I Am Getting An Apple Watch!

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    My daughter just ordered one of the new Apple Watches that operates with cellular, and does not need to be near the iPhone for it to work; so she is giving me her current watch.
    She has been asking me about getting me one for the last couple of years, and I kept saying no because they are SO expensive , and I have enough trouble using the iPhone and was sure that there was no way that I would be able to read apps or answer texts on a little wrist watch, and it would be waste of her money.
    Anyway, she was explaining to me that I don’t have to do any of that, but that I can tell when someone is calling me and even answer the phone call with the watch.
    It is also a fitness tracker and is waterproof so I could wear it when I am swimming if I want to. She said that it monitors heart rate, sleeping patterns, and would send me an alert when my heart goes into one of its a-fib spells.
    Since it syncs with the phone, even if I can’t tell everything from the watch, I can look on the phone and read it.
    Her new one should be here this week; so she will be bringing me the old one by next weekend or before, and I can report in on how it works and what I like about it.
     
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    Congratulations! My daughter has one or two.

    My 13 yr old grandson just got one.

    My daughter has more than one because she wanted the different colors.
     
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    I ate an apple yesterday.
     
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    So did I...Fuji.
     
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    Robin came over last night after work and brought the Apple Watch. We had fun setting it up and pairing it with my iPhone, and choosing the look of the watch itself. There are all sorts of face combinations that you can use for the look of the watch, including some that actually move, like a butterfly or jellyfish.
    For right now, I have chosen one that has a digital time readout, and also shows activity right on the front, and it also measures my heart rate and shows that; but once I get more accustomed to the watch and what all is available, I will be playing around with that part and trying out some of the different looks.
    I haven’t worn a watch for a long time, since I usually can just look at my ipad or phone when I need to know the time, and it seems strange to have something on my wrist; but I am sure that will feel normal before very long.
    The information is that I can wear this swimming; but I have to get everything in just the right mode before I go in the water with it; so until I become more familiar with using it, I will not be taking any chances on getting it wet.
    All in all, I think that it is pretty awesome, and I like that I can answer the phone calls right from the watch; so no more missed calls because my phone was in the bottom of my purse and I didn’t hear it ringing.
    Mine is a Series 2 watch, so not the newest one; but not the first Apple Watch either.
     
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    It sounds like that Apple watch will be a handy thing for you @Yvonne Smith. :)
     
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    So far, the Apple Watch hasn't offered anything that would be useful for me. Now, when they make them so that the Apple Watch is my cellphone, then I might consider it because carrying my iPhone is never convenient for me. I don't like carrying a phone in my shirt pocket, although having had cancer twice now, I don't suppose that's something I should worry much about, and there's no other convenient place to put it. I keep leaving it on the table at restaurants and have to go back for it. I would wear a watch if I could use it as a phone.
     
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    Actually,@Ken Anderson , you can do that with the newest Apple Watch because it operates on cellular; so it does not need to be close to the phone for it to work. The version that I have does operate just like a phone, and I can answer phone calls from the watch. I don’t know how to find the keypad to dial from here yet, but I can go to my recent phone calls (which are the people I normally talk to anyway) and call someone that way.
    I still have to have the phone somewhere close though, but it can be in my purse, or even in the other room and the watch still alerts me for the phone call.
    I can also get text messages this way, and can answer them by voice if i want to do that. Since there is no way that I am apt to try and text with the watch, I would either use it as an alert to use my phone for the text, or use the voice response. There are also some pre-programmed answers that you can choose from and send, things like “on my way”, or “I will call you back”.
    So far I have not done any of this, and today, I downloaded the Apple Watch manual to my iBooks and I am in the process of reading it to see what all it can do and how it does it.
     
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    That's a step in the right direction but I'm not paying that kind of money until it can replace my iPhone. I rarely use my iPhone to get online and I seldom text, so that would be ideal.
     
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    I just talked to my daughter about her Apple Watch and she loves it and said she wants a third one for Christmas.

    She's says they're not that expensive ....about $325. I know that's not cheap but it's really not that expensive either.

    She feels lost now if she's not wearing it. She said even though there are days she'd like to wear her Rolex because it's fancier, she prefers the Apple Watch.
     
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    Does your daughter have the new cellular Apple Watch, @Chrissy Cross ? Robin just picked hers up this week, and she is getting one of the new iPhone X’s on Friday also.
    She said that when she is at work, it is not always convenient for her to carry her phone around, but she still needs to be able to make phone calls and answer them, and the new cellular watches can work without have to have the phone along with you.
    I think that at this point, it would not totally replace the iPhone, @Ken Anderson ; because the watch app is on the phone and you use that app to make changes on the watch.
    But it would eliminate your having to carry the phone around when you go someplace, because you can use the watch as your phone. It also uses SIRI, so you can tell her what you want to do with the watch, and it also works as your GPS if you need to use maps for directions. Since you already have the iPhone, you could just use that when you needed to make changes to the watch that need to be made from the watch app on the phone, and otherwise not bother with using the phone.

    Here is more information about how the new cellular one works.

     
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    Yes, she has the cellular one. She has two now, so I'm thinking one of them isn't cellular and that's why she wants a third one. She wants to have a gold and a silver cellular one.
     
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    Oops, sorry. Talking to her now and she just has the non cellular ones but wants the cellular one for Christmas.

    My grandson has the cellular one... Apple Watch 3 cellular Nike.
     
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    I went to iBooks and downloaded the whole manual for the watch, and read through all 300+ pages of that, and then I watched an hour long youtube tutorial on how they work; so I am now getting to be more proficient with the Apple Watch .
    The more i wear it, the better I like it ! I have been playing with the different clock faces, and composing them the way I want them, and learning how to answer phone calls and text messages even.
    I really like how tuned in it is to helping a person be aware of their health, and it is interesting to be able to see what my heart is doing all of the time.
    When we walked down to the store, I set the activity tracker for “outdoor walk” and it started timing me, plus I could see my heart rate right on the front of the dial constantly, and was able to tell how it was responding . If my heart rate goes too high, the watch will alert me, so I can stop and rest until it slows down again.
    One of the things i really like is that there is an emergency button that you can push and it will call 911 for help. This could be a lifesaver if a person was in a car wreck, or had a heart attack or some other serious emergency. You can also ask Siri to call for help, or even to help you find your way home if you are driving and get lost. Of course, my phone can do that, too; but in an accident, it would be much easier to push a button that was right on my wrist and not try to find my phone and turn it on.
    You should ask your daughter for one of these, too, @Chrissy Cross , since you live alone and don’t have anyone close by to call for help if you have an emergency and do not have your phone handy.
     
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    Ive thought about it @Yvonne Smith but I can't stand to wear even a regular watch or my Fitbit.

    Everything bothers me except earrings. Ive even quit wearing necklaces.
     
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    Now you have me thinking about it, I'll take a good look at my daughter's when I go for thanksgiving. :)

    I'll try hers on and see how it feels.

    It's the calling 911 that peaked my interest....darn you, @Yvonne Smith :)
     
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    It does have to be snug on your wrist, @Chrissy Cross , but that is just for checking your heart rate. You can have that free phone app that does that, it just doesn’t monitor it all the time like the Apple Watch does.
    I haven’t worn a watch for a long time either, but since I used to wear one (for years), it didn’t take long to start feeling familiar again.
    I think that trying one when you are at your daughter’s is a great idea, and that way you can see which features would be helpful for you, and how you like wearing it.
    For me, the benefits outweigh the inconvenience of having a watch on my wrist, but that might not be true for everyone.
    Here is the webpage that shows how the emergency calls work. It not only calls 911, it also alerts your emergency contacts and lets them know your location.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206983
     
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    I probably wouldn't wear it snug because my HR isn't that much of a concern for me.

    I think I have issues with things touching me, lol. I can't stand to wear a bra and it's not even because of the discomfort but the straps bug me. Cami straps bother me also.

    I'm very particular or maybe the word is peculiar:)
     
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    I just emailed that link to my daughter and said maybe I want one for Christmas. :)

    Would I need cellular?

    My daughter needs it because she runs but I'm always by my iPhone.
     
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    Oh dear, now I have corrupted you, too. Welcome to the Dark Side (as my kids say).
     
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    Ha ha! :)
     
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    I have been wondering how it turned out with you trying the Apple Watch when you visited your daughter and family over Thanksgiving holiday, @Chrissy Cross . Did you wear one of her watches, and if you did, what did you think about it ?
    The longer I have this one, the better that I like it, and I have added a couple other health apps that sync with the Apple Watch; so I can monitor my heart health even better now.

    I found this terrific video of a group of Seniors looking at and trying an Apple Watch for the first time.

     
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    I've looked at them in the Apple store and they look cheap, like the kind that aren't even kept in the locked case in the jewelry department at Pennies. I don't get it. I don't want to deal with so tiny of a screen, and since I'd need to have an iPhone anyhow, I just don't see the point to them. Once they come up with one that will replace the iPhone, I'll be standing in line, though.
     
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    I did try wearing it, but not for long. Don't know if I can get used to one, still thinking about it.

    Although when we were driving home from dropping grandson off at Cal Poly and traffic was bad she took an exit and I was impressed how the watch vibrated when she was supposed to turn.

    That's a plus for me.

    I'm still on the fence though, no matter what great features it has if I'm not going to wear it then no point.
     
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    That is absolutely correct, @Chrissy Cross ! No matter what the watch can do, it can’t do it if you are not wearing it.
    One of the features that I like is that I can easily see who is calling me, and “answer the phone “ with my watch when I am driving. It is not disruptive like trying to get the phone out, see who is calling and then drive with the phone up to my ear.
    With the watch, it shows who is calling me, and if it is a number I do not recognize, I just hold my hand over the front of the phone, and it stops the call. If it is someone I know and I want to answer the phone, I just tap the green button, just like on the phone, and I am immediately on speakerphone with that person, all with my hands still on the steering wheel of my car.
    I have not had any reason to use the maps app; but I can see how handy that would be when you are driving also.
    Probably, within a week of getting it, I was wearing it and not even noticing that I had it on, so getting used to wearing a watch again was not an issue for me.

    I don’t think that there is a way that something small enough to wear on your wrist will replace a smartphone, @Ken Anderson ; but I do think that it is a worthwhile addition to the phone because many of the things you need to access the phone to do CAN easily be done with the Apple Watch .
    I was concerned about the small screen, too, especially since most of the pictures show the screen with all of the little “bubbles” on it. it turns out that you can either have the bubbles, or you can have everything in a list; but even that, I do not make much use of.
    There are so many different watch faces, both digital and old-fashioned looking , that you can choose whichever one suits you best, and easily change the look anytime you want.
    You can also set the little icons that show things like date, temperature, battery, heart rate, and activity, so that any watch face can be composed of the things you most want to look at.
    I also use Siri when i want to start an activity, so I do not even have to scroll through the little screen for that, and I am sure that it would work for other programs as well.
    Now that the new cellular Apple Watch has come out, you do not even need to have the iPhone for the watch to work and connect to everything, since it just connects to cellular instead of to your phone.

    My main concern is being able to track my health, and see what my heart is doing; so if the Apple Watch didn’t do anything else besides that, it would be a great benefit to me.
     
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