Fitness Reviews

Apple Watch Review

If you’ve seen my earlier review about one of my previous fitness watches {the Polar FT7}, you know how particular and unsure I am about my purchases.  I’ve gone through a FitBit Flex, a New Balance, and a Polar FT7 watch.  The Polar watch I kept for a little over a year, however, I did return my FitBit and New Balance watch within a week of buying it {more details about why here}.

I said I never wanted an Apple Watch because I didn’t need all the fancy features that came on it:  allowing me to text, email, take phone calls, etc {disclaimer to be fair:  the newer FitBit can do this as well}.  

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For Christmas last year, I decided to splurge and buy the Apple Watch Sport for $250 on sale at Target {it is normally $299}.  I have been wearing the watch every day for over 6 months now and I absolutely love it.  All of the fancy features I thought I wouldn’t need, I actually really appreciate and now I can’t imagine doing without.

T H E    F E A T U R E S

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  • I love how I set the home screen to display the time, temperature outside, the day of the month, and my calendar events synced from my phone
  • It is nice when the watch sends me a little note and vibration to remind me to stand up when I’ve been sitting for too long – it’s an especially nice wake up call when I’ve been Netflixing for too long {is Netflixing a verb now…?}
  • The fitness app is easy to use and provides helpful information:  heart rate, pace, distance {if you’re doing a distance type activity}, time elapsed, etc.  
  • I love how easy it syncs to my phone and how easy the app is to use.  I can effortlessly check my texts while on the go and then if necessary will pick up my phone to reply back
  • It’s very durable – the screen does not have any scratches or cracks {and I have indeed dropped it a few times}
  • I love the general aesthetic of the watch – it is very sleek and matches majority of my outfits
  • If you’re like me and you are constantly losing your phone {yes, even in your own house….} this watch is a life saver.  You just “ping” your phone and it will have your phone make an alert and you are able to hear/find it.

Here is a video I made showing the features of my home screen and the fitness features.

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  • Battery life – that was the one thing I liked better about the FitBit Flex {not the Apple Watch competitor}.  It does not bother me too much because after an active day the lowest the battery has ever gotten is around 40%.  However, I still charge it every night, because I want to have a full charge for the next day.
  • The tracker for the steps you take is sometimes not sensitive enough in my opinion.  It seems it doesn’t truly track all of my steps if my arms are more stationary {which is understandable with any watch}.
  • When you are lifting weights with your arms, it often times will throw your heart rate off {for example, my usual heart rate is around 140 while lifting, but sometimes it will read 80 bpm when lifting dumbbells}.  However, any other activity it works perfectly.

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F I N A L    T H O U G H T S

Overall, I absolutely love this watch.  It tracks my fitness, heart rate, phone calls, text messages, and much more.  This has by far been my favorite fitness watch and I will continue to wear this every day! 

What’s your favorite fitness watch?

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma @Em-powered Wellness
    June 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I thought all the Apple watch features seemed excessive too…until one of my friends showed me all of them on his watch. It’s pretty cool!! I used to have a Fitbit as well but it stopped working–I think from water damage. So I next got a water proof fitness instead 🙂

    • Reply
      Marisa
      June 17, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Do you swim with your fitness watch? It says the Apple Watch is water proof, but i’ve been to scared to try 😀

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