11 days... where are the reviews?!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by samiznaetekto, May 4, 2015.

  1. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    It's been 11 days since 4/24. Where are all the reviews? The real, thorough reviews in the press and blogs? Like, comparing the readability of glass vs sapphire screens in direct sun? Raise-to-wake usability? Etc. etc.

    It kind of feels quiet. Kind of "meh" reaction. What's going on?!
  2. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Who wants to write an article titled: "Why I was originally wrong about the Apple Watch"! A lot of the tech press was very negative about the watch but now that it's in the hands of real users it's obvious that this is going to be a hit and a big growth area for Apple over the next few years.

    That said, 9to5mac had a pretty decent week long "diary of a skeptic" that ended with this post:


    It's a pretty fair review that overall shows that after a week the Watch will begin to just become part of your life...
  3. psylence2k macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    I've already seen some pretty thorough reviews, where have you been ? Just google "Apple Watch Review".

    You might not be able to get a review detailing a specific scenario of feature you want but they're definitely out there. You can check Youtube too for a bunch of professional and amateur reviews.
  4. Spetsnazos macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    11 days is too short of a time frame to give an honest review. Look at dcrainmaker.com he gives legit reviews but he needs plenty of time to test the product out.
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Ars Technica had a review today.
  6. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    That's a very shallow review, mostly answering the question "do I need it?" Nothing in-depth. These post-4/24 reviews read almost exactly as the pre-4/24 ones. Where are the technical reviews? Even the DisplayMate, although providing numbers on reflectivity, doesn't have any pictures. For example, I want to see a side-by-side picture of glass vs sapphire in direct sun with a clockface. Readable? Etc.

    Very very strange.
  7. bluecow macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Due to the slow roll-out and soft launch, the product is extremely niche at this point. They published the initial reviews prior to 4/10 in major publications, but there hasn't been a demand or audience base that warrants a much more detailed review at this point. Just don't think there are enough people out there that are demanding in your boat looking for a review of the nitty gritty details between two different versions.

    I'm curious what happens once the watches go on sale in stores and if that peaks another major round of articles.
  8. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    John Gruber's wife has it. (yes, he reviewed the review unit, but having your own watch is different still, more personal)
    Marco Arment has it.
    David Smith has it.

    Just to name a few Apple-centric bloggers that in 11 days you would definitely expect to have some write-ups.

    Instead, NOTHING. Quiet as a mouse. Almost seems like they're underwhelmed and just don't feel any desire to write about their experience with it.

    = "Meh"?
  9. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    That's silly - that's their job, right?

    That's like me deciding that employee benefits are boring, so we're just not going to provide any.

    Write to them and ask for their thoughts.
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Gruber linked to this today:

  11. mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    Gruber ordered the space black stainless model, so won't have it for a long time. I know several other "prominent Apple pundits" either don't have watches or just got them very recently. Simple as that. Also, there already was a large number of reviews that came out just after the embargo was lifted, but they tended to be rather superficial. I'd rather see what people have to say after a bit longer time with the watch.
  12. samiznaetekto thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
  13. OlavA macrumors newbie


    May 8, 2015
    My Wife's received her Apple Watch April 24 and so far she has really enjoyed it.

    38 mm Sports Watch

    It's a bit lonely being the only one owning one as she can't use those cute haptic/doodle sharing features but that will change soon as I will be receiving my watch next week.

    In the beginning the Watch lost connection with the Phone and had to be reset once.

    The glance feature is cool but iMessage does not have a glance which she feels is strange and I tend to agree.

    We got around that by pressing the digital crown to bring up the last app used when she wanted to add to a message she just sent.

    Dictating iMessages works well for her.

    Answering the phone and talking using the watch works well too.

    My kids now imitate her talking into their wrists. They are 2 and 4 both boys.

    Getting used to the various features and how they work like when to expect a audio/hapitc notice. Once the audio/haptic notices stopped working and we had to reboot the watch. That fixed it.

    She hasn't used any 3rd party apps yet. So far just the Apple apps seem to fit her needs as she gets acquainted with the features and interaction style.

    No battery issues or anything like that.

    I've played with the watch setting it up and fiddling with the Watch iPhone app etc.

    I like it and can see it being a fun and useful device.

    I especially like answering the phone from the Watch. That's is so Futuristic!

    I think I'm going to take my watch band off and attach the watch to my shirt and use it like the communicator in Star Trek The Next Generation.

    That would be cool!

    Oh, I'm an app developer so I'll be working on a Watch app soon to hook it up to my app.
  14. latndude, May 9, 2015
    Last edited: May 9, 2015

    latndude macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2012
    Fort Myers,FL
    the reviews

    I have had the :apple:WATCH for almost a week, I did read a lot of reviews, some negative, some positive, some neutral . I believe the best review is your own, after using it and experiencing it . The watch is without a doubt a beautiful piece of fashion and engineering . If you are fashion and accessory oriented is just right . It looks good , is beautifully designed and is most of all, discreet and elegant. Now, in the smart watch department it is just great. It does a lot ,especially the notifications and alerts ,and your phone will stay in your pocket or bag most of the day . The learning curve is fast , contrary what I had read , is easy to use , and customize . It opens possibilities for future applications . Is a new product and as such it will most likely go trough many improvements. Like most of Apple products , you can't help but to "love" it, it just feels part of you , is an extension of your "all" Apple experience , and as such , is a winner . :)
  15. jtrue28 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lexington, KY
    Just got mine yesterday. 42mm SS Milanese.

    Love it so far. I'm still learning it though and haven't had much chance to actually use it much. The packaging for the SS model was somewhat amazing. I couldn't believe how much the box weighed. With that said, I'm a little surprised by the weight of the actual watch. It is much lighter than I thought it would be. Not a complaint, just a little surprised.

    Watch came charged at 75% and quickly dropped to 60% in the 2 hours that I was playing with it.

    I don't think I will wear it much on the weekends, but definitely see myself wearing this watch more than my mechanical watches.

    The Milanese band feels great. No arm hair pulling yet.

    I ordered the 42 and after seeing pictures of other people with that size on their wrist, I was thinking it would be too big. Not the case at all. My wrist is 185mm and if I didn't know that I ordered the 42, would think that it's a 38.

    The taptic feedback and sounds are actually quite nice. Not too loud and I may actually keep the sound on. Which is completely against what I do with my phone...always silent.

    Off to go play around with the watch some more.
  16. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I know for weeks now you've been very critical of many aspects of the Apple Watch from the device itself to the launch. I know you were expecting the band attachment mechanism to fail due to perceived flaws in design. So are you interested in reviews from the perspective of wanting to see if your criticisms are vindicated, or are you interested now as a potential purchaser. Did you in fact place an order after all?

    Honestly the kind of in depth review I'm used to reading about technical devices like cameras take well over a week in development. A lot of reviewers travel and field test their subjects very thoroughly for a week, usually longer. The result is a thorough review and not those half-assed one day-in-the-life-of-the-writer tests we saw at the beginning.

    You need to live with a device like this for at least a week, preferably two to get into all it can do for you and evaluate how well it does these things.

    Given that supply is still very constrained some reviewers may be having a bit of a wait to get watches to review. It would depend on the writer and their resources. Some may be buying them the same slow painful way we do. Even folks like me who got them on launch day wouldn't have had them long enough to have a really thorough review written up yet. I've been reading about this watch since I got it and still learned something completely new about it today.
  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Pretty good! I've only seen half so far. I've got to get ready to head out so I'll catch the rest later.

    what Bluetooth headphones were you trying to get to work with your Watch? I've not tried to get any music onto my watch because I don't have Bluetooth headphones yet.

    I'm disappointed that it's hard to distinguish left from right on turn by turn, but I am not surprised. Sighted people simply aren't as sensitive to these taps as someone who is blind and attuned to touch would be. We have too many distractions coming at us visually as we are driving or walking. I am starting to recognize some of the taps but it's a training process for me, for sure.
  19. Kyle1252002 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2015
    I've only had my SG sport for two days, but I'll share my thoughts. To be honest, I'd read all the media reviews and lots and lots of user reviews on the forum here, with most leaving me wondering if I'd keep my watch or return it. Maybe my expectations were lowered from all of the "meh" reviews.

    The first thing I'll say is you'll likely tire very quickly of answering the "What does it do?" question, if for no other reason than its a little difficult to explain to people who don't already know. Telling people about notifications, weather, and basic fitness tracking leaves people saying,"so just what my phone already does?", which is fair enough if you wore your phone on your wrist. The best way I can explain it is that the value of the Apple Watch is almost entirely dependent upon how you use your phone. If you walk around like a teenage girl, with a Starbucks cup in one hand and your phone clutched in the other all day, ready to respond to your BFFs constant barrage of text messages, then you may not find much value in the Apple Watch. If you're like me, however, where your phone is kept in your pocket (which seem to keep getting more and more difficult to pull your phone out of, especially while sitting down) while you work a desk job all day, then you may find the Apple Watch brings great value in being able to deliver a great deal of information to you at the glance of your wrist. I guess the short answer is that the "is it worth it?" question should really be the "is it worth it to ME?" question. Only you can determine the answer. With that said, here's how my first day with my watch went...

    I stopped by Panera on my way to work to buy bagels for a co-workers birthday. I doubled tapped the side button, swung my wrist across the NFC terminal and paid for my bagels with Apple Pay, which simultaneously dumbfounded the girl working the register as it spit out my receipt. It was far too early in the morning for me to try to explain to her what the hell just happened, so I grabbed my box of bagels and ran.

    As co-workers gathered around for breakfast, they noticed the new appendage on my wrist, and inquired with the "what does it do?" question. I gave them a quick tour, the biggest attention grabber being the Mickey watch face. The audience was all women, none of which I'd consider "techie". I'd say they left curious, but unimpressed.

    I sat down and started through some emails. My watch taps me and I slightly roll my wrist to glance at it. The screen springs to life and the USA Today notification tells me that a small plane has crashed on an Atlanta interstate. It gives me to option to read more or dismiss the notification. I dismiss it with a quick tap.

    I swing by a co-workers office to share my first impressions with someone who was equally excited about the potential of the Apple Watch as I was. A second co-worker was already present, and immediately squeals, "Is that an Apple Watch?!" I raise my wrist to activate the screen and turn it so she can see. The screen goes dark. I raise my wrist again, tap the screen, and the screen comes back to life, but shuts off again before she can see it. In its attempt to conserve battery life, Apple Watch can be a little difficult to show off to others who aren't standing beside or behind you. I finally get the hang of it and they're impressed. Giddily impressed. "The screen doesn't even look real! It's so...awesome!" one of them proclaims. I'll agree, the display is beautiful.

    I go back to my desk and do some work as the morning passes. I get a handful of notifications. The DOW jumps 150 points on jobs news. I get an email from my university's alumni association. My boss is on a conference call and must be bored. I receive a tap, roll my wrist up, "How's that new watch working for you?" I swipe up, tap the "Great!" canned response and send my reply with lightning speed. "Damn! That was quick, did you send that from your watch?" my boss replies. Again, I choose a canned response, "Absolutely!"

    As the afternoon passes, a glance at my watch reminds me that my next calendar appointment is a group happy hour. A location for happy hour has been decided, at a bar I've never been to. As I get ready to head out and start the weekend, I pull out my phone and search for the name of the bar. I start the driving directions as I get to my car and out my phone in the center console so I can hear Siri out of habit. As I roll out of the parking lot and approach the first turn, my watch taps me repeatedly, telling me to turn. I roll my wrist so I can see the watch display, and it shows my left turn, then shows me its 0.9 miles to my next left turn. "Now that's pretty cool!" I think to myself as I put my phone back in my pocket and follow my watch's directions to the bar.

    As we sit down and order some drinks, my watch taps me. I glance at it to see "You've achieved your standing goal of 12/12 hours!" I guess I get up and away from desk more than I thought throughout the day. As I look over the drink menu, I spot my wife's favorite cocktail. I pull my phone out to send her a humble brag picture while she's still at work. No picture taking on the Apple Watch. I send it and slide my phone back in my pocket. She replies, "where are you?" Again, I grab my phone out of my pocket, as the canned responses aren't satisfactory this time, and dictation seems out of place in a bar.

    As I arrive home, I see that I've only complete 3 of the 30 minutes of recommended exercise today. The other two activity rings are full...my OCD kicks in and I decide I NEED to fill the green ring. My wife and I decide to go for a walk around the neighborhood, and I start an "outdoor walk" workout on the watch. When we're done, I report to her that we walked for 37 minutes and 29 seconds, covering 2.39 miles. My heart rate averaged 92 BPM. My green activity ring has been fulfilled.

    As the day comes to an end, I take my watch off and set it on the nightstand to charge. It's still at 42% after wearing it for 15 hours. Color me impressed. Is Apple Watch revolutionary? Ehh, probably not. Is it "worth it?" For me, one day in, absolutely. I wonder to myself what some people's expectations were for them to post some of the comments I've seen on here. Make no mistake, Apple Watch does not replace your iPhone. It's an iPhone accessory. Even after one day, it seems illogical to consider that a smartwatch would ever be capable of replacing a smartphone; some things just don't make sense to try to accomplish on a watch. Would it have been nice to be able to type a text message response at the bar on my watch? Maybe. Would I have missed some conversations trying to type that out on a 38mm watch screen? More than likely. Would it have looked awkward to be hunched over my wrist trying to type out a long text message in the middle of he bar? I'd say most definitely. Apple has been testing this thing for who knows how long. I can guarantee at some point they tried typing on the watch and came to the same conclusion.

    Can't wait to see how the second day of my Apple Watch plays out!
  20. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Thank you! :)

    I tired to sync some Sony Bluetooth headphones, but I did get them working a few days ago. It took a while and many restarts of both my phone and watch but I got the music to sync. After the music synced the headphones had no problem connecting.

    I agree. Taps are just difficult to distinguish for sighted people. I'm sure I'll learn over time, these things just take time.
  21. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012

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