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Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

At the time of writing this chapter 2 portion of my ongoing Apple Watch review, Apple’s wonder wrist gadget has been on the market for only 10 days, and at the time of publishing this article I’ve worn the watch for almost a month. I’ve had the pleasure of wearing and using the Apple Watch in a surprising number of circumstances in that short time, including traveling, exercising, hiking, urban walking, dining, schmoozing, and wine tasting. That’s given me a lot of time to experience the Apple Watch, but to also chat with a lot of people about it and consider some of the more difficult-to-answer questions, such as “does the Apple Watch threaten to replace my traditional watch?” In this second part of my review, I’ll cover a lot of these topics, and I think this review in particular is the most important for people who are traditional timepiece aficionados.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

Even though the Apple Watch is still on back order for many people, that doesn’t mean a lot of people don’t already have one. In my long experience as a watch reviewer, I’ve never talked about anything with such a wide audience. The reality of luxury watches is that they are not only priced for the few, but only a limited amount of people have a serious interest in them (even if they can casually appreciate them). That is all entirely different with the Apple Watch because it is the type of product which is very much on the mainstream mind.

Earlier today, I was in the TSA security line at LAX, and as I took off the Apple Watch to put it through the scanner, the agent smiled and said “hey, is that the Apple Watch?” I confirmed his suspicion, and he proceeded to explain his jealously that I had mine because his would not be arriving until June. The guy seemed genuinely excited, and never before have I been able to connect with someone so totally different than me about something I was wearing on my wrist.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

Later, while waiting to board my flight, I noticed more people wearing the Apple Watch. The variety of versions was impressive, as both men and women of various ages and backgrounds wore Apple Watch Sports and Apple Watches in steel. While the Apple Watch is still a rare commodity, I am living in this perfect moment of it being new enough and exciting enough that it is cause for conversation. It feels like an exciting time to live.

A few nights ago, I was at dinner with about 20 family members – each of whom are intimately aware that “Ariel does something with watches,” and for convenience tend to refer to me as “the watch guy.” I’ve attended family dinners over the years with any number of exotic or expensive luxury watches that mostly go unnoticed. Sometimes, a stray cousin or two interested in making conversation asks about what is on my wrist to see my horological explanation performance, but on this night, almost everyone wanted to know all about the Apple Watch. “Can I make calls with it? Do I need my phone? What does it do? Can it make me breakfast?” In fact, the vast number of questions people have is directly related to the sheer potential of the smartwatch – a notion that I have been trying to advance for a year or two now. Looking at it from Apple’s perspective, I can totally understand why their marketing on various elements of the Apple Watch’s functions is rather vague. This is, in fact, a complicated product to wrap your mind around.

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Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

In order to better understand what other people do with their Apple Watches, I simply ask them. From neighbors to strangers on the street, I’ve been anything but shy in asking people, “how do you like your Apple Watch?” People tend to like the attention, and I’ve heard a lot of interesting opinions out there. I’ve seen comments online where people claim to have returned their Apple Watches for various reasons such as “when I realized it needed to be around my iPhone all the time, I didn’t want it anymore,” or “Apple doesn’t tell you that you can’t type on it, so I returned it.” However, in real life, I’ve never heard people express these sentiments, and I am pretty doubtful that many people are truly vexed by these issues.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

What do people say about their Apple Watches? I’ve heard “the battery life isn’t really that bad… I look at my phone less… I like seeing information easily without having to use my hands… I’ve started to not be able to live without Apple Pay…” Some people really don’t have much to say other than they like it and are interested in its potential. So do I share these sentiments? More or less, I do.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

I really have no significant complaints about the Apple Watch, to be honest. That isn’t to say there aren’t loads of features I’d like for it to have, and I am curious to see how Apple develops both the hardware and software – but for a smartwatch, this little thing is incredibly impressive.

Let me tell you the most important test that the Apple Watch passed in my experience. Until now, every smartwatch that I’ve used has almost immediately proven that it is not reliable. Let me explain. The purpose of a smartwatch today is to connect with your mobile phone as a host, and use that phone to offer notifications and other information. The Apple Watch and other smartwatch devices do this via Bluetooth. In my last couple of years playing with smartwatches, I’ve found that smartwatches almost universally have tremendous issues connecting with their host phone. Sometimes, it takes several attempts to initially pair a smartwatch with a phone, and other times it becomes a horrendous pain in the ass to reestablish the Bluetooth connection if you (heaven forbid) walk too far from your phone with your watch and you simply wait too long.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

People like to throw around the fact that, until recently, most smartwatch users would abandon their new found wrist device three or so months after first using it. My sincere suspicion is that this is because of reliability. If your smartwatch and phone do not play nice and fail to reliability connect all the time, then of course you are going to lose faith and ditch the device. Think about if your smartwatch fails to register 1 out of 4 notifications (or worse). You’d be pissed too, right?

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

Well, I am sure the Apple Watch is not flawless, but in my 10 days of experience thus far (again, at the time of writing, rather than of publishing), it has yet to not reliably connect or fail to display a notification that it should. So, unlike pretty much all other smartwatches I’ve personally experienced, the Apple Watch is the first one that doesn’t completely suck right out of the box. Yeah, I know, that’s a high bar to surpass, but Apple has proven that with a closed and controlled ecosystem, Bluetooth does not need to be something I (and perhaps you) need to frequently get annoyed or aggravated with. I will be the first to admit that as a consumer, I don’t always like the hermetically sealed ecosystem that is much of Apple’s software and hardware – but it does have its distinct benefits. Again, this is why I always tug around both an iPhone and an Android phone: I feel that there are pluses and minuses to everything.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of that, I am looking forward to a future when the Apple Watch can handle incoming alerts and information from more than one device. There are a lot of people who have two or more phones, and I hope that in the future our smartwatches will not only serve as extensions of those devices, but will help us consolidate them. It is further true that with the first generation Apple Watch, you are limited to one watch. I mean, you can have multiple Apple Watches if you really want to, but you’d need to un-pair them and re-pair them, and doing so would be a hassle. Right now, you need to be a one Apple Watch person and your Apple Watch is a one phone watch.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

It isn’t difficult to think of features that would be amazing to have in the Apple Watch. Of course, Apple will say that over time with software updates and new apps, the Apple Watch will become so much more than it is today. With that said, I have intentionally not focused on the apps in this review because I feel that, while there are some good apps available for the Apple Watch, Apple still has the door closed on many types of apps. For instance, you can’t yet modify the face of your Apple Watch beyond those that Apple offers right out of the box, and you also can’t use apps to modify the core functionality of the Apple Watch. This is perhaps very understandable, especially this early out of the gate, as Apple carefully monitors Apple Watch usage. If anything, the company’s legendary conservatism toward allowing outside influence in their product experiences is probably good for consumers, but of course, Apple is still made of humans and from time to time, official Apple updates have had bugs in them.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

So far, I haven’t seen any software bugs in the Apple Watch. It also hasn’t crashed on me or displayed any type of software or hardware anomalies. Well, I take that back – sometimes the activity monitoring apps likes to tell me it is time to stand up when I am already standing up (but I appreciate the suggestion anyway).

I think the fact that I and others are even talking about such minor elements of the Apple Watch’s functionality is a good thing. That means, for most people, the overall software and hardware experience is so reliable that we can laugh about the little things like the watch sometimes telling you to stand up when you are already standing up. With other products, I’ve found myself getting frustrated way too soon to even see how I feel about small quirks – so the fact that I am even talking about this with the Apple Watch can be seen as a positive remark.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

So, I’ve established that the Apple Watch is reliable, but that still doesn’t answer the question of what I do with it. Pundits speaking against the Apple Watch from even before its release claim that Apple has yet to explain what will make the Apple Watch “stick” with consumers. Some said it was the convenience of Apple Pay, some said it would be the notifications, and others said that Apple would win people with the Apple Watch’s fitness tracking features such as the heart rate monitor and GPS tracking for your movements.

Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch Wrist Time Reviews

Are all or any of these features actually useful? I do plan on writing more in the future about the Apple Watch as an activity tracking and fitness device. I could easily dedicate an entire article to that, but I will touch on it a bit. Apple certainly has me wearing the Apple Watch a lot because I want to maximize my ability to fill those little daily rings that urge you to stand enough, walk enough, and vigorously exercise enough. I do take the precise accuracy of these measurements with a grain of salt, but I trust that they can track trends – and will be able to accurately tell me if I have been much more active one day over another.

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  • I know you’re only giving the masses what they want Ariel, but I’m ready for the apple watch fad to pass so we can get back to business as usual.

  • stmcgill

    I have ended up trying to make the Apple Watch feel more traditional by using Nato straps etc (http://www.shaunmcgill.com/blog/2015/5/23/apple-watch-and-nato-straps-do-work), but completely agree with this review. The activity tracking is something of a curiosity that is hard to ignore once you start using it, but time and time again I come back to wearing my ‘real’ watch.

    Maybe there is something in the idea of smart watch bands which could work on the other side of the wrist, but for me I suspect the Apple Watch will not be worn much and if I want to track fitness, I can put a fitness band on the other wrist anyway. In too many ways, the Apple Watch feels cold to me.

  • SantiagoT

    I don’t know man, I have this feeling Ariel Adams likes the Apple watch.

  • Ulysses31
  • Ulysses31

    All I can see is that lovely Omega.

  • What GS is that??

  • Borys Bozzor Pawliw

    I can easily see myself wearing the mechanical on the left…and the Apple Watch on my right wrist. I do wonder if Apple will soon need to create a version where the crown and button are on the left side if the trend takes off.

  • Borys Bozzor Pawliw

    Panagiotis I believe it is the Grand Seiko Quartz Diver: https://www.timelessluxwatches.com/reviews/grand-seiko-sbgx115-sbgx117-quartz-diver-review

  • stmcgill

    Borys Bozzor Pawliw You can wear the Apple Watch either way- the crown would be on the left at the bottom on the right hand which is actually easier to use. The orientation of the watch screen will change automatically or by a setting.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Omega +Grand Seiko for me. And burn that portable drive.

  • Tommer45

    Apple watch…. just silly.

  • iamcalledryan

    Yawn. I like the apple watch, but I don’t think we need weekly updates.

  • DanW94

    “No my traditional watch has not been replaced” Ariel says as he slowly walks toward the Apple shaped light…..
    I fear we could be losing him…lol

  • S.D. Phillips

    Until you can dive it then nope.

  • notech47

    I’d wear the Porsche Design, the Grand Seiko, the Omega or the Rolex, but never the Apple Watch. I’m happy just carrying a smart phone.

  • JDCNLV

    I would buy the apple watch just to use for workouts but if I have to carry my iPhone on a 10-15 mile run to get GPS tracking features that is a deal breaker.  I’ll just stick with my 3 year old MotoActv that connects via bluetooth to headphones, plays all my tunes and tracks my entire workout and give me precise location data on the move via GPS.

  • Gianni Falzone

    There is a GS Diver in that picture…that’ll last you your whole life and could be passed down. That Apple watch won’t even last a year.

  • bnabod

    again more Apple watch(sort of) news…..next

  • OnPointFirearms

    I have a love/hate relationship with Apple.  They make lovely products, but they’re an evil global corporation that abuses its labor force in foreign lands and skullf*cks its clients with constant product updates and planned obsolescence.  But… they make the best computers and phones, so that’s what I own.  The Apple Watch annoys me because it encroaches on a part of my life that shouldn’t involve Apple Computer:  my wristwatch.  The Apple Watch is not particularly beautiful and lacks the mechanical aspect that attracts me to fine wristwatches in the first place. My current stable of watches will easily live on in my family well after I’m cold in my grave.  Apple Watches, on the other hand, will start turning up in junk drawers within in a couple of years.  Long live the mechanical watch.  Burn in H, Apple Watch.

  • Rodrigo Furtado

    Interesting you dodged the battery recharge intervals in the article like a Vampire avoids the Sun.

  • mimosjewelry

    Apple stay off my wrist!!!

  • griffedm

    The author has every reason to denigrate the Apple Watch as his livelihood is directly linked to mechanical watches.  By offering such a glowing endorsement of electronic watches, he might be hoisting himself with his own petard, to borrow a phrase from the old bard.  For reasons that many others have mentioned, I have a fairly strong allegiance to mechanical watches and would avoid a transmission-emitting device at all costs but I admire his conviction in something he truly enjoys..

  • So it’s basically a super fancified fitness/exercise accessory with some extra toppings? Are Americans really that into fitness? Will the proliferation of lardasses in the US become noticeably less now (I suspect not as the types that would buy this device are probably already OCD fitness types anyway)?
    I run…hike…do things. I don’t wear heart rate monitors or devices whilst doing them. Will I become less fit? Am I missing out? All those spectacular views I’ve seen are for naught? 
    Jeez, what previous millennia of human beings have missed out on! Poor bastards!
    But then again, I don’t have an i phone, either.
    Anyway, as usual, Apple has gotten the hype going on overdrive and has the nation buzzing.

  • griffedm It is true that from a strictly political perspective in regard to the forces that be in the watch industry a more diplomatic position might be to ignore the Apple Watch or pay it far less lip service. But as you pointed out my inclination to be honest and share my sincere enthusiasm for this product and the segment is much more compelling. Thanks for the comment.

  • In part 1 of the review I mentioned the battery life and that it was even a bit longer than I expected. I continue to not have issues with the battery life so I really had nothing to add. Of course it would be fantastic not to have to charge it as much but there are technological limitations that even Apple does not have power to control and these high-performance, small computers with their bright screens need energy.

  • DanW94 Lol. If anything smartwatches have allowed me to fully appreciate and recognize my reasons for liking traditional watches. I just like two things now which come from different worlds but happen to occupy the same space on our body.

  • stmcgill I like how you burnt a hole in the NATO to make it work with the Apple Watch! That was great.

  • thealster

    In the future the way to go will be not having to hold your phone up to your ear during calls. leaving your hands free. This will require a small device (chip?) to fit in/over your ear to take calls by tapping on your watch/phone. Only then will a wrist Phone/watch/ become a reliable and perhaps necessary everyday device, Then your watch can replace your phone too, for example you’re in you car and remember you left your phone at home and can’t be bothered to drive home to get it. For now it’s not a must have item like the iphone yet, it”s about making money for Apple.

  • funkright

    I’ve ruminated on the question of ‘Apple Watch or mechanical’ over the last several months. I’ve come to the conclusion (given what I use my phone and other devices for, re health activities etc) that I am more prone to keep the mechanical on and stay with my current setup (iPhone and HRM strap for fitness activities, the Wahoo TickrX strap is an excellent tool, plus the HRM strap works with other phones, iPads, devices etc…). 

    As many others have said, the automatic on my wrist can, effectively, be passed down to my son and then his son; whereas the Apple Watch will be on a yearly upgrade cycle. I’m already on TOO many yearly upgrade cycles already. My wrist doesn’t need to be another and that is what Apple will be motivating you to do; it’s their business model.

  • DanW94

    aBlogtoWatch DanW94

    Ariel, Thanks for the reply. I do understand and respect your opinion on the Apple watch. It’s certainly interesting how polarizing this device is. Personally, I do own a smartphone but have zero desire to extend it’s applications to my wrist. That area is reserved for a nice traditional watch. (mechanical,  quartz, and someday a Spring Drive).  Always enjoy your articles.

  • stmcgill

    aBlogtoWatch stmcgill to be fair it was cut first with a cigarette lighter used around the edges to remove the frayed parts. 

    I do think everyone needs to be more open-minded about the Apple Watch. I don’t personally find many reasons to wear mine above my favourite watch, but can see why many would who do not normally wear watches or who have no real interest in such things.

  • ScubaPro

    “Later, while waiting to board my flight, I noticed more people wearing the Apple Watch. The variety of versions was impressive, as both men and women of various ages and backgrounds wore Apple Watch Sports and Apple Watches in steel. ”

    Really? First the TSA agent, so different from you (?) and yet for the first time, what you were wearing bought you together. Now a plane full of Apple Watch wearers, from all walks of life (how the hell do you know what their backgrounds are?). This is the biggest pile of BS I’ve read in ages, If I was your Editor, I would have tossed this dreck in the bin. It really is that bad. 

    What is it about the latest tech gadget that turns people into the ultimate marketing tools? It’s such a comically limited device that demands so much attention from the user that you are desperate to adopt your lifestyle around the bastard. I look forward to the day when I do encounter an Apple Watch in the wild, and know that I will not be bonding with this person because, sadly, we have different backgrounds and we don’t have anything in common because I have no Apple Watch to transcend our differences. I fear I will never know the joy of wearing a symbol of the age we live in. It’s useless, costly, disposable and forces the owner to juice it ever freaking night. Progress!

  • ScubaPro I felt compelled to respond because I can see you are feeling emotional about this product. My attempt to share some of my experiences with the Apple Watch were meant to suggest that Apple had succeeded on various levels to appeal to a broad demographic. 

    No one is forced to love the Apple Watch and I really don’t mind if people disagree with me. I have no other agenda rather than simply sharing what I am feeling. I do however find some of the arguments against smartwatches to be ill-conceived while others are sound. Most traditional watches merely tell the time and people complain that multi-functional items like smartwatches are “useless?” Are we complaining about the cost of smartwatches versus mechanical watches that end up costing so much more. Most version of the Apple Watch cost less than our smartphones if buying them without a carrier subsidy. We never complain about upgrading those items each year or two. 

    I don’t know why it needs to be a traditional versus mechanical watch world. These aren’t items which are mutually exclusive. One does not attempt to destroy the other. The people who wear these items aren’t the enemy of mechanical timepieces. They are as much walking marketing tools as anyone else who owns “stuff.”

    When angry as smartwatches, why don’t people just breath a bit and consider what is really bothering them about the segment? Or is it really what you suggested, and it is animosity toward the age that we live in and the complexities thereof. That is a noble complaint if that really is what is at issue.

  • thealster I sure hope that when we have implanted wearables the upgrade path isn’t too painful. 

    A lot of people seem to end or begin arguments with “that is just X trying to make money.” Is that in itself bad? Isn’t that what developing, producing, and selling a product is all about. Creating something interesting that people want and then buy so that you can make money. Making money in a fraudulent or manipulative manner should be (in my opinion) more of what people focus to get upset about. I can’t see many people taking it well if their employers or customers yell at them that they are at work or in business to make money. We all need resources to survive…

  • aBlogtoWatch ScubaPro I like blowing a fuse over inanimate objects 😉

  • EranR

    Not being an apple guy but with android wear, the feelings are the same. I love my mechanical watches but I’ve really grown fond of my Asus smart-watch and I do appreciate its usefulness and, yes, reliability. I am not going to double-wrist if my life depends on it, so I need to decide. So, I wear the smart one when I know I am probably going to use it, either at work when I intend to be getting some work done while listening to music (then I appreciate the notifications) or when I feel like tracking my steps, or have meetings with techies who’d appreciate the conversational item. Other times I’d look for one of the mechanical ones. Frankly it’s not different from how I decide whether to wear one of the dressier watches or a sportier one for work. So… essentially it is just one more choice on the menu… no more no less.

  • AK74

    Chaz_Hen some people wear hart rate monitors for a legitimate reason: heart condition. For instance, when you get older you have to watch the heart rate when exercising because the max safe rate is decreasing with age. So, heart rate monitor is not just a gimmick for many people, especially middle aged and over.

  • AK74

    Apple Watch is like a needy partner. It wants exclusivity, attention, full attention, that is. It wants you to learn how to use it, and spend a lot of time with it. It wants you to wear it all the time. It’s also ugly

  • VM1960

    Does the watch stay “on” all the time you wear it, or does it, like the iPhone, have the ability to close down and require a security code? I’m Not sure I would want my personal messages etc visible at any and all times to people looking at my wrist. How secure is it?

  • sickducker

    funkright You can pass down a mechanical watch to your son and grandson, but there is no guarantee that they are going to wear it in the future. In 10-15 years smartwatches could become so advanced that your children prefer the convenience of a smartwatch. Mechanical watches become the next pocket watches.  The fact that smartwatches have yearly update cycles, shows how fast technology pacing.

  • funkright

    sickducker funkright I thought this article was a good one…. http://blog.watchchest.com/the-apple-watch-vs-rolex-debate-is-over-5152015/ he summarized the situation, I believe, better than most.

  • WatchGuru

    You have a couple of choices. You can wear your watch under your wrist like me or turn on privacy mode for those times when you don’t want the normal notifications appearing on the display.

  • WatchGuru

    It takes all kinds to make the world go round. This dude needs more coffee.

  • thornwood36

    Hate it………………………enough said.

  • iamcalledryan

    I would sooner inherit a nice pocket watch than a Quartz.

  • iamcalledryan

    Yes, all of Apple’s competitors do it for humanity, apple does it for money and souls. It’s a huge corporate conspiracy.

  • Very well-written piece.

  • captaina16

    Apparently I am in a different demographic than most of your followers. I am not old I am ancient. I am a retired communications technician. I was forced by my occupation to be a tech geek. I confess I enjoyed some of the products that I was around. I had one of the first casio calculator watches. It was bright orange an as well as being reliable it was a great conversation starter. It required nothing from me. It just worked. Unlike the Apple product which requires nightly sustenance. I like products which work and have longevity. I do not mind that my mechanical watch requires me to wind it daily. The pleasant sound the meshing of the gears makes is a testament that I made it through another night and it will never need a software upgrade
      I am glad you enjoy the Apple watch. I have had several of their products and it is apparent that their computers make Windows Eight look like a broken rock. I observed a young lady wearing an Apple watch the other day and it looked nice on her wrist. Last night I purchased via the net a gently used Seiko orange Sumo. If all goes well I will get to enjoy it for many years (if I get many.) It will require very little from me and will probably give me a lot of useful enjoyment as I look at it every day on my wrist. When I leave this mortal coil (waxing poetic), croak, my grandson will probably get the pleasure of wrecking his grandpa’s old watch. I don’t think your Apple will be around. Keep writing you are doing a good job.

  • funkright

    captaina16 I loved this line ‘the pleasant sound the meshing of the gears makes is a testament that I made it through another night and it will never need a software upgrade…’ it put a smile on my face this morning. I am not as far down the path as you, but I do appreciate where you have travelled 🙂

  • blacks329

    OnPointFirearms 

    ” …. its clients with constant product updates and planned obsolescence”
    – Should Apple not continue to improve it’s hardware? They’ve been making phones for 8 years and have released a total of 10 different models. You pay for the technology available at the time, technology improves, competitors improve and you think Apple shouldn’t update their products because anyone who bought their 2014 device, is going to be pissed off that they don’t get the benefits of 2015 technology? That’s absolute nonsense.

    – Planned obsolescence? How exactly? Is it the 4 years of mobile OS updates that you get when you buy an iOS device? Because most of the Android OEMs leave you high and dry after 2. Multiple members of my family are using 6-7+ year old Mac’s running Yosemite. Windows is fantastic at supporting old hardware, don’t get me wrong, but I have a hard time believing Apple has planned obsolescence when they have provided numerous software updates over the years for their main product lines expanding its functionality through software. 

    “The Apple Watch annoys me because it encroaches on a part of my life that shouldn’t involve Apple Computer:  my wristwatch”

    The fantastic thing about all of this is that you have a choice. You simply don’t need to buy one, therefore no encroachment! Success!! We figured out how to solve this life problem of yours! 

    ” they’re an evil global corporation that abuses its labor force in foreign lands”

    Sooo … like all companies? EVERY company needs to improve here, Apple included! But Apple consistently gets singled out here, when every company does this.

  • OnPointFirearms

    blacks329 OnPointFirearms I suppose you think you’re smart by dissecting my opinion and crafting a point by point rebuttal.  Of course, you’d be mistaken.  You should do some research on planned obsolescence before you make comments on a subject you obviously know little about. I’m not excusing other companies either, but we’re talking about Apple, aren’t we?  Would you like to talk about all of the evil atrocities a myriad of global corporations commit on a DAILY basis?  We don’t have the space or the time, sir.  I DO have a choice of what to wear on my wrist.  Thank you for stating the obvious.   I will continue to wear fine Swiss mechanical watches.  I will not own a smarty watch anytime soon– especially one from the aforementioned bastards at Apple Computer.  The comment was just my opinion.  You’re entitled to your own.  Why don’t you compose a comment instead of attacking mine. ETADIK, sir.

  • hatster

    For the simple and very calm view of this watch from a watch-lover, pop
    over to the interview with Autodromo’s Bradley Price on this site. Simple but
    wise words: “If my 24 year old self were around now, he’d probably be
    buying an Apple Watch today. But sometime around 30 years old, I started to
    understand that most of those watches were disposable, with no enduring value,
    and the beauty and intrigue of vintage watches started to grab hold of
    me.” This is the essence of loving a watch versus loving the functions of a watch.

  • hatster

    As a small aside, for those hung up on the idea of any watch being a great way of monitoring your health/work-out, you might want to check out the WSJ review (I think) of a range of fitness trackers. All worn at the same time, all came up with different readings. It appears that even the results of fitness trackers should be ‘taken in moderation’.

  • sigp226

    The smartwatch revolution will be over in 12 years. That is when the competition to embed devices in your body will take over. John Conner was right.

  • Black Cat X

    hatster well, that’s one personal opinion from an old guy that doesn’t get what’s to be 20-30’s today (the mass of the people that have bought the Apple Watch).

    I like watches, I really do, I like their history, why they are how they are made, the challenges in making watches, the combinations, how they are used to express oneself, etc…

    But my passion was always computers, and electronics, that’s why I got a Major in EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), and that’s what I do.

    This Apple Watch, is far from disposable, yes, a new model will come, so what? The watch continues doing what it does (or even more) since day one, anything worse than other watches???

    Above all, the Apple Watch is a symbol of a group of people the biggest company in the world, that really cares about what they are doing. You can criticize Apple all you want, but they really always put an extra effort in what they make, that although won’t make difference on the buying process, really makes people that appreciate detail, like me, like them.

    It’s not disposable, it’s evolutive, I’m keeping it.

  • Black Cat X

    captaina16 you love the grinding of gears you have to do every morning…

    I love the click of the magnetically-attached, wireless and contactless charger. It takes 0 seconds of my “hand time”.

    It’s far from a big deal, while on my mechanicals, I have to wind them up, or else, I’ll get a slow watch, or a stopped watch, and then I have to set it up (specially annoying the dates that are the WORST complication ever).

  • Black Cat X

    VM1960 once you take out of your wrist, notifications stop being sent to the watch.

    If you want, you can put a passcode, and if you take out of the wrist, the user has to input the passcode to use it.

  • egznyc

    I take it you’re a fan of vintage Omegas. Speedies or other models in particular?

  • Ulysses31

    egznyc A lot of vintage models hit the spot with me, more for the overall aesthetic than loyalty to any particular brand.  There’s something about the simple geometry and vast expanses of metal that are unashamedly masculine in appearance, and in some ways quite timeless.  It was a design language that was common to many major brands at the time, and something i’d like to see return.  Having said that, there are a large number of vintage Omegas i’d love to own.  For the most part, they seem to understand good design.

  • egznyc

    Ulysses31 egznyc I can really relate, but I am also relatively new to watch collecting.  Nonetheless, I have always appreciated good design and in recent years I have become far more fixated on watches.  While there are plenty of modern watches I like, I do tend to enjoy the aesthetics of vintage watches and vintage homages.  I have yet to venture into the actual vintage market, however I think it is only a matter of time.  There are so many interesting things out there (including Omega to be sure) – I just need to be willing to accept that what I buy will need to be serviced perhaps right out of the gate.

  • bigsam2035

    Thanks Ariel. The first picture in your discussion, and the final two comments are all I needed to make up my mind about the Apple Watch. I wonder how I will feel if the Apple Watch is shown with its “normal” state bland expression though. Actually I wonder why you will put it in such an unflattering situation ….

    I am still genuinely interested and waiting for a nice smart watch that I can take on sporting activities or use with casual wear.

    Thanks again and do keep the smart watch (as opposed to the Apple Watch) discussion going.

  • PatrickArmbruster

    iamcalledryan Only if you know who’s gonna die first.

  • PatrickArmbruster

    Chaz_Hen First of all: It’s a wristwatch. It’s probably the first digital wristwatch I really like designwise. Second: It’s a smartwatch that enables you to spend much less time on your phone and more time interacting with the actual people around you.

    Whether you’re that much into fitness is a personal question. I’m not into fitness at all. However: I do like that it sometimes reminds me to get up and move around, since I really _do_ that too rarely nowadays. I’m neither fat nor American, btw., I’m Swiss.

    (And yes, I still enjoy my three very nice automatic Swiss watches. However: They’ll spend much more time on the shelf now.)

  • PatrickArmbruster

    I know you didn’t ask me, but I can tell you my experience so far: I try to turn off all notifications that I can, since I want only important messages to constantly reach me as needed, so I’ve turned off e-mail for the watch for all but my main account and no Twitter or Facebook on my Apple Watch. I basically use it like I would my wristwatch – with some additional phone calls and message-replying. When I come home from work, I charge the watch for about an hour. That’s usually enough to get it back to 100% from ~50-70%. Like this, I can wear it through the night, where it shines as the best alarm clock I’ve had in my life.

  • TTrq01

    Black Cat X
    Me to….”It’s not disposable, it’s evolutive, I’m keeping it.”

    And I’m >60 years old…maybe even older than “old guy” above.  And it remains to be seen what I end up doing with my coveted Swiss timepieces.  If they end up not getting wrist time after using the ? Watch for a year or so, why even keep them.  I’m not opening a museum.

  • microrentals

    A very fundamental issue that Apple Watch is facing is that Apple is thinking in IDs while the user experience is secondary. Apple is looking to dominate the market first, then introduce better versions to further escalate the sale. It worked with the IPhone, might not work with Apple Watch if some other company comes up with a better model.

  • JohnnyVonGriz

    I love Apple products. I love tech. I love watches… I would never wear this. Just so ugly and soulless. I don’t look at it as a watch, but a gadget that happens to tell time.

  • Bob_the_Bitcher

    I love tech and watches – but this is not a watch! It’s another buggy Apple hype.

  • Kimjungill

    I traded some sexual favors for an Apple Watch, so far I really love it.
    Haven’t stopped wearing it, I was really thinking it was a great deal but now I have this rash that itches.

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