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Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data?

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

The Apple Watch Series 3 ushers in a new era of independence for the world’s most popular smartwatch device as it no longer needs to be tethered to a smartphone via Bluetooth in order to fully function. Apple included a direct-to-mobile-network-connection system in the Apple watch that speaks to your mobile carrier in the same way your mobile phone does, using an eSim inside of the Apple Watch Series 3 for LTE communications.

I was traveling in Switzerland during Apple’s September 12, 2017 Apple Watch Series 3 launch event, but a quick trip to Cupertino’s new Apple Park headquarters gave aBlogtoWatch the opportunity to get an inside look at this game-changing smartwatch device which should ultimately delight consumers (though after a period of adjustment and experience related to the new functionality promises of the latest Apple Watch).

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

All images by Ariel Adams

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Now for the tough part. The Apple Watch Series 3 isn’t considered an additional phone line, since it uses the same phone number as your paired iPhone. You still need an iPhone to set up the Apple Watch and perform some tasks. With that said, most everything people want to do with their Apple Watch on a daily basis is easily done without your iPhone being in range of the Apple Watch, since the watch uses WiFi, LTE, GPS, and Bluetooth to communicate with the world around it. The possibilities this makes available for users is exciting. While Apple isn’t the first company to produce a mobile phone-independent smartwatch, its adoption of the functionality more or less communicates to the mainstream public that moving forward, a smartwatch should not be considered a mere accessory to a mobile phone.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Apple Watch Series 3 Has Monthly Data Cost

The privilege of having your watch speak to a mobile network isn’t free, which isn’t surprising but will prove to be a bit controversial since consumers tend to be fatigued with ongoing new monthly bills. While prices will vary by carrier, as well as around the world, at least in the United States the average price per month for your Apple Watch Series 3 to connect to your mobile network and have a data plan is $10 per month.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

I’m not a mobile network specialist, but I do think that it could have been technically possible for these carriers to simply allow consumers to have a choice. Either the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE “borrows” from your phone’s existing data plan, or you can supplement your data plan with additional data to support your watch’s information needs. Rather than go this route by allowing the price hit to be less for users, the mobile network carriers saw the Apple Watch Series 3 as a new revenue source, and proceeded to put a toll in place for users.

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Important note: The Apple Watch Series 3 is a region specific device and does not roam. That means if you are in the United States and your Apple Watch Series 3 is tied to a US carrier, the device will not have access to data when traveling internationally. Likewise, if you have a Apple Watch Series 3 from a different country our understanding is that it will not work if coming to the United States. For now the Apple Watch Series 3’s LTE-connectivity will only work in your region – with the opportunity for Apple and carrier to figure out ways for the Apple Watch Series 3 to work all over the world. For now if you travel with your Apple Watch Series 3 to a place where you mobile carrier doesn’t operate then your Apple Watch simple goes back to pairing with your phone as previous generation models did.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

In this scenario, Apple is in a sense put in a precarious situation between the carriers it works closely with, and its consumers. No doubt Apple would have been more than happy to report to consumers that having an LTE-connected Apple Watch didn’t cost them anything extra. Carriers are now used to their customers adding supplementary data plans on their main account to support a slew of non-phone devices which use mobile network data. Apple users will of course think of iPads, which have models capable of speaking directly to mobile networks. With that said, I am pretty sure that data I saw indicated most iPad users prefer connecting it via WiFi rather than LTE.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Consumers Will Allow New Costs To Justify Themselves

The Apple Watch, however, is something very different than an iPad, and possibly presents a better case than most devices for adding a supplemental data plan to your already existing monthly data. If you use an Apple Watch Series 3 as the people at Apple intend, you’ll be making good use of that supplemental data each month for things such as music, maps, and messaging while you are taking a break from having devices in your pockets. The utility of a phone-free smartwatch is real, but the question is how long will it take consumers to realize it?

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

I don’t think it would be unfair to characterize most consumers as being practical when it comes to ongoing monthly bills for things such as data. Your typical person will likely not realize that the Apple Watch Series 3 has an additional data charge prior to purchasing one. Once faced with $10 more per month, I have a feeling most consumers will begrudgingly agree to the new charges, but with the notion in their mind that Apple, the Apple Watch, and their mobile network carrier will have to prove the utility is there after at least a few months of use.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Many tech journalists out there aren’t too happy with the fact that the Apple Watch Series 3 requires more money to do what they feel is mostly what previous generation Apple Watches did while connected with your phone. The value of having a phone-independent Apple Watch has been characterized as “intermittent,” which for many consumers these days is likely accurate. Such an outlook brings up a good point because outside of things such as bathing and exercising, most people have their phones on them all the time. What are all these situations that an LTE-connected smartwatch now makes better or possible, that were not entirely possible when the watch needed to be connected to your phone?

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Future Outlook Of Supplemental Smartwatch Mobile Data Costs

Apple in a sense has a responsibility for helping to prove the value of the Apple Watch Series 3’s new costs – over the first few months consumers face them. It could take three, six, or even twelve months before most consumers seriously ask themselves, is this $10 per month fee even necessary?

Looking into the future, we can see this situation unraveling in a few different ways. In my opinion, the least likely scenario is that LTE-connected smartwatches are a temporary fad, and that consumers not willing to pay extra each month makes them go away in favor of other connectivity options. More likely is that such devices will slowly find more and more reasons for why consumers want to use them, and carriers will respond in one of several ways.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Assuming that the data most users require for their LTE-connected Apple Watch is minimal given “intermittent use,” then carriers might feel comfortable lowering, or outright waiving the extra fees to connect your Apple Watch to your account. It may very well be that a competitive marketplace will simply have your iPhone and Apple Watch share data, since the actual network costs per user might be minimal.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Another scenario is that wearers of LTE-connected Apple Watches and other devices do start to use a lot of data for a variety of tasks away from their smartphones. If this becomes true, and the data use is more than simply background data collection transparent to the user, then fees associated with Apple Watch mobile network data will remain. In this scenario, consumers are likely to be okay with the supplementary data costs because their experiences with a mobile network-connected smartwatch include the benefits of that data.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

What Can Apple Watch Do, For You?

Now comes the good question of exactly how the Apple Watch Series 3 will justify its new data costs. Apple offers a few hints at what consumers will come to love from a phone-independent Apple Watch, but its suggestions are mushy at best for many consumers who simply want their tech toys to covertly make their lives better without additional effort. Is the Apple Watch a device which can simplify your life, offer you more reasons to interact with technology, or simply prove to be a fun, albeit not strictly necessary new piece of entertainment? Only time will tell.

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data? Hands-On

Technology has in many instances made consumer lives progressively more convenient for over 100 years. It has allowed many consumers to reasonably form the expectation that new technology toys will save them time, not ask for more of it. In an era when mobile devices have threatened to soak up all of our free time and even idle attention with endless social media content and notifications, what type of attention bandwidth is even available for a new gadget with its own new world of attention-requiring possibilities?

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  • Pete Pete

    no.

    • To partially answer your question – MB&F makes very cool, although expensive, toys for (grown up) boys. Like all watches these days, we don’t really need them anymore. But we can enjoy them for lots of other reasons. Cheers.

      • Pete Pete

        I’ve no problem with the mb&f on abtw. great toy – and a real clock.

        my point is just, that if little computers are considered watches just because they can (also) tell the time, why aren’t bigger computers (smartphones = smart pocket watches) or pcs (smart desk clocks) covered? they also tell the time. it’s the exact same thing. for the latter ones probably everybody agrees that they’re not watches / clocks. but why the different verdict on the tiny wrist computers? I really don’t get it. still computers, the only difference is the manufacturer calls them a watch. that’s it. with that logic a desktop pc would get covered here as well, if only lenovo officially called it a smart desk clock.

        and with the smart watch logic (a computer with a clock app that you put on your wrist = watch) that’s exactly what it is: a pc is a computer with a clock app which that put on your desk. voila, there’s your smart desk clock.

      • Pete Pete

        the mb&f belongs on abtw. no question about that.

        the smart watch logic is as follows:
        a tiny computer with a strap that can tell the time = (smart) watch

        but then this must be true for desk clocks as well:
        a desktop computer that can tell the time = (smart) desk clock

        somehow desktop pcs never get covered on abtw. why is that? just because apple calls the tiny computer a watch? so if lenovo, apple or any other pc manufacturer calls his newest desktop pc a “smart desk clock”, will it get covered on abtw?

        • Nope – unless they can turn them into cool toys.

          • Ariel Adams

            Plus one for “cool toys” all day long..

          • Pete Pete

            I see. But there isn’t anything cool about the Apple “watch”. Or did I miss something?

          • No, it’s just as uncool as a laptop showing the time. Technically a marvel of electronics but a soulless device and not a proper toy.

    • Ariel Adams

      It is all about variety here and the stuff we like that either straps to your wrist or tells the time (ideally both).

  • Sam Soul

    No.
    Happy with my unsmart watch(es) AND my non-apple smartphone.

    • Right with you.

      • Sam Soul

        😉

    • 200 Fathoms

      My unsmart watch is CRAZY—I can charge it by simply moving my wrist!

      • Sam Soul

        So can I with mine.
        It turned to be a kinda weird pleasure to move my wrist and feel the mouvement (myiota 8245) spin by itself inside my watch… just hope I won’t damage it by doing so!

    • ?mperius ???????

      Hodinkee deactivates comments section every time a religiously long article about how awesome the Series 3 is. Props for ABTW.

  • DeepEye

    no.
    Also, carriers in Europe wont allow this eSim: they dont want to lose control

  • John William Salevurakis

    Make this product good enough that I don’t need to buy ANOTHER one of your products to use it, and I am IN. Until then….I pass.

  • Tea Hound

    1 hour talk time before the battery dies, only EE in the UK, no roaming, major connectivity problems reported including webpage based WiFi authorisation stopping cellular working at all, unclear what the paired phone is used for, and on top of all that idiocy an extra monthly charge. No, it’s not worth it.

  • Marius

    Apple Watch Series 3: Is It Worth $10 Per Month For The Data?

    If you can afford to pay $10 per month, then it’s absolutely worth it.

    On the other hand, if you can’t afford to pay $10 per month, then it’s absolutely not worth it.

    • BNABOD

      I can afford 10 bucks a month and it still isn’t worth it to me at all. Why shall he ask, why? Simple, because it simply looks like dog crap

      • dennis

        It is dog crap, i would rather watch paint dry then read this article.

  • Betteridge’s Law of Headlines:

    Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with the word ‘no’.

    • Kuroji

      First thing I thought of too.

  • $10 is what I pay for LTE data for my Samsung Tab S tablet. Sure I use WiFi most of the time, but I never sweat connectivity since I know the mobile network will seamlessly be there when there is no WiFi. In the greater scheme of what I pay each month for cell phones, land line, cable, Internet, etc. another 10 bucks is not that big a deal. But if that was times 4 lines/phones, then yes I’d pause to think about it.

    Assuming the smartwatch does untether one from a cell phone at least some of the time, it can be a very liberating thing.

    The requirement to have/use an iPhone still makes this a dead deal for me.

    Final thought – the Apple Watch continues to looks like a soulless plastic bar of soap on a strap. If I ever get a smartwatch, it won’t look like this.

  • Tamarillo

    This is not a watch, it is a mini computer on the wrist – enjoy it, it’s a good thing.
    Don’t talk about complications, don’t talk about Rolex or other Manufacturers.

  • Yan Fin

    It would make sense if the article like this will account for actually made calls from device, things like quality of calls, amount of interrupts, battery life. Otherwise I am having hard time to understand the point of 2 page publication. If this is about ROI for $10, the picture of the banknote should be posted.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ve said all am going to say about these things.

    Moving on™

  • Radium head

    Thank you for a two-page smartwatch advertisement I am very happy to be able to get this sites free because of sponsorship like this.. I hope it was a informative good article . Now I’m sitting with my coffee waiting for the reappearance of of the dumb watches cheers to all

  • Ross Diljohn

    Enough with these things here please. I don’t take my time and come here to see apple data movers or any smart ‘watches’ for that matter.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Ariel Adams, Enough. Please.

  • Marius

    I would highly encourage everyone to read Benjamin Clymer`s seminal article on the Apple Watch 3. The article written by The High Priest Of Horology is all-encompasing and makes any other article superfluous. https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/apple-watch-series-3-edition-review

    The High Priest Of Horology concluded that:

    “Apple Watch Series 3 might make your life better – you’ll be less connected to the digital world and more connected with the real world around you.”

    So, what are you waiting for? Have you ordered your Apple Watch 3 already? I know I have. Here is a picture of my iWatch 3 Edition (made from beautiful ceramic) together with the equally seminal Hodinkee Magazine Volume 1 (it includes an article written by none other than John Mayer Lansky). Greatness meets greatness! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24b0fb8512df46fd0d1adf10407c9d61b28bdacf87962acc01440d03b2531554.jpg

    • Tea Hound

      The last thing I want is to be more connected to the real world. Far better things happen in my head.

      • Pete Pete

        that’s why most people are into dive watches and speedmasters. allows us all to feel like jacques cousteau, james bond or an astronaut. forget the real world, it’s all in our heads

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      THANXSSSSSSSSSSS

      • Radium head

        Glad to see you’re still out there and happy kid here having a up vote for the road

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          ” Glad to see you’re still out there and happy kid here having a up vote for the road ”

          You can’t even write a sentence. But you can read and you’re a fan so I am charmed. Have you ordered the new Hodinkee Magazine Volume 1 yet?

          https://shop.hodinkee.com/p

          • Radium head

            No sorry it’s to small for the bird cage & even the cat can’t stand it in his litter box but it might make a great fly swotter

          • Berndt Norten

            He can write just fine. He has at least two personas. With this one, he pretends to be grammatically challenged

          • Radium head

            Hose u callen challenged??????

  • SPITX206

    At a point in time Apple decided that carrying around their phone in one’s pocket or on one’s belt was a great inconvenience. They also decided that having to contort various groups of muscles in order to retrieve their phone from a pocket or belt increased that inconvenience. It is so much easier now to just lift one’s arm and shift one’s eyes to that small device on the wrist.

    Speaking of eyes, will we all develop the “Apple Watch squint”?

  • SuperStrapper

    The title of this article is subjective on any day, and simply contentious to ask here on a good day.

    You’re a subtle troll at times, Ariel. But I bet this article gets 200 comments and attracts folk in other than the same 15 watch autists that are always here.

    • BNABOD

      Hey easy now I am a self proclaimed autist and proud of it 😉

      • SuperStrapper

        I dont remember excluding myself.

    • “Autists” or “shibboleths?” 🙂

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      Originally you wrote “wrist artists”.

      • SuperStrapper
        • Dinkee, H. O.

          I had to give you an up vote. Any time I see my President I have to vote up, so you got me there, frog.

          • SuperStrapper

            I’ll give you 2 upvotes if you leave and never come back. In any form.

            Should look like a sweet deal for you considering we’re just chimps throwing shit at each other to you. And no one will notice you not being here. Literally not one person.

            I’d take it if I were you.

          • Awhh Strapper, aren’t you being a little rough on the Dinkee Man?

          • SuperStrapper

            He is pretty fragile i guess.

  • BNABOD

    One question on what happened to the 1st of the Apple Watch ? Trash? Got to love these things next year Apple Watch numéro 4 making versions 1 to 3 no longer supported in the near term and bound for the land field. We need more trash in the world right w more leaky batteries. I am no tree hugger but there you go

    • funkright

      I still have my original AW Series 1 and it works just fine. I’ve got other auto’s that I rotate it with, it has its purpose.

  • Lurch

    An analogy… There is an express toll lane from Bellevue to Lynnwood, Washington, USA that covers 15 miles of commute. Anyone can use it for a maximum of $10 each way daily. Often it reaches the maximum $10 toll. I see huge numbers of drivers willingly pay this, presumably each work day. I don’t think $10 per month for their Apple Iphone is going to stop them. Making people aware of this charge may satisfy a person’s interest but I think this is a paragraph topic stretched into two pages of material.

  • rainmaker

    If a watch has to be charged every day, then it’s not worth it at all. I already have to charged my mobile phone at least once a day, why bother having another gadget that need charging every day? It becomes a chore for me. My phone does everything and much more, with a bigger screen. If I need a lifestyle watch, it’s a Gshock over this.

  • Norbs K

    It’s not worth. Not in this state at least.
    The market is rushing to sell new garbage every year. Making everything we have now, obsolete within a year. We consume everything in an instant, want more time for everything and we’re still wasting it.
    This so called “watch” doesn’t make you better. It doesn’t make you’re life easier. It doesn’t make you mindful. It doesn’t make you appreciate life more.
    It makes you obsessed with things you really don’t care about. It makes you spend more money and time on things you don’t need and never needed in the first place.

    I was close to buy a smart(ugh)watch, but realised I wouldn’t use not even a fraction of the features it has.

    The more features they pack into it the farther it falls from being a ‘watch’. Of course you wear it on the wrist and the average Joe will call it a smart(ugh)watch, but that’s the only thing this and an actual watch has in common.

    I would be happy if ABTW would stop covering something that doesn’t belong here.
    But if You guys insist still talking about smart(ugh)watches, then why aren’t you talking about the cheap Chinese ones which had micro-sim slots years ago before Cook & Ivy reinvented the already invented.

    Like how You slide over a myriad of other smart(ugh)watches.

    My Seiko 5, my first automatic still works after years and will be working probably when I die. The Apple i(ugh)watch will be landfill in 1 year. Which is better?

    Lets talk about smart(ugh)watches when they can hold a charge for a month minimum; they are water tight for 200m minimum and actually tries to help people instead of showing fitness crap and other useless thing down our throats for money.

    Then we can talk, but still not on this forum. Because that’s a wrist computer and not a smart(ugh)watch. Talk about it on TechCrunch and sites like that.

  • I’m eying this as a new piece of exercise equipment that frees me from having to carry my iPhone out running in the mornings. So here is my answer to the question this articles asks.

    Will it provide me with the same level of signal strength in my area as my phone now receives?

    Will it run Pandora or Spotify in the same manner as my iPhone?

    Will it pair to my earbuds and my phone headset as seamlessly as my iPhone?

    Will it provide me with good heart rate, time, and distance data?

    If yes to these questions, then I would pay $10/month to use it. From an aesthetic perspective, I don’t really care what it looks like. It’s not a watch to me anyway. And I would never use it to replace a mechanical watch.

  • 200 Fathoms

    “Rather than go this route…the mobile network carriers saw the Apple Watch Series 3 as a new revenue source, and proceeded to put a toll in place for users.”

    I for one am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    Has everyone here ordered the amazing Hodinkee Magazine Volume 1 yet? I would highly recommend you preorder now while you can before it sells out!

    https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/hodinkee-magazine-volume-1

    It is as beautiful and timeless as the objects inside. No smart phones are reviewed, I promise! Although I do recommend the series 3 apple, as I was given one for free and wore it a lot and actually know what I’m talking about.

    • Hands90

      Is this real? Like Hodinkee advertising on here?

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        It’s true. A Blog To Watch pays me to post here to drive up views.

        • Radium head

          Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam &
          Spam

    • Norbs K

      Hey Dinkee,

      You are literally violating the Comment Policy.
      Just sayin’

      Promoting yourself. Naughty, naughty.

    • Berndt Norten

      Luciano already told us…

      • Radium head

        Can you believe that he likes the taste of John Myers pearls

      • Kuroji

        I herd they were sold out.

      • Radium head

        Hey buddy you taking the night off

        • Berndt Norten

          Just back from work. I’ll be back in the saddle (again) tomorrow

    • RanchRedneck

      You’re using another watch blog to push your lame attempt at watch journalism? I smell desperation.

  • Ulysses31

    The watch in current form suffers from connectivity issues, dropping LTE connections in favour of more poorly performing wifi networks. This renders LTE almost unusable. It also has abysmal battery life on LTE. Don’t take my word for it, Google it. Apple even admits it.
    Everyone is saying this.

    Don’t buy this watch until the kinks have been worked out; yet another half-baked release from the fruit-peddlers. As a side note – this curvy organic aesthetic may have looked futuristic in the 90s but now it just looks dated and old. It resembles something you might insert in yourself to get pleasure rather than a serious piece of technology.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      How dare you badmouth Apple watch 3! Philistine! Have you not seen my video review???

      https://vimeo.com/234606375

      • Radium head

        Take it easy little fella.resese is almost over and you all can crawl under use rock
        Again

      • Ulysses31

        I sincerely hope you are not really the man I saw in that video. I don’t think I have ever seen a more vacuous, superficial and uninformative review in my life. If that’s the quality of journalism you peddle, you might want to reconsider your day job.

        What I said was true and has been confirmed by reviewers all over the world. I serve the public interest. You only serve yourself.

        • Berndt Norten

          you may be an ambassador to watches in Switzerland or France
          You may gamble with Marius if he gives you the chance
          You may be the middleweight champion of the world
          You may be a blog editor with a long string of John Mayer’s pearls
          ‘Round your neck

          But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
          Yes indeed
          It may be the devil
          It may be ‘The Lord’ (here’s lookin at you BILLy the Kid)
          But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

          Serve them BivBam cheese
          Serve the auction houses
          Serve the Rue du Rhône sleezes
          Gotta serve somebody

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            I’ve had some of John Mayer’s pearls ’round my neck.

          • Radium head

            I wouldn’t take you for the type to be in to Vintage or antique or business for that matter

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            They tasted good, too.

          • Radium head

            Have another ??kid I can see you pull dat Brown String of Pearls out

          • RanchRedneck

            Nothing less than we’d expect

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          That was the best review I have ever given in my life. I put my heart and soul into it and you stomp all over it like that? That’s it, you are hereby banned from Hodinkee. You had it coming and now you’ve been ostracised from the pinnacle of horology. An outcast. How does it feel?

          • Radium head

            Hahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha
            You so funny hahahahah
            Have another couple little puppy

          • Radium head

            I’m truly glad you did your best and that’s all anyone can ask of you .,……..what time does the yellow bus pick you up

          • Ulysses31
          • Sam Soul

            Tutti frutti, oh rutti…

          • RanchRedneck

            Bring it on – I actively avoid clicking on anything which might take me to your site

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            What did you think of my review video? You didn’t have to go to my site to watch it.

          • RanchRedneck

            This did for horology what Donald Trump does for world diplomacy, not in a good way. Nah – seriously – I didn’t watch it – it’s from you which tells me everything I need to know, mainly – ‘don’t waste time watching it’

        • SuperStrapper

          You’re chatting with a 15 year old basement dweller that will never be interesting enough to have his own personality. All of his.. 4? 5? Profiles here are fake and sad, sad in a ‘just push him overboard when no one is looking’ kinda way.

        • RanchRedneck

          Hodinkee will do whatever they need to if it means sucking up to the watch companies

    • Radium head

      No worries he’s is a type of guy that the sound of his own voice gives him wood

      • Berndt Norten

        Where’s Mapston?

        • Radium head

          Not sure been away

          • Berndt Norten

            I wrote a ditty below

          • Radium head

            I just read it it was good

        • Mapston

          My dad’s having some bad health problems so I had to drive out to NJ. Haven’t had a lot of time and haven’t really been in a good mood.

  • Ranchracer

    There’s a MUCH easier way to disconnect. Turn off the ringer and put the phone in the other room! Or in the briefcase, glovebox, whatever. The idea that humans need another piece of tech in order to disconnect from tech is ludicrous.

    As an aside, Apple’s jab at the watch industry by announcing that they now sell more “watches” than Rolex was absurd and insulting. This thing is NOT a watch. I don’t know a single person who owns one that actually uses it to check the time. It’s a wearable data device. Or in my case, the free one I got from work ended up being a bedside clock for awhile, and then eventually relegated to the junk drawer for good.

    Oh, and a watch on both wrists just looks silly Ariel. Don’t do it.

  • Shinytoys

    Yes, I would have to say that the fee is worth the data…what choice do you have if you want the data package…Picket with a sign on your chest? Verizon charges $30.00 at upgrade time “Just Because”…no rhyme or reason, just for the pleasure of being under the Verizon flag. And I eat it everytime…

    • c’est la vie…. I had to purchase 1,000 miles from American yesterday (haven’t flown with them in a while), to hang onto the 100K+ I have accumulated. The miles cost me $29.50, the service charge on the transaction was $30.00.

  • Vic

    What it sounds like to me is Ariel is looking for a Dick Tracy watch 🙂

    Regardless, I will not consider any smart watch for now as a replacement for my mechanical watch. The requirement to recharge every night is a deal breaker for me.

    The only thing I considered about getting this watch was to use it for the gym, particularly for the heart rate feature + playing music off storage. However, the more I think about it, it’s pretty important to have an accessible phone near me especially in NYC.

  • Norbs K

    OK, let’s try this again as my previous comment was flagged as spam.
    The short answer is: it’s not worth it.
    The battery life is terrible. Sure you have a high tech stuff on your wrist, but good luck listening to music and making a couple of calls during the day without packing an extra huge 10000mAh battery for it.
    And whilst you’re there you could have had your phone with you instead of a smaller, dumber version of your phone + extra battery.

    I understand it’s hype, it’s new and everything that comes with tech. I’m a geek myself. Love everything that is powered with electricity. Yes, even my toaster, it’s an awesome piece of tech.

    Also the more stuff they pack in it, the less of a watch it becomes. It’s a smaller version of the iPhone with a strap to wear it on your wrist. It is not a watch, regardless having “watch” in the name. So please stop covering it. It belongs on TechCrunch and all the other sites.
    By the way, my oven can tell you the time. It’s a bit bulky, a bit greasy, but you know, it works. Can I write a review for it to be on the blog?

    Also I like how we treat this as something awesome, whilst ebay and amazon is full of cheap Chinese smartwatches with micro-sim slot , camera etc… Of course it’s inferior in quality, but still… you know what I mean.
    What about those? Haven’t seen one on ABTW.

    My Seiko 5 was a fraction of the price compared to the iWatch. That automatic timepiece will run even after I’m dead. This iWatch 3 will be landfill after a year.

    There is absolutely no reason to buy this one compared to the others, or the ones coming out in the near future as it will be obsolete next year. I would advise to wait a bit longer. Maybe 10 years or so, when the battery tech finally catches up with everything else.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    No wonder I don’t frequent this place and drive up views much any more. You really must consider a registered commenter set up like I put on Hodinkee. I punt people all the time. Without it, looking around your other stories and comments, ABTW looks like this to somebody who drops by:

    https://youtu.be/H7YVtQZs8mY

    • Norbs K

      What a load of rubbish!
      Those monkeys aren’t wearing any wristwatches. AT least one of them should have Rolex or a Zenith on them.

      But doesn’t matter really, as long as you have such loyal readers s yourself truly.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        ABTW readers typically wear Seiko 5’s and Chinese knock-offs, while dreaming of their next Kickstarter watch purchase.

        • Norbs K

          I am humbled by your knowledge and keen eye for detail.
          It must have been hard work to get all that information by reading all my comments in one sitting.

          You are a true gentleman and a hero.
          No one dedicate so much of his/hers time for me as you did, good sir.

          From this moment on I should strive to satisfy your need for quality comments and shall deliver!
          Don’t want to disappoint my one-man-fan-base.

    • SuperStrapper

      I’d post a video of what hodinkee looks like to someone new stopping by but YouTube doesn’t have any vids of paint drying.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        What is your identity on Hodinkee? I’m going to ban you for that.

        • SuperStrapper

          Skeledink, O. H.

    • RanchRedneck

      Hodinkee is the most toe-curling sucking-up watch blog of them all. You are so sycophantic and obsequious to all the watch companies – it’s nauseating. When scrolling through the latest watch blogs on Watchville, if I see anything by Hodinkee I will NEVER click the link to open the article. It’s always “Hi, we’re Hodinkee, we’ll say anything to keep in with the watch companies, we’re so desperate for the love”. The fact that you delete any post from your forums which dares criticize any watch company tells us all we need to know about your ingratiating style.

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        How dare you! You should feel privileged to know that a genuine unpaid Hodinkee intern who was enslaved by an editor hand-picked by moi, took the time to glance at your post! And even then did a couple of key strokes to obliterate your opinion from the world. You are welcome, RanchRedneck!

        • RanchRedneck

          QED – ingratiating sycophant

          • Berndt Norten

            Um… do you really believe Ben Clymer is speaking here?!

          • RanchRedneck

            Um

          • Berndt Norten

            Om

  • mtnsicl

    Apple needs to hook up with a case maker and make a beautiful case for this smart watch. It’s just so ugly, cold and soulless that I would never buy this, no matter what it can do and at any price, not even for free.

    • SuperStrapper

      Apparantly they worked with ikepod originally, which does do some through on their wrist blob approach.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Don’t care much (at least now) for the iWatch, but to answer the question, I think it is overpriced because that is what most big carriers here in the US charge for the iPad, and that one uses more data than the watch. So I guess it should be in the $3-5 dollars range, as it is not going to be used as intensely as the iPad. In other words, the carriers got greedy, and might slow down the roll out of the 3.

  • Mark1884

    Garbage.
    NEXT……….>

  • Jason Mirabello

    its not a watch, its a Gadget

  • TrevorXM

    What kind of an idiotic dork would wear this incredibly ugly blob-box sub-par phone on their wrist and call it a watch? You would have to be a completely soulless and empty twit without any sense of wonder or imagination — under complete control as a drone for a massive megacorporation all too happy to fleece you again next year with iWatch 4 next year.

    • Kuroji

      Stephen Colbert

  • Only if you don’t have a Cellphone =p

  • Kuroji

    Willpower is one word.

  • Sunny

    On one hand I think it’s an amazing product. On the other hand so many people have one. Independent connectivity is a game changer but I feel like $10 month is a total rip off. If you keep it at $10 per month for 2 years it really costs you 2x the price of the non-LTE watch. Plus there is no reason for carriers to charge this extra $10.

    That extra $340 for 2 years means I wouldn’t get one. For $100 extra I think it’s worth it. I can see regular runners getting use out of one. For most other people the convenience of going out without your phone in your pocket is probably not going to be worth it. For watch folks who don’t run it really doesn’t make much sense at all.

    I think Apple is going to have to start putting pressure on the carriers. For people who travel a lot they will be super annoyed it won’t work overseas. For the middle class the $10 per month extra to connect for data they are already paying for will be really annoying. These are the two narratives that don’t fit with Apple’s narrative.

    I think a lot of people are going to get this. Then they will see it everywhere on everyone else’s wrist (because you really notice something someone else has that you have). Then they are going to go buy a real watch and go back to their phone (which they will probably use less). If carriers drop the extra $10 a month (and I think 1 will and the others will follow) most of these people will just keep wearing the watch.

  • funkright

    Great read. Love the perspective. Still using my OG AW intermittently, will probably pick this one up. BTW what watch face is this? Can’t find it on my, now upgraded to the newest OS, AW S1. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f735a2b8f4b3e3dd1476ce5706c3e1102af7e452f16e99dde216ec1672c73581.jpg

  • AW

    One important point: Apple Watch LTE doesn’t work if your paired phone is turned off or has no reception!!! All they did is extend the use of usual Bluetooth connection over LTE. You also cannot make/receive calls if not in LTE range. Last time I saw something as clunky was the only Blackberry tablet. It’s designed by (and for) rich Silicon Valley assholes that never stray from the umbrella of always online.

  • PR

    I don’t think anyone needs this series 3 update other than surfer lady.

  • rakesh meslogic

    was tired asking for people on how to do setup my apple watch. Here is where I got all my questions answered – http://www.google.com – The best facilitator I ever met.

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