Yesterday, as all of you likely know, the embargo was lifted on Apple Watch reviews. By the end of the day, I accumulated 50+ articles in my Pocket queue related to Apple’s newest product.
After reading (almost) all of those articles, the question I need to answer is: has my opinion of the Apple Watch changed?
I’ve been closely following the Apple Watch since it was announced (and even prior to that), and I’ve built a fairly strong opinion on why I think it will be a hit. In previous articles, I’ve stated the Apple Watch will make notifications more convenient, it will help our iPhone batteries last longer and wearables are an important category moving forward.
I still believe that’s all true.
Among all the complaints I’ve read regarding Apple Watch thus far, two stand out.
First, a lot of reviewers said the Apple Watch made them more distracted by their digital life and less connected to the person standing in front of them. I can’t say I was surprised to hear this because if you are already distracted by technology, how could another piece of technology distract you less? It just doesn’t add up.
For people who struggle to disconnect themselves from their iPhones, the Apple Watch will not help. In fact, it will probably make them more distracted. However, for people who have already trimmed their push notifications down to the absolute essential (as I have), I think the Apple Watch will make responding to these alerts easier, and thus, save time.
Secondly, a lot of reviews have talked about the speed of the Apple Watch (or lack there of). I have to say I’m disappointed to hear this news, but again, I’m not surprised. The Apple Watch is an extremely forward-thinking device, more so than any other product from Apple’s recent history, and it makes sense that it may stretch a little too far.
Once again, this does not change my opinion of the Apple Watch. Why? Because I don’t see myself using many apps on the Apple Watch. I think Apple’s created a strong enough value-sell with the included applications for it to warrant a spot on my wrist. Would I love to browse Twitter efficiently on my wrist? Sure – but it’s never going to be as good as my iPhone 6 Plus – so why bother?
As I write this, we are hours away from the start of pre-orders for the Apple Watch.
If you’re still wondering whether I am planning to buy one, I’ll be picking up the 42mm Apple Watch with a black sport band. I don’t buy into the ‘buy the cheapest model since it will be outdated in a year anyways’ schtick. I’ll be wearing this watch every hour of every day, and hell if I’m going to wear something I find to be unattractive. Go big or go home.
For everyone reading this who remains undecided on the Apple Watch, I’m not trying to push you one way or another because – heck – I haven’t even seen one yet.
Is the Apple Watch a must-have gadget? I don’t think so.
Is a smartwatch necessary? Probably not.
We are at another technological crossroad with wearables. Whether the world will adopt the idea of strapping a computer to our bodies remains to be seen, but nonetheless, I’m excited to find out for myself.
Two things are for sure right now:
1.) It’s an exciting time to be an Apple fan.
2.) I’ll be sending heartbeats to everyone I know who does buy one. Everyone.