Why I sold my Apple Watch twice!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by syphern, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. syphern macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys so I'm a long time Apple fanboy. But the Apple Watch in my opinion has failed. It feels like that first retina iPad underpowered and cannot deliver. I bought it when it was first released and sold it and then I bought another one recently thinking watch os2 will make things better but nope it's even worse. Things I think make Apple Watch fail are:

    1. HR monitor. You have trackers that are continuous monitors nowadays and far far more accurate.

    2. Sluggish performance. Oh man it's so damn slow. Opening an app takes three to 6 seconds this s1 processor really isn't all that great.

    3. Expensive. For what it does it's so damn expensive compared to the other offerings out there.

    4. Limited watch faces. But this is typical of apple they will open this up in the future and call it a feature lol.

    5. Waterproof and swimming apps! Come on even the pebble is waterproof this device costs double and doesn't even have that.
     
  2. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Many will agree with you...including me and that's why i returned it but i suspect others wont agree.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    That's the thing for some folks the apple watch is a good product, for others its not.

    I agree with the OP, that it is expensive, its heart rate monitor is not continuous, and apps are wicked slow. Yet with that said, the features that attracted me are great, and that includes the notifications, the ability to respond to a text, or just receive a text. I've on occasion taken a call on it. Some of the apps are very useful, like the Maps.

    My point is different strokes for different folks, if the watch doesn't suit your needs, it makes no sense to keep it.
     
  4. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to say but I agree as well. 7/10 times or 70% probability for you stat folks lol, Siri just hangs after i tell her what to do. Example, "Siri set a timer for 2 minutes" and all I see is the little line going back and forth for ever. So then I have to go into the timer app (which usually does open fast) and set my own timer only now I have spent 1.5 minutes screwing with the watch to get the timer on. Yesterday I just took my iPhone out because this happened and I had to restart my watch to get it to work.

    The watch has become almost solely for checking incoming messages, alarms and some fitness.
     
  5. Lornaevo macrumors member

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    Yes it does have its fault. But I'm a professional driver and the maps and phone option make it worthwhile for me.
     
  6. nicho macrumors 68000

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    there's no point. it's a touch screen device, and this type of touch screen doesn't work underwater. maybe you could use siri underwater...
     
  7. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    I don't have many speed issues with the native apps, once they've been opened for the first time. I think that much of the speed problem comes down to the wireless connection between the watch and phone, instead of the processor speed.

    I've worn my watch in the shower everyday, and I've worn it in the pool. I'm not worried about it in water.

    Ultimately, I see the Apple Watch as a primarily a watch with notification and response features, and it works well for that. I use Apple Pay, and a few other things, but that's about it. Still, I tried wearing a regular watch for a couple of weeks, but I really missed the Apple Watch, myself.
     
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    A "long time Apple fanboy" complaining about an Apple product being too expensive and having a limited set of stock features is oxymoronic. Either you accept Apple ecosystem for what it is or you don't.
     
  9. Applenoob34 macrumors regular

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    I agree with most of the OP's points. That being said, I still find it extremely useful. I've never had lag issues with Siri and the timer, which I use a lot.

    I guess I bought this with the expectation that this was a first gen product and it would have its issues. I have not owned another smart watch, aside from the pebble, but others have told me that the Apple Watch is better than all the others.
     
  10. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    So what smart watch, not fitness tracker but real smart watch jack of all trade and work well with iPhone, are you using, if AW does not work for you?
    Also, if price is not an issue, would you return it?
     
  11. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    You aren't a fanboy. Fanboys will defend apple products until they die. Apple is life for them. Everything apple does is perfect. Apple does no wrong. Tim Cook is your God.

    Wow I just summed up 90% of users that post in the iPhone forum.
     
  12. testcard macrumors 68020

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    Come back and tell us when you've made it three out of three.
     
  13. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't OP, an Apple fanboy, also return iPhone, iPad, Mac twice also?
     
  14. Armen macrumors 604

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    1. Devices out there that track HR constantly barely qualify as a smart watches and qualify more as dedicated fitness trackers. Fitbit, Garmin etc.

    2. Performance seems to be a common problem among smart watches right now and is not unique to the Apple watch. Apps that have to wait for data from a phone take a while to load. My Pebble prior even had this issue.

    3. Expensive? The new Samsung Gear 2 is $349.99. The new Pebble Time is $250.00.

    4. Yes, allowing 3rd party watch faces IS a new feature assuming you understand what a "feature" is.

    You can stop pretending to be a tech blogger. They actually do research before they drop reviews.
     
  15. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I returned my first Apple Watch. Then, a month or so later, I bought another one.

    I became happy with it once I figured out what I really wanted from it.

    1. I like beautiful things. I'd love a beautiful mechanical watch, but I can't afford one. But even if I could . . .

    2. . . . I'm weirdly obsessed with time. I wanted a watch that was flawlessly accurate all the time.

    I have the SS with Link strap. I think it's beautiful. It makes me happy when I put it on. And, according to Apple, it's correct within 50ms. I can live with that!

    As for the vast hype surrounding it and it's so-called game-changing, life-changing, cancer-curing features . . . it's pretty poor, really. It's often unusably slow. Third party apps are a non-starter. The built-in ones are just about OK. The health rings are kinda fun, though I don't find them especially motivating. I don't know if I believe or trust the heart-rate monitor. Notifications are probably unnecessary for me.

    But it's a pretty watch that keeps good time. And, though it was expensive, it was cheaper than a Rolex, and I don't particularly like how they look anyway.
     
  16. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    i think anybody expecting their smart watch to do more than delivering notifications (reply) and fitness tracking should not buy one
     
  17. maxsix Suspended

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    My viewpoint on the OP's post is one of respect for honesty and specific points. The OP isn't complaining, to the contrary it's a point by point outline. Well done.

    Unlike some people who bash the product with a general statement like: AW is Crap!

    The OP approaches his/her report with specifics and proof that this feedback is from someone who thinks for themselves, unlike many who vent hatred.

    That you disagree is fine, but to be critical suggests another agenda...
     
  18. Armen macrumors 604

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    so if OP's points are based on incorrect information what next?
     
  19. maxsix Suspended

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    That's easy.

    Let me grab a snack, water and clear two hours, so as to argue moot points with you...
     
  20. Armen macrumors 604

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    The fact that you think his points are credible tells me everything. Nothing to discuss.
     
  21. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    The only difference between you and me is that Im not obsessed with time and I use the Apple Pay on the watch a lot.
     
  22. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I'm merely countering why some of the OP's viewpoints may be unfounded. Apple's customers tend to know and understand why their products are more expensive than average, and many of them have accepted Apple's ecosystem for what it is, which may mean more limited features compared to the competition. Even the iPhone is still the same way so how exactly is the OP a "long time fanboy"?

    However, even Apple's own loyal customers balked at the first generation iPod for being too expensive. I suppose history repeats itself.
     
  23. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Maybe the next generation will make the current generation watches cheaper. I see a ton of people wearing the AW though.... I'm genuinely shocked TBQH.
     
  24. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    We typically get a price cut on last year's model, assuming Apple makes them available. Except for a few missteps on Apple's part like pricing the original iPhone too high, next generation iDevices tend to keep the same price point year after year.
     
  25. syphern thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes I did indeed but you forgot to say OP also bought an iPhone 6s and raved about how Apple finally got it right... I give credit where it's due iPhone 6 Plus was underpowered there are several thread about this.
     

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