Why you should give the Apple Watch another chance

“The Apple Watch, quickly approaching its second birthday, was released to the world facing close-to-impossible expectations,” Alex Fitzpatrick writes for TIME Magazine. “The first new product released under CEO Tim Cook, it was (and still is) seen as a referendum on his performance.”

“It’s safe to say that the Apple Watch hasn’t been the world-changing device that some hoped it might be,” Fitzpatrick writes. “But if you’re an Apple fan and have passed up or given up on the Watch, I’m here to tell you that it’s now worth a second look.”

“Recent software upgrades have dramatically improved the user experience on the original model, which is the one I use,” Fitzpatrick writes. “Apple, meanwhile, released two new Apple Watch models over the fall, both offering similar improvements on the hardware side.”

“Why do I like the Apple Watch? Mostly because it does far more than a traditional timepiece. I’ve always been a watch wearer, but Apple’s wearable puts more functionality in that real estate than would otherwise be possible,” Fitzpatrick writes. “If you’re an Apple fan dismayed by the early reviews, consider giving the Watch another chance.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We don’t know how we lived without our Apple Watches. There’s just been too much time saved since we first donned our Apple Watches.

35 Comments

  1. Apple did with the watch what they did with the Mac Mini and everything else: introduced a model inferior to what they knew they would release the next year.

    Their watch has great value for those who believe it does. They should know.

    But Apple also did something they’ve never done with any other product: they went after the wealthy customers by giving them the chance to buy a $10,000 Apple watch. The value of class elitism and bling was now used as a selling point.

    That was the moment it seemed clear Apple’s values and psychology had changed. It was as if they were saying two things.

    First, don’t just be an Apple customer…show you’re in the one percent of customers.

    Second, they were putting patina on technology. Today’s watch will be obsolete soon. But a great mechanical watch like a Patek Philippe or a Rolex or Baume Mercier will work beautifully in 100 years, and sell more more than the Watch.

    Apple did not understand that, or care.

    But the Apple watches are beautiful even when they’re not doing anything….

  2. I’m really enjoying my Series 2 AW. I knew I was going nowhere near the first two versions just because it was such a new product, but once the GPS and water resistance was introduced I felt the need to hop on board. I like the fitness aspect, the quick notification checks, the ability to pull up new e-mail headers quickly, and even the timer for grilling (simple as that may be).

    I don’t have to carry my iPhone everywhere around the house now, and one bonus I’ve noticed is my iPhone’s battery is used up about half as much as it used to be since notifications come through on my AW.

    Sure, folks will hate it. But for me the size, fit, and function is extremely well done.

  3. Changed my mind

    I found no compelling reason to purchase V1. I didn’t even want V2. Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Selfridges in London have closed their Apple Watch shops probably as a result of Apple decision to discontinue the Gold Version and slow sales…so I wasn’t alone

    I have always worn a wrist watch. I love Tissot and wish I could afford a Hublot. I wear a Casio divers watch when I photograph in iffy climate/environmental situations. On dressy occasions I usually wear my slimiest watch.

    Fast forward to Christmas 2016. My wife and I exchanged Apple 2 watches. After a month we’ve come to “for us” surprising conclusions. We’re starting to like our watches more and more and wear them in different occasions by changing bands.

    NEED IMPROVEMENT
    Better battery
    Need third Watch faces

    WHAT WE LOVE
    Different watch bands. We each have ~8
    Bio feedback
    Corner Complications (strange name for corner buttons that are customizable to show, headline news, stock quotes, GMT, battery charge, etc)

    I would now recommend it.

  4. Idea:

    If Apple wants us to “early adopt” their projects, they should extend warranties.

    When I had problems with my watch, I felt Apple was shining me on.

    Just take care of the people that are taking a risk on your, at time, half baked gizmos.

  5. I thought the iwatch was a dumb idea at best.I was given the 1st generation one as a gift. It got me off my butt and to exercise, walk a couple miles per day, monitor what I eat and I lost 4 inches around my waist! I have a bad heart valve and it monitors my pulse and entered me on a heart study that benefits many. I never wore a watch to bed so battery life is no problem, but I can reach over and touch it on its charger and it lights up the time for 5 seconds. This device is very useful to me and I will probably buy a newer model in a couple of years.

  6. My whole issues with the Apple watch is that they distilled the design down down to a design that is too generic and , somewhat traditional in its design that may appeal to a large watch afficianado/fan using base.
    I wanted something more modern looking and more in line with the look of Apple’s current mobile device line up.
    I was looking for a more modern, sleek and thin design that fits in more with Apple’s other mobile products.
    I wanted some a liitle less traditional watch-looking and some other ground breaking design that represented a whole new look in what a modern, digital technology watch should like like.
    NOT some chunky piece of jewelry with technology in it!
    AND NOT Just and the ubiquitous and overdone digital analogy of a traditional watches.
    I have been looking for something more 21st century.
    A smart watch that has a modern flair.
    This is a Tim Cook designed/approved smart watch.
    It’s more about fashion and reaching as large an audience/user base as possible instead of creating something truly different that redefines the ideas of a watch/wrist weeable. that Apple users would still clamor to in droves.
    I don’t think this is a watch design Steve Jobs would have approved.
    That is why I chose to purchase a Pebble watch, but Pebble has gone down the drain, now.
    My Pebble watch is still working and I am still using it many of its features are still working, but it is dead end technology now and I am on the hunt for something that fills my needs.
    The Apple Watch just never appealed to me
    So, until Apple offers me something that I like, I am forced to look for something that does.
    I am hoping FitBit will step up its game as I like their designs, but I want the technology in those bands to move beyond just the fitness aspect.
    IF FitBits did more, I would’ve purchased one of these long ago.

  7. Applewatch is my favorite Apple device now a days… love the thing… notification, health, ApplePay.. messaging… etc……… and this is just the begining…
    It has huge potential! Imo
    I feel handicapped if i forget to wear it.

    If i were Apple though.. Id consider making a round version too and adapt the watchos to it… there are a lot of people who will only wear round.

    1. Forgot to mention..
      AppleWatch as remote for AppleTV..
      Shazam as a watch face complication provides immediate access….

      And dont Ask me why…but Siri and dictation work MUCH much better on AppleWatch.

  8. Actually I wonder how much Apple is paying MDN! LOL. Had the first, have the second. Improved but it’ll never be the game changer. Great for texting, music with the phone, email cleanup. The ability for other apps well, screen to small. I never use them

  9. You get a Rolex or Grand Seiko to wear as jewelry and
    to show off. You’ll get an accuracy of +- 15 seconds
    a month if you wear it every day to keep it wound and
    every 5 years send it in for oiling, adjusting,repair for wear
    at about $750 a pop. Except for the Grand Seiko quartz
    diver. The only thing you do is adjust it for Daylight
    Saving every six months and every three years replace
    the ubiquitos battery by yourself. I doubt if you’ll ever
    be off by more than a second for the whole year. The
    movement is sealed and they say it’s good for 50 years
    before need of servicing. Even though I own two Apple
    watches and use them every day and like them very
    much, I’m so tempted to get the aforementioned diver
    with the white face dial. It’s 4000 bucks but, in my opinion,
    the best watch made.

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