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What caused my wife to decide to leave behind a year of Apple Watch
The trail was really starting to climb. We were really starting to breath heavy.
Sheri wasn't even sure if she was going to make it. She was already campaigning to cut our pre-planned workout in half. The air was heavy and it truly made our workout harder.
I glanced down at my Fitbit Surge to get a quick read on my heartrate. It wasn't showing heartrate so a quick slide to the left changed the constant monitoring portion of the display to heartrate.
“My heart is running around 138, what is yours doing?” I breathlessly asked back at her.
Sheri said, “I don't know, let me check.”
I gave her around 30 seconds and asked “Well?”
She said “I don't know, I can't find it. I've been swiping up, down, left, right and I can't find it here.”
“I know that they have the heart rate, that was the whole point of the Apple Watch.” I said.
Excitedly she finally exclaimed “I found it, wait, its only 114”.
So Sheri started monitoring her heartrate for the next few minutes and it finally went to 145 beats per minute, which our knowledge of ourselves cued our senses to know that this was the right number.
We picked the pace back up now that she didn't have to continually fool with her display to get such basic information.
About 1/2 way through our workout, my Fitbit Surge buzzed my wrist. I was looked down. It said “1 mile, 19 min 36 sec”. I told Sheri, what it said and asked her to give me a readout of her watch.
She said, “We've been going 1.3 miles.” I told her that her Apple Watch, without having her very large iPhone 6 Plus with her could only measure distance by counting steps and that made it inaccurate.
By this time, she is getting very frustrated. She had her Apple Watch for over a year. During this year, she used her Apple Watch to answer texts (via Siri), read emails, tell time ;-) , tell her to stand-up, and as a great companion to her iPhone. What she did NOT do was to add Apple Watch apps or complications. She bought all sorts of add-on Apple Watch bands to match her outfits. She was a happy user.
Finally, we got to the end of the workout, which was really a walk. We're not young people anymore.
I told the FitBit Surge that we were done. It instantly gave me a little overview of the workout. None of which Sheri could get from her Apple Watch.
As I write this, I can't tell you that you CAN'T get this from the Apple Watch. What I'm saying is that Sheri couldn't get it – and really the difficulty of finding it made it so that she didn't really even want to try.
She said “I want a Fitbit Surge.”
I said “Sweetie, it is much bigger and much simpler. It can't do as much as your Apple Watch.”
Sheri ended the entire conversation very simply “The Apple Watch isn't helping me do the single most important thing that I want to do – monitor and assist me in working out.”
And that my fellow RVers is why we have the Apple Watch up for sale on eBay.