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My first hour with Apple Watch: Unboxing, pairing, and personalizing this strange new device

Caitlin McGarry | April 27, 2015
It arrived earlier than I expected, a narrow rectangular box with nothing particularly special or Apple-like about it. But that nondescript brown package belied the brilliant white box inside, which contained an equally bright 38mm Apple Watch Sport with silver aluminum face and blindingly white band.

The most important thing to consider when setting up your Watch is notifications. This device is designed to give you snapshots of your life without having to dig out your phone, but your life probably includes a lot of crap you don't want tapping you on the wrist. The Watch app lets you adjust every app's notification settings, so you can either allow them to mirror your iPhone or customize them to suit your needs. For instance, my childhood friends and I have a Viber group chat that can blow up my phone with hundreds of messages before I have time to dive in and catch up. I don't want that noise on my wrist, as much as I adore them.

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There's been a lot of talk about how the Watch can be confusing. The new Digital Crown navigation tool, Force Touch gesture, and Glances view are all brand-new to Apple devices, and there will be a learning curve.

It took me a few minutes to realize what I was looking at when I swiped up on the screen to see Glances, which are views of the latest (or greatest) piece of information from each app. I still prefer to use my finger to navigate instead of the Digital Crown. It took me 15 minutes to remember that I could banish Cupertino time from my Watch face by using Force Touch, or a hard press, to swap in a new face (solar time, which is by far the coolest option).

But I've only been using this thing for an hour, and I'm already smitten. Instead of constantly unlocking my phone to see what I'm missing out on, I trust my Watch to alert me when I have a new message, Twitter mention, or Instagram like. It's also probably adding a decade to my life (or so I prefer to dream) by tapping me on the wrist when I've been sitting for too long.


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