If you’ve fond memories of calculator watches, you’re probably a) quite old and b) not going to be convinced about using a calculator app on Apple Watch. Because frankly, doing so is a mite fiddly.
Still, PCalc is the best of them. The buttons are fairly chunky, and although operators lurk on a second screen, accessing them is fast. The app also includes a handy third screen for calculations. It defaults to tips, but you can spin the Digital Crown to get at units for all kinds of things.
Note that freebie PCalc Lite offers similar functionality to massive cheapskates.
CARROT Weather (RM16.90 + IAP)
We get the thinking behind Apple’s Weather app, which uses a clock face to show how the weather will change over the next 10 hours or so, but it doesn’t scan too well. Several third-party apps do better, but CARROT has become our favourite.
The design is smart and clear, displaying current conditions and warning of imminent rainfall. Scroll and you get the week’s forecast; tap an item and you get more details. The CARROT apps are also underpinned by a malevolent AI, which hates humans. It helpfully states that it “sucks to be you” if it’s about to pour down, and whimsically mulls that it’s “a bit moony” on cold, clear nights.
The only downside is having to splash out RM16.90 annually for premium Apple Watch features like alerts, notifications, and complication customisation. If that all feels a bit much, Dark Sky (RM22) is good too, and offers a complication for nowt.
Twitterrific (free + RM16 IAP)
The official Twitter app is an oddball, giving you access to your entire feed and current trends. Believe us, you don’t want to plough through a Twitter feed using a tiny screen strapped to your wrist.
Twitterrific is smarter, concentrating on notifications. These can be activated individually in the iPhone app, meaning you get a ding on your wrist when something you consider important happens: a direct message, a new follower, or, if you’re a bit self-obsessed, when someone favourites one of your tweets.
The app enables you to respond appropriately to notifications, replying to a message or following back a new follower. You'll need to shell out RM16 to make these features come alive on your Watch, but trust us: it's worth it.
We've seen an app recommended for one feature - and now this is an app that only does one thing: keep count. Clicker gives you a big number on the screen that increments every time you tap. Beyond that, you can clear the number or subtract one from it. You can also keep track of your counting by way of a complication.
If that feels a bit too limited, Tally 2 is a useful alternative, with multiple counters and the means to define custom steps. But its lack of a complication feels like a missed opportunity on Apple Watch.
1Password (free + RM41 IAP)
Our favourite app for keeping passwords and other important information secure, 1Password proves handy on Apple Watch too. Sensibly, it doesn’t attempt to send your vault’s entire contents to your wrist; instead, you activate individual items, such as a credit cart, website login, or a note. These then show up as bright, tappable buttons inside the Apple Watch app.
Naturally, you might have security concerns, but 1Password for Apple Watch can be secured by a PIN. You can also force-quit the app after use, to make doubly sure your information isn’t accessible should someone pilfer your Apple Watch, your iPhone and presumably also your finger to crack Touch ID. (To do this, click-hold the side button, and when the power screen appears, click-hold the Digital Crown.)
Note that although the iPhone app is initially free to install, you'll need the RM41 Pro Features in-app purchase to unlock Apple Watch functionality.