I actually like my watch. One of the things I did though was change the alert settings on the watch. Email? If it isn’t from my wife the watch doesn’t say anything about it. Most apps I have disabled alerts, or have set to deliver with no sound/vibration. So if I hear my phone bleep I know it is “someone about something”, if it is my watch it is my wife, or a close friend. Sometimes I’ll turn work notifications on (mostly if I’m working from home), but normally I have them off. By “normally” I mean for months at a time.
So my watch has the alert settings I really should have on my phone, but my FOMO makes me not do
My watch is mostly a “I look at it when I want to know the time/weather/my next meeting”, and once in a while it ends up being something more. Like “I left my phone in the other room at home & am getting a phone call”, or “I went in the garage to find something, and it isn’t where I left it, I wonder if my wife knows where it went?”. Nothing life altering.
I also exercise more then when I first had the watch, but the watch was only a small nudge there. You have to want to exercise enough to actually do it. Most people who want to exercise that much already do. It really only helps people in this narrow zone of “I want to, not quite enough to, but I only need a small nudge, maybe if it gets ramified a tiny bit, and tracked a bit…yep that is enough”
(“tracked a bit” == yes I can get a detailed record of my heart rate and how many minutes I was in the gym, but it won’t tell me if I was doing kettle bells swings, or deadlifts, or over head carries, and definitely does’t tell me how much weight I had on me…I can for sure see from the heart rate when I was doing the assault bike though)
If they bought it from Apple they can return it any time in the first two weeks for a full refund (no restocking fee). If got it elsewhere it might be worth checking what the return fee is, 90% of the money back on something you don’t enjoy is a better deal then putting it in a junk drawer for 0% back and throwing away next time you move house.
(if he got it used, may as well sell it used)