Apple Watch's Standout Features


The Apple Watch has a substantial number of different featured ranging from thing to help you get work done to others that will help you stay fit.  With so many different features it can be hard to pick out one “standout” feature for the wearable. After a month of use, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites, however, that make having an Apple Watch worth it.

Really Pay Attention To How You Move

I’ve been a FitBit user for several years, and have continued to wear my FitBit along with the Apple Watch. I’ve really enjoyed the detail that the Apple Watch goes into in watching your movement. For instance, with the FitBit I just know that I’ve walked 15,000 steps in a day and have been “active” a certain amount of minutes, all adding up to a certain calorie burn for the day. With the Apple Watch, I know how many calories I’ve burned from movement as well as how many calories I’ve burned from just existing.  

I’ve found that even on days where I have 150+ minutes of “active” time on my FitBit I might not actually complete the Exercise ring on the Apple Watch.  So, all those days I thought I’d been getting exercise-level movement in the past, I might have been falling a little short. ​

As someone who writes for a living, I also spend a considerable amount of time sitting in front of a computer during the day. I’ve really enjoyed getting a gentle reminder on my wrist throughout the day suggesting I stand up for a few. When you work at home alone, or even in a crowded office, it can be hard to remember to take a break during the day. The Apple Watch was just the reminder I needed to get up and stretch during a longer work day.

Know if You Need To Pull Out Your Phone

When I go out to dinner with friends, I’m always the one with my phone sitting beside me on the table. The nature of what I do makes it important for me to stay on top of email and texts until fairly late in the day, but doing so often means I dive for my phone when I hear a notification come in, even when it’s actually not something that needs my immediate attention.

I’ve really enjoyed getting notifications on my Apple Watch. With it, I can put my phone in my bag and know that if anything important comes in I’ll see it on my wrist. That means I’m spending less time overall on my phone.

Likewise, I don’t have to constantly check my phone to see if an important email, text, or call has come in — I’ll know immediately when it does.

Killer Directions

Turn-by-turn navigation is one of the Apple Watch features I didn’t think I would use, but really love. It's actually gotten me to start using Apple Maps. With turn-by-turn navigation, you can load up a destination, and then get a gentle tap on your wrist when it’s time to turn. I live in San Francisco, and often have to load up walking directions to locations I haven’t been to before. It’s great to be able to get those directions without walking around with your phone in front of you like a tourist.