When the Apple watch was first announced, my oldest daughter had decided that she would like to get one. She has been saving up for many months in order to buy this. It has been very long in coming but finally she received notice that it would be delivered on Monday. We missed the delivery but we were able to take delivery of it on Tuesday.
As with most Apple devices, it comes well packaged in a white box. Very little chance of damage in transit.
My daughter ordered the Apple Watch Sport version with the larger screen in blue sport band.
It comes with the watch in a sturdy long padded case. Below the case is the USB charger cable and the excellent USB charger for UK use with foldable pins – this feature makes it so much easier to bring about, as it can be very flat when the pins are folded in.
There are two different straps to allow the watch to fit most wrist sizes – clearly my daughter needed the shorter one attached.
When the Apple watch is first switched on, it will prompt you to pair it with your iPhone. This needs to be at least an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s and upwards.
Essentially you are prompted to focus the rear camera of the iPhone onto the Apple Watch. Once that is done, the Apple Watch will be paired with the iPhone. It can then start syncing and be ready to be used.
During the setup, the iPhone will prompt you as to whether you are wearing the watch on the left or right hand, and for choice of where you would like the button to be situated – on the right for easier access by right handed people, and left for left handed people.
As my daughter is left handed, we had to swap the bands around so the button is on her left and easily accessible.
Once the Apple Watch is set up, it will display the watch screen. Clearly my daughter prefers the digital mode.
There is also a screen for access to the various Apps. This includes a remote button for the iPhone camera, email, music, pictures and even access to the phone function. Activating the Camera App will result in the phone displaying on its screen what the Camera (front or rear) of the iPhone is seeing. Do note however, that the Apple Watch does not come with a camera of its own – I wonder if this will be included in subsequent Apple Watches? Then it will be very futuristic Facetime – just like in the science fiction movies of old.
Now what does Apple Watch add to the iPhone? It gives a new interface that you wear on your wrist to access the iPhone through the Bluetooth connection. This means that the iPhone could be left in its case, in the pocket or anywhere else out of sight (as long as the Bluetooth connection works), and still be accessible – this can be very useful for those who need quick and easy access to data or information.
But the need for the Bluetooth connection means that it will drain the power of the iPhone faster. One thing my daughter commented was that she was pleased to have bought the watch with the bigger screen, as that isn’t very large anyway, which means the smaller one would have been too small for her.
What can the Apple Watch do?
1) It functions as a watch to tell time as well as local information such as temperature.
2) It gets information from the iPhone onto your wrist and at your fingertips.
3) There is a touch screen, a dial and also access to its features through Siri, , so it gives you many ways to access the various features.
4) Acts as a remote or allows for control of other devices such as Apple TV, control of volume of airplay speakers or access to home automation such as heating control, lights etc.
5) When the iPhone is mounted on a tripod or propped on a stable support, you can use the Camera App to trigger the camera – great for when you would like to be in group photos or part of the photo, as you can preview what the camera sees prior to pressing the shutter.
6) It can monitor health related information, as you wear it on your wrist.
I have never been convinced by Siri, but perhaps things will work better on the Apple Watch – we shall see. So far it seems to be working pretty well for my oldest daughter. Also of interest would be just how long the battery will last, both on the Apple Watch and the iPhone – and specifically whether it will last through the day?
Suffice it to say my daughter is very pleased with it, as it is a gadget she has been saving up and eagerly waiting for these many long months – she can have a good play with it now, especially now that her exams are over. We shall see how useful it really is. Well, at least if all else fails, it will still function as a watch.