I bought it – wore it for 5 days and sent it back.
Its not a good product – its not well executed – steve jobs would never have let that out of the shop. The reasons are too numerous to mention but i’ll save you all from a huge rant and focus on the reason i bought the watch in the first place.
I am a runner. I am training for a half this sunday and amongst other things i am trying to hit a PB on my time. So when i run – i wear my iphone on my arm – listen to music and use runkeeper to track my progress. I saw the watch as a partial replacement to this with its fitness tracking technology. so i wore both. I did 10 miles on runkeeper and 9.7 on the watch. Fail. i could not easily access my time per mile (V important to me), my splits (v important) , steps per mile etc…..these re real and valuable metrics that i am gonna guess any semi-serious runner on here follows in some fashion. The watch is a horrible fitness tracker, the primary reason for my purchase – so i sent it back.
Oh and bluetooth draining my phone, nightly charging, telling me to stand up at 11pm at night when i am sleeping…..
This is not a “wait for the second version” type scenario – this is a back to the drawing board IMO. it needs to basically replace your phone (so it needs a radio etc) – as a tethered device, its a brick on my wrist.
I am left questioning whether jobs would have released this as is. And i love mac products for the most part.
Conversation Link: http://avc.com/2015/05/the-apple-watch-how-is-it-doing/
Clearly, in the opinion of this customer, the Apple Watch is a weak product. This opinion is notable because it has been echoed in a wide array of media outlets, for example:
– Forbes Magazine: Will The Apple Watch Flop?
– Forbes Magazine: Does The World Really Need An Apple Watch?
– Fred Wilson: The Apple Watch Is Going To Be A (Relative) Flop
– The Watch Lounge: The Great Apple Watch Fiasco
– IT Pro Portal: Apple admits defeat following smartwatch pre-order fiasco
– Fast Company: You Guys Realize The Apple Watch Is Going To Flop, Right?
So, Apple’s latest product has receive a fair amount of heat. But what is Apple saying about all this? Well, Apple Claims ‘Fantastic’ Apple Watch Sales Despite ‘Flop’ Claims. But then there’s this:
“Depending on which analyst report you read, Apple ‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new smartwatch is either a hit or a flop. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty on Wednesday raised her ‘base case’ for Apple Watch sales by 20% to 36 million units in its first 12 months, up from 30 million.” – Investor’s Business Daily
So is it a hit? Is it a flop? Where is the Apple Watch? Where is the Vision? Where are the numbers?Where is the watch? Where? Well, to me, the Apple Watch is lost in time.