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What Does The Apple Watch Do? My Top 5 Features.

Updated on September 7, 2018
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Professional technical writer turned hobby writer. Father. Engineer. Amateur life coach.

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Subtle disclaimer... When I first heard about the Apple Watch, I thought that it was one of the most useless items that anyone could buy. I have since fixed such terrible thoughts and use my watch every day. I even feel weird when I don't have it on.

The Apple Watch was released April 24th, 2015 and is currently approaching its 4th iteration. Its been a while ride over the past 3 years as we have seen the emergence of many more "wearable technology" options that seem to be competing directly with the apple watch, that sits in the #1 spot.

The Apple Watch is an extension of your iPhone. It can relay many of the alerts and conversations that you have right to your wrist. Texts, phone calls, emails, app alerts, alarms, timers, and a plethora of other features that you don't need to lug your phone out of your pocket to see.

The Apple Watch contains a heart rate monitor, fitness apps, breather exercises, and some other things that are supposed to maintain your wellness. I don't really use those features, but I can see how they would be helpful for those trying to get it together.

Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services.

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WI-FI Connection for your Apple Watch

Imagine that you have left your home frantically. Your phone is patiently waiting to be picked up from your kitchen counter, but that's not going to happen... you are already gone. You already put your watch on for the day because you do that when you wake up.

You are on your way to work and can take comfort in the fact that you can still get a connection to your iMessages through your works Wi-Fi or LTE with your series 3 and 4 watches. Emails will still come through, home emergencies can be avoided because your watch has got your back.

If you have connected to the Wi-Fi location with your phone, your watch will automatically connect if your phone is not present. Seamless.

Hey Siri...

Many people have said that the "Hey, Siri..." commands are extremely inferior to the Google counterpart. I would say that is true, but I would also admit that I have zero desire to have a conversation with my watch.

I do however want to be able to quickly make a call if my hands are full with making food, or holding the baby. A quick... "Hey Siri... text my wife OK" is so much better than trying to pull my phone out of my pocket and waking the baby up or getting grease all over my pants or stopping what I'm doing to text on my phone... then getting distracted. Come on its happened to everyone.

iPhones have a weird feature where "Hey Siri..." only if they are plugged in or if you have the home button pressed. The watch has the ability to recognize the "Hey Siri..." command whenever. Convenient.

My Apple Watch Is Shaking!

As these Top 5 are not in order, I think that this is one of my favorite features. The Apple Watch alerts that come to your phone will not be perceivable to others if you have your watch on that setting that is. The only thing that you will feel is a distinct vibration at your wrist that only you can feel. No loud desk buzzing, or pocket vibrations that get lost in your pants fabric. Just clean and solid notifications... for you.

The vibrations also integrated into the workout and breathing apps. You Apple watch will also give you directions through haptic feedback from your watch, telling you when to take turns, and if they are a left or a right turn. So slick.

Customize You Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has many options for watch faces. Regular, photos overlaid with time, time laps scenery, kaleidoscope, and toy story are a few of my favorites. You can include as much information as you want on your faces. All are customizable. Time, sunset/sunrise, outside temperature, date, and heartbeat are currently on my watch face right now, but if I want a picture of my family with the time and date, all I do it take one big swipe to the right and its changes.

One of the things I hate about a normal watch is that it is the same. I feel like it gets boring. With the Apple Watch, I have never felt that way.

The Apple Watch Is Comfortable

This is the feature that really drives home the fact that I can wear this every day. I have never been a watch guy until I purchased this. Its features are smooth, but not too feminine. The watch band is soft but sturdy. There is no clasp to pinch the heck out of your wrists. I sweat a lot and I can EASILY wipe and clean the watch and band because it's made of silicone. It also stays in place, without being too tight or rolling to the far side of my wrist where I can't see anything.

What Should You Do?

If you have even the slightest thought of... "Oh, that sounds useful" then you should pick one up. Maybe look for a used one, they are solidly built. Try it out and find out that you enjoy wearing it more than you thought you did.

If you want to check out my other article about fitness motivation check out the link below.


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