So Apple has been releasing videos showing how the watch works and, despite having put aside money in case I want to buy one, I just can't bring myself to want to do it. The cash is going to go into the drone-enhancement side of my entertainment budget instead, I think.
Apparently the watch isn't even lit up unless you raise your arm, so no subtle glancing at your wrist. Given the abysmal battery life, I assumed the display would always be on. Heck, the Microsoft Band I'm using right now manages to go a full day and till bedtime the next day on a single charge with watch mode (constant time display, backlit) enabled.
I'm just really feeling like the Pebble Time Steel I backed is the best smartwatch solution for me right now. For my usage, it has big advantages over the Apple Watch:
- Battery life - go a full week between charges
- Waterproof - I can wear it when swimming, in the shower, etc. (My only gripe about the MS band - that has the same water resistance rating as the Apple watch)
- The display is always on. If I want to glance down at the watch during a meeting to see how much more PowerPoint I have to sit through, I can do it without the obvious arm movement that it looks like is necessary with the Apple watch.
My biggest complaints about my OG Pebble were mediocre exercise tracking, and less than stellar apps. But I image people will be cloning... er. will be inspired by... Apple watch apps, and we'll see a general improvement in quality of Pebble stuff then.
I've been enjoying the MS Band for the past couple of weeks. I like the way the Pebble handles notifications much better, but it's great as a watch, and the fitness support is awesome. And the sleep tracking has been particularly interesting. I sleep a lot better on days I get exercise.