Apple Watch is a great little tech game. Some use it to track their fitness and health goals, while others use it to receive their messages and ask Siri questions at any time…and many use it as a fashion accessory.
I’m kind of middle. I love watches and have many, including one Smartwatch that works even with full Android. (Not WearOS – but the full Android 5.1 system.)
When it comes to them Apple Watch Series 7, I enjoy having internet access on my wrist, asking Siri to set me reminders all the time, and yes, that’s probably what I love about personalizing this thing the most. Except that it’s actually the least customizable smartwatch I’ve had.
Sure, there are plenty of watch straps to get, even cases for a watch case if you look seriously enough, but where I have a real problem with Apple and its smartwatch is the available watch faces we get. It’s not much, not very pretty and not at all designed for a square smartwatch in my opinion…
in the model Apple fashion, you can’t make your own watch faces to your heart’s content. You get quite a few presets, and you can change some of their colors, along with the streak of numbers… Sometimes you can add some complications, sometimes not… The main idea, of course, is that you usually buy another, more expensive Apple Watch to add some extra options. Get watch face options. The Apple Watch Nike Edition, for example, has a few unique watch faces, but if you look closely they’re actually just slightly modified iterations of the production models, with the Nike logo thrown in.
The more expensive Apple Watch Hermès version also has a unique watch face, which again appears to be a modified version of the stock watch face (namely the Chronograph Pro). But at least it looks cool:
Here’s the thing, like I said, the standard watch faces you get in Apple’s gallery of faces…good, but disappointing. I’ve tried them all, but none of them are perfectly designed for the square Apple Watch Series 7 display. The new Contour watch face gets closer, showing how small the smartwatch’s bezels are, but it’s still a bit disappointing for long-term use:
Apple keeps adding watch faces that almost no one uses
We recently got another Pride watch face that is definitely cooler and more useful than the previous Pride watch faces we’ve had. These are basically just rainbows under the clock. Who can read the exact time without numbers or at least dots showing the hours?
The first is the latest Apple Watch face currently available. It’s cool, but the rest… Can you really tell the time?
One of the most popular Apple Watch faces is called Artist, which is no insult to the artist, but among the many Apple Watch users I know, no one likes it and no one uses it. It’s one of those things for Apple that trumps everything else. Instead of a nice and elegant watch face, we got this:
Who could be in it, who exactly is it?
We also have discs that you think were formulated in Paint by a 6-year-old. X-Large, unit and numbers in particular. Well, these may have looked great with a better font, but as they are, they are so simple that using them in an expensive smartwatch is pretty ridiculous.
Would you really slap one of those on a $400-plus smartwatch?
So you pay $400 or more for a smartwatch, you get it, and it’s beautifully designed. You can buy all kinds of third-party watch straps to make them look your own – from breathable sporty nylon straps to elegant classic Spigen metallic straps. But then we get to what’s really on the screen – and the options are very disappointing and not customizable? What the heck is Apple? Who makes these decisions? Who looked at them and said, “Wow, they deserve to be among the few our users will ever have”?
So what kind of watch faces do I want then?
I’m not going to beat around the bush, I just want dials that follow the circumference of this square watch instead of mostly round ones. A round face on a square watch does not look good. Even worse, the few facets that have the potential to be perfect suffer from other poor design choices, in my opinion. For example, the face of the California Apple Watch is the face that I consider almost perfect for this smartwatch:
The problem is that the hours are written in a font that is not very large, very large and bold. If I can resize or remove it, I should probably be fine with this watch face, but I can’t. The outline clock hands aren’t aesthetically pleasing either, I’d prefer these flat colored hands instead.
Here’s another example of an almost perfect Apple Watch face – the gradient. This would probably be the perfect face for the Apple Watch to show the screen size by filling everything with gradient colors, but… Apple decided we don’t need the watch indicators.
Can you tell the exact hour and minute when you look at this? I know I can’t, not always. And I don’t want to guess, I want a good watch interface that tells me the time clearly at a glance. As it stands, form is more than function:
Your Apple Watch will probably never have the connections of my dreams
Now on to the perfect watch faces that I’d love to see, although I know these are probably too demanding and will never make it to the Apple Watch – Casio G-Shock watch faces!
In my opinion, the Casio G-Shock series has some of the coolest watch faces ever made, and the only reason I didn’t buy the G-Shock unlike the Apple Watch is to appreciate the smart functionality of the latter. to have.
As we’ve discussed, I’m happy with the smart function, but the watch faces are pretty shoddy in my opinion, and nowhere near what I want on my wrist. Here’s what would be great to see in the Face Gallery:
If only Apple could take simple and elegant G-Shock face designs and wallpapers and apply them to Apple Watch
Who knows, maybe if we asked enough of us, could Apple and Casio strike a deal like Apple did with Nike and Hermes? Probably not, but let’s get to the stars anyway, kids.
BTW, I know if I didn’t mention it, someone else would, so here it is – you can download third-party Apple Watch apps of questionable quality and pay for them monthly to give you the illusion of third-party watch faces, if they work at all (most of them not yet) in series 7).
You can either run an app on your Apple Watch that isn’t really your watch face, pretend it is, or use the default watch faces and add photos on top of them. It is high quality, expensive and not very good.
Unfortunately, you don’t have support for third-party watch faces on your Apple Watch, nor the ability to create your own unique watch faces.
Apple is a control freak and I don’t like it
Most competitors, including WearOS smartwatches, and even the cheapest fitness bands, support thousands of very different watch faces that users make. And of course, with a little knowledge, you can make your own.
For example, I have a very cheap Xiaomi Mi Band with me. Despite its low price and limited functionality, it also supports different bands and is also open to many cool watch faces instead of just standard watches. If you spend some time researching the many available watch faces, you can even find the aforementioned G-Shock (-ish) watch face options I want for my Apple Watch.
Apple only has a problem with the controls. “Users cannot create or download third-party watch faces”, “Users cannot download third-party apps on iPhone or iPad”… Well, do you know what? We reported this recently The US Choice and Innovation Bill is under review.
What does it mean for us – the users – if the law is passed? Apple may finally have to allow users to download apps. The company, of course, remains staunchly opposed to the idea, citing user privacy as the main reason.
But the way I see it, if the law is passed, Apple will have to take the much-needed first step of treating its users like people with free will, perhaps exercising that free will.
Whether it’s downloading apps on the iPhone that Apple doesn’t allow in its App Store, or downloading watch faces on the Apple Watch, the way I see it, it’s going to be a huge win for many Apple users, who I wish were different.