“As a self-confessed gadget fan, I have to admit, I’ve been excited about the Apple Watch ever since the hype started,” Kevin Linsell writes for BetaNews. “I’m no Apple Addict (only started using an iPhone 18 months ago, have never purchased music from iTunes and I don’t own a Mac) however I ordered the Apple Watch two minutes after the advance ordering opened… And now it has arrived — so the question is, does it live up to my expectations?”

“As you might expect, first impressions are excellent. The presentation is impressive, everything is neat and feels reassuringly expensive,” Linsell writes. “The watch is smaller and lighter than I had imagined. The screen is also bright and clear. The quality of the build is of course, superb.”

“The biggest test of the Apple Watch was always going to be my wife’s verdict — would this be yet another pointless gadget or something she would also desire?” Linsell writes. “The verdict is in — a 38mm Apple Watch Sport has been ordered!”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Linsell mentions the current inability of Apple Watch to respond to emails and that is also one of our biggest wishes for Watch OS 1.1. That’s perhaps the most glaring case where it seems like Apple simply ran out of time. Even so, just having the ability to delete email via Apple Watch is a tremendous timesaver. We expect and hope Apple to flesh out Apple Watch’s email capabilities ASAP.

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