Thurrott: I don’t have an Apple Watch, but I recommend that you don’t buy one

“I don’t have an Apple Watch yet. I’ve ordered one, and through some combination of demand and short supply, I probably won’t see it until sometime in June,” Paul Thurrott blogs for something oh-so-humbly called Thurrott. “But I’m only getting the Watch because I need to stay up on what Apple is doing — and what Microsoft is doing on Apple’s platforms — and I don’t recommend that readers waste money on this first generation gadget. And that’s because you don’t need to see or own an Apple Watch to understand its many deficiencies.”

Thurrott writes, “What amazes me most about Apple Watch is the free press Apple gets for creating something with so many problems. Consider the article ‘Apple Watch Has Landed — Here’s What You Need to Know,’ which I saw on the front page of the digital edition of The New York Times last week. Here are the several points ‘you need to know.'”

• The Watch may take some time to understand
• You run Apple Watch apps with an iPhone
• A few stores are selling the Watch
• The Apple Watch is something you should probably try before buying
• Apple Watch comes in different flavors

“It’s not intuitive, because you really need to train yourself to use it. It’s not simple to buy, and for a wide variety of reasons. It’s not obviously better than anything else in the market. And yet here’s the New York Times, and others, simply overlooking this nonsense and giving you all the information you need to just plow ahead, throw several hundred dollars at Apple anyway, and take up your valuable times — days of it — to learn how to use something you don’t even need,” Thurrott writes. “This bothers me… I could save myself $400 — as I recommend you do — and just skip it.”

Full article — via DoNotLinkhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Paul Thurrott “logic” as follows:

I don’t have an Apple Watch. I’ve never used one, or even touched one, but I’ve seen pictures and, even more importantly, I read a single New York Times article — the same New York Times, by the way, that in my very next breath I accuse of blatant bias — and that article recommends trying something before buying (but obviously, not before recommending against buying – wink, wink, batshit-crazy-assed stare), plus I used to have a bunch of domain names focused on Windows, but those really hit the skids, thanks to those sonuvabitches at Apple, so I’ve pretty much dropped the “Windows” schtick, and narcissistically registered my own name ostensibly as a place to discuss “tech” but which is really devoted to spreading my irrational, illogical, nonsensical anti-Apple hatred, even though without Apple, there would be no fscking Microsoft upon whose teats I’ve been sucking for well over a decade until they dried up into rock-hard, profitless nubs, so don’t buy an Apple Watch because, arrgghh, I really just hate Apple’s guts and they always win and they’ve thoroughly shamed Microsoft and, uh, The New York Times… and, and, and I’ve been suffering with upside-down and backwards pretend Macs, fake iPhones, and various iPad roadkill for so long that I can’t remember the last sane thought I had, if I ever did, so just skip Apple Watch, m’kay?


  1. He sounds just like Leo Laporte has become. Leo used to be great and after Apple pretty much banned him from their events, he’s been whining about Apple. Yesterday on his radio show he essentially called the watch “An ok pedomiter and that’s it.” (Paraphrasing, but that was his review.) He said it’s not good and pointless and doesn’t do anything. That’s so dumb. He sounds dumb just like Thurrott sounds dumb. Do you need the watch? Nope. Do you need a cell phone? Nope. These ‘reviewers’ are becoming worthless.

      1. I stopped listening to live shows several months back. Blind Apple sell it but just getting kind of ridiculous. Even Macbreak Weekly. Week after week, Leo talked about how he loved his Android phone and just wouldn’t recommend the iPhone. Andy Ihnatko was asking guests what it would take for them to give up their Apple products. Oddly the guests weren’t willing to.

        The shows were bizarre. I was a big fan of Leo and TWiT. I never expected them to be Apple sycophants. On the contrary, I enjoyed listening to more encompassing tech news. But it was all too much. It would be one thing if Apple were really on the ropes with crummy products. Instead, at this point, I pretty much proven that there are at the top of their game overall.

    1. Leo has become a disgruntled, biased cry baby !

      He Is being and idiot for acting the way he does…..its so easy to pickup his bitterness and bias … It discredits him .
      He is shooting himself in his own foot !

      I even bothered writing him about his attitude… No response !

    2. Mr. Laporte is totally into his cheese wheel Motorola Moto 360 watch. I believe he ordered an Watch but has never had his hands on one and has obviously not researched it adequately.

      IOW: Uninformed opinion.

      1. Give Paul Thurrott (I think it’s pronounced thorough rot,) a break. He’s sitting all alone in a room of his apartment, eating crackers with fake cheese spread on them; farting noxiously and inhaling the stenchy fumes. Imagine getting high off your own noxious farts, day after day, it’s enough to rot anyone’s brain. He’s obviously reaching out, hoping someone will rescue him from his self imposed Hell, before going completely insane.

        Sorry Paul, help is not on the way. Especially not from anyone at MDN. But I’ll stick up for you and say, you are not a complete idiot, (but you’re well on your way to becoming one.). 🖖😀⌚️

    3. MBW used to a good show and occasionally it is, but their eagerness to be balanced spoils it.

      It used to be actually funny, now it’s getting very predictable.

      Leo does zero, and I mean zero research for the show, asking guests if ‘they’ve got any Apple news’.

      You then usually get Inakhto’s 500 word, ‘I used to use an iPhone but now I don’t’, apology for Samsung.

      Listen to the CultCast – it’s miles better and is genuinely entertaining.

  2. Not as a defense, but Thurrott is not an idiot, and I notice his bias. (my first thoughts) – He is not basing an opinion on simply NYT, but more on past love I would think.

    If you are basing your buying decision, based on what NYT says, then maybe gen 1 Apple watch, is not for you. I think that’s what he’s saying. He knows he has to have one, though, he can’t go out and say he “likes” it, because then he would read as a hypocrite. This is just an impression.

  3. So he blasts people for ordering an Watch without first trying one on, and yet he did exactly the same thing, then he writes about how it’s such a stupid thing to do.

    Yup, typical Thurrott article.

      1. You say like his review hasn’t already been written. He’s buying it so he can say that he did.

        His current objection is that he can’t figure it out in two minutes. I can think of many worthwhile things in my life that also took a little of time to understand.

        1. I’m not saying he’s not an idiot, or his opinions are worthless, just that he’s not being hypocritical. He purchased the Apple Watch, not as a consumer so Bizlaw’s comment is invalid.

          1. You’re right about that. I was more addressing the second part of your comment. He’s not buying one to review it. The watch could spit out gold coins every night and he’d still publish a predetermined negative review. That’s his “career”.

            1. Kevicosuave: He is buying an watch as a consumer, Apple didn’t send him one for review. So Paul had to order one, and now he’s whining. He’s miserable, and wants others to be as miserable as he is. 🖖😀⌚️

            2. No, he’s not buying an Apple Watch as a consumer. Sure, he pulled out his credit card and ordered one online, but that has nothing to do with anything. His reasoning for purchasing the Apple Watch is to “review” it (and yes, I use that term as loosely as can by applied). He has no intention of actually using the Apple Watch for any reason whatsoever other than to write about it. Likewise, his point of being critical about consumers purchasing it before having hands on experience with it doesn’t apply to anyone else who would be buying it for reasons other than to use it as intended as a consumer device, i.e., he wouldn’t be critical of any other person purchasing it to write about.

              Also, what the hell is an watch? Show Ive et al some respect, and note that Apple has never once written it that way (or for that matter used it in a graphic like that).

            3. I’m as much a reviewer as Paul is, for that matter, so is anyone that blogs about their watch experience. Apple sent watches to tech writers to review; Paul was not one of them. His complaints were written without having ever worn and used an watch. He didn’t have one to review, it’s all speculation. 🖖😀⌚️

            4. You’re acting like as if Thurrott didn’t acknowledge that it was speculation. His first sentences is, “I don’t have an Apple Watch yet.”

              Like it or not, Thurrott makes a (pretty decent) living as a writer. I disagree with him most of the time. And I disagreed with what he wrote about the Apple Watch before I got mine, and still disagree after receiving mine.


              Criticizing him for being hypocritical is an invalid argument. Because he’s not recommending that people don’t buy the Apple Watch to review, analyze, blog, produce segments, develop for, or anything else other than to buy it as a consumer for consumer use as the product is intended.

              While I thoroughly disagree with his argument (obviously since I purchased one myself), it doesn’t discount the idea that he’s not being hypocritical.

              Furthermore, it’s not terribly difficult to get your hands on review units from Apple. I did this for many years for TV segment reviews and later web reviews. Apple is extremely accommodating for this, and I can’t imagine someone like Thurrott having a difficult time receiving a review unit.

              That said, it’s not uncommon at all for reviewers to purchase their own units for reviews. See Consumer Reports. This is done often to mimic the consumer experience, to avoid appearing biased toward only those companies that send units, or to not deal with some of the hassles involved in review units (often they’re pre-production, or have been abused by the previous reviewer).

              Again, there’s a lot to be critical of in terms of Thurrott’s “pre-review”, but criticizing him for being hypocritical because he’s ordered one to further write about is about as silly as thinking watch isn’t an abhorrent bastardization of Apple branding.

      2. Why does he need to buy one to review it? Is it possible that owning one will result in learning something different to what could be learned in the abstract? If it is, then why deny that possibility to others?

  4. He is an unimaginative idiot.

    I have had mine for 2 days… Its super practical , and addicting!
    When i take it off i feel a void….. Feels incomplete…….
    And its not hard to learn at all.. Give it a good one hour and u will be well on your way !

    Thus guy has zero clue about what he is talking about !

  5. Paul, please keep purchasing one of everything Apple makes just to keep on the cutting edge. Also, keep purchase one of everything Microsoft sells. “For as long as it takes.” You’re filling a void here at MDN.

  6. But I’m only getting the Watch because I need to stay up on what Apple is doing.

    No you don’t. Give the planet a break and just ignore Apple. OK? Think you can manage that Paul? We’ll thank you for keeping your moronicity elsewhere. (o_O)

        1. We may have two factions of loons or paid trolls. I watched them go *ding* crazy on the Chinese fraud/fake Watch article. But yesterday I watched them go *ding*a*ling* on articles critical of ScamScum. Or maybe it’s just some juvenile AndrRhoid fandroid cult. It certainly is amusing to watch. Entirely pointless of them to bother, of course. But they provide entertainment. 😆 (o_0)

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