On Thursday, I got a look at the Apple Watch, the latest and most anticipated gadget from Apple. Apple fans had been waiting for this gadget for nearly two years and finally it was in front of our eyes.
Before I start, Apple Watch’s S1 hardware is basically an iPhone 4. If you can manage to wear an iPhone 4 on your wrist, you don’t really need an Apple Watch.
My first impression of the AW was that it’s a bit thick, slow and hard to use. Based on my experience with the Pebble watch, the Apple Watch is relatively thicker but this I can understand; many automatic watches are thick. But the slowness! Unfortunately, I didn’t find the Apple Watch particularly responsive or fast. You feel the lag when you press the button and play with the digital crown. It uses the first version of its operating system, so just imagine the future.
Having wrestled with the digital crown, I evaluated the user interface. Apple has developed a very creative user interface for such a tiny device. However, don’t expect to have the same user-friendly interface experience you get with your iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch is hard to use and the learning curve is longer than with any other Apple product. In addition, the application does not offer you anything substantially different to your iPhone device.
So, the positives? The watch faces are amazing! They are extremely beautiful and it gives you the same Swiss automatic watch experience. I loved it. The retina display on the Apple Watch creates a massive gap among the other wearable products. As a result of the retina display, the watch faces are extremely clear.
The weight of the watch varies from model to model. If you want a light-weight watch, you should go for the Sport model as it is made from aluminium. The Apple Watch is made from stainless steel and it is twice the weight of the Sport edition. Personally, I really love steel but I don’t like to carry a heavy watch. The Apple Watch Sport comes with the ION-X glass featured on the iPhone 6. However, the Apple Watch comes with sapphire glass that cannot be scratched by anything except a diamond.
Ladies? Apple Watch is a geeky item. Unfortunately, the Sport and Apple Watch models will not look that cool on your wrist. However, the Apple Watch Edition aka gold model, is your best option; more stylish, less masculine.
Buy it or Not?
Will I buy it? Yes and no! If I really needed a watch, I would buy an Apple Watch just to use it as a watch. However, I don’t fancy using my iPhone’s Bluetooth all the time just to make sure the Apple Watch is working. And I am not really bothered about seeing notifications on my wrist.
If you need to have the newest or the coolest wrist watch, then the Apple Watch is for you. But if you plan to use it as a gadget, just wait a bit.