Apple Watch owners shame so-called professional reviewers

“The Apple Watch has finally been delivered to some of Apple’s customers, and many of them have been sharing their thoughts about the watch on the Apple Watch subreddit, and in the MacRumors forum,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO. “I’ve found the comments by Apple Watch owners much more interesting and informative than some of the so-called ‘professional’ reviews that nit-picked the Apple Watch or failed to put it into the context of everyday living.”

“Apple Watch users have thankfully been quite forthcoming about the pros and cons of the new device, and they’ve also been very clear about how well it fits into their daily routines,” Lynch writes. “Their voices have become a helpful counterweight to the Negative Neds and Negative Nellies in the tech media echo chamber.”

“So here’s a smattering of owner reviews of the Apple Watch for you to enjoy,” Lynch writes. “I’ve also added some comments of my own after each quote.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Many so-called pro reviewers have ulterior motives, preconceived notions, and built up biases that tend to cloud and confuse their reviews. The best reviews describe how the product works for the user in everyday life and this is what you get from actual users, especially early adopters.

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18 Comments

    1. Remember some of us are waiting for your review. Countdowns are so much fun. I hope you are as excited as the rest of the new watch owners seem to be.

  1. I think many so-called professional reviewers are so terrified of being called an Apple fanboy that they go out of their way to trump up anything negative.

    I also think so many so-called professional reviewers are so short-sighted that they can’t see how revolutionary this technology will be. They say things like “nobody needs a smart watch” and “it doesn’t do anything I can’t do with my smart phone” and “it will be a niche product that only appeals to Apple fanboys.” Basically the same shit they said about the iPod, iPhone and iPad. People this stupid and short-sighted have no business writing about technology, since they apparently can’t project further than two weeks into the future.

    1. Also, being a contrarian is a quick and easy way to look like the smartest guy in the room, if only briefly. The Apple Watch looks like an unqualified success? Smugly announce that you know it will flop, and here’s why! Instant attention!

      ——RM

      1. there are 2 kinds of contrarians; those who find fault as a default, and those who look at things with uncommon wisdom. being a card carrying proponent of the latter, i would submit that sometimes the smartest person in the room is the contrarian who is smug in seeing how stupid everyone else in he room is and just smiles.

        one thing the internet does is making yourself look stupid easy and flooding the virtual airwaves with trash. finding real information is sometimes the biggest challenge. before the internet it was hard to make yourself hear. write a book and get it published, prove yourself with years of toil to get a TV or radio show. today you just need an IP address. whether getting anyone who matters to listen to you is another matter.

  2. Dammit dammit dammit. I keep telling myself I’m not getting one of these things this year. And then I read this article. ARGH! The difficulty of obtaining one is restraining me for now, but eventually they’re going to be in stock at every store and I just know I won’t be able to help myself.

    ——RM

  3. The “Pro” reviews are mostly paid negative reviews. Samscum, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are probably writing many checks for these reviews.

    I have always liked the average user review because you will see all sides of the product and many times, functions that others would have overlooked or just did not know about.

    1. Now botty, just because your time out and your grounding is over doesn’t mean that you can resume bothering the nice people. Be respectful of others now.

  4. I am having problem sourcing out all thes so-called bad reviews.

    Although I found a couple, they weren’t really done by professionals. Or anyone I would respect.

    Even most of the analysts were predicting favorable results.

  5. Online bloggers are a close knit community. Heck Bloomberg’s, the WSJ’s and the verge’s tech reviewers we all coleages at engaget. It is as close to a fully enclosed echo chamber as it gets. It seems that the few reviewers biggest fans and most hardcore readers are other bloggers. The even love to self mention what “the opinion” is. They love to smell each other’s farts.
    Remember all the echo chamber gafaws about how silly fablets were? How unnecessary the bigger just a big iPhone was? How “difficult” the iWatch is was and how they couldn’t find a reason for it to exist.
    Not only that, but once they “the opinion” decides something, a selection of their readers call it bible. Tech bloggers who know just as much as you and I, except they have to tow a line as to not upset their advertisers, the very ones who’s products and product launch invitations and privileges derive from.

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