The Apple Watch helps me get through the day. Like I mentioned in the recent video Is The Apple Watch A Keeper (In 60 Seconds), the Apple Watch has helped me get fit and stay healthier, has helped me become more organized and has kept me more informed.
But like anything, after time, even a new gadget from Apple can start to feel a bit stale… or too familiar. People like variety. It’s why they customize their iPhones with cases and wallpapers that match their personality or mood or even the occasion.
Interestingly, Apple is known for giving people fewer options in the name of higher quality. Android for years has been a realm where almost anything goes, for instance, while iOS has remained a walled garden. Obviously, that’s an approach that has served Apple well in recent years, but the ability for Watch owners to swap bands (even for bands not designed in Cupertino) is a good way to strike a balance with customers on the issue of choice.
Especially since all but one of Apple’s Watch bands cost $149 or more.
Recently, several companies have made it their mission to provide Apple Watch buyers with alternatives to official Apple Watch bands. For the past several days I’ve been putting bands from one such company to the test.
Monowear’s tagline is this: A band for every occasion. And I like the connotation. Watch bands designed by Apple are seemingly designed for the “lower, middle and upper” classes of Apple customers. So rather than catering to a person’s status, Monowear appeals to a person’s sense of style and has designed it’s line to be versatile enough to fit multiple life situations (while being more wallet-friendly in the process).
Laid out before me are several nylon and leather Monowear Apple Watch bands. More specifically, they are the brown and navy leather and olive nylon (with black straps) versions. The Apple Watch version I’ve been testing them with is the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case (that came with the Black Sport Band).
Before I dive into what the bands were like in everyday use, I will freely admit that I felt a bit weird wearing a non-Apple band in the first place. There was part of my brain that was hung up on the fact that they weren’t “official.” And that feeling still persists to an extent, but, after wearing the ...