I haven't dropped below 30% so far no matter how much I use the watch and so have been pleasantly surprised by how well it lasts. The nightly charge has not proved to be too much of a bind and for the first time ever, I am happy with battery performance on an Apple product.
I still strap on another watch at night, but for someone like me changing watches during the day is not a new thing. My main concern before purchasing was the battery and it has turned out to be invisible in daily use which is exactly what any watch should be like.
So, what is it like?
All of the above is fluff because it is all objective, but how the Apple Watch actually works and what benefits it offers is crucial.
The way Apple Watch works is quite risky in terms of how people will feel about it in the initial stages. Apple has chosen to make the integration with the iPhone more than just a one-way process and more than merely mimicking the notifications on both devices. If you are using the iPhone actively, you will not receive a notification on your watch which makes perfect sense when you think about it. You can answer text messages using emojis or dictation and for many tasks, only the watch is needed. Calendar alerts, fitness notifications and so many other features work very well on the watch thus enabling you to not pick up your iPhone and turn on the screen. This system is not overly ambitious and it is obvious that much more can be done in the future, but at this time it does offer a sense of potential.
The risk in making a system that only notifies you when you are not using your iPhone is that you can go for long periods without using it. This then leads to a sense that it doesn't do a lot and could make the user question the purchase price further, but the reality is that this is likely the best way to work. If you think of it as a watch above all else, but one which also does some clever things on top you will appreciate what it can do.
The ability to receive calls on it and hold a conversation is a novelty and one which has surprisingly come in handy a few times for me so far. Checking the weather is useful as is Passbook, which brought out a confused stare at the cinema when I used it, and of course the Apple TV remote is there. Never again will I have to use a device that is not strapped to me to control the TV.
The fitness tracking is pretty impressive as well and a lot of information is presented on the associated iPhone app. It feels invisible because it is part of a watch and is probably the best I have used to date apart from the lack of sleep tracking. Throw in the controlling of music and offline playback to Bluetooth headphones and it all comes together bit by bit to make your day just a little better. The small things that the Apple Watch can do are on the whole worked out well and I have found myself starting to rely on them.
Third party apps
Seriously, I do not have one installed because they take forever to load and most have been programmed with an obvious lack of knowledge of what the watch is all about. The second point is down to Apple not having been able to give hardware access to developers in good time, but then again so is the first point. I understand why there is a delay and the way the information is handed off, but it is not a system that is working at this time because it goes against the whole idea of the watch. By the time the information loads, you may as well have picked up your iPhone.
From what I have heard, a handful of apps are genuinely useful (Uber is an example), but until apps are stored on the watch, I cannot see too many benefits.