April 2015

Would you wear the Apple Watch? What do you think about it?


Three weeks before the much-hyped smartwatch hits the shelves, news and tech sites take the Apple Watch for a test drive – with mixed results

Probably because it feels like we’re on the brink of Apple’s next phase in world domination. First the iPod, then the iPhone, the iPad… And now the Apple Watch. One more thing that we’re going to need to function in society — and it seems like it has everyone divided.

Some people say it’s ugly, other people can’t wait and have already pre-ordered it (it actually sold out in minutes!). I think it makes sense for people who need to be constantly in touch, however we have our phones…

How do you feel about the Apple Watch? Will you be wearing one right away, or taking your time before embracing Apple’s latest phase?

The first reviews are in and the Apple Watch is, errr, getting a lot of screen time? It’s “the best smartwatch on the market”, “a bulbous, friendly little thing” and “you don’t need one”.

The watch is “Bliss, but Only After a Steep Learning Curve”, according to the New York Times. “It was only on Day 4 that I began appreciating the ways in which the elegant $650 computer on my wrist was more than just another screen,” writes Farhad Manjoo. The Wall Street Journal is less puffy: “Why can’t the watch’s battery make it past 10 p.m. on days that I exercise?” wonders Joanna Stern.

Even David Pogue, often dinged by skeptics for having too often taken Apple’s side, notes that the gadget is overpriced. “What was Apple thinking with these breath-catchingly high prices?” he writes at Yahoo. “Is it hoping to depict these as exclusive, rarefied, aspirational products? By offering a $10,000 model, is it hoping to make the $350 and $550 watches look like bargains?”

The upshot seems to be that the battery life is good, unless you’re using it as a glorified FitBit (which it kind of is), that the application loading times are very long (which Apple has promised to fix in subsequent versions) but it’s slow, not particularly intuitive and it’s probably worth waiting for the inevitable upgrade.

“Unlike the Cartier I got for college graduation, the original Apple Watch’s beauty will soon fade,” Stern observes.

For early adopter wearables fans (not a particularly large contingent), the smartwatch isn’t exactly a new invention – cheap versions run less than $100 and chief Apple competitor Samsung’s models start off at about $200 and range up to just under $400.
Apple is hoping watch lovers will buy the pricey version (the gold case is the only meaningful difference as the guts are all materially the same). The real reviews will start on 24 April when customers decide whether or not they have the cash, or the wrist space, for the Apple Watch.
 And you, are you going to buy?

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