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Apple Watch: A brilliant addition to my life

My son has told the story already, but when he called to let me know he was flying home from the event, I told him I was replaying the Apple Watch video again. Seeing it demonstrated on stage led me to believe it would prove quite useful for in my daily life. Little did I know just how much!

My children offered to get the Apple Watch for me for my birthday. Convenient timing indeed! They took me to the try-ons and I settled on the 42mm Apple Watch Sport with the pink sport band.

I wanted the bigger size so it would be easier to read and control, and the pink sport band because it was a vibrant, warm, summertime color. (I also ordered a black leather loop band for winter.)

It arrived a few weeks later and I set it up right away. I used iMore Apple Watch guides as reference, of course, but I was thrilled and more than a little chuffed about how easy it was to get started with.

Time keeping plus plus

I've worn watches all of my life. So, for me, first and foremost the Apple Watch had to be a good watch. And it is. It's great. I chose the Utility clock face because it's traditional, I'm used to reading clock faces like it, and I can read it at a glance.

The Apple Watch is also better than any other watch I've ever owned because the clock face shows me so much more than any other watch ever has. It shows me the current temperature, for example, and even my next calendar appointment. Best of all, it shows me my activity. I'm a visual person and it gives me an incredible amount of joy to see my progress right there on the clock face throughout the day. What's more, with just a tap I can get full weather, calendar, and activity. It's terrific.

Activity and motivation

Apple Watch in silver in a hand

Apple Watch in silver in a hand (Image credit: iMore)

The hourly reminders to stand up are a blessing. I had a fall a few months ago and have had a bit of struggle staying as active as I'd like. The reminders motivate me. I see and feel them and they make me want to get up and get moving. The little "hurrah!" messages also play a part. Being told I'm on my way towards a goal, or close to completing it, makes me want to continue.

What's more, knowing that I have to get my heart rate up in order to earn progress on the workout ring encourages me to pick up the pace of my walks or my Taiji. Peter Cohen wrote about how the Apple Watch was pushing him towards better health earlier this week and I've had the same experience—it doesn't let you slack off! You have to earn it!

It's gotten to the point that I make sure I put my Apple Watch on first thing every morning, before anything else. I don't want to miss a moment trying to fill those wonderful little colored rings!

Convenient connections

Notifications are excellent. Previously, when my iPhone was charging or in my purse I'd miss messages or phone calls from my children and friends. Now, with the Apple Watch, even if I'm nowhere near my phone, I can still see messages and calls come in. I can even reply right from my Apple Watch.

Just this week I was visiting a friend in a town outside Montreal and rather than having to get out my iPhone to check her address, I could just tap on her contact on my Apple Watch, scroll down, and see exactly where she lived. It was incredibly convenient.

Comfort and style

The Apple Watch itself has proven more comfortable than I imagined. So comfortable, I forget I'm wearing it. It never pinches or becomes sticky or clammy. It's also proven quite durable. I've gone through many watches over the years. I seem to be very rough on them and have to replace them often. So far the Apple Watch has held up remarkably well.

That combined with how easy it is to open and close the bands, makes the Apple Watch one of the best watches I've ever owned.

I'm really pleased Apple made it.

18 Comments
  • Nice article. Fairly similar from what my mom has said to me. She doesn't care about specs, just what it does to simply and motivate and does it make it through the day. Battery might be her only complaint (38mm)..
  • Mrs. Ritchie, Wait until Apple Pay comes to Canada, I'm sure you'll love it like my 82 yo mom does! This along with hearing aid control, and maps guidance are her fav features (she is a Mickey fan but sometimes uses the butterflies and x-large faces for fun.)
  • Great review, well said. If I were writing an Apple Watch review, I'd say almost the same things as Mrs. Ritchie did in this piece.
  • This is the cutest review I've read - great!
  • Nice review Mrs. Ritchie: You hit all the high points, and I'm looking forward to new ones with Watch OS2. The feedback from the fitness app is slowly getting me back into shape.
  • One very useful function is the Apple Watch vibrating when I receive a phone call. I like to keep my iPhone on vibrate only for incoming calls, but I often miss them, especially if getting a call while walking around. The Watch makes it impossible to miss a call. I've had my 42 mm Sport SG since early May and love it.
  • Nice read Sent from the iMore App
  • I laughed in disbelief. Then I read "My son....." & it made sense. Sent from the iMore App
  • Nice review... If my pops goes for an Iphone this might be a good birthday/xmas present to go alongside...
  • Nice review. Now, can we ask questions about little Rene?
  • What I love about this review is that because it's by Mrs. Ritchie, I suspect the a-hole anti-Apple trolls will stay away out of basic respect. While it's easy to troll another fanboy, it's probably hard to troll on someone from the outside who simply explained how this device helps them in their daily routine, like a normal person. It's a good break from all the constant tech arguing over the minutia of every minor detail and quibble and just step back and see the big picture!
  • Oh, I'm here, I just choice withhold. She makes a fair point. She got le watch and liked it, and said as such. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Fantastic article! Sent from the iMore App
  • Mrs Ritchie reviews are very simple, helpful and honest. Thanks again!
  • Nice to hear a perspective form a "normal" non tech geek point of view. Very well put too.
  • How is the battery life? If I am always in the go, do I need to carry a portable charger with me all of the time?
  • This was a great review. Certain highlights were definitely the missed calls and messages notifications. That is one major area that I love the Apple watch for, as if my phone is not on loud or near to me I tend to miss them. I also love the little reminders to be active and the motivation messages you get when you are. Thanks Mrs. Ritchie, keep your reviews coming.
  • Great review keep up the good work Sent from the iMore App