|Reserved for Apple Watch|
When the Apple Watch was actually shown this month, I ended up being underwhelmed. The more I thought about it the more I realized that even if I wanted to spend close to $400 on a watch, the Apple Watch couldn't survive life on the farm.
Big, bulky, and expensive. That's a good description for a tractor, not a watch.
I decided to reevaluate why I wanted a smartwatch to begin with. Pulling my iPhone out of my pocket to check to see if I had a call, message, or notification has started to get old. Often, I'm on a loud tractor or around mooing calves and don't notice the rings, beeps, or chirps. When I've been expecting a call I've even carried my phone in my hand while I worked to keep me from missing it. That's not always safe for it or me. With the onset of winter and extra layers of coats and gloves keeping abreast of those messages and notifications will be darn near impossible.
Most of the time being late to a conversation or message isn't a problem. However, when my wife texts and I don't respond, well, that's not a great situation to be in.
I realized that I didn't need a full blown computer on my arm. What I really need is something practical. Something that works well. Something that solves my problems. I decided what I really need is a Pebble smart watch.
- The Pebble displays notifications (texts and calls from my wife won't be missed!)
- Is highly water resistant (which is a must for farm life!)
- Readable screen in daytime (I'm always outside)
- Replaceable bands (in case I catch it on something)
- Scratch resistant screen (I'm rough on things)
- Battery lasts for 5-7 days (!)
- Last, but not least, it tells time.