Apple Watch Series 1 – My Experience (in India)

It’s been a week since I purchased the Apple Watch Series 1 from Amazon, the 42mm model.  Just wanted to share my experience with you all as a user in India.

Apple Watch Series 1 is a device that works complementing the Apple iPhones (models after iPhone 5), and has its own pros and cons. The design is cool as any other Apple product. I was more interested in the 42mm model as the 38mm looked very small on my wrist. Let me quickly drive through the specifications of the product. The 42.5 x 36.4 x 10.5 mm Apple Watch Series 1 comes with an AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen with a body mass of 30g and IPX7 certification. It currently runs on WatchOS 3.2.3.

Apple watch series 1 screens
Apple watch series 1 screens

The Apple iPhone and the Apple Watch pair in no time with simple steps to follow.  It is indeed fun to work with the various options provided. You can also choose the Apps that you want to mirror on your watch from your phone. So, in case you miss a notification on one device, you can always check it in your Smartwatch. The “Raise to wake” option is cool but refuses to work at times for no reason.

So in my initial one week of usage, I found it helpful in certain situations. For instance, answering phone calls right from my Watch when my phone was in charge in another room. Checking Whatsapp messages, texts, football, cricket scores from my watch. The scribble option helps you type and send messages in addition to the already existing default messages. The activity tracking and breathe app are cool. You no longer need to swipe through music from your phone, because your watch serves as a remote control for your iPhone’s Music App. This helps when you are traveling in a crowded bus and find it difficult to take the phone out of your pocket and switch songs.

Flipping to the negative side, this smartwatch doesn’t really replace your iPhone.  The camera app in the watch doesn’t really mean much because it just switches on the camera app on your iPhone, but slightly finds meaning when you need to click a groupie. The Map application in India doesn’t provide you with navigation. Just helps you view places. With no support for Google Maps as well, the main functionality of an Apple Watch is itself missing.

To sum up, it’s been a mixed feeling for me about the Apple Watch Series 1. But let’s see if the Apple Watch Series 1 really changes my views on it with upcoming updates. With more applications added, customizability enhanced, map navigation enabled, I would definitely recommend this to any iPhone user.




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