This may seem like an obsession, but let me explain:
1) I do have an obsessive personality in general, and I have too much free time on my hands these days, so any bit of exciting stuff will keep me busy for days, let alone new tech;
2) I haven't worn a watch in years. I very consciously chose to get rid of those things as they have become essentially redundant in the smartphone era: if I wanna know what time it is, all I have to do is check out my smartphone screen, and it usually is right beside me, including in bed.
So the fact that I was gifted a watch for my birthday, if only for running, was somewhat of a big deal. As I was talking about picking it up yesterday with my girlfriend, she went:
- And tomorrow, you'll get to try it in the gym!
- Will I, now?
- Yeah! It captures your heart rate, exercise info, all sorts of stuff... Plus, you'll be all set for our run this weekend [which is the only reason I got into this in the first place]
- OK then...
I didn't want to look foolish on the weekend, so I took the watch to the gym. And perform it did: it's even able to measure running on a treadmill, which I didn't even think was possible. Now I know my hear rate at full speed (that would be 16 km/h, thank you very much) - 169. I don't know if it's good or bad, I just know it. And I also receive all my Instagram notifications straight onto the watch. I never thought I'd say this (again) but... it's f*****g amazing.
Later, as I got ready to get out for lunch, I realized I hadn't actually tried to record an activity that would be synced with the running app to satisfy my thirst for data (it's healthy, I think). I walked out of the building and started a "walking" activity (all the way to the subway entrance: that's like 4 minutes). The watch screen said: "Wait for GPS". I do as I'm told: I waited.
A couple of minutes later, nothing had happened: I was supposed to get a notification when it was ready, and I got nothing. I checked the internet, forums, Quora: some guy had waited for 2 days and still nothing. I started to panic a little bit: what if Donald Trump decided to shut down worldwide access to GPS? He could very well do it - if he even knew it was an American technology...
Then I got a notification that the watch was ready, started to feel better and walked to the subway entrance. I saved my activity, checked the app (again, I'm quite obsessive): it was all there. I got in the subway and started to relax a bit (OK, maybe obsessive is not the word: let's go for anxious). I checked the time on my watch: 3:15. And I suddenly remembered how incredibly easier it is to just flick your wrist than take out your phone to get the time.
So... I guess I have a watch now.