I like the positive attitude towards the Apple Watch, it has become a controversive gadget that is either loved or hated I guess. It is great to see that the activity features of the device have a positive effect on your lifestyle (as well as others), I think that is the main selling point of the watch.
However, I do believe that it contains a lot of functionality that just doesn’t feel right. The articles you mentioned in the top of your post actually sum up quite a lot of them. A small sample:
- inconsistent navigation
- a very limited way to respond to messages and e-mails
- the very explicit wrist turning to see the time
- app loading times that leave you reaching for your phone anyway
Overall I think that the biggest problem with the Apple Watch is that it’s just not the complement to the iPhone we’d expected. It tries to take over some of the phone’s tasks — and does so poorly. While it stands out as a fitness tracker, I was unable to justify the price tag because the other features seem so mediocre.
Luckily, the latest watchOS and the Apple Watch 2 seem to make up for some of it. There is a lot more focus on things that matter, like health monitoring, small HomeKit interactions (I don’t want to pull out my phone to turn on my lights), unlocking your Mac (eliminating the need for the TouchID upgrade on the new models, but that’s another story) and a bunch of other useful features.
From that perspective, the first Apple Watch just wasn’t mature enough.