Beyond casing product and band, there are no other evident customization options for the Apple Watch, however one product is intending to alter that. WatchDots are little, vibrant vinyl stickers that alter the look of the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown and side button.
WatchDots come in six colors and were developed as a way for Apple Watch Sport owners to match their Digital Crowns to their bands, simulating the colored Digital Crowns on some of the gold Edition Apple Watches. Colors generally match the Sport bands, in black, white, blue, pink, and green, however there’s likewise a red alternative to simulate Tim Cook’s own Apple Watch, which has a red Digital Crown.
I have a stainless-steel Apple Watch with a white Sport Band, so I bought the matching white WatchDots to offer them a try (I also ordered pink, however those are backordered). It’s tough to wax poetic about a set of nondescript vinyl sticker labels, however I such as the WatchDots. They tie the look of the band to the look of the Apple Watch, and they have actually also drawn a great deal of notice– not from the basic public, but from other Apple Watch owners.
WatchDots cost $$ 9.99, which is a bit pricey provided their size in relation to a vinyl sticker label you may get for your iPhone or MacBook. For that price, you get three sets of dots in your picked color (with 3 dots for the Digital Crown and 3 dots for the side button), in addition to a perk embeddeded in another color (mine was black).
Just like any vinyl sticker, you’ll need some devices to apply WatchDots: a microfiber cloth to clean the Digital Crown and side button, a brilliant light, and some scissors to cut apart the pieces. Having applied a lot of screen protectors and vinyl stickers in my life, I took a look at the WatchDots and presumed they ‘d be hard to use, but I was nicely shocked by a smart application method that only takes a number of seconds.
Each WatchDot sticker is backed with an opaque sticky material. You eliminated a square of this around the dot, line it up on the Apple Watch, press, and hold for a few seconds. The pressure and the heat of a finger cause the decal to stay with the Apple Watch rather than the backing paper, which you can simply peel away. The opaque product can make it a little difficult to see exactly what you’re doing, but with decent lighting, it’s not a big offer. WatchDots’ developers are trying to find a much better backing material, so the opaqueness may alter in the future.
Sizing on all of the WatchDot pieces that I got was consistent and each piece fit well on the watch. On the Digital Crown, the dot does not cover every trace of black at the edges (my natural dot is black because I have a stainless-steel watch), however were the dot any bigger, it doesn’t look like it ‘d fit securely. The very same goes for the side button sticker– it’s not edge to edge, but that’s not possible due to the fact that the button is rather curved.
WatchDots developer Jason Fournier informs me the ideal size of the WatchDots was figured out after a lot of prototyping and testing. An edge-to-edge design for both buttons was tested, but it left no margin of error for applying the movies, making alignment tough. “Since of this,” he stated, “we intentionally chose a slightly smaller size to allow for human error.”
My WatchDots have been on my Apple Watch for about two weeks now and they’re looking as excellent as brand-new. There’s been no peeling, even when my watch has actually gotten wet, and using the Digital Crown and side button a lot hasn’t impacted them. Considering that this is an evaluation, I put on and eliminated a number of sets of WatchDots, and I can safely state they’re not going to cause any damage to your watch. You can peel them right off with a fingernail, but like most vinyl sticker labels, they’re not recyclable.
I asked Fournier how the concept for WatchDots was conceived, and he told me the idea concerned the WatchDots group after seeing the distinction between the Apple Watch Sport and other Apple Watch models.On the Edition design the Digital Crown is color-matched to the band. On the stainless-steel design the Digital Crown is black. Apple has set a precedent that a color-matched crown is a desirable look and our goal was to bring that to the lower-cost watches with a high-quality, affordable product.Because they weredeveloped to match the Apple Watch Sport, WatchDots are offered in a restricted number of colors for the time being, but Fornier states new colors will be being available in the future. Orange, yellow, and gold have actually been popular recommendations from consumers, and the WatchDots team is likewise exploring different materials and structures.