With Christmas coming around the corner and wanting to spoil the most important people in your life; you want to make sure you’re putting your hard earned cash into something they’ll enjoy and love. The Apple iWatch was released earlier in the year and I can imagine that a lot of people are asking for ’em.
Feeling flash with my annual bonus I decided to treat the Geek to an iWatch for his birthday back in June. The Geek is a lover of gadgets and is one of those people who’s a firm believer in Apple. He’s had an iPhone since it’s come out and we’re both lusting after Apple TV at the moment. I knew it was something he really wanted but I wanted to make sure I was investing in something that wasn’t just a gimmick.
He picked the black Sport watch with a 42 mm screen (the bigger one) which cost a whopping £339.00. It’s quite the investment piece. When we went to the Apple shop in Birmingham, one of their advisors was so helpful and seemed exactly on the Geek’s wave length on what he’d want from the watch. He recommended he go for the Sport, because, there’s actually no difference between all the different models. You’re simply paying for the material of the strap and what the watch is encased in. The Sport watch comes with the silicone straps in the same colours as the iPhone 5c and the prices grows depending on which strap you want. You can pay up to £8,000+ if you’re wanting one of the fancy Rose Gold watches!
No matter what watch you go for, there is an air of class around them that radiates that this is a cool gadget. Apple have taken into account that watches are changing all the time and allow users to customise the faces of the watch. You can have a classic watch face, old school Mickey Mouse or even have your own photos as the background. There’s 12 different faces and are customisable to the user. The Geeks’ opted for a simple purple face which compliments the black casing and strap of the phone.
As well as the features of a normal watch, the iWatch has some fantastic health features. It tracks your heartbeat, your steps, how often you stand and general movements. The Stand activity tracker is fantastic for people who work office jobs stuck in front of a computer all day. It encourages you to get off your ass and take a break. The move tracker is a great feature for people like The Geek and I who go on a lot of long dog walks and reinforces how much you do move as a person. You can adjust how many calories you want to burn each day which is great if you’re wanting to reach a weight or a fitness goal. Finally, there’s an exercise tracker for people who do go for jogs or work out at the gym. It records activity where it’s more of a brisk walk and recommends 30 minutes a day. It shows how many minutes you’ve completed; by showing it this way it motivates yout to complete the goal each day. It’s that positive reinforcement that, even though you could do more exercise, that you are actually doing something.
The iWatch is not a phone replacement though. It’s a device that is intended to work with your iPhone. You need an iPhone 5 of higher to pair your phone and watch together. The chap in the Apple shop talked us through the process but it is extremely simple, as most Apple instructions are. By pairing up the devices, it allows notifications to come through your watch as they would your phone. It means you can check your messages on the go, answer phone calls, reply to messages through Siri and even use Google Maps! It’s important to note though that the iWatch does not have GPS and this is all through your phones GPS. The phone and watch connect through Bluetooth and it’ll connect with your phones 4G or WiFi connection.
One of my favourite things about the iWatch is that you can use Apple pay on it. It’s a great feature when you’ve forgotten your wallet or have a load of bags already and struggling to get to your bag. With a few simple taps, you can pay with your card and be on your way. I can’t wait until my phone becomes compatible with Apple Pay so I can join the hype!
All in all, I think the iWatch is a great gift for tech lovers. I can see it being a piece that’s only going to improve with time as more and more apps become compatible and improve. If I was to buy one for myself, even though I’d love a Rose Gold one, I wouldn’t be able to justify the £8,000 price tag.
What do you think of the Apple Watch?