One Day Review:
In 2010, Apple announced a fairly interesting new iPod Nano. This iPod was not like the rest of the iPod “classic” family and the most vivid was the absence of the scroll wheel. It was a prophetic vision of where Apple was headed. Gone were the days of using auxiliary peripherals to use for selections. Apple wanted everyone to use one of the basic senses: touch.
Time to be honest
I spent a lot of teenage years reading reviews on tech sites. Sites like Gizmodo, Engadget, and Ars Technica used to be the way I got my daily dosage of news. I always thought it would be pretty interesting to write my own reviews on certain electronics that interested me.
I’m 21 years old who has been in the IT industry for the last four years. Growing up, I have been always a fan of technology and especially of Apple.
With that being said, this is my first review.
I know that the Apple Watch has been out for a while now. I’ve seen it around, our VP has one, and I got a chance to finally purchase one myself.
That’s the first word that came out of my mouth when I got the rectangle box from the store. The package for the Apple Watch-Sport Edition was premium and typical of Apple’s standard. Inside was the watch, some paper work, smaller band, USB and power brick. Nothing special.
First powering the device on took over five minutes that I simply just left it on my wrist while taking a look at the rest of the package.
I was greeted with the welcome screen and flawlessly paired the device.
The first thing that bothered me the most was the device performance. After spending almost an hour downloading WatchOS 2, it was still pretty slow and opening 3rd party apps took longer.
I opened up the Starbucks app and it took a couple minutes to load all my cards. This was not acceptable. I started to open other apps as well and you were seeing the spinning wheel for a good 10–15 seconds.
Immediately, I felt buyer’s remorse.
Living in an age where everything is quick, the lag was slowing me down. Wanting for it to be faster, I realized that I just made a mistake by spending $400 on this device.
On the same day, I also purchased an iPhone 6S and having the latest and greatest devices made me feel so entitled. I began to feel entitled for a better device. I felt like a monster for wanting something more out of this accessory. I expected more. I got the opposite.
This is the problem with being an early adopter, we get to test these devices out and Apple improves on them.
After resolving my own personal regret for wasting money on this, I went on with my day and wanted to make the best of it.
Recently, I picked up going to the gym daily and wanted to track my overall fitness and activity from day to day. I wanted a device that not only tracked my steps, but also heart-rate, day to day movement, and then result in a sort of completion or achievement.
I got a chance to purchase a Fitbit Charge HR and liked how simple and easy it was to use. To be fair, the Fitbit cannot be considered a serious competitor to the Apple Watch. The quality was lacking, and by the end, I noticed that my steps were not adding up correctly. I returned the device a week later.
With the Apple Watch, I loved the Activity monitor. I liked the fact that it forced me to stand-up at least once every hour. I also liked that it showed me where I was to where I should be through the day.
Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to test it out at the gym yet. Will get back to this later.
Overall, I’ve been both impressed and displeased with the Apple Watch. As nice accessory, it works perfectly. I liked the minimal watch faces that were included. It gives it a more classy look than some of Apple’s competition (I’m looking at you, Samsung Gear S Smartwatch).
I really liked the battery life and the constant notifications going straight to the watch. I didn’t realize how much notifications I get per day and this does raise awareness on how actually connected I am to my iPhone.
But sadly, the performance issue and the lack of having “more” stuff causes me to have buyer’s remorse.
The Apple Watch is meant to be a part of the iPhone, not to replace it.
And this is the point I missed the most when owning this watch. Right now, I’m at the crossroads if I should keep it or return it.
I like having a premium accessory like a fancy watch and I like having an activity monitor. I like having the constant notifications appear. I really like answering quick texts from it.
But it’s not worth the cost of $399.
In the end, the Apple Watch is a watch and is great being one.
It works perfectly with Apple software and fills the gap of activity monitoring.
One of the biggest annoyance I had was tapping on the friends button and the functionality of it. I don’t need to access my friends that fast and I’m pretty sure they don’t appreciate that I keep them on speed-dial on my wrist.
Right now, it comes down to if you want to have a premium accessory that does little or wait for something even more personal.
My personal view: Wait and see how Apple will resolve these little issues.
We’ve seen the launch of the original iPhone, then the release of iPhone 3G. With each new generation, Apple will announce a feature that makes sense.