The Apple Watch is finally here. If you’re considering an Apple Watch, this review we have put together for you, has everything you need to know.
Following years of anticipation, the time of the Apple Watch is finally here. It is reported that the Apple Watch, or the iWatch, will be available for pre-order from 25 April 2015, you can experience the extraordinary Apple Watch at all Apple retail stores. Before that, a group of technical reviewers invited by Apple have already been wearing and testing it.
You have heard the word “wearable device”, or simply “smart watch” a lot, but what exactly does it do? Would you actually use the Apple Watch instead of your phone? We have been following some of the top reviewers on Apple Watch and here's a summary we have put together for you if you are still trying to figure out what makes the Apple Watch the year’s most-hyped piece of bling.
Overall, the reviewers are satisfied with its quintessential Apple design, features and exquisite craftsmanship. They believed the Apple Watch is easily the nicest and most capable smart watch available today, but it’s certainly not full-featured.
From Bloomberg Business:
“The hardware of the watch is beautiful in a surgical way. The little cube of metal and glass wouldn’t seem out of place in a futuristic lab or sci-fi movie. “ Joshua Topolsky from Bloomberg Business commented on Apple Watch’s appearance and design, “It is very much an Apple product: clean, sleek, remarkably solid.” Topolsky thinks although it does not seem as harmonious as traditional timepiece, it definitely would not look awkward on your wrist.
One of the watch’s notable features, “Taptic”, notifies you with extremely nuanced vibrations via its Taptic Engine, which can produce strikingly realistic sensations, almost like a bell tapping on your wrist. The the watch’s “digital crown” helps you navigate long menus, set options, and zoom in and out of maps and photos. With its new “Complications” function, it makes everything easier.
After using it, Topolsky concluded that he “had no question that the Apple Watch is the most advanced piece of wearable technology you can buy today”.
However, Topolsky is not yet used to the watch’s new UI designer; and he thinks new features like digital touch and the new emoji seem to have limited use.
Overall, Topolsky believed “Apple has succeeded in its first big task with its watch. It made something that lives up to the company’s reputation as an innovator and raised the bar for a whole new class of devices. But it’s not essential. Not yet.”
From Wall Street Journal:
Journalist Geoffery A. Fowler thinks the Apple Watch is a computer built to spend your time better. And if you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist.
“Apple Watch isn’t a replacement for the iPhone, but it’s the right screen for many important things.” Fowler wrote, “I’m less likely to absent-mindedly reach for my phone, or feel compelled to leave it on the table during supper.”
On the downside, there are small problem such as the watch’s screen does not do an adequate job in the direct sun, and the maps app, is “painfully slow”.
“For now, the Apple Watch is for pioneers.” Fowler concluded, “But I plan to pay $400 for the 42mm Sport version once it’s on sale. That’s worth paying for a front-row seat for what’s next in tech.”
What attracts Lauren Goode from Re/code the most is that you have access to iMessages, email and photos on your wrist without using an iPhone. He also likes the health-and-fitness tracker feature.
“Apple Watch is haute-tech” Goode wrote, “it strives for high fashion, but it still looks like a techie watch.”
Goode did not mention the app related issues other reviews brought up, he instead emphasized on the lack of third-party applications. “Apple Watch is running on an operating system called Watch OS.” Goode explained, “Developers who make iOS apps have to optimize their apps for Watch OS if they want them to work on Apple Watch.”
Goode tried making and receiving phone calls with Apple Watch’s built-in microphone and speaker. The call quality is so good that “they couldn’t even tell I was calling from a smart watch.”
Goode thinks that the Apple Pay on the watch is a pretty cool feature. And the watch’s battery life is actually better than he expected.
Overall, Goode pointed out that “smart watches are still unproven, but Apple has made a pretty strong case for them.”
From The Verge:
Nilay Patel from The Verge described Apple Watch as “an extraordinarily small and personal device”, but the small device is surprisingly heavier than he expected. “The Apple Watch isn’t light enough to fade away, but it’s also not so heavy that it’s a distraction.” He wrote.
Patel also mentioned that “sometimes apps take forever to load”, However, Apple tell said, “Upcoming software updates will address these performance issues.”
“The display is simply terrific.” Patel commented, although the screen lit up a couple of ticks too slowly, “It’s light-years beyond everything else.” He believed that “if the Apple Watch had no other functionality except for what you can do from the watch face, it would still be competitive”.
While the UI design of the watch is still a bit confusing, Patel thinks that Apple Pay is his favorite part of the entire Watch, “a little blast from the future.” He wrote.
To wrap up, “If you’re going to buy an Apple Watch,” He recommended buying a Sport model, “I wouldn’t spend money on how it looks until Apple completes the task of figuring out what it does.”
(PS: We found an interest mock up to show you how the latest smart watches will look on your wrist.)
- Apple Watch Review: You'll Want One, but You Don't Need One (Bloomberg.com)
- Apple Watch Review: The Smartwatch Finally Makes Sense (WSJ)
- A Week on the Wrist: The Apple Watch Review (Recode)
- Apple Watch: the definitive review (TheVerge.com)