If you’ve been following tech news lately, then you know that yesterday Apple announced more specifics about its upcoming watch. I’ve been checking the details with no small amount of interest, mainly (of course) because I’ve been thinking about buying one. Why would I want a $350 watch? That’s the question of the day, isn’t it?
Reasons against buying the watch are pretty straightforward:
- It costs at least $350
- I don’t currently wear a watch
So then the question becomes, “Why would I want to spend $350 for a thing I don’t currently use, and haven’t used in years?”
And surprisingly, the answers there aren’t as straightforward as you might think
First up, I really dislike checking my phone. Every time I have to get it out, it’s one more temptation to me to do something else. Check Facebook. Check Twitter. Check email. Check the news. Because my phone is also the main way I tell time, then this becomes problematic, since I check time often. Checking my phone less would be a good thing. An Apple Watch would let me glance at my wrist whenever I get a notification, as opposed to having to lug out the phone each time. I know this sounds like a major first world complaint, but let’s face it: I’m a first world kind of a guy. I’m at peace with that.
Next, I currently carry a pedometer around with me everywhere. Tracking my steps has become one of the main ways I make sure I exercise and stay health(ish). But always remembering my pedometer is a pain. Having a watch that filled this function would be a big plus for me–enough that I’ve considered buying a fitbit or something like it.
I use my iPhone heavily. I’ve completely bought into the Apple ecosystem. So for me, that watch would be able to do quite a bit for me. I’d have all my music with me, my photos, and my calendar. I imagine it would simplify a fair bit. I especially like that it connects to your iPhone over wifi, so I wouldn’t need to always have my phone right next to me. Just ask Denisa–I need my phone with me less. Trust me.
And then there’s one more simple matter: I love gadgets. Love love them. And having that watch . . . there’s more than a bit of James Bond about it. Very tempting.
But I’d like to hear what you all think about the watch. Are you thinking about buying one? Why or why not? Do you already have a smartwatch, and are you happy with it? Inquiring minds want to know . . .