Many small things

Benjamin Mayo:

Many tasks are too complicated to ever be feasible on wrist-sized displays. [...]

This means that the Apple Watch fills in niche roles in your life. Checking Twitter whilst on the sofa waiting for the kettle to boil. Replying to texts whilst you walk down the street. Controlling wireless music playlist in the kitchen whilst preparing dinner. Getting notified its about to rain when chilling in the park.

Enjoying the Watch revolves around finding enough of these small conveniences to justify keeping it strapped it to your wrist. These use-cases aren’t immediately obvious but I’ve found loads of these opportunities spring up in my week’s testing. As the product becomes more capable, more parts of my life will benefit in small ways.

I haven't spent a decent length of time with Apple Watch, but Benjamin's experience sounds a lot like what I expected of the product after it was shown off for a second time in March: 

I think it's going to be overwhelming at first — and I'm surprised Apple didn't strip back the functionality a little in version one — coupled with the new, and seemingly rather confusing, user interface. I envision a lot of my earliest interactions with Apple Watch being me testing out its capabilities, figuring out what needs it can and should meet for me, and generally playing with the device.

What I'm really looking forward to is the period in time a few months down the line when Apple Watch is just part of my workflow. It will make the tasks in my life easier that I need with the rest of the functionality being a bonus, perhaps useful for someone else. It's not so far from an iPhone or iPad in that respect — those devices are incredibly capable and I only use them for a minute portion of what they can do based on my particular use case. And that's fine.

It's hard to describe what Apple Watch is good for or indeed why it should exist, but I'd agree with Benjamin that it is a combination of small things that will make it worthwhile for each individual user. 

Source: benjaminmayo.co.uk