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Tech Review: Apple Watch Series 1, 38mm

NOTE: I did NOT receive this product for free or at a discount. My Apple Watch was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend. I’ve been wanting to review it, but I wanted to use it for a few months first to get a good sense of the product.

Disclaimer: I’m not writing this post for any reason other than sharing my review of the Apple Watch Series 1. However, I do include affiliate links in order to help me pay for this blog. 

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Me showing off my Apple Watch Series 1

Now, onto the good stuff!

I was a senior in high school when the Apple Watch first hit the market. I’m a diehard Apple fan and I yearned to have one of these beauties on my wrist. I told my cousin, who was a high school Freshman at the time, that one day I would get an Apple Watch. He told me that I’m too poor and would never have one. :’)

I am a very lucky woman! All of 2016, I talked about the Apple Watch and my boyfriend bought me one. I am so thankful. Spoiler: This watch is AMAZING.

I’m not really a watch person, but man. This watch is so many things in one.

Here’s the specs for my watch:

  • Brand: Apple
  • Color: Rose Gold
  • Size: 38mm
  • Dual-core processor
  • watchOS 3
  • Works with iPhone 5 and up (iOS 10 or later)
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Setting up my new Apple Watch

It has a lot of features:

  • Splash Resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • Speaker and Microphone
  • Heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life
  • Comes with two band sizes (s/m and m/l)
  • Can hold several hours of music. You can listen with bluetooth earbuds/headphones

What’s in the box?

  • Sports Band (s/m and m/l)
  • Rose Gold Aluminum Case (this is the actual watch!)
  • 1m Magnetic Charging Cable
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Before I took my Apple Watch out of the box.

Series 1 does not come with a wall adapter. I just charge my stuff with the USB ports on my laptop, so this isn’t an issue for me. You can always use the one from your phone, too.

It took me a while to figure out all the stuff about the watch (I’m still learning). However, I know a lot more than I did before.

One of my first thoughts was “Can I sleep in it?” It might sound silly, but this is an expensive watch! I was scared I would break it or something. I usually put it on the charger at night, but not always. I take naps with it on. It doesn’t hurt the watch at all. One important thing to note is that it does leave an imprint on your wrist though.

The Watch app for iPhone is how you personalize the watch. You can change the faces (see the pic below). There are plenty to choose, but you can also choose a photo from your camera roll, or set a slideshow of your ‘favorites’. This does drain your battery a little more (but not that much).

My first ‘face’ was Minnie Mouse and when you tap her she says “Good Morning, it’s 9 O’clock” or something similar depending on what time it was. My boyfriend got suuuuper annoyed because I spent the whole day clicking her. That ‘face’ is also available in Mickey Mouse. That one reallllly drains the battery. Maybe I just overused it….

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Minnie Mouse Apple Watch Face

The Watch app is also used to rearrange the apps. It’s annoying when they aren’t even, IMO. Then again, I do have some OCD Tendencies. From the Watch app, you also choose to install or uninstall certain apps. Like, I’ll uninstall Twitter because I don’t want notifications on my watch.

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Screenshot of my current App Layout

I love the camera app on the watch. You can put your phone somewhere across the room or in a place you can’t hold it. Then, you press the button on your watch. It countdowns and takes the photo. I used this at Christmas to take a photo with my boyfriend’s family and it turned out really well.

Another big feature is iMessage and taking phone calls on the watch. I take calls sometimes when I don’t have my phone in the same room. I have a lot of fun, too much really, using the iMessage app on the watch. You can reply in three ways: with pre-made responses, by using voice-to-text, and by drawing your message (it turns the scribbles into words.) I usually draw my messages because I don’t want people to look at me weird in public!

Overall, the main thing I use my watch for (aside from telling the time) is for fitness. Before I got the watch, I had no motivation to work out. I wanted to, but I didn’t. I’ve started working out more, eating healthier, and going to the gym. Crazy right? Not really.

There a couple different apps on the watch that track your fitness. There’s the Workout app and the Activity app. Activity is the main one, it also shows up as an app on your phone. It counts your steps, minutes of exercise, and how many hours of the day you stood for a minute. You get achievements when you close all the rings. It’s a lot of fun to close the rings!

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Apple Watch Series 1 Activity Rings

You can share your progress with friends who have an Apple Watch. I share with one of my best friends. She doesn’t know it, but I make it a competition everyday and try to do better than her! That’s my secret to getting fit. It shows percentages. If you close all of the rings, you get 100%. If you close the rings and some, you can get higher percentages. I had 153% yesterday and she had 101%.

This post hasn’t covered everything about the Apple Watch, but I hope I was able to highlight some things for you. I would definitely recommend this watch to anyone. If you want to swim with it, buy the series 2.

There are tons of places to buy an Apple Watch, here are a few:

Are you planning on buying an Apple Watch? Let me know in the comments below! If you have any questions, I’ll answer them in the comments. 🙂

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Technology Review: Voxkin Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for 5s

Disclosure: I received this product at a discounted price for a honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own, all statements are factual.  All photos were taken by me and belong to me. This post contains an affiliate link.

I had never owned a tempered glass screen protector before I got the opportunity to try this Voxkin one out. In fact, I had no idea they existed. Aside from flimsy, cheap plastic screen protectors, I had tried a military grade one that I bought from Walmart, that was it.

Below are some pictures of the packaging and item as I unboxed it.

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Voxkin Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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Voxkin Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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Voxkin Tempered Glass Screen Protector
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Voxkin Tempered Glass Screen Protector

The screen protector lasted for a couple weeks before the corner was chipped and a small piece of glass fell off. After it broke, I decided to remove it. I believe it cracked because I kept lifting that corner trying to spread the adhesive out and get it straight. It was because of me, I believe, not because of the actual product. Below are pictures of it after I removed it. Note: it cracked across as I removed it not initially.

Here are the pros:

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee (They are sending me a new one) Although, I will not use it at this time because I am now reviewing a different tempered glass screen protector.
  • I scratched a key across it and it is resistant. No, I did not put all my weight on it. I did it like a key scratching across it in a pocket.
  • Installation actually is bubble free. I had no bubbles.
  • The adhesive does not leave residue of any sort on your screen.
  • Easy to take off and put on and repeat (although, this aids in the cracking.)
  • Feels nice, unlike the plastic ones
  • Scratch resistant (although, nothing is 100%)

Here are the cons:

  • Cracks easily if you are not careful when taking it off and putting it on
  • Sometimes the adhesive will not spread all the way and will stay a bit in the corner but does effect when you are using the screen. Unlike bubbles, it’s invisible unless the screen is black.

Those are the pros and cons that I found. They may be different for other people. Here are the pictures:

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Broken Voxkin Tempered Glass

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Do I recommend this product? It depends on the type of person you are. If your items last long, I do recommend trying it or at least trying tempered glass. I think it’s cool to try and it works for some and not for others. You won’t know if you never try.

You can buy this one here (Amazon). It’s $8.99 with free shipping for Prime members!

Let me know below: Will you try a tempered glass screen protector? Have you before?

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UPDATE: Voxkin sent me a replacement for free.