The Apple Watch Is Not All It’s Hyped Up To Be
Today, I make proud all my former IT professors in the iSchool over at Syracuse University. As I tap into my inner information technology professionalism, I delve into the most talked about newest piece of technology: The Apple Watch. April 8th marked the first release of reviews from multiple tech reviewers from the Verge, BloombergBusiness, and even the venerable New York Times. These guys, just like the public and the rest of Apple’s fiend-like consumers, couldn’t wait to get their hands on the coveted product set to be released April 24th. We at KTB highly recommend you read what these techies have got to say. Remember, there’s a whole lot more you want to inquire about these products other than the simple fact that “they’re pretty.”
If I were to stop after the first three reviews I read, I would’ve been fooled, duped, and even worse, tricked into spending hundreds of dollars on a mediocre 1st-generation Apple product. Good thing I didn’t. Despite a few positive reviews, the majority were critiques, pointing to the Apple Watch’s many shortcomings.
Farhad Manjoo is a tech reviewer for the New York Times, and he mentioned that he “fell hard” for the product. Nilay Patel over at The Verge mentions “The first smartwatch that might legitimately become a mainstream product.” And a few more co-signs for the product were sprinkled in the reviews, mentioning how the Apple watch is the most advanced piece of wearable technology and things of that nature. Of course by now you’re pretty much sold and getting your info ready to embark on your pre-order, but once you get into the nooks and crannies of what these guys really grasped from the product, it gets UUUUUUgly.
THE GOOD AND THE MOSTLY BAD
Joshua Topolsky of BloombergsBusiness’s struggles with the constant annoyance of the watch’s notifications. He mentions, “I’m in a meeting with 14 people, in mid-sentence, when I feel a tap-tap-tap on my wrist… A version of this happens dozens of times throughout the day—for messages, e-mails, activity achievements, tweets, and so much more.” Super annoying and super inconvenient, especially when the main purpose of the Apple Watch is to keep you more involved with the environment and people around you without worrying about important things you may be missing by not viewing your phone every 10 minutes. Patel stresses the product’s slowness and how long it takes for the device to react at times. “”The Apple Watch, as I reviewed it for the past week and a half, is kind of slow. There’s no getting around it, no way to talk about all of its interface ideas and obvious potential and hints of genius without noting that sometimes it stutters loading notifications.”
NOT A FAN
Not pleasing to the ear considering it’s now 2015 and we don’t have fast enough (and small enough in this case) processors to speed up the loading times in these gadgets. Many more negative reviews were mentioned that I can go into. Apps never fully loading, apps deleting themselves once installed, constantly dealing with Siri who never understands you, and the Apple Watch being terrible at playing music just to name a few.
In the end, I was completely deterred from purchasing the device. My advice is wait until the next generation of the Apple Watch develops so the folks at Apple can use this year to work out all the kinks. Let’s be honest, Apple consistently rejuvenates its products if not the 2nd time around, most certainly the 3rd time. To those who still want it because it’s “pretty”… the watch will be released in less than two weeks.