I didn't know what I wanted, considering that this is the first generation of what will sure to be a long line of Apple Watches to come in the future I didn't know if I should simply get the sport due to it's classification of a first gen product or simply get what I wanted and what looked appealing to me which was the stainless steel case with varying bands.
On April 23, after trying on the watch in store I thought "screw it" and got the stainless steel case with white sport band. After receiving an email that the watch would ship by the end of June I just waited until I receive another email during the final week of May where three days prior to receiving my Watch an email from Apple saying my watch will ship before the end of the week, and a few days later I'm opening the box.
42mm Stainless Steel Case with White Sport Band
I was anxious but not so much so that I started tearing through the packaging, before taking the watch out of it's own specified box I wen through the small but pretty straight forward booklet and unwrapped the inductive charger. As usual the packaging was pple-like, the attention to presenting your purchase is just as important as the product that you'll be using.
There's a heft to the watch which is pretty nice, solid, and came with an extra band incase the one attached was a little too big (it was), and changing the strap was subtle and simple. The pairing with the iPhone wasn't too time consuming and the watch was fairly charged where I simply got a chance to "tinker" so-to-speak with the varying functions.
The one thing I decided against doing was downloading the third-party watch apps that have recently been updated. I preferred to do this manually as I wanted a better out of the box type of experience as developers will need more time to use a physical watch and learn the intricacies of building for such a screen size with the available processing power that comes along with it.
After set up it's basically learning the methods behind the navigation of the watch, between tapping and pressing on the screen to activate varying functions, to the dial that has a purpose of it's own as well as the contacts/payments/power button below it where different presses of the button provide varying functions (I do enjoy paying with my watch at Panera Bread looking forward to paying at other places I regularly shop).
I enjoy it, from the calendar and meeting notifications that allow me to glance and see what's currently scheduled and coming up to the text messages where I'm able to provide a brief response on my watch before grabbing my iPhone or iPad. Though I left the stock apps on the watch one thing I really enjoy are the push notifications that I can glance and see that mirror my phone. The two watch faces I use are "Simple" (seen above) and "Utility" where I get to look at the battery life which after a few days seems to draw power based on my use-case at roughly 2.4% per hour, this is a drop from the 3.1% it drew during the first two days of the watch, I can only assume this will drop slightly later on as I continue to use the watch but not by much.
The one thing I decided not to mirror were emails, considering I get so many throughout the day and many don't require immediate response I get to those when it's necessary. Everything else that mirrors has been a feature I actually enjoy, as well as answering phone calls. Though it feels a little weird at times it's definitely a plus to see who's calling and take the call from my watch before transitioning to my phone. Though things get a little crazy when my watch, phone, iPad, and laptop all start ringing in their own unique tones when I do get a call, after the chaos settles one thing's for sure I can't really tell someone "I missed your call" 😣.
It's only been a week and I have a lot to learn but so far I'm enjoying my purchase as well as the look and feel of the watch. My next write up should come at the end of the month with a few more details and the overall tie-in this has with my day to day schedule. In the meantime when Apple said this is their most personal product they've ever made they weren't joking, it may not be for everyone and many will find use cases where they differ from one another even drastically.