Enthusiasm killed?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MultiMediaWill, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    I was very excited to preorder my Apple Watch sport on Friday. However, after these reviews came out today, I'm on the fence about this whole thing now. All my hype was killed by the reviews. Anyone else in a similar situation? What are you going to do?
  2. SHKLMRE macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2013
    i'm still ordering mine. Although reviewers said it can be a bit slow, i know it'll be updated soon. Otherwise, i'm still excited for the overall experience. The reviews didn't change my opinion one bit.
  3. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Pre-order it. You can always return it. It might be great for you
  4. dylman macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2014
    Have the courage of your convictions and welcome to the bleeding edge. It's fun here!
  5. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2010
    Southeast USA
    It's definitely making me second-guess my original desire for the SS model... Now seriously considering a Sport model. However, I think it may be very difficult to get one (especially Space Gray). I don't know.
  6. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    Nope not killed. As I mentioned in an earlier post,m the watch will mature and its full capability will be recognised. If you are not sure then put it on hold for a few months and decide about purchasing once we have a better idea of what it can really do
  7. AliMacs macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2014
    it's not like apple watch superior to everything else - the watch is late to the game and yet brings nothing compelling to the table. Except it's overpriced, underpowered, and over-hyped.
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Not at all. As SHKLMRE said, there will be software updates that will improve this. Remember, the first iPhone wasn't perfect, by any stretch of the imagination. Even the "negative" reviews say that this is the best effort yet by anyone. They just aren't sure it's worth the price of admission for the higher end models, or expect an improved version in the near future.

    The Sport will retain the greatest percentage of its value since it's the cheapest, so if you are interested in one, go ahead.
  9. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    Well I'm no less enthusiastic today. Actually, the watch seems to be everything I expected. I guess my expectations were tempered more than others'.

    If I were you, I'd avoid pre-ordering. Even $350 is too much to risk if you're on the fence. Just wait, is that really so bad? Wait for other people to use the watch for a month or more. Then make an honest assessment of whether or not the watch would improve your life. It's not for everyone, and just because you're a tech geek doesn't mean you have to get every new device on the market if it doesn't fit your needs.

    But especially don't pre-order a stainless steel model with a stone leather loop strap. That would be the worst thing you could do (because that's what I want).
  10. furam90 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Never really had any enthusiasm for it in the first place. I knew all the people pronouncing it as the second coming and a new fashion device were off their rockers. I've said it all along that this is glorified notifications on your wrist, not a premium watch.

    However, since I am a tech/fitness nerd and have a job where I have to be on top of my emails and messages, I will buy the cheapest model (space gray aluminum/black sport). I don't see the justification for buying anything more expensive since it will probably be vaporware by this time next year.
  11. SHKLMRE macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2013
    I'm starting to think any sport model will be the easiest to get. I believe apple made the most of these model as most people might be buying the sport.
  12. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I don't think most of the reviews were fair. Everybody said it was better than any other smartwatch on the market, but then found things to complain about. While some may be valid, other I feel like were nit picking. I understand the limitations of the watch, but am still excited about owning one.
  13. bumpylumpy macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2015
    My enthusiasm has dampened somewhat. Enough to make me decide maybe pre-ordering is not for me. I will likely still pick one up but I'm dialing it back down a notch. If I do get one, it will be a Sport watch because I suspect a v2 should be closer on the horizon; this version feels too much like a swing and a near-miss.

    So if I don't wait for v2, I'll at least wait for the 2nd wave of orders; probably means I'll be getting mine in June.
  14. Rian Gray macrumors regular

    Rian Gray

    Jul 13, 2011
    NJ, United States
    I wonder what kinds of "hypes" you were having to begin with. Did you expect the battery to be everlasting? Did you expect a supercomputer sitting on your wrist?

    The problem with these early Apple Watch reviews is simple. We don't know what to expect out of the ecosystem. I've seen too many colleagues losing their job after writing negative reviews on Apple product lines. iPod was a starter. Then iPhone, then iPad. Macbook Air was on the list, OS X was on the list as well. So for whatever review I've read, and apparently you've read through MR, needs to be read with good amount of grain of salt.

    As for myself, I'm not surprised to see those reviews. Watch is a watch. Not many people are watch-enthusiast anymore, except for people looking for high-end fashion icons. I'm only interested in it as a watch/fitness tracker. So as long as it serves the purpose as it is advertised, it won't my decision.
  15. bumpylumpy macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2015
    I'll let you know. In reverse order, No, to supercomputer, and No, battery everlasting. Actually, the reviews at least confirmed that I need not worry about the battery lasting a long time; EVERY reviewer stated their battery lasted all day long. Not one actually *ran out*. Some got close, but those were on days when they really worked the watch hard, as a good reviewer should.

    No, the "hype" that I had that was dashed was the bits about the watch interface being unresponsive. That is *very* un-Apple. And maybe this reviewer is biased, but I think it's really hard to ignore this quote:

    Now *that* is something I'm used to with my old Windows PCs. And I'm certain some early adopters of the wearables are used to this. But this is something I just don't think is worth being on the pre-order list for. Maybe later when Apple demonstrates they can fix this in software then I'll jump in. But if this requires a new cpu in a v2 watch, I can wait. I'm in no hurry. As everyone has pointed out, this is a *convenience* watch. So I'm okay with waiting for it to become convenient! :)
  16. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    Not sure why it's slow

    The specs say it doesn't need to be slow.

    It's not like we are going backward

    I hope :eek:

    Anyway, I like this debate. This way when I see issues I won't get that sinking feeling, and will be expecting it.
  17. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    nope, I'm still very excited. There's nothing like being a part of first-gem releases. You won't get that again for God knows how long. Even if it straight up blows, I still won't regret being a part of it
  18. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    The hype is that the app experience will be great. Turns out, it sucks bad. The whole "run apps on phone and send data back to watch via BT" wasn't a great idea afterall....it's a hack job and it's really showing...
  19. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Killed? No. Dampened? Somewhat.

    Pretty much decided on the Sport now, especially since Gruber called the strap 'luxurious' and said it was very comfortable! Means I can probably justify to myself upgrading when the next one rolls around too - I'd have probably held off had I bought the SS model.

    I'm a little disappointed that it isn't the absolute definitive answer to why we need wearable tech, but I'm still excited to buy one, use it and develop apps for it.
  20. mdkdue macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    I haven't changed my opinion, i am still very excited about the launch.

    After using a Pebble solidly for the last year I know what I want from my smartwatch and the Apple Watch does it all, just better!

    As for the concerns about it being underpowered, I am not too concerned. I would say it's a safe bet that the software just needs some more optimisation, after all, look what Apple did with the later versions of IOS 7 and 8 to improve performance on the iPhone 4/4S and iPad 3, don't underestimate what some good optimisation can do to improve things.

    Roll on Friday for me!!
  21. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    The Verge said Apple told them a software update was coming. But it seems like Apple offered up that information after their review came out. I'm a little surprised Apple wouldn't have told reviewers the software is still being tweaked.
  22. mdkdue macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Well there you go, nothing to worry about :D
  23. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    But smartwatches suck. So being the best of the smartwatches doesn't mean it's great.

  24. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    I found some of the reviews both honest and yet overblown.

    Why would you write a review and leave ALL of the notifications from ALL Apps on......turn them off and then do the review.

    Just because the watch vibrates, does not mean you have to look at it right then and there (as I say that, my pebble vibrated...because I'm typing this response, I have yet to look at it)

    The slow response time of the software will be fixed with an update. I remember similar issues with the original iPhone and Apple went updating the phone....some people used to say "Safari seems snappier" as a result of said updates.

    Those are just some of my observations related to the reviews. I watched them more to see the watch in action than I did to curb my desire for one (which it didn't).
  25. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    I'm not going to use it with wifi on.

    I'm going to trim down notifications.

    This way it should be fast and battery life will be better.

    I'm not a fan of wifi on my phone either.

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