For me, the three big winners among the watch’s functions were fitness, texting and paying for things and checking in at airports.
That’s the thing about this product. It seemed broad-ranging in functionality when it was announced — and it is — but the upside to that is that it means something different to everyone. (For instance, texting wouldn’t make my top three list. Neither would checking in, at the moment.) I’m not saying a broad range of features was the right move. Only time will tell. But – and this is a big “but” – for people that are curious about smartwatches, it does seem to offer each one something slightly different.
I don’t want to summarize or spoil Walt’s review here. It’s best you read it for yourself. His reviews are always worth the time, and this one is no exception.
By the way, on Siri, Walt mentions:
Even more surprising, however, was how good Siri and dictation are on the watch. I found Siri to be far more reliable on the watch than on the phone.
Others have recounted similar experiences. I have a hunch about this: I don’t believe Siri is better if used via one device or another (and remember, Siri is in the cloud). I think, instead, people may have been using Siri *less* on their iPhone recently — and Siri has improved over the past year or so. Now that people are giving Siri a shot on the Apple Watch, the “better” isn’t due to the watch, it’s due to the improvements. That’s my hunch. Walt goes on to note:
Apple says it has heard similar reports, but can’t explain the difference between these functions on the watch and on the phone.
I like my hunch even more now. For more of thoughts on Apple Watch, please check back later this week.