While the Apple Watch has suffered a few setbacks after launching back in April 2015 —including a faulty component issue and a so-called tattoo snafu—the device has received largely positive reviews from tech journalists and early adopters, and it’s only gotten better with the later iterations of the product. Read on for a look at some of the Apple Watch’s early triumphs. For more on the aforementioned glitches, see here.

Well-Designed Hardware

Almost everyone can agree that the Apple Watch is one fine-looking piece of hardware. And while many reviewers and consumers have praised the wearable’s sleek and fashion-forward appearance, the device has also earned praise for the build quality of its case, as well as the comfort of the watch strap (particularly the Sport version). To boot, it has a convenient magnetic charger, though you do have to take the watch off to charge it. Of course, the Apple Watch earns points for offering various sizes, too; it comes in 38mm and 42mm flavors.

Moreover, the Apple Watch’s splash- and water-resistant design allows users to keep the wearable on while showering, and the Sport version can allegedly withstand a 15-minute swim in the pool. Finally, the display has earned points for its sharpness and accurate colors.

Easy Fitness Tracking 

Beyond the much-lauded hardware, the other main standout feature of the Apple Watch appears to be its activity-monitoring capabilities. The built-in app is easy to use; it simply requires users to provide personal information such as age, height and weight, and then it offers recommendations for daily exercise goals. The app collects data from the watch’s built-in heart rate sensor and accelerometer, and it includes a calorie counter and exercise logger along with a monitor that prompts you to stand up at least one minute per hour. In addition to being easy to use, the Apple Watch’s fitness tracking feature makes it easy to interpret data, since it’s visually displayed in a graph.

Some Very Useful Applications

Back in 2015, the Apple Watch launched with an impressive 3,000 apps in the App Store — and we’ve seen plenty of new apps added since then. The wearable has been lauded for making users’ lives easier in a variety of ways. One strong example is the Apple Maps app, which offers turn-by-turn walking directions, with the smartwatch vibrating on your wrist each time you need to make a turn. There’s also Apple Pay; users add credit cards via the Watch app on the iPhone, and can then make payments directly from their wrist.

The Ability to Make and Receive Calls

Provided your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone, you’ll get notifications for incoming calls on your wrist, and you can even answer the call from your smartwatch by tapping the green answer button (the same one you tap when answering a call on your phone). What’s more, you can place outgoing calls on the Apple Watch by using Siri.

Responding to Texts

In addition to taking calls, the Apple Watch lets you see new texts on your wrist and respond to them. Choose from a variety of preset responses, or you can create your own preset reply in the Apple Watch app. Other options for replying to a text include sending an emoji, recording a voice message and using the Scribble feature to write out a text.

Fun Extras

In addition to offering some very practical features, the Apple Watch has some amusing functionality. For example, you can send friends who also own an Apple Watch sketches, a vibration-style tap, kisses and even your heartbeat via the Digital Touch feature. You can also send fellow Apple Watch users digital, animated emoji. Hardly dealbreaker features, but these options can definitely enhance your experience with the wearable and provide a bit of fun, especially if you’re new to the smartwatch.

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