Working on an app for Apple Watch, before the device was available to test, it was really difficult to assume anything, as all devices carry a extra layer of emotion that in some way helps form your view on how to design for it. Finally the watch was released by Apple so I received a new Apple Watch Sport and on the advice of a colleague, I kept a diary, so here it is:
- Easy to pick up core features and functionality. Lots of nice little touches. Having access to heart rate data is fun.
- Received a simple phone call on it, was a bit ‘Star Trek’
- Mainly a lot of novelty.
- Impressed with build quality
- Lots of waiting for stuff to load
- Strap is excellent
- Charger cable is too long
- Just realised that notifications don’t immediately show up, the buzz first is refreshing way to not overload you with distractions
- Apps take a while to load, especially if you have not used the associative iPhone app for a while, or if that app needs GPS or data
- Whilst driving, it buzzed to let me know I was not meeting my ‘Stand Quota’
- Maps is interesting, little instructions are simple
- iPhone is showing many Watch apps are using the phones location services
- Really enjoying the activity monitor stuff, did 2 dog walks just to get the ‘walk’ part completed
- You can control Spotify and iTunes using the media control in glances
- Battery life is superb
- I have to take watch off to sleep, as my sleeping position means my watch keeps thinking I am looking at it. This is annoying
- Charges really quickly
- Not suitable for cycling at all. Strava is not even good enough to be MVP.
- I really like the way I can control things with the digital crown and side button, as swiping the small screen is a bit clumsy, as is tapping on small elements
- Set up Friends list – great feature – choose my 12 most important people
- Watch is all about subtraction – am now setting up the watch just to show me a refined set of data, am now just defining ‘friends’ out of my contacts or ‘favorites’ These are my ‘moments’ and things that I deem important. Vip on the iPhone was useful for filtering important emails.
- More latency issues
- More subtraction. Seems there is way to much on the watch. Bubble icon view is crowded and hard to tap
- Music control works nicely. Is in my view a good remote control app for iTunes/Spotify
- Really enjoying the Activity stuff.
- Battery life is really good. Can get a day and a half out of it with medium use
- I don’t like or use glances at all.
- Starting to wonder whether this will be a popular device, and whether people who have a decent wristwatch will use both. One for best? one for work?