I think I had the first Apple Watch which I won. Then I bought the AW3. I bought it with cellular but couldn’t substantiate the monthly cellular cost so I dropped that. Even though I wear it daily out of habit, I find that the only thing I really use it for is watching my fitness circles and for that, it’s worth it.
But I always feel like I should use it more. I don’t like getting constant notifications so I turn off a lot of those although I feel like I should turn some back on.
Also, I feel like it doesn’t work as well as I want it to. ApplePay at my grocery store is very flaky so I stopped using it even though it’s much easier than using the phone.
I also always use my phone for setting random timers but I never felt that worked well but it makes more sense to do it on my watch especially since a lot of them are for cooking.
I think some of these things that don’t go as smoothly as I want stops me from using it more. I am under the assumption that things have just gotten a lot better since the AW3. One thing is the always on screen. There are too many times where I lift my arm but my watch doesn’t turn on. Drives me bonkers.
Two friends got an AW Ultra recently and love it. I’m thinking of getting the AW8 and have started to research the hardware and also the new OS to see if I really want to make the investment.
So…. I’m wondering if people have some good resources related to the AW8 and new OS? I’m also happy to learn about ways/apps they are using that makes the watch worth having.
Timers (for writing and cooking and walking)
Remote control for podcasts and music
Messages when I’m helping mom and can’t check my phone
Tracking distance and direction walked
Weather and time
Siri and smart home stuff (lights, Home Pods, etc.)
My mom just turned 99. I got her her own Apple watch. I’m hoping that she can use the walkie talkie feature.
Off topic a bit, but could you please explain how you got the Whole Foods QR code into Stocard? I can’t seem to figure out how to do it. On the Whole Foods app, the code is a dynamic diamond-shaped QR code that changes about every 30 seconds. I’m not sure how to input something like that into Stocard, or if it will even take it. The Whole Foods app doesn’t have a companion watch app any longer, so adding it to Stocard and displaying it through Stocard would be a great convenience.
I like my Apple Watch, it is a steel one so not cheap now 6 years old. I use it to unlock my Mac, haptic notifications. Timer and stop watch for when I exercise. That’s it and has been the same for years.
I don’t use any ‘health’ functions, have any apps on it, I sometimes ansswer the phone on it. I have a ‘thing’ about accurate time too! It is worth every penny just for those. I really think sometimes less is more.