Why not to get Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by EthanLMT, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. EthanLMT macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2015
    Post your reasons why you shouldn't or wouldn't get the Apple Watch here.
  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    I can't tell anyone why not to get it. I'd probably be getting one to try it out anyway.

    The issues I'm thinking I will have with it are the battery life. The rumored rating will be 2-3 hours of continual usage, or 19 hours of on-and-off use; that's a very big delta. It depends on the users lifestyle, and only after they buy it will they know how the battery life is for their usage.

    The second thing is the first generation will always lack something. Similar to the ipad 1 lacking cameras. I notice this watch doesn't have a camera, and I feel it will be a future improvement to allow for FaceTime on the watch. This being a feature I want, I'd hate to spend a large amount of money on a watch, when a year later I might have to buy another one if they include these features. I like my devices to be useful for 4-5 years at least, and not regret that I don't have the latest.
  3. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
  4. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I am definitely getting one!
    That said, one of the big things that gave me pause was the lack of GPS (for fitness tracking like distance running, hiking, etc.).

    I also think the Gen 2 will be a great leap forward, so a lot of folks may want to wait.
    Of course, every next generation device (for any tech product) will be a great improvement; one just has to decide where their acceptable entry point is.
  5. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    Price. If you don't have money to spare you really shouldn't be getting this watch.

    Usefulness: If you can't imagine how you would use such a device, you should wait to see how others use it. Don't just buy it because you think its cool because you might find it sitting in a drawer. It's not the kind of thing everyone will need or even have a use for, though some people do and can already envision those use cases. (For me, the "killer app" is being able to read my wife's texts without getting off my bike and ruining my splits.)

    Cool factor: The Apple Watch may be cool when it comes out, or it might just make you look like an oaf. Google Glass wasn't cool; do you want people to call you the Apple Watch equivalent of a Gl*******? If your ego can't take the possibility of looking the bad kind of geeky, don't buy the watch.

    Glitches: New product launches are never perfect, no matter how much the company prepares. If you're not prepared to deal with the inevitable annoyances and problems, don't get the watch.

    Otherwise... I'll see you in line in April.

    Edit: LOL, MacRumors won't let me say what people call Glass users. Fair enough!
  6. klemeeri macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015
    It's not a watch...it's a second screen for your iphone

    You have to have your iPhone with you to make it work. So I will have to run with my iPhone so that I can get text msgs or calls or ??? Terrible strategy. And it's NOT waterproof so it's worthless for sports.

    It's just a watch....nothing more.
  7. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009
    But it's going to last 5 days!
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    And you know this how?
  9. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    Because it's going to have a lithium-ion battery powering a 1.5" screen in a 42mm case.
  10. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Battery life isn't an issue for me. I take my watch off at night anyway. I just wish it had more function when untethered from a phone. ApplePay seems cool. Fitness features could be useful. I also like the idea of controlling my music without taking my iPhone out of my pocket.

    Sorry for turning this into a "why to get Apple Watch" post :D
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Everyone is saying it will be a major jump from gen 1 to gen 2. I also think it will be a major jump. But in tech there just never is a good time to buy. Right? So I will be buying first gen, because I want now damn it!


    :eek: What are you smoking?
  12. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Battery life and comfort. I want an activity/sports watch and I've tried both the Basis Peak and the Fitbit Charge HR and both were uncomfortable for anything other than short periods of time. If the Apple Watch is comfortable and has a decent battery life, then I will keep it. If not, it will go back to the store like the other things and I'll just keep utilizing an activity tracker.

    For now, I'm looking at the Misfit Swarovski as people who seem to have the misfit are fairly happy with them. Maybe the Up3.
  13. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
  14. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009
    The screen is also small...

    And you won't be using it for long periods of time, like the smartphone you're using.
  15. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    For me: need. I have no use for it, though the communication with the iPhone is very appealing. A wrist watch for me should serve the time and be accurate at it, not need to be charged for at least 2 years, and be a chronograph for my everyday stopwatch needs. A tachymeter is also very useful, though I don't use it all the time so I can live without it.
  16. UAV macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2015
    why not? because it cannot make calls all by itself like dicktracy. my friend has the new gear solo and works just like a phone but without the phone. calls and everything. now if the iwatch did that then maybe i would get one. but for me if it doesn't then that's a huge deal breaker for me.
  17. nj1266 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2012
    Long Beach, CA
    Not waterproof. I have a Fitbit flex and I keep it on my wrist day and night 24/7. I shower with it, swim with it, and exercise with it. The Apple watch cannot do that, so I do not want one.

    Battery life. I am annoyed with the 4-5 day battery life on the Flex, so the watch will drive me crazy. I want a watch with a loooooong battery life.

    That is why the best one for me is the Withings Activite. It is a watch first and a tracker second. I already have the Withings Body Analyzer so they integrate well together. It is waterproof and has an 8 month battery life. It does not have as many bells and whistles, but I am not demanding for many. Just track my steps and my sleep and I am fine.
  18. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I've heard similar sentiments from a handful of people, but I absolutely DO NOT want to make calls on my watch. I think Apple avoided this on purpose - it just complicates (no pun intended) the watch. There's a fine line between what is truly useful for wrist-worn tech and what is just annoying, in my opinion. Just because they can, doesn't mean they should. Notifications, brief replies to texts and emails, taking an important call quickly until you can get to the phone ... that's handy. Making wrist-intensive phone calls? Kind of awkward to me.

    By all means, if that's what someone wants, get the Gear S. I'm not knocking it, but definitely not something I even care about for the :apple: Watch.
  19. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Who says all calls have to be wrist-intensive?

    There are plenty of times that I have my watch on, but my phone's not nearby, that it would be great to get text notifications and take quick calls.

    E.g. bikers and runners would love it because they'd only need the watch, even if they were expecting an important call.
  20. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    Too early to tell what the killer feature will be and if the watch will be successful. The killer feature will dictate what the future watches will look like, and that may mean the 1st gen gets left behind. I would wait for Apple to present a use case that speaks to you. If it has already, great! For most, I would say that hasn't happened yet.
  21. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    Don't get it because apple makes everything better in 2nd gen. And plus apple is late to the watch game and probably won't be as good as a samsung watch. But i may just get it to see it. But I'm not looking forward to charging it everyday
  22. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    Very true. I buy a new iPhone every year as well as replacing my MBA & MBP laptops each time they're refreshed. I do it because I can and to have first hand experiences with the improvements.

    After well over a decade it's becoming very discouraging as Apple quality slips away. I _really_like Apple, but the quality issue is very bothersome since they used to deliver very good products. I prefer to pre order upon release but it's getting too risky.

    Therefore not only am I not looking forward to the watch, but I'm changing my purchase habits to wait and see.

    The good news is I believe Apple will either improve or continue to profit from customers that just don't care or quite possibly just don't know any better. Apple's very smart they know how much money they can save by cost cutting with quality control.

    As long as they continue to sell to customers that are indifferent Apple's getting by cheap.
  23. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    Exactly my point ... sort of? :)
    Like I stated, it would be nice to be able to grab an important call or respond to a message - which can be done with the expected configuration. Granted, you're tethered to the phone.
    I wonder what phone-proximity will need to be?
    I'm not often too far from my phone.
    I am a runner as well, but still almost always have my phone. That's where I see that "handoff" feature being so useful; for those brief interactions where the phone is out of reach.

    I do see your point regarding those times when you are nowhere near the phone. What I was mainly getting at is I don't see having lengthy conversations from watch (i.e. wrist-intensive). I'd want to cut it short and get to my phone as quick as possible.
  24. steve knight macrumors 68030

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I was happy the day I was able to stop wearing a watch when I used my phone for alarms and time. or was it a pda? can't remember but needed a heavy doty watch to hold up in my work. I did not want to have to remove a water s oI had one I could always wear.
    now I have no watch and don't want to go back to needed to worry about a watch. and having to charge it all the time would be really annoying.
  25. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Proximity would be WiFi/BT range. As an iPad/Mac owner I can already say that handoff is FANTASTIC. When home I no longer have to make sure I have my iPhone on me. If I left it upstairs I can simply answer, Caller ID or make a call from my Mac or iPad. The :apple:Watch will enhance this experience even more.

    As a runner/biker (mostly runner) I always have my iPhone too but I carry it in a fanny pack (can't stand shaking around in my pocket). If my iPhone rings I have no idea who it is and must ignore or stop running. The :apple:Watch will element this and if I want/need to take a call I can simply stop and use my :apple:Watch.

    You can never be too rich, have too much closet space or have too may options for callerID/making or taking a phone call.

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