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« Reply #120 on: April 25, 2015, 01:45:02 PM »

Got mine at about 3:00pm yesterday. Not sure why I got mine when others didn't get the ones they ordered. Perhaps the watch/band combination chosen had something to do with it. My first impressions are excellent: it's attractive and very "nice watch" looking, doesn't weigh a ton, and the strap is super nice and comfortable. I went with the 38mm stainless steel with black leather buckle.

Setting it up was easy, and it came with an 80% charge. I synced it to my phone, transferred my credit cards to it, set up a couple of apps to transfer over, and was off to the races. Customizing the face was a lot of fun, and the built in apps worked great. The third party apps are laggy to load, but function fine once they're there. When the developers are able to put more of the app onto the watch itself, hopefully that issue will abate.

I sent a couple of text messages and placed a couple of calls through the watch. Siri is very effective (and has been getting noticeably better in general the last year or so), and the sound from the watch when using it Dick Tracy style is clear, if a bit soft.

The fitness tracking features are great. I went for a jog on a treadmill at the end of the night, and discovered that the watch was able to "tell" how fast I was running and estimated the "distance run" in line with the treadmill itself. However, it measured a far lower calorie burnt count than the treadmill did until it factored in my "resting caloric burn rate" on top of the "active caloric burn rate" and then the two counts were only 10-20 calories apart.

The "stand up and move around" sensor didn't seem to understand what was happening when I was standing up at a party for a few hours, and kept pinging me every hour to "stand up". Still, I can see how that's going to be useful during the workday.

I showed the watch off to a lot of people and was fiddling with it a lot. The battery had exhausted from 80%-ish to 5%-ish by 1:00am, which projects out to about 13 hours of battery life. I'm sure with more normal usage, that's going to stretch to 15 or 16 hours, which will be plenty.

So far, thrilled with it.
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« Reply #121 on: April 25, 2015, 04:53:37 PM »

Good to hear and thanks for writing up you impressions. I have been reading a few complaints about the HR monitor having issues getting the HR during a workout or being way off at times, but it didn't sound like you had issues. Wonder if people aren't wearing it tight enough?

Looks great. Wish I went SS, but I am sure I will upgrade in a year so I keep telling myself to be glad I didn't.
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« Reply #122 on: April 26, 2015, 12:14:27 AM »

Now that they're here I feel my resolve shaking. One of the things that has swayed me a great deal is that my mom got a Garmin fitness band and absolutely loves it. She kept talking about how she loves that it's bluetooth and she can get texts from her phone on it, how much it's helping with her activity, etc. Then I thought - if I'm going to spend $150 on something like that, why not spring the extra couple bills and get something REALLY shiny and that will have far greater functionality in the long run?

It's not something I can afford right now, but I'll definitely be taking a long look at them around the latter half of the year.

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« Reply #123 on: April 26, 2015, 05:11:09 AM »

I pictured you as Android guy YK. I guess I picture most gamers as PC guys, so therefore Android. Probably an assumption I shouldn't make.

I was in a packed Apple store tonight. We couldn't look at anything because there were people around everything in the store, except the watches. It was weird, no one was even so much as looking at the watches for the 30 minutes we were there. So I finally got to play with a Watch and it was not what I expected. I am pretty heavily invested in Apple, I own, or have owned, pretty much one of everything they make. I have read every Apple watch review I can find, and I have been reading the MacRumors' Apple Watch forums getting everyone's impressions. I wasn't prepared to be lost with the interface. It was in the message/draw mode, and it took me a few seconds to figure out how to get out of it. I felt kind of lost using it. It didn't feel intuitive at all. I don't think that says anything about the product itself, other than this isn't anything like any other Apple product I have used before. It wasn't Apple simple at first glance. I have heard other people say the same thing and I didn't really believe them, but it really does have a bit of a learning curve to it. It really did feel like a first gen product that most people should avoid unless they really like being an early adopter (just as many of the reviews have said and some people seem to be finding out on MacRumors.)

Still, I am looking forward to getting mine. I do wish I would have ordered SS after looking at them, I thought it looked a lot better.
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« Reply #124 on: April 26, 2015, 04:57:34 PM »

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Nope, far from it. I started out buying an iPhone, and then my company gave me a Droid. I used it for about a week and then told them to keep it. Couldn't stand it. I've just never been one to tinker and customize - I detest added complexity for the sake of personalization. Just give me something simple that works. Unlike a lot of tech people, I'm a fan of "walled garden" ecosystems. I prefer curated experiences over unlimited freedom.
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« Reply #125 on: April 26, 2015, 05:02:00 PM »

Agreed, I just want to use the thing, not find the best mods.

Anyway, watch just got charged and changed to shipping. (Makes up for that Arsenal game this morning.)

Edit: Will be here Tuesday.
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« Reply #126 on: Today at 05:11:49 AM »

Quote from: YellowKing on April 26, 2015, 04:57:34 PM

Quote from: Lee
I pictured you as Android guy YK.

Nope, far from it. I started out buying an iPhone, and then my company gave me a Droid. I used it for about a week and then told them to keep it. Couldn't stand it. I've just never been one to tinker and customize - I detest added complexity for the sake of personalization. Just give me something simple that works. Unlike a lot of tech people, I'm a fan of "walled garden" ecosystems. I prefer curated experiences over unlimited freedom.

This describes me, also. I'm a hardcore PC Gamer, but for my laptop, tablet,  phone, and Internet router, Apple cannot be beaten. Everything is easy to use, works in perfect harmony, and has an extensive ecosystem that I enjoy.

There are definitely good Android systems out there (I own the new Dell Venue with the OLED screen) but the fragmentation of Android is on another level in comparison to OSX and iOS.
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« Reply #127 on: Today at 05:26:52 AM »

Quote from: Lee on April 26, 2015, 05:02:00 PM

Agreed, I just want to use the thing, not find the best mods.

Anyway, watch just got charged and changed to shipping. (Makes up for that Arsenal game this morning.)

Edit: Will be here Tuesday.

Mine coming Tuesday as well
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« Reply #128 on: Today at 08:12:27 PM »

Quote from: Lee on April 26, 2015, 05:11:09 AM

I pictured you as Android guy YK. I guess I picture most gamers as PC guys, so therefore Android. Probably an assumption I shouldn't make.

I was in a packed Apple store tonight. We couldn't look at anything because there were people around everything in the store, except the watches. It was weird, no one was even so much as looking at the watches for the 30 minutes we were there. So I finally got to play with a Watch and it was not what I expected. I am pretty heavily invested in Apple, I own, or have owned, pretty much one of everything they make. I have read every Apple watch review I can find, and I have been reading the MacRumors' Apple Watch forums getting everyone's impressions. I wasn't prepared to be lost with the interface. It was in the message/draw mode, and it took me a few seconds to figure out how to get out of it. I felt kind of lost using it. It didn't feel intuitive at all. I don't think that says anything about the product itself, other than this isn't anything like any other Apple product I have used before. It wasn't Apple simple at first glance. I have heard other people say the same thing and I didn't really believe them, but it really does have a bit of a learning curve to it. It really did feel like a first gen product that most people should avoid unless they really like being an early adopter (just as many of the reviews have said and some people seem to be finding out on MacRumors.)

Still, I am looking forward to getting mine. I do wish I would have ordered SS after looking at them, I thought it looked a lot better.

I've heard those same impressions, but I don't get that. It seems fairly simple to me: the digital crown scrolls and pressing it takes you "up" a level, eventually back to the watch face. Glances swipe up from the bottom. Notifications from the top, just like iOS. The deep press is the only really new thing to me, and it's really just a new type of "right-click". I find it quite easy to use.
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« Reply #129 on: Today at 08:19:59 PM »

I'm still in limbo, this is definitely the worst pre-order experience I've ever had with Apple.  Following the threads, it looks like they are fairly (I guess) moving in order of when orders were received, and mine was only confirmed 7 minutes after midnight.  Unbelievable that their stock could be this poorly planned out for "launch."  Seems like they should have known well in advance exactly how many units they had and then partition the ship dates with more intelligent windows based on order time, rather than lead all million+ pre-orders to believe they would be received on the original release date.

It's not even that I can't wait to get the watch to use, it's more just irritation that a minute or two of hesitation caused days/weeks of delay.  Lame!
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« Reply #130 on: Today at 09:21:46 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on Today at 08:19:59 PM

I'm still in limbo, this is definitely the worst pre-order experience I've ever had with Apple.  Following the threads, it looks like they are fairly (I guess) moving in order of when orders were received, and mine was only confirmed 7 minutes after midnight.  Unbelievable that their stock could be this poorly planned out for "launch."  Seems like they should have known well in advance exactly how many units they had and then partition the ship dates with more intelligent windows based on order time, rather than lead all million+ pre-orders to believe they would be received on the original release date.

It's not even that I can't wait to get the watch to use, it's more just irritation that a minute or two of hesitation caused days/weeks of delay.  Lame!

To be fair, I preordered 5 mins after launch and it was readily made clear that mine wouldn't arrive until mid/late May.
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« Reply #131 on: Today at 09:30:03 PM »

They didn't launch one model, though: they launched 38 different products, without the ability to perfectly predict which ones would sell out the fastest. They probably knew to build more Watch Sports that just Watches, but did they know the preference the 42mm over the 38mm? How accurately did they predict the band combinations on the Watch? It seems like the watch I bought was "less popular" by several measures: stainless steel over aluminum, 38mm over 42mm, which probably is why I got mine so quickly. I also knew exactly what I was going to ordered before I signed on, and was done with my purchase before 3:05am EDT. Even with that, I was given a range of between April 24 and May 8. I was just lucky to have picked a product that was in lighter demand, and so I got it earlier.
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