Or is the new Apple Watch just another flashy gadget to add to my pile of devices all competing for my eroding attention span? Is this another case of Apple giving us a product we didn’t know we wanted and now can’t live without?
Any fan of the comic book crime-fighting hero, Dick Tracy, has to admit his watch with the built-in two-way radio was insane. It’s remarkable to think how far the Apple Watch has come in comparison to the futuristic watches we fantasized about owning when we were kids.
It’s a fantasy that has now turned into a reality leaving me excitingly intrigued.
Allow me a moment to voice my ongoing debate about whether or not to purchase the new smartwatch.
My Reasons in Favor of Purchasing the New Apple Watch
I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up
I’ve taken some bad spills on the mountain bike trail riding solo and my wife still yells at me for getting out on the roof to clean gutters when I’m home alone. With fall detection technology, the Apple Watch can automatically alert emergency services and send a message along with my location to emergency contacts if I remain immobile for a certain amount of time.
Your Heart Guardian
The Apple Watch analyzes heart rhythms and will alert the user to any irregular heart rhythms such as Atrial Fibrillation. The built-in electrocardiogram apps are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and supported by the American Heart Association.
There is comfort in knowing that your everyday wristwatch is also keeping an eye on your heart health. Kids from everywhere now have a reason to sucker their parents into buying them a new gadget. “But mom, it’s for my heart.”
Note Taking on the Fly
As a maniacal note taker, you will rarely find me without a pen and paper by my side. But there are circumstances when a pen and paper aren’t ideal like when I’m snowboarding in the mountains or biking through the city.
Inspiration can strike at any moment and it can disappear in an instant. Our turbulent brains move so fast that it’s critical to capture ideas before they are forgotten.
With the dictation feature on the Apple Watch, I can speak notes into the watch to be translated into text using a variety of apps available such as Evernote or Drafts. No need to fumble with my iPhone or notebook when the watch is easily accessible.
DJ Got Us Falling in Love Again
I love to inconspicuously play DJ with my Bluetooth speakers. Now I have the option to roll up to the sandbar on my paddleboard with my attached Wonderboom speaker blaring the beats. I can control the tunes through my watch without worrying about falling into the water because both the watch and speaker are waterproof.
Using the watch to play songs can come in handy while in the gym with Bluetooth headphones or for pulling up a Marvin Gaye track on the sly when I’m feeling a little frisky with my lady.
Ditch the Phone
I hate carrying my phone.
While we all should completely detach from our phones from time to time, sometimes we just need connectivity and having the ability to leave the phone behind knowing that you can still text and take calls is a game changer. You no longer have to be that dude in the club trying to stuff a massive iPhone XS Max back into the front pocket of those skinny jeans.
I have yet to make a purchase from the mindfulness virtual aisles of the Apple store. My curiosities are peaking with the watch’s new Breathe app which steps you through breathing exercises to calm the body and mind. There’s also an assortment of meditation apps to choose from like Headspace and a generous offering of brain games to sharpen the mind.
Apple claims their watch can increase focus and attentiveness when partaking in social gatherings as the phone is now removed from the equation. But what’s worse? Checking your phone or constantly staring at your watch?
The very same benefits of mindfulness and focus that Apple is touting are the same reasons why I have yet to pull the trigger on the new smartwatch.
It’s the ultimate paradox.
The act of reaching for an iPhone or Apple Watch when I need some calmness in my life is like walking into a brothel drunk just to cuddle with a prostitute. You are bound to get burned by temptation.
A myriad of notifications, alerts, dings, rings, and apps all screaming at you to come and play. There’s even a new “Raise to Speak” option which triggers Siri every time I raise my arm. Do I really want Siri nagging me when I scratch my head or sip my coffee?
Sure you can lock out these annoying distractions and enable Do Not Disturb settings but it’s a pain doing so repeatedly when choosing to engage in digital meditative sessions.
So I Will Hold Off on Purchasing the New Apple Watch for Now
In my ever-connected world, I prefer shutting the screens down and taking an old-school approach for returning focus back into my life. It makes it exponentially more difficult to unplug with an added gadget strapped around my wrist.
Not to mention the new digital toy is going to run me around $600. I’m already past due for a MacBook and iPhone upgrade so the watch comes last on my priority list.
As someone who continues to look for methods to improve sleep habits, I was disappointed to find out that there’s no native sleep tracker built into the smartwatch. I imagine future releases will have this functionality as Apple opted to push the heart monitor technology instead. There are however several third-party sleep apps available.
In an effort to not let technology completely take over my life, the Apple Watch will remain a wish list item. The space on my left wrist will continue to be occupied by my Detroit-built Shinola watch which does not beg for my attention.
I’d love for current Apple Watch users to share their opinions and convince me otherwise.