“Last Friday, some 227 days after the Apple Watch made its first public appearance, UPS knocked on my door and asked me to sign for a package. Inside was the 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport edition, the least expensive of three different models,” Jason Cipriani writes for Fortune. “Despite my order status initially showing an estimated ship date for end of May, it somehow arrived on launch day.”

“Later in the day I began installing applications on the watch: First was a weather app called Dark Sky, followed by Starbucks and Deliveries, an app that tracks packages around the world. I picked these apps because I use them regularly on my iPhone and each one offers the coveted Glance integration,” Cipriani writes. “Although the watch’s apps are an amazing added feature they were far from perfect; third-party applications were unpredictably slow and I was often forced to wait for them (or Glances) to load during my first week with the product. Sometimes an app would launch in seconds ready for use, while other times I was left waiting upwards of a minute. Apple’s own native applications (such as Mail, Stocks, or Weather) always launched almost instantly.”

MacDailyNews Take: Native third-party apps for Apple Watch are coming later this year.

“In short, third-party apps have a long way to go before living up to their potential, although developers can’t be blamed for any current shortfalls. Apple has yet to allow developers the ability to create smartwatch-specific apps,” Cipriani writes. “The gadget’s current ones are treated like the same version of what is found on the iPhone and relies on bits and pieces of information being sent from a smartphone to the watch. This need to push and pull information between the two devices led to many of the delays I experienced.”

MacDailyNews Take: Developers can’t be blamed, nor can the Watch.

“I’ve yet to see the battery dip below 30 percent after a 20 hour day full of tasks that included flight updates, navigation, weather forecasts, emails, Twitter, and music playback via my iPhone,” Cipriani writes. “Apple’s first wearable offers the best smartwatch experience, but third-party apps need a speed boost.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch offers the only smartwatch experience. All others are stupidwatches in comparison.

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