I’m interested in making computers and internet a little less ubiquitous in my life.
As such I’ve been thinking about experimenting by getting rid of my iPhone and MacBook and replacing them with a MacMini and Apple Watch.
Only having a MacMini would mean I have to go to my office if I want to use the computer (instead of having the laptop kicking around the lounge). That part is fairly straightforward.
Getting rid of my phone is trickier. I do need to be able to make phone calls and send messages (text, email). I need to be able to get reminders and set alarms. I need to be able to use Google Maps occasionally for directions and travel times, and I’d like to be able to listen to music and podcasts. I’m not a heavy user of any of these things.
I’ve never owned an Apple Watch. It seems like it could almost be an ideal alternative to the iPhone for me. If I understand right it can do all the things I need but will largely remove the ability to get mindlessly distracted by social media etc.
But I can’t find any information on how viable this actually is. I know battery life is pretty limited and I’m happy to manage that (or at least try). But can the Watch do everything without an iOS companion device?
If the Watch can’t do this, do you know of any other devices which might be an alternative (don’t care if it’s a watch)?
LightPhone looks interesting: https://www.thelightphone.com/