Seems like there is always a story about how the Apple Watch saved someone's life by alerting them to some irregular heart problem. Being the cynical person I am, I always wonder how many false positive have there been? How many people were alerted to a "problem" only to visit their doctor and be told is was nothing, or worse, visit the emergency room and be billed thousands of dollars (US citizens only).
I'd love to get a smart watch and the Apple Watch suits my needs due to me having a iPhone, but I refuse to wear a silly square watch. I haven't worn a watch since 2002. I dug out my old watch and I'm tempted to start wearing it again. It's pretty cool because it has an analog flight computer built in. I'm going to be the center of attention at the next party.
That said, I wouldn't wear a silly square watch either.
But...sitting across from someone who's talking, and gesturing with their hands, means that the dumb watch keeps lighting up its screen, and turning it off, over and over. AAAAaarrrgghh! Put a piece of duct tape over that thing!
The best thing about these ones are the wake up buzzer for mornings and of course it's kind of useful to know about the amount of steps you take per day. The heart rate functionality seems a bit off sometimes. One good point has always been that I can deactivate the notification messages which I would never want to look from a tiny watch screen. I don't know if Apple Watch has that since it seems it's centered towards being your messaging centre for everything and that's why it's also eating the battery.
Coolest watch maybe in the world is the old Commodore watch from the 70's:
Although the heart monitoring and the EKG are really good, the biggest benefit for me has been handling notifications in a discreet way (no more checking the phone every time it buzzes), and encouraging me to stick to a good fitness regime. The gamification ("close the circles") of fitness and standup and calorie burning is silly, but sufficient to motivate me and my partner to stick to an exercise plan, and has helped immensely get us in shape and moving. It really wasn't something I was expecting to be as good as it is, but I can say it's been one of the best investments I have ever made.
I agree that a square watch is weird, but it ends up working out well. And the bands are fun to collect and change out as fashion accessories - different colors and styles for different things. Last but not least, consider going for the stainless steel version - not because of the steel, but because the sapphire coated glass is VERY hard to scratch, whereas the regular aluminum version gets scratched by looking at it funny.