Interesting Read: Inconvenient Truths About The Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by tgi, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Wow, that's unheard of for some people to love a consumer product and for other people to dislike the same said product.
  3. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    Oh look, contrarian opinions bordering on irrationality from some nobody on Medium. Isn't that new and different.

  4. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
  5. tgi thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    So basically...don't believe anything he's saying?
  6. mcdj, Apr 13, 2015
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    mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Said some nobody on a discussion forum.

    *EDIT* just read it, and it makes points and critiques of things I hadn't read before, and I appreciate the attention to some of the details the author is covering. I would (sadly) not be surprised by a negative reaction to this article from anyone who has a pre-order in.
  7. DynaFXD, Apr 13, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2015

    DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    I have a pre-order in. I read his blog. I don't see anything wrong with his observations other than they are possibly a bit premature. A few minutes monkeying around with display units and he is now an authority? No one is looking for him to tell them whether or not they should buy anything. But, he organized his thoughts nicely, it is well presented. I'll throw them on the heap with all the other good and bad observations and look forward to gauging my thoughts against them when I have a chance to work with a final unit for some time and see how it grows on me. Or completely turns me off. No skin off my nose either way; this is fun not brain surgery.
    PS: He counts small size as a negative. I look at it as a plus. But that is just IMO, YMMV.
  8. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Lets keep in mind this person doesn't have a review unit and is basing the info off in store viewing and other sources.
  9. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    "Inconvenient Truths For Me About The Apple Watch"

    That's what he meant to say.
  10. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2013
    After a few days, these threads are becoming absurd. For every top of the line pollyanna there will be a bottom of the barrel naysayer.

    Ya, everyone is entitled to an opinion, regardless of how irrational it is. Personally, I still think the earth is flat and that the sun revolves around the earth and nothing can make me change my mind and I have every right to that opinion.

    That being said, stop reading and GO SEE THE WATCH FOR YOURSELF AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF.

    And if an Apple store is too far away, you are simply out of luck because you won't be able to made a decision based upon the 80% of *** thoughts expressed here. When person A says the watch is the best thing since sliced bread and person B says he would rather rot in hell than own one, how are you going to decide without seeing it for yourself? That's the curse of the internet and forums. And that's the curse of the people who exaggerate, lie, misinform etc to justify their own desires and personalities.
  11. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    From the article:

  12. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    LOL at their sample photo. It's blurry because they weren't steady when taking the picture. They have by far the worst picture of it I have seen. Look at the dozen or so other pictures on this board they don't look anything as bad as theirs.

    The pictures Apple posts are not 3D renders. If you look very close at some of the pictures and video. You can see VERY small imperfections. Of course you can fake this by why.

    There has been quite a few articles talking to the photographers for Apple products. To get that level of quality requires a lot of skill and very good and complex lighting setups.

    I had someone recently argue with me that you can't get this level of detail unless it's rendered. Anyone who says that has never used a really good macro lens.
  13. matty.p macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I dont really take offense with anything that was said, but this is the first time I've seen anyone say they were disappointed with the screen quality. Isn't it like 300ppi?
  14. andrewpturko macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2012
    More like Inconvenient Opinions About the Apple Watch.
  15. mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    The criticism about size is laughable. That's one of the best things about the Watch in my opinion. All of the other smartwatches are huge. I can't believe he actually used a picture of the Moto 360 next to the Watch and thinks that he's illustrating a failure of the watch.
  16. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    I have no reason to take his critiques seriously. A problem with write-ups like this is that people are letting formatting and organization decide the voracity and weight of criticisms. It's the power of press, which is only being emulated here on Medium. This person has absolutely zero reputation with me. Why would I trust them?

    In reality, I have no idea how much of this stranger's views align with mine, and much of what I read in this article is purely a matter of opinion which he attempts to validate by providing an extremely narrow view of reality that supports his opinions as though it was the entire world of facts. For example, he cites watch sizing that is only relevant for a small portion of the wearables market, mainly those interested in oversized watches, but, proceeds to frame it as though it was the only accepted preference that exists at all. That's purely ridiculous and counter to reality, especially when you realize what he says completely excludes women and their fashion trends.

    This is no better than any other random jerk's opinions except that it's laid out more nicely so you're more likely to buy into it without thinking for yourself.

    And that is my recommendation. Stop reading internet opinions about the product and form your own. If your reasoning is that you can't decide if you want to buy in early, or you're trying to justify your pre-order after the fact? Dude... just don't buy it. Watches/wearables are far, far, FAR too personal a product to defer all of this opinion forming to others.

    See what others are doing, sure but, you're best focusing on the low detail, high positivity expression such as look-book type posts (i.e. pinterest) and people saying reasons why they like it. You don't need a perfect product to be happy, you just need one that ticks enough of your satisfaction boxes. Negatively framed "critiques" serve no real purpose beyond making products you're clearly interested in seem less awesome than you're bound to find them yourself in the end anyway.
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    As far as I can tell the Apple Watch is the only Smart Watch that can look decent on both genders and for people at a range of sizes. So I'm pleased with the size of it. Moto X looks huge and awkward on a lot of men who seem to be happy to wear it, regardless.

    I did laughingly agree with his assessment of Apple leather products. His thoughts were mine when I beheld my first leather IPad case. I could not believed this formed pressed "thing" was actually leather. But I grew to like it.

    I've got loads of watches with gorgeously stitched leather bands. They are very beautiful but not always comfortable. I'm willing to keep an open mind about the Apple leather bands. And frankly the machined look that he decried impresses me a bit.

    However I have my doubts about their durability. My thicker leather bands have all stood up to sweat and scrapes and getting wet and all sorts of abuse. I babied the thinner dress leather bands more. But they were still tough.
  18. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Are these truths or opinions? Kind of hard to take seriously from someone whose only experience with the Watch is playing around with it for a few minutes in an Apple Store.
  19. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    If the 38mm feels small, I'll be ecstatic. Also, I have no interest in leather. The screen may be a disappointment but I also figure I can return if I don't like.
  20. studIOS5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Oregon, OH
    Yah this screen sucks so bad #


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  21. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    No kidding. If you've ever seen a 360 in person it looks huge. To me, this is a HUGE selling point in favor of Apple.
  22. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    Agree x2. Some friends have moto 360s and it's comical how large the watch is. It overwhelms their wrists.
  23. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Apple Watch 42mm looks amazing.

    Even 38mm looks elegant and not small.

    Motorola looks okay on display but it looks ugly on anyone's wrist. It is too round and big.
  24. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I don't think that anything mentioned is wrong. In fact, I agree with everything in the article. The watch isn't up to Apple standards, and the machined leather doesn't feel like a leather watch.

    Not that it's a bad watch - I don't have one, and I wouldn't know - but the article echoes all the negative feelings I had after playing with one in a store. I'm surprised he doesn't mention anything good about it though.
  25. mjs402 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    I don't agree with any of his points.

    The leather felt great to me, the screen was absolutely gorgeous. I have never seen a screen so beautiful before. And I am typing on my Retina MacBook Pro 13" right now.

    And the size? Really? That's preference.

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