Apple Watch use cases

It’s been a week since I started using the Apple Watch. As promised in my earlier post on the Watch, here’s a summary of the use cases that I have for it so far:

1. Ordering taxis: I find myself calling taxis from Bitaksi a lot more frequently on my Apple Watch than on my smartphone. The experience is equally fast once you enter the app on either platform, but I’ve found myself using the Watch as its presence on my wrist makes it more accessible than the smartphone in my pocket.

2. Messaging: I really like the short messages (OK, Thank you, Yes, No, …) and emoticons available on the Watch. I still use my smartphone for longer messages but the Watch does a great job of delivering to the point messages. While such short messages may be considered rude when delivered from a smartphone, they’re not when sent from the Watch. I think that the Watch is going to make to the point messaging a more acceptable social norm in the future.

3. Navigation: After entering a destination on my smartphone, it’s much easier to drive while glancing at the directions from my Watch than those on my smartphone. Using the Watch allows me to keep both hands on the wheel so it’s much safer.

4. Calendar: Adding new calendar entries remains the domain of the smartphone. However, it’s much easier to see my existing meetings by glancing at the Watch calendar than by pulling out my smartphone from my pocket.

The use cases I’ve highlighted show that the speed of communicating on the Watch, and the hands-free interactions it makes possible, are its two most important attributes for me.

The navigation and messaging use cases are in line with those that Bijan Sabet, a VC at Spark Capital, shared in his post about what he uses the Watch for. He didn’t see the same benefit that I saw from ordering taxis and checking my calendar on the Watch. However, Bijan also highlighted the benefit of the Watch for boarding planes and fitness tracking. I haven’t boarded a plane in the last week so I have yet to test this experience. And although I exercise regularly, I prefer to keep my exercises technology-free to avoid distractions.

Bringing together the many use cases that we’ve identified, I agree with Bijan’s assessment that “for a first generation product, that ain’t bad”.