My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)
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    My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    I got the Apple Watch Series 3 non-LTE version.

    How I use it:
    - I have being wearing it daily for 3-4 weeks now. In first 3 weeks, only when I'm at out of the house. Now I also wear it to sleep (for sleep tracking).
    - Notification: Calendar, Mail, iMessage, Skype, iOS games. Basically, when I get a notification, I check to see if it is important enough for me to follow-up either on Mac or iPhone. Before I had AW, I will check my phone depending on situation. When I'm in meeting, I often ignore iPhone notification. Now, I can quickly check AW discreetly.

    Pros:
    - Comfort. I'm really surprised on how comfortable AW band is. It is so different than traditional bands I have being using (metal bracelet and leather buckle). I thought the rubber will be sweaty and uncomfortable. It really is the most comfortable watch and watch band I have worn.
    - Good battery life. I typically have 65-70% battery remaining, after wearing it overnight and during the day, until I get home around 7pm.
    - Customizable faces. There are many different style of faces to choose from. And most/many faces can be customized to show information I care about.

    Neutral:
    - Activity tracker. I don't exercise. I can see AW can be very useful as activity or exercise tracker.
    - Heart beat tracker. Cool and a nice gadget. But really doesn't tell me anything I care about.

    Cons:
    - Turning on display. I typically just rotate my wrist (with my wrist still resting on desk or keyboard) without lifting it. This won't work on AW. I need to emphasize the movement to raise my arm and rotate my wrist. I guess AW is successful to get me to do more activity whenever I want to get time.
    - Apps. Screen is not large enough for any app to be useful, besides notification. To use app, I just take out my phone.
    - Value. To me, it is just a watch. I don't find any killer features. So just a pricey electronic toy.

    Style: Obviously depends on each individual's taste. I like the look. I prefer the Nike sports version. Looks cooler. But that was not available to me, so I got the basic AW.

    Color: I got the silver Al version. It comes with the fog band. I like this band over the white Series 2 band.

    By the way, I own 2 automatic watches. I responded to a thrad but that just didn't go anywhere. I plan to wear the Apple Watch for few more weeks or months. Then decide if I want to buy watch winder to get my automatic watches back into rotation.
    Automatic Watch guy. . . . thinking about buying an Apple watch. Advice please - Page 2

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    Re: My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    A big +1 for the comfort of the Sport band. Marc Newson hit upon a great, unconventional design for the band that works better than anyone else expected. Glad it's reaching a wider audience than Marc's Ikepod watches have managed.

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    Re: My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    I, too, always loved the comfort of the sport band. Ironically, though, the Apple Watch fitness features has meant that I lost a lot of weight over the last year. My wrist has gotten slightly smaller. Now, I’m squarely between two holes. One is too tight, the other too loose. Oh well. I got a cheap magnetic sports band from eBay, and that’s working well.

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    Re: My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    Quote Originally Posted by 88Keys View Post
    I, too, always loved the comfort of the sport band. Ironically, though, the Apple Watch fitness features has meant that I lost a lot of weight over the last year. My wrist has gotten slightly smaller. Now, I’m squarely between two holes. One is too tight, the other too loose. Oh well. I got a cheap magnetic sports band from eBay, and that’s working well.
    I switch between three different holes on mine (now that I think about it, I use four!). The loosest -- let's call it #1 -- for wearing overnight and after a shower (easier to air dry my skin), #2 for regular use, #3 for light workouts and walks, and #4 for more active workouts.

    The fact that I can switch among these sizes one-handed, and without bracing it against my chest (like I have to do with a standard buckle strap), has me second-guessing whether I'd regularly use a Link Bracelet, which is the only other strap I really want.

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    Re: My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    Good write up, useful info

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    Re: My Take on Apple Watch (Series 3 non-LTE)

    I wonder if you would like analogue smart watch better. Alpina and FC released some new ones this year.

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