What makes the Apple Watch so great

“In the five or so weeks that I’ve had my Apple Watch, it has changed my life in a far more measurable way than any other Apple device was able to do in such a short amount of time,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “In a sense, it’s taken me back to a time when my iPhone hadn’t yet taken over my consciousness, and I wouldn’t want to give it back for anything else Apple may have in its pipeline. ”

“With my Apple Watch I want it to be as simple as possible. I have plenty of apps installed, but if they don’t have an accompanying Glance I rarely refer to them,” Simon writes. “Apple Watch is a conduit, not just to my iPhone, but to the world around me… [The concept of Digital Touch] is central to what Apple is trying to achieve with Apple Watch. It’s not about replacing your phone or even leaving it in your pocket — it’s about using technology to stay more connected, not just through simple or multimedia messages, but through real digital contact. And that concept seems to be lost on many.”

“I can’t imagine not wearing it for a week or even forgetting to put it on when I leave the house — and that’s without using the fitness end of it much at all — but I can also understand how people are confused by it,” Simon writes. “It can be strange to have a product that excels at doing so little. Each time I read another article deriding Apple Watch for its dearth of features or general lack of purpose, I’m not surprised — we’ve been conditioned to judge products on how much they do, and the Apple Watch is a clear departure from that.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: With Apple Watch, as with the Mac, it’s the whole experience. It’s indescribable, yet indescribably better with an Apple Watch on your wrist than without it.

A list of benefits simply doesn’t do it justice – and that list is different for everyone. You really have to set up an Apple Watch and use it yourself in order to understand. It’s Apple’s most personal device ever, after all. Without integrating it into your daily life, you just can’t fathom how useful it is.

To the vast majority of current Apple Watch naysayers: You don’t get it, yet.

But that’s okay, you will.

You’ll be wearing an Apple Watch (or, for the irrational anti-Apple types, some bad, patent-infringing knockoff that you wrongly and laughably claim is “as good as” the real thing) sooner than later. Watch and see.

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The Inquirer reviews Apple Watch: ‘Undoubtedly the best smartwatch’ – June 26, 2015
Newt Gingrich reviews Apple Watch: ‘Very helpful and surprisingly natural’ – June 19, 2015
One month with my Apple Watch: Why I’m loving it – June 17, 2015
Dalrymple reviews Apple Watch: ‘My most personal review ever’ – June 16, 2015
Apple Watch: 45 days later – June 8, 2015
Computerworld’s deep-dive Apple Watch review: ‘After a month of use: Very positive’ – June 8, 2015
Living with Apple Watch: One month in – June 3, 2015
Apple Watch: The early adopter’s take – June 1, 2015
Jean-Louis Gassée: Five weeks with Apple Watch – May 31, 2015
Ben Thompson: Apple Watch is being serially underestimated – May 20, 2015
BGR reviews Apple Watch: ‘A major technological achievement; you won’t want to take it off’ – May 7, 2015
The Telegraph reviews Apple Watch: Object of desire – May 7, 2015
Cult of Mac reviews Apple Watch: ‘Futuristic, fun and fan-flipping-tastic’ – April 28, 2015
PC Magazine reviews Apple Watch: ‘The best smartwatch available’ – April 28, 2015
Apple Watch owners shame so-called professional reviewers – April 27, 2015
Tech.pinions’ Ben Bajarin reviews Apple Watch: ‘Powerful’ and ‘completely new’ – April 8, 2015


  1. Why would any anyone let their phone take over their consciousness? Apple Watch is geek wear. After this initial period of enthusiasm (let’s call it a year), Apple Watch (and the copy cats which are sure to follow) will become passé, and worse, the object of ridicule. Watch and see.

    1. Strange, that. Reminds me of something in the past… yehhhh. Numerous posts along the lines of…

      “iPhone is geek gear. It’s a overpriced toy and of no use for real work. After this initial period of enthusiasm (let’s call it a year), the iPhone (and the copy cats which are sure to follow) will become passé, and worse, the object of ridicule.”

  2. Propaganda, but maybe somebody at Apple will remember his name.

    The Apple Watch will be a relative failure for the company, but a success by anybody else’s standard.

    Apple lost me when they decided to sell a $10,000 version of the watch. It was their way of showing the luxury watch companies they could charge that much, too, but their device will be obsolete faster than anything they make.

    1. Oh thats right, very astute of you……. “I won’t buy a Apple product that is worth $10K for a measly $350”. Kind of like these dimwits who go over the rails because Apple “might” sell a 16GB version of a phone.

  3. The  Watch is the quintessential expression of the Apple design ethos. Proceed from point A to point B in the least complex way possible. Not everything about the watch accomplishes that but a product that you wear on your wrist demands that. It is very unforgiving to anyone who tries to waver from that ideal be it the designers or users.

  4. The Apple Watch has given fanboys a reason to live. Apple Watch users are the geek equivalent of baby seals and humpback whales.

    The rest of society can live without it as they have for millennia.

    1. People said the same thing about computers and cell phones. In 1995 I was telling my Dad that you needed a computer to go to college and would soon need one for high school; his response was “I didn’t need one”. I said “That’s because no one else had one”. Then he got it. For millennia no one has had a smartphone. However it is the fastest adapted technology in history. Age, gender, geography, and education have made no difference. Even wealth, middle class in developing countries have smartphones. The biggest barrier is the type of government, someone like Kim of North Korea. IBM already has apps for Apple Watch, and they have only been selling Apple products for a year. Welcome to the new millennium.

  5. Michael Simon has summed up my experience with the Watch.

    Franklin: “Why would anyone let their phone take over their consciousness?” I think you are a person who doesn’t like technology. Someone who buys the cheapest computer because all they do is email and surf the web. They don’t try to do anything else with it because they have never taken the time to learn. Same with the phone. In about three years you will be bitching you can’t get a regular cell phone. FYI Google One just put the death nail on them so be prepared. Don’t worry, there are a lot of people like you. This has nothing to do with age; I live around a lot of retired people and some are the most tech savvy people I know. Don’t try to understand any kind of smart watch, you never will.

  6. Here’s how I would put it: first and foremost the Apple Watch is a really, really nice watch. both aesthetically and ergonomically. It’s easily the most comfortable watch I’ve ever owned. Next the technology: the timekeeping alone is worth the price of admission. You can “dial-in” the watch face that most suits you, with info that includes things like the date, temperature, lunar cycle, etc etc. If you travel a lot, like I do, it automatically sets itself to the right timezone, you never have to think about setting your watch again.

    On top of this elegant timepiece you’ve got a full blown computer on your wrist, again one that is classic Apple: everything “just works”: the activity monitor, an iPod, email /message monitoring, directions/map, calendar/scheduling, photos, language translator, Apple Pay, quick news, etc etc etc.

    What’s there not to like about this stunning little device? Has anyone ever devised a watch that even came close to this kind of functionality?

  7. I’m into my first week trying one out. I didn’t think I needed one and only justified the price as I picked up a second hand one and had to buy a new fitness tracker anyway as my last one had broken.

    …and I have to admit, I *do* get it now. It doesn’t do any one ‘thing’ that makes it indispensable (though I can see Apple Pay could easily become that thing in a few years). What it does do though is basically act as a PA. Not only in the sense it serves up information, but that it keeps you focused and acts as a gatekeeper just as much as an old-school secretary sat outside the boss’s office controlled access to them. You have to be more brutal with notifications as you don’t want your watch pinging every few seconds, so you naturally tune them down to what actually matters. That means only the important arrives, but more importantly the trivial isn’t there to distract you when you do check the important. They’re waiting on your phone so you haven’t lost them or missed them, but they’re no longer shouting for your attention.

    This is basically the answer to people who want to stay connected but want to do so at arms length without giving up the modern convenience/necessity of having a smartphone. It gives you back control that you probably didn’t even realise you’d given away.

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