My father has a genetic heart condition so I bought him an Apple Watch to help keep track of his heart rate. Watch has a built-in sensor to monitor your heart rate from the wrist and it works very well.
Since it’s likely I could develop the same heart problem as my father I have Watch and I use the Cardiogram app to monitor my heart rate. It’s a remarkable application made all the more so because it’s free.
Cardiogram has both an iPhone and Watch app. The former tracks heart rate over a long period of time, while the latter tracks just the past six hours (screen real estate can be limiting). Here’s the Watch screen.
Everything you need to know and nothing you don’t.
Watch has a new competitor with the Fitbit Versa. It’s very Watch-like and priced less. Fitbit’s CFO, Bill Zerella says:
I have yet to meet anyone who owns an Apple Watch who’s passionate about the product
The stock market doesn’t seem too passionate about Fitbit since the stock price is now single digit and market capitalization is barely what Apple sells in Watch revenue every quarter.
I would suggest that Fitbit’s executives expand their friendship circle. Everyone I know who has Watch likes it more the longer they use it– once they figure out how to master the basics. Apple has not made the Watch app interface on iPhone a very intuitive experience.
It took my father awhile to adjust to using Watch every day and his experience is not unique. Watch is an acquired taste because it takes more time to figure out how to customize its capabilities to a specific user.
This week I gave my father another Watch app– HeartMonitor. Like Cardigram, this app tracks the built-in heart rate sensor on Watch but does so for short interval, then moves the captured data to the iPhone app.
HeartMonitor is not as colorful as Cardiogram– which also has an option to monitor continuously– but it’s an excellent way to see how the heart functions during a walk or other exercises. While Cardiogram tracks continuously, HeartMonitor captures sessions of heart rate activity.
A family friend bought an LTE Watch last week and was ready to return it after three days because she couldn’t figure out how to make it work, didn’t understand complications, and was getting alerts and notifications from about 30 installed Watch apps with iPhone counterparts. Then it clicked. Watch requires thought. Other than a time piece with notifications, Watch doesn’t just work the way iPhone does. Now she is passionate about Watch.
My husband and I have three Fitbits. They’re all in a drawer. We’re not passionate about Fitbit anymore. That should worry Fitbit executives.