“I’ve never spent more than $200 on a watch. Over the course of my life, most of my timepieces have been made by Timex, with an emphasis on function over form,” Blair Hanley Frank writes for GeekWire. “And yet here I am, getting ready to plunk down $700 on an Apple Watch when it becomes available for pre-order on April 10.”
“My Pebble helps keep my fear of missing out in check, keeping my phone in my pocket, and letting me discreetly check notifications when the opportunity presents itself without having to light up my iPhone 6’s massive screen,” Frank writes. “So why not just stick with my Pebble?”
“Siri has come a long way since the iPhone 4S days, when Apple’s virtual assistant was arguably closer to a novelty than an actually useful assistant,” Frank writes. “These days, I find the system to be remarkably accurate and very responsive, especially with the addition of real-time dictation feedback in iOS 8. Having all of that literally on hand throughout the day will be a boon to my productivity.”
MacDailyNews Take: This is something that really doesn’t get said enough: Siri has made remarkable strides. Siri works now, right out of the box, and it only gets better the more you use it. If you gave up on Siri in the early days, you should revisit Siri today. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
“As a current Pebble owner, I know how powerful it is to view content from third-party apps on my wrist,” Frank writes. “With the Apple Watch and WatchKit, I’m looking forward to getting even more of that, since it should be easier for developers to monetize their experiences for the Apple Watch.”
MacDailyNews Take: You can count on much more of that, Blair – magnitudes more.
“While most of my reasons for being interested in the Apple Watch have to do with its functionality, I’d be remiss to leave out the device’s design,” Frank writes. “To my eye, it’s the best-looking of the current crop of smartwatches. That’s not a high bar to clear, but it looks like the sort of device I’ll be happy to have on my wrist.”
MacDailyNews Take: Jony Ive strikes again!
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