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Apple Watch – First Impressions

I was one of the foolish ones that ordered an Apple Watch back in April without having seen an actual watch. I think I’m overly geeky…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I’ve now had my Apple Watch for 36 hours and I must say, I really like it. I actually like it a bit more than I thought I would!

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I took this photo using my Apple Watch as a remote control for my iPhone.

There are so many ‘little’ things that over the course of a day really seem to simplify things just a bit. Not having to look at my iPhone as emails wander in, people retweet me, meetings are getting ready to start, reminders to stand up every now and then, knowing when the sunset will occur, and watching the Apple stock price. No killer app, but lots of little things make it a killer technology that integrates so well with the iPhone.

I’ve been playing with the built in Camera Remote app on the watch. When you start the app your iPhone will launch the camera. You then see the view of your iPhone camera on your Apple Watch. You can click one of two buttons: a three second delay or an immediate snapshot. Sometimes I’ve gotten burst images and other times I haven’t. I’m not yet sure why that is. When you do the three second delay the flash will blink three times (I wish that could be turned off). This is a great feature if you want to take a shot with the camera on a nice stable surface, or get a great selfie with the main camera (and not the front facing low res camera).

I’ve only tried one other photo related app at this point – Hydra. I really like the Hydra app on my iPhone, but it seems to have some bugs when trying to use it with the iPhone. Several times the app on my iPhone as well as the app on my Watch just show up as a black screen that seems frozen. The times when it worked it would take the photo but in no way did it indicate the photo had been taken. I’m guessing this one still needs a bit of work. Since hardly any Apple Watches shipped until recently, I’ll give developers a bit more time to iron out the kinks before I form a strong opinion.

There are still a lot of those “why doesn’t my Watch do yada yada yada” moments, and I really don’t understand some things at all. My Watch also crashed twice and rebooted – I’ve since updated the OS to 1.0.1 so that problem may be gone. Definitely a few things I’d like to see improved…but overall I love my new watch. I hadn’t worn a watch (other than my Garmin while running) in years, so it still feels strange on my wrist.

I’ve barely played with my Apple Watch and still have a lot to learn (I’ve barely scratched the surface). My fingers are crossed for many great photo related apps moving forward and I’m so glad I bought the watch! I’d have been even happier if Apple had bought it for me! 🙂

Why I’m Buying an Apple Watch

Many people have been discussing the Apple Watch for the past months, but tomorrow is finally the day when you can pre-order the brand new product.

Some really want one, some don’t, and others are waiting to see one in person. I’m going to order one for one reason – the camera remote function. From Apple:

Apple Watch can be a viewfinder for the iSight camera on your iPhone. So you can take a perfect selfie or join the group shot. See a live preview of what your iPhone sees, then snap the photo or set the timer on the camera.

Besides just shooting a photo, I’m curios if we’ll be able to control/toggle video, or flip from standard video to slo-motion video using the watch. I have a feeling in this version 1.0 of the Apple Watch we’ll only get the ability to snap a photo. In future versions I’m hoping for more. I won’t be awake until around 8am Eastern Time so I won’t be one of the first to pre-order and may not get my watch on April 24th…but as soon as I do I’ll let you know how it feels. Hopefully before June. 🙂

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Update: I randomly woke up at 3:25am and ordered my Apple Watch. Shipping estimate…June. Ugh.

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