Review: Got Your Apple Watch? Here’s How To Use It

The first batch of Apple Watches [arrived] Friday. If you haven't ordered yours yet, you'll have to wait a while. Apple's retail stores won't have them, nor will any other store in the U.S., with the company taking orders over the Internet only -- for delivery as late as July for some models.

But if you were by a computer to order at 3:01 a.m. ET on April 10, you're in store for a new way of interacting with your digital life. A better way? I'll need more time with the watch to say.

For now, I can offer some tips on using it:

Setting Up

Update your iPhone's software before starting. You need at least iOS 8.2. You also need the password for your Apple ID account.

Select your language on the watch and open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. Hit "Start Pairing" on both devices. Here's where it gets fun: Use your iPhone camera to photograph the watch animation, which has an embedded code so the phone knows to connect to that specific watch. Follow the prompts on the phone app. At the screen for installing apps, choose "Install All" to get watch versions of apps already on your phone.

It took about 12 minutes for all my apps, contacts and calendar entries to sync. Use that time to watch video tutorials on your phone.

You can adjust watch settings by going to "My Watch" in the phone app. Don't spend too much time at first. See how the watch fits in with your lifestyle. Initially, notifications on the watch will match those on the phone. If that gets annoying, customize the settings so that some notifications go to the phone only. For email, you can designate specific contacts as VIPs and have only their messages reach your watch.

Motion Control

The watch borrows many...

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