Would you buy an Apple Watch?

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Sep 9, 2018 39 Comments

To use it as an activity tracker, to read notifications without taking the phone out of the pocket, to track heartbeat etc.

Would you?

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  • Amazon y5ygr
    What use is it?
    Sep 9, 2018 10
    • Amazon y5ygr
      You can track your calories well enough in your head. It's really easy.

      Start with you resting BMR and then:
      Ate sandwich, +300
      Played tennis -250

      Etc, once you know how many calories in most foods and activities, which your watch isn't helping you with anyway. Best way to learn that is with a pen and paper actually: the act of writing it out drills it into your head and after awhile you just know what everything costs and don't need to write it out.

      I guarantee you that your iwatch isn't actually any more accurate than that and the ultimate accurate measure of your calorie deficit is you bathroom scale. If it's showing your weight is gradually going up you need to increase exercise or cut food, no matter what your watch says.

      You don't even need one of those fancy new ones with body fat metrics, just weight is enough. Every week or so check you waist with a tape measure as well, another thing you watch can't do.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • TI / Product IOlOl0
      How do you quantify calories burned from exercise in your head...? Surely a watch taking into account heart rate data is more accurate than ones best guesstimate of calories burned... if I do HIIT for 1 hour it could be 600-700 cals burned, if I lift weights for an hour it might only be 300-400 calories
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Amazon y5ygr
      I bet it's NOT more accurate.

      I bet heart rate and wrist motion is an incredibly inaccurate way of measuring calories. I bet it's wrong by large factors.

      I bet you get a more accurate result using a log of what to were actually doing and published average burn rates for those activities.

      You also need to account food as well. You need to work out whether you have a deficit, and is only important that you are ballpark correct over several days, the watch is misleading you with overly precise but inaccurate data and not helping you with the other side of the balance sheet.

      Once you have a pretty good idea how much calories are in the common activities you do and the typical foods you consume it's trivial to keep a running total in your head.
      Sep 10, 2018
    • TI / Product IOlOl0
      You can be increasing weight while still getting into better shape if you’re increasing muscle mass from lifting... weight isn’t an ultimate end all tracker. I think you’re placing a lot of emphasis on the scale as an ultimate measure. I just appreciate the integration I get from having everything tracked by apps on my phone so I can look back at hard data later on. Apple health/MapMyRun for activity tracking and myfitnesspal for calorie/weight tracking
      Sep 10, 2018
    • Amazon y5ygr
      That's why you check you waistline with a tape measure ~weekly, and weigh yourself ~daily. Those two metrics give you all the information you need to know whether you can eat more or less.

      If you are gaining weight while your waistline is shrinking that's muscle. If your waistline is also growing it's fat.

      iWatch is completely useless here...

      And that calorie tracker on your watch is next to useless. Just googled, it can be wrong by up to 90 percent! And is mostly wrong by a third.
      Sep 10, 2018
  • Apple Jelly fish
    You should use it if you want a control on your health.
    Sep 9, 2018 3
    • Amazon y5ygr
      There are better ways. Eat healthy, exercise more. Get you flu shot.

      Most people should just do that.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Apple m6g€
      Jelly fish man you’re drinking too much koolaid. Ease up a bit please.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Apple Jelly fish
      I think Apple watch is the mother of all health gadgets
      Sep 10, 2018
  • Apple m6g€
    from an Apple employee, FUCK NO. It’s an overrated unreliable piece of shit which can barely pass for a HRM. And those idiots who tell you about events, stocks and daily scheduler are just drinking too much Apple koolaid.
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
    If Apple makes iwatch measure blood sugar (without extracting blood) then it will be biggest gift to humanity
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • Microsoft ABACADABAC
    I load music on it. Paired with Bluetooth headphones let’s me go jogging without my phone.
    Sep 9, 2018 2
    • Amazon y5ygr
      That sounds useful, but I don't jog.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Microsoft ABACADABAC
      Jogging is one of those things where I need as many barriers removed as possible for me to actually go.
      Sep 9, 2018
  • Uber / R&D jidao
    I think it should be the opposite, the yes should explain.
    First I would need to get an iPhone, which is a big no as I hate the iOS, always get loss in it when I borrow the gf's phone.
    Second, of all activities you mentioned only activity tracker is attractive to me and I already have a Garmin that last me a week or 2 on battery and can pass for a real watch the rest of the time. Why would I buy a watch that I need to charge every day, it can't even track my sleep in that case.

    So really I don't see why...
    Sep 9, 2018 1
    • Amazon y5ygr
      iWatch doesn't work with Android?

      Well there's a fatal flaw.
      Sep 10, 2018
  • Tesla / Eng
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    No. Partly because I don’t find the utility worth it, and partly because I’m distracted enough by my phone as it is. I’d rather have more time where I’m disconnected from the usual barrage of notifications (I like to keep my phone on do not disturb if I can) and wearing a smart watch is somewhat at odds with that.
    Sep 9, 2018 4
    • Amazon Vvra
      The watch helps you get distracted less because you can simply glance at your wrist when a notification comes in rather than have to get our your phone.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Tesla / Eng
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      The notification IS the distraction. That action, regardless of its source, is what cuts the thread of concentration. Hence leaving my phone on do not disturb. Instead of instantly responding to notifications, I wait until I’m taking a break and then check for updates.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Amazon y5ygr
      I think that's getting distracted MORE. I used to have a smart watch and I stopped wearing it BECAUSE it distracted me so much.

      Like I'd be having a good conversation with someone and something idiotic would cause a notification. I'd look to see what it was, couldn't help myself. Probably telling me I had a friend request on some social media. Meanwhile a real person I care about is right in front of me telling me something important, sees me looking at my watch and break off the conversation assuming I don't care.
      Sep 9, 2018
    • Tesla / Eng
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      Enlighten me as to how checking your phone once an hour is somehow more distracting than looking down at your wrist every single time a notification goes off? 😂
      Sep 9, 2018
  • Booking.com B.randon
    No, a watch is more of a vanity item for me, and I think a classic watch is much classier.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
    The only thing I don't like is Siri. Siri doesn't understand any thing
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • Facebook / Eng kerby
    No, companies have not come up with compelling applications that make me want one.
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
    I love the apple watch. One of the most useful wearable tech.. I own iwatch3 And I will buy iwatch4
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • Cruise Automation / Eng Rocksolid
    No. Just no. I’d be embarrassed to even wear one. Every time I see someone fiddling with one I find it extremely hard not to immediately judge them. I mean it’s an Apple Watch. You basically are buying an Apple paperweight you need to charge daily. If Apple made an paperweight I bet people would still line up for that shit. Good on them for building a great brand but at a certain point this crap gets laughable.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Booking.com B.lame
    A smartwatch you need to charge daily? Never.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Comcast / Mgmt
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    aethernetmore
    I have had one since the original and plan to upgrade to the series 4 when it’s released later this month.

    Things I like:
    - Setting a reminder by voice (“Hey Siri, remind me to review so and so document at four pm”)
    - Viewing and replying to text messages without pulling out my phone, using either the canned responses or with voice transcription
    - Setting timers for things around the house like stuff in the oven, laundry, etc
    - Seeing “vip” email alerts so I know when something relatively important is in my inbox
    - activity and workout tracking, more in terms of overall goal setting than precise numbers
    - Seeing upcoming meetings and events at a glance (I have that on my default watchface)
    - and finally, knowing what time it is :-)

    I have a job where I am not continuously staring at a computer screen with my phone docked to it- I walk around quite a bit, or participate in and lead meetings where it’s not cool to be continually looking at my phone- so it’s been a great accessory for my use cases. The notifications can be adjusted, and I’ve progressively pared them down so that I don’t get spurious stuff on the watch (deleting Facebook from my phone helped a lot!)
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Google 𓁻⅃𓁻
    Tried it, battery life needs to be improved before it becomes my daily driver. I use a Fitbit now and now I can be away from a charger for 3 days and not worry.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • DocuSign 10charonly
    Battery life of Apple watch is terrible (or so I've read). Get a Garmin Fenix so you can do a weekend trip without charging. And the display is slightly recessed so less likely to get all scratched up.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Google gdude
    I like running without my phone. Also you feel safer with it if you are doing water sports. It looks ok and cheaper than alternatives like garmin fenix. You need to buy an external strap for better measurements as with any other sport watch. Charging every second day is not a huge deal deal for me.
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon PikA10
    I don't like how watches feel
    Sep 10, 2018 0
  • Research Now / Eng Shinzaemon
    I love the breathing reminder, activity circles, meeting reminders, scribble text messages.
    Sep 9, 2018 0