After a whole year using an Apple Watch, this is why you should add one to your christmas presents list:
5. Maps on your wrist.
Google Maps on your iPhone had taken you to so many places successfully, that you wouldn’t consider using the built in Apple Maps app (yes there’s a built in Apple Maps app). Unfortunately, continuously holding your phone up it’s not most convenient while driving yourself any kind of vehicle. Cars and motorbikes require specially designed phone holders, and biking, skating or rolling demands to take you phone of your pocket very often to check for next direction. Apple was so aware of this that it loaded the Apple Watch with a step-by-step direction version of Apple Maps that uses the haptic feedback and the flick of a wrist to guide you to your destination in a experience so immersive it’s hard to believe we haven’t been doing it this way earlier.
This is how it works: You can setup the address on your phone app and your watch will follow or you can tap one of the quick links, like home or work right on your Apple Watch. Simple huh?
4. Better sleep with Night Stand
Apple Watch battery isn’t designed to last a whole week like a Fitbit, therefore you need to charge it every other night by unwearing it while sleeping. This prevents your device to monitor how you sleep. Fortunately for you this might be the best news for your sleep quality. Keeping your phone in your night stand makes you more dependant of the digital world, and directly decreases your sleep quality: Checking Instagram before falling sleep, watching a YouTube video when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep or review the last texts and e-mails before your Alarm buzzes (of course set on your iPhone because who still owns an alarm clock on 2017), screwing your scheduled sleep hours.
Putting your Apple Watch to charge in horizontal position will trigger the Night Stand mode, and will allow you to leave the iPhone charging anywhere on the house. This green clock face will still wake you up at the same time as your alarms, and let snooze them too, ring when you get an important call while allowing to answer it directly, but prevent further app interactions that can disturb your sleep cycles.
3. Stress control through notifications
Notifications are an important, but painful, part of our lives. Owing an Apple Watch can drastically improve how you interact with them if you set it up correctly. First, notifications on the Watch are independent of the ones in your phone. You can setup which companions of your iPhone’s apps are installed on your Apple Watch, and you can as well choose which one deserves to interrupt your magnificent day. And because they’re on your wrist, it will gently tap you when you get one of those. Want to mute them all? Swipe up on the clock screen to activate the do not disturb mode.
When Apple originally designed the watch, they knew that interactions were going to be much shorter than with a phone, because of the size of the screen. Therefore they designed a notification to be actionable with the most common follow ups: If you get a text you won’t get a keyboard, but a preset list of plausible replies (emoji included). Instagram post from a favourite account? Like. Calendar meeting coming up? Snooze reminder or reschedule. Do you need to use your phone for a more customized answer? Again, swipe up on the clock screen to activate the find my iPhone mode.
If number 4 was key for improving your night time, this notification system will improve your day. Be less concerned about your phone and make the most with the new mobility tech wave of the smartwatches.
Contactless credit cards, mobile phones with paying capabilities and now wearables as the preferred, quickest, most convenient method for the daily monetary transactions. When it comes to payments you want both commodity and security, and the Apple Watch with Apple Pay brings the best experience so far.
Buying something with a flick of a wrist it’s so quick and natural. Reaching your wallet or loading an app your phone is not. Like a handshake, the Apple watch seals the deal and by the time your answering the cashier if that is the new Apple Watch you will already be leaving the store. The best part? You don’t need the new Apple Watch Series 3 with its own mobile connection to pay without the iPhone because it never required one to do so. You just need to setup a passcode for your Apple Watch, which locks it once you take the watch off, and you will be able to pay in any contactless station. This way if you lose it or gets stolen, they can’t use Apple pay without knowing the passcode and you will even be able to disable the cards later on your iPhone.
Commodity and Security. The experience is so futuristic that the more you used it the more you become hooked.
Unsurprisingly, the main reason people are switching to Apple Watch is for its extended fitness capabilities. In spite of counting steps, the Apple Watch tracks actual calories burned, stand up hours and daily activity out of the box, thanks to his built in sensors. Engadget is saying “The heart-rate sensor is so good that can provide biometric feedback to patients and doctors alike. A recent study from Cardiogram and the UCSF Health lab demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to reliably detect paroxysmal atrial fibrillation when the system is paired with neural network algorithms.” Cool right? There’s more.
The Apple Watch can now monitor hundreds of sport activities with great accuracy: Mesure running, biking or swimming distances, improve golf or racket swings and, thanks to the app Juicelous, track your gym movements: automatically count exercise reps, manage rest periods even make it assess the ideal resistance weight for you to reach your goals. Pair an Apple Watch on your next workout and you will feel like training with a Personal Coach: Improvements guaranteed.
If this was also your main purpose when considering the Apple Watch, arguably you should rule out any other sport watch like Polar’s, Garmin’s or Sunto’s. Not because they’re bad products but because anything they can do the Apple Watch can do better. And if you find a feature you miss, probably is already in a third party App, plus you get the payments, notifications, improved sleep and best in class wearable GPS out there that we described above.
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