For my watch faces I have kept it very simple. I use Utility for my work week. Big numbers and larger calender complication suit my needs for in the office. For the weekend I use Simple. No real reason other than it looks better and can have more small type complications.
The biggest gain I have seen on the notifications side is being able to make use of actionable notifications. Apps without actionable notifications (Whatsapp, I'm looking at you.) serve more to annoy than anything. However, having actionable notifications on email (through Mailbox) are where things get interesting. It may just be laziness but I love being able to quickly archive or snooze a mail with only a quick look at my wrist.
Apps & Glances
The amount of apps I have been using on the watch over the last few weeks has been quite small, with the number of Glances I use even smaller.
On the App front, I frequently use;
For Glances I use;
- Now Playing
- Heartbeat (which is there mainly for when people ask me to show them something the watch can do).
Written down like that seems like quite a small amount of functional usages right? When you focus on the frequency which I use these Apps in place of pulling out my iPhone the value becomes clear. I use Overcast, Wunderlist and Authy many times throughout the day. The ease of retrieving a 2-factor code through Authy or ticking shopping list items off Wunderlist is great. But ultimately it is a convenience more than anything.
Convenience sums up app usage on the watch for the moment. Until we see WatchOS 2 in the Autumn, the apps on the watch will remain to be remotes for their iOS counterparts. They have their uses, but in a limited scope.
Gamification & Activity Tracking
Fitness tracking was definitely one of the big draws to Apple Watch. As most of what I do exercise wise is a circuits type training, step counting alone did not capture my workouts effectively. I find the combination of active minutes and active calories a great measure of how hard I worked at a particular class. I have also found that the stand up alerts tend to work. I find a reason to take a break from sitting at my desk just to help fill that blue ring.
Given it is now three weeks since I received the watch, it is obvious I won't (can't) return it. It is, however, an unusual product. It is not meant to be front and centre. The watch co-exists along with your iPhone adding convenience where it can. Trying to explain the benefits of the Apple Watch is like trying to convince someone they should watch Mad Men. When you describe the show as being about a guy who drinks, smokes and sleeps in his office it doesn't exactly fill people with the desire to watch it.
The Apple Watch is a great product but it is something you have to use to see why it exists and why the people who have it, love it.