The Philippines is a bit late in the Apple Watch game but I’m glad we finally have it here. I’ve had the Apple Watch Sport for two days now and while I’m still not used to all of its functions and gestures, I can say that I love it!
It sure packs a lot of functions for such a small size. I originally wanted to buy the 38mm one because it is cheaper but it proved to be too small for my liking. The 42mm Apple Watch Sport version is fits just right on my wrist.
What I was most afraid of was its battery life. Since it was launched, I’ve read a lot of reviews disappointed with its promised battery life and the need to recharge every night. While I was not concerned with the daily recharging, I wouldn’t want to wear a drained watch mid-day.
Thankfully, after two days of having it, the watch never drained out on me (not yet at least). And yesterday, after 16 hours since I last charged it, the battery still clocked in at 45%. I can say that I am very happy with it.
The Apple Watch home page with all the apps installed
The Apple Watch has a lot of faces which you can customize with different colors and complications.
The Activity app tells you the calories you’ve burned, the amount of exercise time you’ve had, and how frequent you stand
The Messages app shows your message threads and allows you to reply via emoji, dictation or stock replies.
The side button allows you to access your favorite contacts to either message or call
The phone app mirrors what you can see in your iPhone.
Notifications appear for different apps and the Watch will have a red dot on top and perform a haptic alert.
The Watch version of Twitter shows you the latest tweets
The Watch version of Twitter show the latest and top tweets
You can access the latest Instagram posts as well as your activity
Facebook Messenger app can reply with a thumbs up, an emoji or one of the stock replies available.
The settings in the Glances allows you to put the watch (and your iPhone) in airplane, do not disturb and silent. It also allows you to ping your phone, which is very useful if you’re the type to misplace it every now and then.
You can check how much batter you have left in Glances and it also allows you to activate Power Reserve to squeeze in more time to what’s left of your Watch’s battery.
In Glances, the Apple Watch checks your heart beat rate
The stock e-mail app shows text e-mails. But for html-rich e-mails, it will prompt you to check your iPhone instead.
You can get rid of your bluetooth shutter because you can remotely click shutter when part of a group photo.
Rotating the crown while in the watch face accesses the Time Travel and shows varied information in the complications based on the time you’re displaying.
The Apple Watch is currently just available in the Philippines at Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3 and TriNoma. The 42mm Apple Watch Sport costs Php22,990.
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I work as an Online Media Specialist for a certain institution. I recently finished my Master of Marketing Communications program. On the side, I try as much as I can to volunteer for an organization that tackles HIV in the Philippines.
I keep myself busy by reading books, watching TV series, and overthinking everything.
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