Another Apple Watch Review

Every review I’ve read so far about the Apple Watch has been written by a bloke who works in technology. That’s great, but as a woman who works in finance, it’s not always relevant to how I would use a product.

I knew I wanted an Apple Watch from the first rumours that went round. I was off work on the day of preorders, so I bounced out of bed and had my laptop open at 7.59 to try and buy it through my company discount link (annoyingly that didn’t work!) and I had my iPhone open to the Apple Store app to buy the Watch I had saved in my favourites, which is how I ended up with a 38mm Watch with classic buckle.

I had it delivered to my office, and when it arrived, I had to put it on my colleagues desk on the other side of the office until lunchtime because I felt like I would be like this minion wanting to eat the banana in his lunchbox:

As soon as 1pm hit, I strapped the watch on and we headed to our favourite sandwich shop. It’s super easy to set up – turn it on, and use the Watch app on your iPhone to take a pic. By the time I had ordered a delicious and over filled sandwich, my Watch was ready to go. Except I had no idea what to do!


Now I’ve had it for about a month now, it’s not a distraction at all. I have it on silent most of the time, so I just get haptic feedback for notifications (which is like vibrations). It’s useful for notifications, like reading a text message while I’m cooking dinner without having to put everything down to find my phone.

I went for the 38mm, while Alex went for the 42mm. It doesn’t sound like a huge difference in size, but I’m glad I went for the smaller one because it’s the right size for my wrist. If you’re considering one, go to an Apple store to try it on. I did (after placing the preorder) which was an interesting experience. The way it was dealt with was unlike anything I’ve experienced at an Apple Store, and more like buying a watch at a jewellery shop. 

I read a review recently where someone said they were asked about the watch and felt like they were disappointing others when they said it wasn’t life changing. I’ve come across that as well, people want you to say THIS IS AMAZING! IT CAN DO ALL THESE THINGS! It’s cool, don’t get me wrong. I’d still buy one, even after trialing it. I’ve only had one day where the battery died in the middle of the day – still havent worked out why, but it’s not a normal occurrence. I like being able to pay for my Starbucks with a flick of the wrist (wait that sounds wrong) and when we get Apple Pay in the UK, it will be awesome to pay for things. 

So. Apple Watch. Get one if you want one. Don’t bother if you aren’t that bothered.

I’m a great reviewer.

Organising Christmas

I love a good list. Who doesn’t? At this time of year, it feels like you need a list for everything. A list of cards to send, one of presents to buy, one for all the yummy food to cook, and of course, one to Santa because I have been a good girl this year, honest!

I’ve blogged previously about how my iPad has been super useful in terms of blogging, but if you’re like me, and spend a lot of time out of the house, the iPad is brilliant for trying to get everything done without anyone at home being able to see what you’ve been buying. Sneaky, yes, but when you want to keep something a surprise, the iPad is perfect for that.

I have the normal sized iPad, but after Alex came home with one earlier in the week, I can’t help but eye up the iPad mini at Carphone Warehouse – it’s a perfect size for slipping into your handbag (which I have tested by trying to sneak off with the new addition to the house, of course!)

My favourite apps for list making would be ones I have talked about before – either the built in Reminders app (which can sync from your iPhone to your iPad, meaning your to do/to buy/to eat list is always up to date) or Office HD (which is great for working on things saved in Google Drive), but the best part about the iPad would be the apps that are available to shop at various sites – and even if the site you want to use doesn’t have an iPad app, at least you can shop as normal on their site.

Now I know how to organise myself about Christmas, perhaps I actually should start thinking about it!

Written in collaboration, but that doesn’t stop me writing more lists of things that need doing

Review: Snap Fashion

Technology in fashion is an area that really fascinates me, bringing together two of my favourite things and smushing them together to create something that you didn’t know you needed. Bringing together two areas that are seen as very gender divided is quite a hot topic at the moment as well, with this article on BBC News highlighting a campaign I was previously unaware of called Lady Geek. (I read the BBC article on Friday, ordered the “Little Miss Geek“* book off Amazon straight away and it arrived on Saturday directly from Lady Geek with a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase. ) It was also Ada Lovelace Day yesterday, which I always seem to miss to post about women in technology.

All this in a roundabout way brings me to Snap Fashion. Snap Fashion was created by Jenny Griffiths, who studied computer science at the University of Bristol. She created the site (and the app) when struggling to find high street versions of higher end looks on a student budget – something we’ve all done (and still do…).

It’s kind of brilliant. You just take an image on your computer and upload to the website, or take a photo of the item with the app, tell it what you’re looking at (a dress, a mini skirt, some trainers) and Snap Fashion then searches through hundreds of retailers to find the closest match. The app allows you to save your searches for later, and can direct you to the website to buy the item.

The problem with most sites and apps that find items based on a description is that they are usually US based – it’s always so annoying to fall in love with a dress and find the retailer doesn’t ship to the UK! – but Snap Fashion has a huge list of UK based retailers. The site and the app aren’t just useful though, they’re well designed – the look is so clean but colourful, it’s pretty obvious what to do!

You can find the Snap Fashion* app here (iPhone only) or use the website,