By Asina Pornwasin
After experiencing the Apple Watch 3 Cellular for a couple of weeks, I found my life was running more smoothly. Even when I forgot my iPhone at home in the busy morning rush, I did not need to return to retrieve it.
All incoming calls went to the Apple Watch. And I could make a phone call directly from the watch, and found the sound and signal as strong as with the phone.
The watch shows how the strength of the cellular signal via the green buttons on its screen. When all four button are green, the signal is very good, while a solo green button denotes a poor signal.
The one thing the user needs to prepare for is the battery charge. The battery ran out much faster the day that I forgot the phone at home. Starting from a fully-charged battery on the watch in the morning, the juice had run out by the end of the day. So, that day’s lesson was that the watch can double as my mobile phone, as long as the iPhone I left at home was fully charged for my return from work. Also note that if the iPhone’s battery has run out, the connection between the watch and the phone will be lost.
Thanks to the Apple Watch 3 Cellular, my life ran as usual on the workday that I forgot my phone at home. When relaxing, like in the evening when I do fitness exercises or play badminton, I do not want to carry a phone with me. The Apple Watch is very helpful in keeping me always connected through incoming calls.
To experience a phone call without a phone, I first needed to pair the Apple Watch with the iPhone mobile phone. The setting is not too difficult. But the user needs to make sure their mobile phone package covers the e-sim for the Apple Watch. Currently, only one mobile phone provider in Thailand, True Move H, has offered the e-sim for the Apple Watch 3 Cellular. The other two carriers, Advanced Info Services (AIS) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) are committed to later rolling out the e-sim for Apple Watch 3 Cellular.
The additional convenience offered by having the watch means you might have to pay a little bit more. You will be charged for the e-sim service, but how much depends on the provider’s promotion and package.
It is not only the communication feature that I love about this watch. Another key feature of the Apple Watch allows me to actively know about my health and exercise activity. The GymKit lets me pair the watch directly to the treadmills when working out.
To use GymKit, users just tap the Apple Watch function with the near field communication (NFC) reader on the machine to get them connected, then the machine, and the watch communicates via Bluetooth. The machine and the watch will synchronise user’s data immediately. It works for all Apple Watches with Watch OS 4.2. During the exercise, all data shown on machine were the same on the watch, and users can control any data on the machine. I can view metrics during the workout, and the metrics on the machine match what I see on my wrist.
If the user at first forgets to connect the watch to the machine, they can be connected as the user continues to exercise by just tapping the watch with the NFC reader on the machine. Once the devices are connected, data is immediately updated and synced to the watch.
The data exchange is two-way data and in real time, resulting in the most accurate measurements possible with less device management. The work-out machine does not store any personal data, so once the connection is lost the data on the machine will disappear, but all data will be stored on the Apple Watch.
GymKit enables the user, with a simple tap, to pair their Apple Watch directly to their favourite cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Matrix, Technogym and Life Fitness. The Smartwatch and fitness machine will sync seamlessly, including calories, distance, speed, floors climbed, incline and pace.
Apple GymKit, was first announced in June 2017 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has since launched GymKit in a number of countries including the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Currently, 80 per cent of the world’s cardio equipment manufacturers are onboard to enable GymKit to hook up with their equipment. Apple GymKit is included by default for new equipment as it rolls off the line.
Jetts fitness chain offers equipment that links to Apple Watch
Jetts 24 Hour Fitness, a 24/7 gym chain, is the first facility to introduce Apple GymKit-enabled equipment in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
All seven Jetts clubs in Bangkok have been enabled to pair with the Apple GymKit.
Dane Cantwell, country manager of Jetts 24 Hour Fitness said that the GymKit would provide a great experience for members who wanted to better track their heart rate and fitness level in order to improve their fitness regime.
“We really feel that people are embracing technology and they want to find out more information about themselves, how do they improve their efficiency and everything,” he said. “We implemented around 25 to 80 pieces of cardio equipment in each branch. Feedback is quite good and positive,” said Cantwell.