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Why Apple Watch?
Two goals: fitness and coffee app
- A family member died recently and I wanted to step up my game on my fitness habits and tracking.
- I want to make a coffee brewing app for Apple Watch (limited functionality)
Lasts all day – no real problems except when I was really trying to test out a ton of apps (20-30% at night)
The screen is amazing – works great in doors and it's bright enough out doors. Out of all the screens for a smart watch, the Apple Watch is the best.
The other part that goes hand and hand with a good screen is good user input and no lag. Other smart watches are sluggish – the Apple Watch is very responsive with 60 FPS (frames per second). Overall the experience is very fluid.
Metal - Steel vs. Aluminum
My preference is Aluminum – I’m not big on jewelry and flashy objects. Brushed aluminum fits my style (jeans, shorts, and t-shirts)
The Aluminum also feels significantly lighter on my wrist – I don’t notice it as much as the Steel.
The original watches I used to wear have all been sport watches, so that is my bias with the Apple Watch.
38mm vs 42mm
Bigger is better, as long as your not petite. Hands down I would recommend the 42mm size.
Buttons are all bigger and easier to hit with larger fingers (I’m only 5’5” 162.5lbs with a muscular build).
It’s a $50 difference in price for the aluminum and I think it’s worth it.
Plus you’ll get longer battery life with the 42mm over the 38mm Apple Watch.
My favorite band is the Apple Watch sport band – it’s so flexible and adapts to all my physical activities (ultimate frisbee).
The metal bands were too rigid for me – I want flexible.
The leather is ok, but I prefer the texture and feel of the sport band more.
Favorite colors are black and white sport bands.
I love the ease of use of the Fitness app to start a run, walk with my dog (Australian shepherd), or P90X3.
The built in heart sensor helps me understand exertion and when I need to back down or when I push harder again.
This is a great way to make sure you are moving and that you fill in the circles. It gives you a few goals to work towards by the end of the day. Just the push I needed to keep going.
I can compare easily to Steph and that adds another level of commitment to staying active and working to be more healthy.
I have been trying to increase my running cadence – so I use the metronome app that works pretty well. You need both the iPhone + Apple Watch to do this, since there are no native APIs yet. Audio would probably need bluetooth headphones.
On some runs or walks I’ll control my iPhone in a running belt using the music app on the Apple Watch. This works great – though I didn't’ realize I need to get blue tooth ear phones to listen to music without my iPhone on my runs.
I really would like to leverage more sensor data in some of my app ideas, but they currently are not possible without the native API. We’ll see when that roles out in the Fall of 2015.
I experimented with some basic Apple Watch app prototypes, but put them on hold to work on the iPhone version of my new Brew Coffee App.