Opinions? Yeah, I got a few. My husband will disagree. “A few?” he laughs. Fair enough. We both have Apple Watch Series 4. Mine was an anniversary gift. His is what men buy to match their anniversary gifts (and birthdays, and Mother’s Day, and Christmas; you get the idea, right?).
What’s the secret to Apple Watch. Google and noodle. Watch is complicated. Yes, it tells time, but there are a few thousand apps you can use, too, and the absolute best feature is Complications. That’s a watch term. Or, horological term. You know. From horology. It’s a thing.
What are Complications?
It’s not complicated, really, because most watches have a Complication or two.
In horology, a complication refers to any feature in a mechanical timepiece beyond the simple display of hours, minutes and seconds. A timepiece indicating only hours, minutes and seconds is known as a simple movement. Common complications in commercial watches are day/date displays, alarms, chronographs (stopwatches), and automatic winding mechanisms.
I told you horology was a thing.
So, if your watch also displays the date, that’s called a Complication. Apple Watch is packed with digital Complications attached to various apps. I use a variety of Watch faces, each with up to eight Complications.
Here are my favorites:
- Pedometer++ – the Pedometer app captures movement and steps; so does Pedometer on Watch.
- Battery Life – this one is built-in, but it’s a must-have. I keep Watch on at night and recharge while working during the day (it takes about an hour). I would like to see an alert that tells me when Watch is almost charged, though.
- Cardiogram – some members of my family have a history of croaking after dinner and they know the ambulance drivers on a first-name basis, so I track my heart rate via Cardiogram. It’s free.
- Drafts – this is my audio note-taking app. Tap it, start talking. Whatever you say is transcribed and saved as a note in Drafts, which then syncs up with Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
- Fantastical – you need a calendar and Fantastical is better than Apple’s own Calendar app. I wish all calendars had a way to enter an event via Watch.
- Dark Sky and Carrot – you don’t need both to get good weather information, but Dark Sky and Carrot are different and a tap away.
That list is just on the first Watch face. Slide that Watch face out of the way and it gets replaced with another that also has eight more complications.
- PCalc (none better)
- Just Press Record
- Stocks (Apple’s app
- Seconds Pro (for exercise)
- Heart Analyzer
- Activity (Apple’s app)
If you have Watch, dig into Complications. That’s where the true value resides. If you don’t have Watch but are thinking about it, head to the Apple Store and get a brainiac to show you all about Complications.