The Apple Watch goes on sale soon. Here are 5 reasons you want one.
The Apple Watch goes on pre-sale on Friday, starting at $ 349, and initial reviews are mixed. This is clearly an early-stage product, and even the early reviewers seem a little ambivalent about whether or not anyone other than the most devoted Apple fans should buy one.
You can certainly look at our hands on with the Apple Watch to help you decide, but here are five reasons you definitely will want the watch. Once you’re done checking these out, you can look at my five reasons you do not want an Apple Watch. Which one describes you better?
1. You think it’s beautiful. Entirely independent of what the Apple Watch does, it’s an object you wear and display every day—a piece of tech jewelry. If you like the shape, the finish, and the bands, then it’s a piece of jewelry that could enhance your wardrobe. All of its many features will be frosting on the cake.
2. You own an iPhone 6 Plus. The notifications aspect of the Apple Watch becomes most helpful when you have a phone that you don’t always want to take out of your pocket. The iPhone 6 Plus isn’t a one-handed device for anyone who doesn’t have very large hands. The Apple Watch helps you keep your mini-tablet holstered until you absolutely need it.
3. You’re an optimizer. As Josh Topolsky points out over at Bloomberg, using an Apple Watch involves doing quite a bit of tweaking to your iPhone. Specifically, you’ll need to change the notification options on any app that sends notifications. This will make you very aware of what’s sending you notifications and how often. If that excites you, you’re on the right track here.
4. You want to track your activity. Since I started carrying around a Samsung phone with its S Health activity tracking app, I find I walk more, and I’m more aware of my physical activity. The Apple Watch will also get you healthy in a sneaky fashion.
5. You’re buying two. Some of the Watch’s most radical and interesting features involve sending messages to another Apple Watch—heartbeats, vibrations, and scribbles. If you’re buying watches with a friend or loved one, you’ll get to explore those features. If not, you’ll just be left dancing with yourself.