Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Jun 2015 16:26 UTC

I bought an Apple Watch, and I've been wearing it for about two weeks. I'm a notorious mobile computing fanatic and early adopter. How does it hold up to real-world use? How does it compare to the hype?

Let's get this out of the way: I've been waiting for an Apple Watch for a long time. While a lot of people were quick to dismiss the whole idea, I've been on board with the idea of a wrist-mounted companion to a smartphone since I first started using a smartphone. I never bought a Pebble or any of the other first generation smart watches, largely because I've been around the block long enough to know that it's hard to be an early adopter, but partially because I wanted to wait and see what Apple would come up with.

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For me the dumb watch
by Lobotomik on Fri 19th Jun 2015 07:54 UTC
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A smartphone is not a good substitute for a watch. Simply taking out the phone while you're sitting is not that simple. Then you have to turn it on just to see the time, and turn it off before you put it back in your pocket or it might do funny things. Then you have to put it back in your pocket: again, not simple if you are sitting.

So, I totally disagree that it beats a watch for looking up the time. But why a smart watch? Notifications? In my case, at least, they can wait. And if they cannot, I doubt that the simple interaction offered by a smartwatch would do. For important stuff, the ritual of pulling out the smartphone is worth it.

A dumbwatch gives good service, and good looks at many price points, from $15 to $15K and beyond. A smartwatch would give me only marginally more while looking substantially worse; definitely not enough to enslave me with the task of taking it off to recharge it every day, maybe twice, then put it back on.

I don't see anything in the iWatch that I don't see in Google Wear, except the extra fidelity (or is it gullibility?) brang by Apple users. And I HATE to be patronized with the assumption that if I am an Apple user I must give a damn about stock prices.

Edited 2015-06-19 07:58 UTC

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