It’s been a little over a month since the Spring Forward event, where Tim Cook and his team unveiled the Apple Watch with the debatable price structure. The majority of the people I know either own the Apple Watch Sport, or the Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Sport Band or Milanese Loop. I, for one went all out and purchased the 42mm Space Black Apple Watch with Black Link Bracelet. Personally, I think the Space Black Watch is worth my hard earned cash and it looks absolutely amazing.
The pre-order process itself was pretty easy. Unlike most Apple midnight launches, the Apple Online Store came online within minutes after midnight. This time around, I opted to go through the Apple Store app on my iPhone. After going through all the hoops, I was able to get my order in. The only real disappointing thing was that the band kicked off with a 4-6 week shipping window. But, as they say, Apple isn’t obligated to work on your order till they reach your shipping window. Apple did just that, they didn’t start working on the Space Black Watch orders until the first day (May 13th).
My only complaint wasn’t with Apple, but it was with my bank. They had blocked the original charge on May 18th due to fraud protection. Luckily, I called them up, early that morning, it got fixed, and everything was good. Apple charged my card later that day and Apple pushed me into “Preparing to Shipment” the same day. On Wednesday, April 20th Apple shipped my order and it got here the next day via UPS.
Space Black Apple Watch with White Sport Band.
I opted to pick up the Watch at my local UPS hub because my patience level was below zero. I picked up my Watch at 8:30 AM from my local UPS Customer Center and got my Watch up and running at 9 AM. I began my day with 84 percent battery. My Watch (as expected), shipped with Watch OS 1.0 and not 1.0.1. I proceeded with my day with the Watch on my wrist. For reference, I had previously owned a Pebble for roughly 2 years.
The Initial Day
As most people know, the first couple days with any new product are outliers. I had checked the time at least 50 times throughout the day. On top of that, I used Apple Pay at a vending machine and used Apple Pay at the Apple Store to pay for AppleCare+ and an additional charger for my Watch. Here in Seattle it was 75 degrees (which is fairly hot). So, I decided to swap out my Black Link Bracelet for a White Sport band which ironically came in yesterday as well. The Apple Store employees were melting over the Black Stainless case with White Sport band combo. Unsurprisingly, the Sport band is really comfortable. It definitely feels more comfortable than my Pebble band.
To address the question, “Isn’t the link bracelet really heavy?” I would say no. Yeah, having the sport band on it feels much lighter but having an all metal Watch isn’t that heavy. After the initial few minutes, the Watch begins to feel like it’s a part of you.
Throughout the initial day, I also used a ton of apps. Being a 1.0 release I was ready to wait for apps to take their time to load. I used Transit to get myself around the city, played some Trivia Crack, checked the weather with Dark Sky and replied to a few handful of messages using a combination of animated emojis, text replies and dictation replies. I also carried a few Digital Touch drawings and heartbeats throughout my day.
Coming from the Pebble, I immediately enabled taptic touch on my Apple Watch. The Pebble is more of a buzz on the wrist, while the Apple Watch is more like a tap on the wrist. Being so used to the Pebble, enabling prominent taptic adds more taps rather than making the taps more harder. Though, sometimes it feels like it really is tapping you harder. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)
The Apple Watch won’t change your life, it really won’t. You have to let it adapt to your lifestyle, don’t try to force it into your life. Even though I’ve only had it for under a day, I can see my use cases. For me, I use it while I’m out and about, or when I’m transitioning between my classes. Third-party apps are a little slow, they’re not as bad as some say, but there is a noticeable wait time. I just updated to 1.0.1 and third-party apps seem noticeably faster, but they’re still slow. As long as Watch apps run through the phone, we should expect apps to be slow. I think it was a tough decision for Apple to make. Either, don’t ship with Watch apps at all, or compromise and run them through the phone. As it’s only been the first day, I won’t discuss battery life as it’s expected to drain a lot faster the first couple of days.
Do you have an Apple Watch? If not, are you planning to get one? Sound off in the comments below.