For Christmas there wasn't anything that I really needed especially as I'm trying to slowly declutter, especially when it comes to craft and stationary. I did however need a new watch and I settled on the idea of an Apple Watch already having an iPhone and happy with the Apple products that I own.
Originally I was going to get the gold watch with the dusky pink strap but taking my Dad's wise fashion advice I went for a silver case instead. Also instead of getting a buckle strap I decided to go for the braided solo loop - a choice that I'm glad I made as it is so comfortable.
My watch arrived sooner than expected which was an exciting surprise and the set up was super easy.
Medically I do find the app very helpful. I really struggle with my memory so having reminders, timers and alarms on my wrist which I can't put down and forget really helpful; for example to contact my Link Worker, take medication or make note of any PRN medication, track my fluid intake or putting a timer on an activity so I can ensure that manage my activity levels within my limits.
Though not a medical device and it's not designed to be one my watch comes with an ECG, blood oxygen measurement and heart rate monitor.
It also has a sleep tracker and during the night it monitors my heart rate and blood oxygen levels; it also does this periodically during the day and during any exercise.
What I find helpful is that it will alert me if my heart rate gets too high or too low and if my bold oxygen levels get too low.
There is also a falls detector and if it notes an impact where I remain still you can have it set up to contact the emergency services. There is also a function where you can contact the emergency services. And like with my iPhone my Medical ID Info can be accessed.
This is one downside to my watch as being fairly immobile I've found the inbuilt activity monitor a little obsolete and at times inaccurate. For example when I have a seizure it falsely notes this as activity and when I first got my watch I set it to wheelchair mode (as opposed to noting steps) and I found that it noted that I'd made propelling motions pushing my wheelchair when I hadn't.
I can switch it between walking and wheelchair mode so once I am able to go out I'd ben interested to see how it notes my wheelchair usage.
There is a wide range of watch faces to choose from. The main watch face that I have visible is the one pictured above as I find digital clocks easier to tell the time (though I can use the Taptic time or ask Siri to read the time aloud). I also like having easy access to the apps that I use the most. However I can swipe across to see other watch faces like this moving kaleidoscope watch face.
Miscellaneous inc Pros and Cons
Sometimes it can feel a hindrance having notifications pinging on my watch all the time as even the apps that I can't access on my watch for example Instagram I still get notifications about through my watch but that can easily be rectified but putting the do not disturb mode on.
I like that it syncs with my phone for example receiving messages and be able to make telephone calls.
One downside is that if my phones dies so the the syncing with my watch so I'm unable to make or receive phones calls for example.
I like easy access to apps like being able play a podcast or mindfulness meditation but it requires my wireless headphones as it doesn't play out loud unlike with telephone calls which play out loud and have a receiving speaker.
I do like the 'Breathe' app which is a 1 minute breathing exercise which I find helpful when I start to feel anxious,
AccessibilityThis was something that was putting me off getting a smart watch but on my watch I do have the large and bold text options turned on as well as magnification and for some things like messages and the time I can get Siri to read things aloud.
The photograph shows a text I sent to my Dad with the magnification turned on which I can do with two taps of my fingers and then I can move the screen around to read the screen. The magnification level can be increased or decreased. I could increase it more but the setting I have it on is comfortable enough to be able to use my watch whilst also being able to move the screen around to see/read the screen.
This was one thing [visual accessibility] that was putting me off getting a smart watch but to be honest one this I do like about Apple is how accessible their products are compared to when I've used other technology brands so Apple is the brand I'm drawn to for that reason and just like my other Apple products my Apple Watch lives up to being pretty accessible.
There is much more that I could say about my Apple Watch. There are cheaper smart watches available but personally if you have an iPhone already and you're thinking of getting a smart watch I would recommend looking into getting an Apple Watch.
All-in-all and personally I do throughly love my watch and it feel that it was a great thing to ask for help buying one for Christmas.