prioritised battery life. I routinely get over a week of use out of the Pebble, and that's with an always-on LCD screen (contrary to popular belief, it's not a traditional e-ink display, but a 'memory LCD', which has a refresh rate fast enough to display animations), which for all the watch does is quite acceptable battery life. It can fully charge from USB in an hour. And the ability to have a watch face showing a large amount of information at once (just like the 'complications' on traditional watches) really helps - on the main one I use, I can see the local weather at a glance. Having certain notifications pushed from my phone is also useful. Although sometimes, I do find myself ensuring the watch is exposed to sunlight like my Casio, trying to charge it.
If there were a wrist-worn device that can track my runs, open my garage door, turn on the lights, remind me to water the neighbor’s plants tomorrow at noon, play me some music and...oh, what the hell, tell me the time, too...THEN we’d have something worth wearing on my wrist all day. Which is why I have an Apple Watch and not a Casio.
It's so stupid but this watch plus my AirPods are kinda life changing. I swear I'm not being paid by Apple to say this, either. There are still some issues obviously but, on the whole, it would take a lot to get me to stop wearing this thing.
All I wanted is e-ink for longer battery life so that I can charge less, and bluetooth that actually fucking work.
I wasted so much time trying to troubleshoot bluetooth issues to sometime to no avail.
But... I'm over the regular hassle of everything just suddenly not working at all. On some of them it's the strap which is less of a deal. On others it's the display. On other things it's the motion sensing. On another it's the pairing and bluetooth. Everything is just such a headache that, cumulatively, I couldn't do it anymore. The fact that they also don't sync to anything except their own portal unless you pay for a third-party app to connect to it is another nail in the coffin.
Haven't so far and don't ever plan to go back to the FitBit world. Once this latest scale and tracker die, I'm out.
Ultimately, I need the time, preferably in two time zones, and the date. I've got a GMT watch now and a Casio I use for when I'm working on the house of in the yard.
I like my Apple Watch for workout tracking, but that's the only mileage it gets these days.
As I've gotten busier, I prefer a pull model, not a push. I block off parts of my day and don't want to be disturbed. It became a hassle to police and that's okay.
I originally bought it to give me a better sense of my activity level. I now understand that and will continue to use it for workouts but it's just not interesting as an every day wear sorta thing.
Clearly Apple Watch is meant more for that.
The author is questioning the utility of doing all that bullshit from something strapped to his wrist.
>Clearly Apple Watch is meant more for that.
You don't say?
(looking forward to the day when I'm the one clinging to my old-fashioned Apple Watch, complaining about the kids with their wrist live-tattoos or eyeball implants or god knows what is coming)
I still carry and pen and paper everywhere I go smart phone be damned.
My problem is the only way to retain notes over 8 years or more is plain paper and pen, or plain text. Of late, I've also started using ruled index cards.
... Ah, you're a sound chip! I had one of those. The sweet memories of teenage electronics projects circa 1985...
I forgot the pleasure of wearing a simple watch.