I’m an Apple guy.
I have an iPhone and a MacBook Air and AirPod Pros. Love them all.
So, when I saw that the price dropped on the Series 3, I contemplated getting one. I’ve always thought they looked cool, but questioned how useful it would be for me. I asked on the LOH Facebook Page about the watch and 50+ comments rolled in, many of them from people with one hand who said they love theirs!
My friend Madelyn, who is missing her entire left arm, even shared her video about how she uses hers!
My video is not quite as instructional. Take a look:
So…I don’t love it.
I’m not going to rant about accessibility, but…I will say a few words about it. Apple is not required to make this watch accessible for me. They can make it however they see fit. That said, I think it would behoove them to make it as accessible for as many people as they can. I think that about any product.
As you can probably see in the video, I was really frustrated with the band. I’ve used a multitude of different types of watch bands and have never had this much difficulty. I’m actually interested to know if two-handed people have difficulty with it, too. It just seems like an odd and overcomplicated design. And one of the things people love about Apple products is that you can open the package and use the item right away! Unfortunately, I have to spend an extra $50 to buy a different band just to be able to put it on by myself. That’s a pretty terrible user experience.
After I stopped recording, I paired it with my phone and played with it for a while. Again…frustrating. I got the 38mm, which just seems too small to be able to do anything worthwhile. The end of my left arm is not pointy(?) enough to be able to use it to do anything on the screen. And using the tip of my nose or having to talk to Siri about everything does not appeal to me.
So, in theory, the watch seems awesome. But in real life…not so much. At least for me.
My FitBit One works fine and I always have my phone on me, so I’m struggling to find a reason to keep it.
I haven’t returned it yet, though, so… What am I missing?
Convince me otherwise.