Forget About Buying An Apple Watch Say Critics
Reviewers claim that new Apple watch looks slick and smart but it has some big problems when it comes to functionality, some reviewers have even said that Google Android Wear watches are superior after finally getting their hands on the Apple device
The Apple smart watch which will go on sale in Australia shortly ranges in price from $700 to $14,000 however it has scored poor marks for battery life and slow-loading apps, several publications have recommended that customers wait for a later generation device.
The watch, the first new product to be launched by Apple under Chief Executive Tim Cook, will hit stores on April 24.
“For now, the Apple Watch is for pioneers,” the Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler wrote. “I won’t pay the $1,000 it would cost for the model I tested, only to see a significant improvement roll in before too long.”
Farhad Manjoo writing in The New York Times said “It took three days – three long, often confusing and frustrating days” for him to get to know how to navigate the device.
First there was a day to learn the device’s initially complex user interface. Then another to determine how it could best fit it into my life. And still one more to figure out exactly what Apple’s first major new product in five years is trying to do – and, crucially, what it isn’t.
He said Third-party apps are mostly useless right now. The Uber app didn’t load for me, the Twitter app is confusing and the app for Starwood hotels mysteriously deleted itself and then hung up on loading when I reinstalled it. In the end, though, it did let me open a room at the W Hotel in Manhattan.
He concluded “The first Apple Watch may not be for you – but someday soon, it will change your world”.
Reviews published on Wednesday made much of the device’s relatively poor battery life – up to 18 hours, according to Apple 5 hours by others, several reviewers said its apps will need upgrades to load more quickly.
“There’s virtually nothing I can’t do faster or better with access to a laptop or a phone except perhaps check the time,” said Nilay Patel, who reviewed the watch for theverge.com.
Loading an app required the watch to pull tremendous amounts of data from iPhones, Patel said, adding that Apple had told him upcoming software updates would address performance issues.
“The maps app, surely the answer to wandering pedestrians’ dreams, is so slow it makes me want to pull out my paper Rand McNally,” the Journal’s Fowler said.
Re/Code’s Lauren Goode said the watch’s battery life was not nearly as long-lasting as some other wearable devices. CNET’s Scott Stein said the battery’s recharge time was slow.
Paired with an iPhone, the watch allows users to check email, listen to music and make phone calls. It also tracks their health – for instance by monitoring heartbeats.
Farhad Manjoo also said that the software is “initially complex” and not suited to tech novices – unusual for an Apple device”.
The Apple Watch Sport will start at $799 in Australia Vs $349 in the USA while the high-end “Edition” will be priced from $14,000 in Australia $4,000 more expensive than the same watch in the USA.
“…If you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist,” Another reviewer said.