So being a watch nut and gadget freak (sad – as DT would say), thought the smartwatch was the ultimate. Started with the Pebble Classic, then Pebble Time, then on demise of Pebble tried Android Wear on Asus Zen Watch 2. Struggled with rubbish battery life and blank screen half the time for about 6 months before finally giving up and going back to my Pebble Time. So 2 years of this has taught me;
Most apps are unnecessary except – silent alarm which is brilliant, steps, sleep tracking and notifications. That’s all I need. Thought that being able to read emails on my watch was great at first but then realised it was the tail wagging the dog. Got fed up with constantly checking my watch so turned email notifications off on the basis that you don’t need to check emails more than once or twice a day – bliss - a good discipline. Phone calls, texts and WhatsApp notifications are fine – don’t do Facebook, Twitter etc.
But I really missed my beloved Seikos so Seiko on left wrist and Pebble Time on my right – a bit naff. Then I realised that fitness bands provide pretty much all I need. Fitbit ok but I think the Mi Band 2 is really good value. Costs around £25, small and discrete on right wrist, excellent silent alarm, Caller ID, Steps, Sleep Tracking, Texts and WhatsApp, and last but by no means least great battery life. Sorted. So long Apple.