I finally decided to buy an apple watch, and why the series 3 was worth the wait – travelupdate electricity generation by source


Despite liking a lot of Apple’s products, there are also products that made little sense to me. For example, it never occurred to me to buy an iPod (up to the 8th generation now), whether it’s the iPod classic, nano, or iPod touch. Once upon a time when I want to cast music to my older (non-Bluetooth enabled) car, I went with the simple solution: I simply got a wireless 3.5mm radio transmitter to connect to the car’s audio system.

Then, there is also the cost/value proposition to consider. Is an AirPod headset (even if it’s a good pair) worth its $159 price point? Unless you are always listening to the headset (which I don’t), it’s hard to justify the cost. What about the $999 starting price point for the Apple iPhone X? The Apple Watch (Series 3)

I’ve always had an interest in the wearable tech, so it was surprising (even to me) that the Apple Watch didn’t excite me one bit when it first came out. Fair or not, my assessment at the time was that it was just a glorified Fitbit, slapped with the Apple branding. There wasn’t a specific feature that made me want to run to a store and get one.

Apple had discontinued the Apple Watch Series 2. When they launched the Apple Watch Series 3 this past fall, I took a quick glance at the specs but I didn’t pay too much attention. The Apple Watch Series 3 has a starting price point of $399. Compared to other Apple products, it’s considered relatively cheap. At that price, you could also get a very nice looking “real” (not a techie “wearable”) watch. I have not worn a watch in years and simply used the iPhone as an alternative. Do I really need an Apple Watch? I Finally Decided To Go for the Watch

Even with the phone, I was never big on having to have to look for Wi-FI access. The idea that the Watch has cellular connectivity was interesting enough to make me take a second look at it. Granted, I’m not a fan of the $10 fee (varies by carrier) tacked on to your monthly phone fee. At the end of the day, you’re paying for the convenience.

• The phone is bulky. Wearable tech is simpler. Earlier this year, I asked someone who had a watch for the time while on a ski lift. I didn’t want to pull out (and accidentally) drop my Phone. Any watch will do, but having a watch that does more is always a perk.

I have to admit that I enjoyed my Apple Watch far more than I even thought I would. For someone who haven’t worn a watch in years, I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch quite regularly. I’ve even decided to change out the watch band that comes with the original Apple Watch, to have it fit more of my style.

There is quite a lot of irony when it comes to the Apple Watch. On the one hand, I think — as a society — we’re quite connected to our electronic gadgets already (perhaps a little too much). One might asked, “Why would I want to be connected even more with a wearable tech?” Yet, in its strange little way, I think the Watch does something even I had not fully expected: It is already helping me to unhook from the need to be attached to the phone (and some of its time-killing apps).