Dear Apple Watch 5,
I don’t really like you.
I have been in a relationship with you for a month now, and I’m ready to part ways. To move on. To bring my last watch back and beg his forgiveness for giving him away.
I am tired of you.
You know how people say “it’s not you, it’s me”? No. It’s you. It’s not me.
Soooooo…I upgraded to the Apple Watch 5 and am not happy.
I thought I’d share my thoughts before the holiday season in case you are thinking about upgrading or buying one as a gift. I’ve had several people ask me if I have upgraded and my thoughts, and since I’m not thrilled with it, I didn’t want to wait to review it in case this effects your decision. Also, maybe I have a dud watch? Maybe you guys are about to tell me to call Apple and have them replace it because all of your Apple Watch 5s are amazing. I HOPE THAT’S THE CASE! I would be thrilled!! That being said, here are my thoughts to date on the 5…
…the watch on the left is my Apple Watch 4. I reviewed it HERE. I had it one year (after having the 1, the 2 and the 3). I bought my first Apple Watch in 2016 and loved it. I am the least techy person you’ll ever meet, but it was so user-friendly that it quickly became one of my favorite things. The only thing not perfect about the Apple Watch 1 was that it wasn’t water proof.
…Apple came out with the Apple Watch 2 which WAS WATERPROOF and my world was once more rocked, so I upgraded to that one. It was amazing. It did everything my first one did, but I could swim with it on, take a shower with it on, wash dishes, bathe kids…do everything with it on and my love of the Apple Watch just grew and grew. And then…
…Apple came out with the Apple Watch 3 that could have cellular functions without your phone nearby. What? I could leave my phone at home and drive to my kids’ school and still make/receive calls and texts? I could go on a run or bike ride and leave behind the phone, but still have access to calling/texting if I needed to? What? Amazing! I upgraded again. Now, last year, Apple came out with their Apple Watch 4…
…which pretty much functioned the same as the 3, but the face was larger and thinner…I liked that. Bigger screen but with less bulk? Yes, please! I upgraded. So when the Apple Watch 5 came out this fall, I naturally thought, yup, it’s time to upgrade. I’ll trade in my 4 and get a 5 and my love affair with the watch will continue.
(You know the sound of a car screeching as it breaks to a quick stop? Yeah, I’m hearing it right now too.)
Here are a few reasons that I’ve been disappointed with my new watch since day one.
#1: The battery life is so short. With the 1, my battery would last just about the whole day, but there were a few occasions when it died that evening while I was still wearing it. Maybe three times? Once I upgraded to the 2, battery life was never an issue. The 2, 3 and 4 would all last me a solid day and a half pushing two days. I charge my watch every night before bed and it would consistently be around 40% when I would charge it. With the 5, IF if makes it all day, it’s at 10% or below when I charge it at night. You guys know me, and my life hasn’t changed…I still wear it the same number of hours, use the same apps, everything is the same, my battery just DOES NOT stay charged.
#2: Look at that picture closely. It appears the 5 has a smaller face, right? It says they’re the same size, but I really think it’s a tad smaller. Not a big deal, but just something I don’t love.
#3: With the addition of each new Apple watch, the activity monitor has improved meaning it gauges my calories, steps and overall activity better with each watch. I had my watch on the other day and did a Peloton workout for 30 minutes and it said I burned 20 calories. Twenty. It used to say more like 350…but 20?!
Now, the big new feature of the Apple Watch 5 is that the screen never turns off. With all of the other watches, when your wrist isn’t up and you are looking at it, the screen is black. So, for instance, when I’m holding planks, I can’t see my timer because my wrist is down, so all I see is black, but with this new watch, the screen is ALWAYS on. I do really love that but wonder if that’s not the reason the battery life is so much shorter? That being said, my friend told me she didn’t like that the watch was always “lit up” because she found it distracting and preferred it the other way. So I don’t know? Maybe it’s not a pro for everyone?
Now, I’m hoping you all say my watch is a dud and that the 5 is fabulous since I’ve already traded in my 4. I would loooooove any feedback you guys have who also have the 5. Am I missing an amazing feature? Is there something I’m doing wrong? I would love to know! I just looked online and it appears that right now, you can only buy the 3 or the 5, so if you’re asking me today which one I would get someone as a gift, I would say the 3.
Needless to say, I’m hoping for a lot of clarity/info/thoughts and ideas in the comment section today. Either that or someone tell me the date the 6 comes out because I think I’ll be ready to upgrade 😉 .