I used to wear a watch every day until I got an iPhone. Suddenly, something I used to need wasn’t needed anymore. Which leads me to an important point when it comes to purchases- want versus need.
When the iPad first came out, I wanted one, but I didn’t think I needed one. Being a huge Apple fan and a technology junkie, I was still an early adopter. Within a few days, after carrying it around my house with me from room to room, I soon realized I needed one.
I was surprised by how quickly the iPad became an integral part of my everyday life. I started using my computer less and my iPad more for things like email, reading, and browsing the Internet. It improved the quality of my digital life, and even helped my aching back by reducing time in my office chair. And I can’t even begin to measure how important the iPad has been for my daughter London, a toddler with Down syndrome.
So when I heard that Apple was making a watch, it came back to that want versus need thing. I wanted one, but I didn’t think I necessarily needed one. Nevertheless, always riding on the bleeding edge of technology, I set my alarm for 2:55am EST to order an Apple Watch from the online store the moment they went on sale.
Ironically, as excited as I was, I fell back asleep somewhere around 2:58am while waiting for the Apple Store to open. I didn’t wake up till almost 6am in a state of panic because two of the bands I had wanted were already backordered- the Milanese loop and blue sports band, for those of you that were curious. (I’m still waiting for Swarovski to come out with a third party bling band.)
Fortunately, I was still able to order my stainless steel Apple Watch with the black, classic buckle and given a two week window for delivery. When April 24th finally arrived, I was tickled pink to be one of the lucky ones to receive it on the very first day. The UPS guy was even excited, inquiring whether it was Apple’s new watch in the box.
My in-laws and my mom happened to be over at the time. They crowded around as I eagerly opened the box, oohing and aahing as I took it out. I easily fastened it on my tiny wrist, shocked to see it could even go two notches tighter. (My wrists are so small I often can’t get a watch to fit, even with all the links taken out.) Kudos to Apple’s design team!
I quickly paired it with my iPhone and began exploring. Instinctively, I was able to figure out how to do just about everything except the one thing I wanted to do most– customize the watch face. I had to –God forbid– read the instructions to find out that I needed to use the new Force Touch move, a harder press which reveals additional options.
However, I didn’t find it nearly as difficult to use as some reviewers complained about. (It’s a brand new product people. Of course there is bound to be a bit of a learning curve.) And I think Apple did a really great job with the online tutorials. With a little practice the average person will get acclimated in no time.
So, back to my original question- want versus need? I spent so much time with my new toy that I actually had to switch wrists because my left one was getting sore. And how did I feel about my new purchase? Did it reach need status like my iPhone and iPad? It most certainly did.
In just a few days, my new Apple Watch became the missing link that I didn’t even know was missing. It has actually improved my life already. For starters, I no longer have to risk injury hurdling the baby gates to reach my iPhone before it stops ringing. That feature alone made it worth the money.
But it did more than that. It got me to think differently (Pun intended for Apple fans.) I, who adamantly resists most forms of exercise, was actually motivated to reach all three of my Activity goals on my first full day wearing the Apple Watch.
Get this- and those of you who know me really well will find this amusing– I actually got up from watching TV and ran up and down the steps a few times in order to burn those last 10 calories before bed. Without actually leaving the house or participating in a regimented exercise regime, the Apple Watch encouraged me walk over 10,000 steps a day, merely by making me cognizant of how many steps I was actually taking.
In fact, on full day number two, when my husband offered to carry something downstairs for me, I surprised myself by answering, “No, I’ll do it. I still haven’t met my Move goal yet today.” So I can honestly say that the Apple Watch has literally motivated me to exercise, and I really wasn’t expecting that to happen.
But that isn’t all it changed over the course of one weekend. It actually enabled me to make much more effective use of my time. And I think that this is where the Apple Watch really shines and will be the factor that turns it from a want into a need for many people.
While perusing third party apps to install, I came across Things- a digital To Do list. While most people would consider me as tech savvy as they come, I was surprisingly still back in the stone age, crossing off my To Do items with pen and paper on a clipboard. With the ability to store a list in the Things Cloud and access it from my computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, I thought this app might be a good fit for me. But it didn’t end there, before I knew it, I was installing the Hours time tracking app, and then I was planning my weekdays, hour by hour, with iCal.
Now, with a simple glance at my Apple Watch, using my favorite Modular watch face in custom blue, I can see “8:30-11:15am- Write.” And guess what? It’s now 10:46am, and here I am writing! Since the birth of my daughter my To Do list has been growing exponentially longer and weighing more heavily upon my shoulders. This Monday morning, that load seems a lot lighter.
I am now as digitally organized as they come, and it feels great. This morning, when I suddenly remembered I had to schedule an appointment with the sprinkler guy, I didn’t have to look for my clipboard- I just raised my wrist and added it to my Things app, faster than I could stand up. And when my alarm went off reminding me that the school bus was on its way, I didn’t have to run upstairs looking for my phone to turn it off, I dismissed it instantly on my Apple Watch.
Since I opened the box, I haven’t missed a single phone call. I was able to reply to my husband’s text message while continuing to stir the chicken in the pan. I could view every email and notification the instant they arrived. And I’ve finally learned to appreciate Siri’s voice recognition capabilities.
I am a changed woman, heavily armed by Apple to take on this technology driven world. I have found my missing link, and my digital life has now come full circle. For the first time I am literally connected, with my Apple Watch wrapped snuggly around my tiny wrist. I could go on and on waxing poetically, but my Apple Watch just alerted me that I’ve been sitting at the computer a little too long and it’s now Time to Stand : )