** This blog was originally posted at LinkedIn January 29, 2016.
Many of us count on our mobile phones to track daily tasks and make connections. I don’t think I could operate as efficiently if I don’t have one. During this last holiday session, I got an Apple Watch as a gift. I was not sure it would be a useful tool for me. After wearing my Apple Watch for a month, I have a new realization – wearable technology will help manage our lives even more than mobile phones.
With Apple Watch’s alerts, I stand up when I am reminded. I answer a call without having to fumble in my purse for my phone. I see texts coming in and am able to reply via voice. I work out and know exactly how many calories are burned. I can also listen to music without my phone.
My daughter brings Apple Watch usage to the next level. She uses it to control her iPhone for taking family pictures, and its workout tracker and pedometer function integrates easily into her existing health and fitness apps. I am starting to wonder why anyone would ever return to wearing a watch that ONLY tells time.
Apple watch utilizes a near field communication (NFC) chip which can also be used to make mobile payments. This function opens up the mobile payment world to iPhone5 users even though their phones are not NFC-enabled. However, awkwardly positioning your wrist over a reader in order to enable the payment does take some getting used to.
Apple Watch interacts with iPhone through Bluetooth which transmit data within 32 feet. Thus, this range is roughly how far you can leave your iPhone away from the Apple Watch. Although the watch loses a lot of its functionality when it gets too far from my iPhone, it is still convenient not being entirely glued to my phone.