First, the bullets, pro and con
- The battery life is way better than reported. I charge it on getting up in the morning. It takes about 1.5 hours, via an inductive coil that sticks magnetically to the back of the watch. It doesn't need to be charged again until the next day. People who claim 5 hour battery lives are nuts; I suspect they're simply playing constantly with it. Under normal use, I find it has about 20% left at 6 a.m.
- It's not complicated to use. It took me about an hour to get the hang of 90% of the functions, and maybe a couple of days to get the rest.
- It's surprisingly useful. It reminds me to walk around every hour, to get exercise; it shows me my grocery list, lets me access Twitter, tracks my exercise and airplane flights, wakes me at 5:30 a.m., and of course tells me the time. It does all the notifications an iPhone does, except it jogs your wrist to tell you to look at them. There are enough of them to keep you up to date, but not enough to be annoying. And there's a 'do not disturb' button.
- Apple Pay is great. Since I'm a chronic loser of credit cards, I expect over a year it will save me twice or three times the hassle of reporting one missing. I haven't yet dared to go into a store without a wallet yet, but it's fun not to have to take it out.
- There aren't enough 3rd party apps yet. I have Microsoft Notes, United, Twitter, eTrade, and TripAdvisor.
- Not enough stores accept Apple Pay. Notice to merchants: I shop at Walgreens now, because CVS won't accept Apple Pay. I was actually the first person use use an Apple Watch to buy something at the Apple Store in Clarendon Square. I had to show the "Genius" how to do it. :-)
- There is a significant bug in the Activity software (more below).
More importantly, I've calibrated the Basis watch over the last year. If you count calories, you can see if your intake equals your output; over an extended period, if the two match, you should remain the same weight, and with the Basis watch's calorie figures, that is correct. I've been wearing the Basis watch and the Apple Watch for a week, and the Apple Watch's numbers are significantly off.
Thousands of people have been complaining about this, and Apple is supposedly promising there will be a fix, though it wasn't in the 1.0.1 update. In the meantime, it's not hard to simply use the regression equation in the chart to adjust their number. But it's surprising they got this so wrong, given that health/activity monitors were supposed to be the device's strongest points.
Anyhoo, it's a toy, but a quite entertaining toy, and if you have an iPhone (it's needs an iPhone to talk to) I'd recommend it.