“I’ve learned not to trust my first impressions, I recall my first mistaken views of the iPod (not a chance in a commoditized MP3 player market), Windows Vista (great UI, much better than Windows XP), or the iPad (disappointing, can’t do what a Mac does…),” Jean-Louis Gassée writes for Monday Note. “As a result, I now prefer taking the time to let a Third Impression sink in; with a little luck, it will be close enough to real people’s Word of Mouth, the irreplaceable success/failure factor, more powerful than any marketing campaign.”

“After 5 weeks, I find my new Sport Apple Watch well-made, useful and pleasant. I think it’ll be very successful and place Apple in an enviable position in the emerging Smartwatch category,” Gassée writes. “These bugs and shortcomings don’t manage to detract from my overall Third Impression: The Apple Watch is a useful and pleasant device, one that uses the iPhone in my pocket to provide on my wrist a customized and well-structured set of data and functions – including a nice Apple Pay implementation.”

“And I can’t help remember the first iPhone eight years ago: No native apps, no cut-and-paste, no accented characters, so-so call quality, short battery life,” Gassée writes. “Compared to the 2007 device, the Apple Watch, with its array of models and bands, shows deep thought and quality execution.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Native third-party apps are coming, as are new Watch apps from Apple, and they will be game-changers for Apple Watch.

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