I was working on a different post when I got distracted by a Facebook update. When I checked on my memories from last year, I saw that 1 year ago today I ordered my Apple Watch at 3AM EST (thanks for that Apple - couldn't you just make it midnight East Coast time). Then I remembered that I started working on a post about living with it for 6 weeks and then decided to resurrect it for a 1 year anniversary. So, here's my own experience with it for 1 year.
What I Like About My Apple Watch
I love the notifications I get because I don't need to constantly check my phone and with a simple glance I can see what's going on. I think that makes my phone battery last longer. Also, I like using it to track my pulse rate over the day. I do sometimes wear it in bed to see what my resting hear rate is while sleeping; however, when I do wear it in bed, it sometimes wakes me up because I move my arm and the watch turns on.
I love the home screen notifications. I get the time, any calendar items, and a quick glance at the weather. Plus, the music you are playing as well as heart rate are quick swipes away.
I do enjoy using it while working out - pretty much for tracking my time and my heart rate. It's also super helpful while driving because without taking my hand off the wheel, I can skip songs, respond to phone calls, and even easily follow directions (when it's time to make a turn you get a little vibration). If I was commuting a ton, the Apple Watch would be indispensable. However, it's not indispensable for me because I don't commute like I used to.
Here's What I Don't Like About My Apple Watch
I don't really use a lot of the applications that are available. I probably could delete most of the apps that are loaded on my phone. The apps themselves seem like cheap stripped down version of their iPhone app counterparts. Shazam? Never seems to work. The other news apps - just really push a lot of alerts. Starbucks? Not even sure I need to use it. Also, if I'm not exercising or driving for a distance, I don't wear my watch and to be blunt, I don't miss it.
A year later, I do enjoy my Apple Watch. I highly recommend it to people that commute any distance or go to a lot of offsite meetings. I'm glad I bought it but it really isn't this awesome earth shattering device wearing product. It's more like a great notification device that extends the life of your iPhone's battery.