- Fun to just drop iPhone on the Qi-charger at my desk and go about my business, confident that anyone can get ahold of me if needed. Odd feeling of being untethered but not out of contact.
- Keeping AirPods in my pocket increases this confidence that I can listen to music, podcasts and take calls if necessary. This really says more about the ubiquity of AirPods usefulness, but the AirPods/Apple Watch combo is an absolute slam-dunk.
- Sounds dorky, but leaving my iPhone behind and knowing I can be reached if necessary was an oddly freeing, yet at the same time, unnerving experience. I am so conditioned to check my pocket to make sure my iPhone is there, I panicked the first couple times I unconsciously checked and it wasn’t there, causing a momentary “Where’s my phone?!” response. This subsided after a couple days.
- Because my iPhone wasn’t constantly in my pocket, I was forced to live more “in the moment” because I didn’t have the ability to take it out and start surfing the web. I didn’t start fiddling with the watch either, it was like having blinders taken off in a sense to what was going on around me.
- Cellular signal not as robust as the iPhone, but to be expected (I’m using a Series 3). Series 4 signal capture should be better because the bottom casing is now ceramic and sapphire crystal
- Battery drains much more quickly when not attached to iPhone, particularly if local cellular signal is low/weak, amount of battery available needs to be considered before going iPhone-free, like before workouts, especially if you plan to listen to music via bluetooth.
- It can sometimes take the Watch a minute or two to switch over to cellular and acquire a signal, sometimes requiring me to toggle the Cellular On/Off setting on the Watch in order to get cellular to engage.
Overall, I’m sure I’m experiencing a bit of “new toy” bias, so we will see if cellular is something that I continue to use as time goes on, but for now it’s a nice feature to have.