Why? OK, not a bad and a very valid question. What are the key features of this watch that can make it useful to the biking community…?
So let’s go ahead and review how the Apple Watch behaved and performed on a mixed road and mountain bike tracks:
- First of all – the watch is highly intuitive – I promise you, you will not need to mess with its setup or do much to get it going – just put it on your wrist (once it is all charged up and paired with your phone)
- With regards to biking, it comes preconfigured with the “Workout” application – native to the package of OS and actually an easy to use application.
- There are only some minor issues with the watch and the “Workout” application
- It does not have the ability to distinguish between road and mountain bike
- When I read the calories – both in the middle of a hour long ride and towards the end – the count was about 1/2 of that of the application running on my iPhone – it looked like the Workout application is calibrated for a road ride – with a road bike.
- There was no way to show more than one screen to the front face of the watch – so in order for you to see calories, time, distance – you had to move between screens manually – no way to see an aggregate screen of information
I do not recommend you move between screens while you bike especially if you are on the single track…you will most likely have trouble doing both. Just let the watch do its tracking and look at the summary stats at the end of your ride or if you stop for a short break.
In summary, the application is not bad – it allows you to ride with the watch and get basic stats and as long as your ride is not going overboard time wise – i.e. you stay within a reasonable couple of hours on your bike, your watch battery will be good as well…
Overall, I would recommend the Apple Watch – and not only because I have one 🙂 but because I see the useful side of it – and guess what !!! This Fall new OS is coming with some additional features. Apple has started hinting about those on their Web site…