What are your thoughts on the Apple Watch?

EdisEdward

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I want to get a sense of what iPhone users, but not Apple Watch fanboys, think about the watch. If I go over the Apple Watch section obviously everyone loves their watch.

Do you guys (Apple fans, but not Apple Watch fanboys), think the watch is worth purchasing? I bought one but now I am second guessing my decision...bought the Stainless Steel with White Sports band and the classic buckle (total of $599 + $149 before tax)
 

lakaiordie

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i think its nice. but for that price id start to look for a real watch that will hold value.
 
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david91

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its a cool modest device, but the market will not sell due to its price. people still do not see the full use and functionality of it.
 
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WeatherMate

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Quite a few competitors have produced watches running android. Pebble and motorola to name a few. And these devices are far more cheaper than Apple's. So, well it's really upto your own discretion. Personally, I would definitely prefer Apple Watch to any other in the market.
 
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Furzul

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I have had a Pebble watch for about 2years. It is okay, also a lot cheaper than the Apple watch. However comparing an Apple watch to a Pebble is like comparing a Rolls Royce to a Mini, they both do the same job but the RR does it so much better. At the end of the day you pays your money and takes your choice.
 
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Newtons Apple

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Like it very much except the notifications are poor. Even on haptic prominent I fail to feel the "tap" and unless I am in a quite place, the little "ding" is not heard either. Wish Apple would let me keep the iPhone notification sounds on my phone turned on!
 
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Pakaku

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It is the ultimate 'Apple' device: a piece of hardware which is immensely-overpriced for what it really is.

Now, I say that because a lot of Apple hardware only seems expensive, but you're paying premium for a premium product with an actual use. Most of Apple's products are, in fact, not very "Apple-y".

In contrast, this watch doesn't actually have any point in existing. It's not filling any sort of gap. It can't do much without an iPhone, so it's gimped out of the box. It seems like it was literally only created as a cash grab for Apple, or only as a response to the "smart"-watch fad. Yes, it is a fad.

It's a cash grab and nothing more, otherwise how do you justify the $17,000 version? Just the fact that the Sport version performs exactly the same as the Edition edition says everything about it to me.
 
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keysofanxiety

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It is the ultimate 'Apple' device: a piece of hardware which is immensely-overpriced for what it really is.

Now, I say that because a lot of Apple hardware only seems expensive, but you're paying premium for a premium product with an actual use. Most of Apple's products are, in fact, not very "Apple-y".

In contrast, this watch doesn't actually have any point in existing. It's not filling any sort of gap. It can't do much without an iPhone, so it's gimped out of the box. It seems like it was literally only created as a cash grab for Apple, or only as a response to the "smart"-watch fad. Yes, it is a fad.

It's a cash grab and nothing more, otherwise how do you justify the $17,000 version? Just the fact that the Sport version performs exactly the same as the Edition edition says everything about it to me.
Spot on, after all the crap that the MacRumours guys gave to Samsung, about their Galaxy Gear just esentially being a pointless add-on, that the battery life is rubbish, that Apple would never release something remotely close to it ... heck, have a look at the top comments here: https://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/0...y-gear-smart-watch-with-one-day-battery-life/

I was 100% convinced that Apple were going to blow us away with a new user interface, with some awesome hologram/touch technology that brings the future into the wrist, because all the other watch offerings were so primitive and short-sighted with the UI and the functionality. Boy, was I wrong.

And then Apple releases something with identical functionality, albeit it looks a little prettier, and people lap it up.
 
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its a total first world problem device and i mostly got it to cope with my phone addiction. i used to check my iPhone every few minutes and even when i didnt i wondered if i missed something. now i get a buzz on my wrist knowing there actually is something and i can decide if i answer now or get back to it later.

not the cheapest way to do it but it works for me lol
 
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nordique

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I find it interesting, but it is too expensive for what it is imo.

Initially I was a skeptic and didn't like the idea of it at all. I thought it was pointless, more so when I realized one needed to use their phone....why pay so much $ to read texts on your wrist? Why not simply take 2 seconds to pull your phone from your pocket?

However after I tried it on, and played around with it, I enjoyed it more than I realized perhaps from a tech perspective or a new gadget perspective. More than anything though, the exercise focus intrigued me.

Perhaps a few generations from now I'll jump in. I do like the exercise focus and hope that Apple expands on that in future models (along with ways to reduce cost)
 
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eyoungren

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Not interested. I prefer analog watches. I have a Seiko Kinetic Sports 150 that I absolutely love. If I need notifications I have an iPhone in my pocket.

I don't want to go so far as to say the Apple Watch is pointless, but I only buy the Apple products I like and I do not like any of the Apple Watches.
 
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rockitdog

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I think it's cool but I never buy the 1st generation of anything. I'm looking forward to the next iteration of the Apple watch. The biggest complaints I hear about Apple Watch is the speed at which it takes to accomplish tasks. Hopefully they will clean that up in the next verison.
 
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andiwm2003

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I like the watch, the look and the concept of it. I'm also fine with the price. However the watch is too limited in it's functionality right now (Battery life, lack of GPS, no Wifi, no camera). So I will wait for the second or third version. I also believe the resale value will be not very good because in two years you will get some additional critical features (like better battery life and GPS).
 
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BeeGood

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I'm not an apple fanboy, but I definitely love iPhones. It would be nice to have a notification solution that would make it so I don't have to whip out my 6plus all the time, but I can't justify paying that much for what is really just an accessory.

Also, it seems kind of gimmicky in a Samsung-esque way with features like sending heartbeats and the creepy looking emoticons.

I like the way they look, particularly the stainless steel with leather strap. Maybe next year I'll buy a used one with a third party strap, but at the end of the day it's definitely a "first world problem purchase" as someone else put it. The only real technical solution it brings to the table is notifications and that's a heck of a lot of cash to shell out just for that.
 
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CanadaMaple

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I'm not an apple fanboy, but I definitely love iPhones. It would be nice to have a notification solution that would make it so I don't have to whip out my 6plus all the time, but I can't justify paying that much for what is really just an accessory.

Also, it seems kind of gimmicky in a Samsung-esque way with features like sending heartbeats and the creepy looking emoticons.

I like the way they look, particularly the stainless steel with leather strap. Maybe next year I'll buy a used one with a third party strap, but at the end of the day it's definitely a "first world problem purchase" as someone else put it. The only real technical solution it brings to the table is notifications and that's a heck of a lot of cash to shell out just for that.

This pretty much sums up how I feel.

I myself currently have a Pebble, which are much cheaper now then when I went with mine.

The classic Pebble black is great for notifications, and pretty cheap (89$ now I believe) in comparison to the Apple Watch.

Right now I just can't justify it, especially because in the end it will be another drain on my iPhone's battery

-CanadaMaple
 
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Spot on, after all the crap that the MacRumours guys gave to Samsung, about their Galaxy Gear just esentially being a pointless add-on, that the battery life is rubbish, that Apple would never release something remotely close to it ... heck, have a look at the top comments here: https://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/0...y-gear-smart-watch-with-one-day-battery-life/

I was 100% convinced that Apple were going to blow us away with a new user interface, with some awesome hologram/touch technology that brings the future into the wrist, because all the other watch offerings were so primitive and short-sighted with the UI and the functionality. Boy, was I wrong.

And then Apple releases something with identical functionality, albeit it looks a little prettier, and people lap it up.
haha reading the comments, you're 100% right
 
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Newtons Apple

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My AW is now history and I am back to my old daily driver. Does not sync with my 6+ but you never have to charge or even wind it. Not to many of your tastes but I have been wearing it for many years now and still looks like the day I picked it up from the dealer!

https://forums.macrumors.com/data/attachments/473/473570-d553fe92b25d2847c2151f075fda2bc1.jpg
 

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lugworm

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My AW is now history and I am back to my old daily driver. Does not sync with my 6+ but you never have to charge or even wind it. Not to many of your tastes but I have been wearing it for many years now and still looks like the day I picked it up from the dealer!

https://forums.macrumors.com/data/attachments/473/473570-d553fe92b25d2847c2151f075fda2bc1.jpg
A man after my own heart.
Much classier than a toy looking square clamped to your wrist !
 
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Ulenspiegel

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My AW is now history and I am back to my old daily driver. Does not sync with my 6+ but you never have to charge or even wind it. Not to many of your tastes but I have been wearing it for many years now and still looks like the day I picked it up from the dealer!

https://forums.macrumors.com/data/attachments/473/473570-d553fe92b25d2847c2151f075fda2bc1.jpg
That is a watch! A classic!
 
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Andres Cantu

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I want to get a sense of what iPhone users, but not Apple Watch fanboys, think about the watch. If I go over the Apple Watch section obviously everyone loves their watch.

Do you guys (Apple fans, but not Apple Watch fanboys), think the watch is worth purchasing? I bought one but now I am second guessing my decision...bought the Stainless Steel with White Sports band and the classic buckle (total of $599 + $149 before tax)
I really like the idea of it, notifications for certain things at certain times can be handy, but I feel that the next generation will be more worth buying (based on previous 2nd generation products and their life cycles). The iPad 2 was thinner, more powerful, and had a FaceTime camera. I can see all of these things coming in the 2nd generation Apple Watch, plus much better battery life with an S2 chip (possibly half the nanometers, so 14). For those reasons and a more mature app ecosystem, I personally would consider buying the next generation.
 
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JPGR_Fan

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I may be an Apple Watch fanboy by your definition, but I view the watch basically like the first iPhone which I had on day one for $600 + tax + two years of ATT. And that is, before the thing is of need of replacement it will fall under the rubric that "resistance is futile". That's what I thought as my family and so many others adopted the iPhone.

i enjoy Apple Pay, Workout, Activity circles, dead accurate heart rate monitor without a chest strap, Notifications, Glances and more. I know everything will get even better and functionality will be added within the life of the watch (oh, I forgot I actually don't mind wearing a watch again). Enjoy it.
 
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AustinIllini

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It was fine. It's just too expensive for what few things it does. I sold mine off to a good home (hopefully) and came out ahead a few hundred dollars.

Basically, IMHO, when it takes more than two operations to perform a task, you might as well do it from home.

Other things I have noticed:
Apple Pay is easier on the phone (iPhone Apple Pay only takes one hand, Apple Watch Apple Pay takes two hands)
Scanners in airports are designed for phones (watches are just really awkward in airports, and again two hand operation where phone is one)
Navigating the watch without voice commands is silly and might as well be done on the phone
 
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