Two years ago, and after much debate, my husband bought an Apple Watch. Then, he bought me one too. Thanks, honey!
But honestly, I was a reluctant giftee. “How can such an expensive watch be worth the cost?”, I thought.
After a week of owning my Apple Watch I was still skeptical, but warming to the possibilities. Within two weeks I was sold on the value of an Apple Watch. By the time one month passed, you would have needed to pry the watch off my cold, dead, body. We were inseparable.
We still are.
See, I find it to be so useful that I’ve even personified my little wearable.
Apple Watch Features
Apple watch features include a built-in heart rate monitor, speaker, activity tracker, microphone, and more. These, combined with application technology, allow for the Apple Watch to be used in a myriad of ways.
How I use my Apple Watch
- I use it as a watch. Duh 🙂 For checking the date and time.
- I use it for a quick peek at the weather. Right on the watch face is a current temperature icon. You can customize the watch face several different ways, with different apps easily accessible. I click on the temperature icon and am quickly brought to a weather app. Usually I keep my app tuned into the % chance of rain setting. For me, that means quickly know
ng what time of the day will be snow-free for driving, or when we’ll likely need to snowblow the driveway. I can also see right away when it will be the warmest for sending the kids outside to play.
- I use it as a timer… constantly. Again, I’ve set up my watch face to easily tap into the timer app. Timers for potty training, laundry, and cooking top my daily list.
- I use it to schedule reminders. Ever see anyone raise their wrist a dozen times a day while saying, “Siri, remind me on _____ to _____”? No, you haven’t? Then join me at my house sometime. You’ll be just as sick of Siri as my kids are.
- I use it to respond to texts. My phone is still the go-to gadget for long messages, but Apple has made it sooooo easy to make quick responses on the watch.
- I use it to catch calls when my phone is in another room. Yes, you heard that right, I now leave my phone in another room and don’t hyperventilate with separation anxiety. It may seem counter-intuitive, but my Apple Watch has helped me to untether from technology. Or, at least, to make it more seamless and less obtrusive.
My Favorite Apps
The bulk of really useful apps are still Apple offerings. However, many third party apps are available. These are the ones that I use the most (keep in mind that these are companion apps to the iPhone version, they’re not meant to do much heavy lifting):
- Parcel – This handy little app gives me instant notifications when packages ship and are delivered. Helpful for a family who does a big chunk of our shopping online each month.
- Swipes – My current favorite daily to-do list.
- Alaska Airlines – So that I can be the “cool chick” in the security line who contorts her wrist in order to use the on-watch boarding pass. Everyone needs a Kardashian moment now and then.
What’s the least expensive way to get an Apple Watch online?
- The Apple Refurbished store – Check the Apple refurbished store for like new Apple Watches that have been refurbished by Apple. I’m a huge fan of the refurbished store. We’ve used this section of Apple.com to buy everything from laptops to Time Capsules.
- Target.com – Target heavily discounts their Apple products occasionally. Along with waiting for a sale, here is the best way to get a deal:
- Login to eBates (a shopping portal that gives you a portion of their affiliate income as cash back). Search for “Raise”. Click on the “Shop Now” button on the page. This will send you to Raise.com. As promised, ebates will give you a portion of their affiliate income for any purchases made at Raise.com through the ebates site (1% back as of this writing).
- Now that you’re at the Raise.com site, search for a discounted Target gift card. These are typically 2-10% off the face value. What a deal! Purchase the card.
- When you have the card, head back to eBates (you wouldn’t want to miss out on more free money, would you?!) and search for “Target”. On ebates’ Target page, click on the “Shop Now” button. This will send you to Target.com. Ebates will give you a portion of their affiliate income back from whatever purchases you make at Target (another 1% as of this writing).
- Buy an Apple Watch using your discounted Target gift card that you purchased in step #2. Voila!
- Have a Target Redcard? It might be worth skipping the steps above and going straight to Target. Use your Redcard to purchase and get an automatic 5% off. Run the numbers to see which scenario is better for you.
Have I sold you yet on the value of an Apple Watch?
But, wait! Before you run out and purchase one of these modern marvels, I have one really important piece of advice to share: if you don’t consider yourself to be a “techie”, you might want to hold off for a while.
I love my watch. I really do. But, it’s not for everyone.
If you find that you only use your current phone for surfing Facebook and checking email, an Apple Watch probably isn't for you. Click To Tweet If, however, you use your phone for a million different things every day (business, exercise, messaging, calendar & reminders) you will likely appreciate an Apple Watch just as I enjoy mine.
Maybe you’ll be as lucky as me and get your own surprise Apple Watch this year!
Finally, are you trying to figure out whether you should purchase an Apple Watch series 1 or Apple Watch series 2? Here’s a screenshot of a message that I recently sent a friend struggling with the same decision. I hope this helps!
Have you considered purchasing an Apple Watch?
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