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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Apple Watch is well-built, comfortable to wear, and can be worn for work or play.
  • Connecting an Apple Watch to an iPhone is a simple process that allows access to many phone features, including the ability to make phone calls.
  • The Apple Watch has access to plenty of apps, both those made by Apple and those from third parties.

CONS

  • The Apple Watch is expensive, with the most basic version starting at $349, and the battery life is short, lasting only one day.
  • The Apple Watch doesn't run many apps itself; instead it connects to an iPhone running them. In some cases, performance is slow.
  • The Apple Watch has more of a learning curve than most Apple products, and its notifications can be difficult to manage.
Apple wasn’t the first company to enter the smartwatch market, but iPhone users may find the Apple Watch was worth the wait. It connects to an iPhone 5 or higher to deliver notifications, messages, calls, and more to your wrist. You can use the Apple Watch to read and respond to texts, read emails, answer phone calls, play music, and track your steps, heart rate, and workouts. All information is displayed on the color touch screen, which is available in 38 mm and 42 mm versions. The Apple Watch is available in three models: Watch is priced at $549 and up, Watch Sport at $349 and up, and Watch Edition starts at $10,000.
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100%

The right now of the Apple Watch is pretty great. But the future of Apple Watch is really amazing.

The right now of the Apple Watch is pretty great. But the future of Apple Watch is really amazing.

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100%

... the more I wore it, the more I got used to it and turned to the Watch to do everyday tasks. That’s the crux of this product: it’s not es…

... the more I wore it, the more I got used to it and turned to the Watch to do everyday tasks. That’s the crux of this product: it’s not essential, but it makes the things that you do all of the time quicker and more convenient.

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85%

I don't have a single regret about purchasing this Apple Watch Sport Edition ...

I don't have a single regret about purchasing this Apple Watch Sport Edition ...

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80%

Is it the best smartwatch available at present? If you have an iPhone, the answer is a clear “yes”. It’s not cheap, but you’re paying for a …

Is it the best smartwatch available at present? If you have an iPhone, the answer is a clear “yes”. It’s not cheap, but you’re paying for a high-quality product that integrates incredibly well with the whole Apple ecosystem.

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80%

We've used Apple Pay on the Apple Watch in the UK and US and it's really good. Double-tap the side button to load your card, swipe to the ca…

We've used Apple Pay on the Apple Watch in the UK and US and it's really good. Double-tap the side button to load your card, swipe to the card you want (or not if you're happy with the default card you've selected) and tap.

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80%

When notifications start to arrive, the quality of the vibrating haptic alerts is immediately obvious. Yes, I said quality, because these go…

When notifications start to arrive, the quality of the vibrating haptic alerts is immediately obvious. Yes, I said quality, because these go way beyond the irritating buzzes generated by other wearables. The Apple Watch taps you, gently but noticeably.

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80%

The Apple Watch can tell you when to turn right when you're walking down the street, or hail a cab with the tap of a button. If you grew up …

The Apple Watch can tell you when to turn right when you're walking down the street, or hail a cab with the tap of a button. If you grew up on a steady diet of Dick Tracy and Inspector Gadget like I did, you're definitely going to like it.

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79%

Much digital ink has been spilled about the split-second delay between raising your wrist and seeing the time, and it is noticeable, but I f…

Much digital ink has been spilled about the split-second delay between raising your wrist and seeing the time, and it is noticeable, but I found the slight impediment didn't bother me.

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70%

With new native apps the Apple Watch is growing into a decent device, although not a world beater yet. What Apple has achieved is genuine we…

With new native apps the Apple Watch is growing into a decent device, although not a world beater yet. What Apple has achieved is genuine wearability, and despite its flaws, the Apple Watch could be the first wearable that's actually a pleasure to wear.

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70%

The iPhone and iPad have, collectively, one of the most amazing app collections ever created. Games, productivity, entertainment; it's fanta…

The iPhone and iPad have, collectively, one of the most amazing app collections ever created. Games, productivity, entertainment; it's fantastic. On the Apple Watch, for now, you'd better curb your expectations: many of the current apps feel like shaved-down "lite" versions of the larger apps, at best.

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70%

I no longer retrieve my seemingly always-hiding iPhone 6 every time someone texts me, yet I can ping it whenever I really can't find it, usu…

I no longer retrieve my seemingly always-hiding iPhone 6 every time someone texts me, yet I can ping it whenever I really can't find it, usually buried beneath the couch cushions.

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70%

I really do like my Apple Watch, even though it drives me crazy. It’s slow. The navigation can be confusing. I like wearing it, but I’m stil…

I really do like my Apple Watch, even though it drives me crazy. It’s slow. The navigation can be confusing. I like wearing it, but I’m still unsure if I want to wear it every day.

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70%

Let’s just get this out of the way: the Apple Watch, as I reviewed it for the past week and a half, is kind of slow. There’s no getting arou…

Let’s just get this out of the way: 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.

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Since Apple can’t weather as much as a day and a night uninterrupted, the Apple Watch can’t be used as a sleep tracker. And you’ll need to c…

Since Apple can’t weather as much as a day and a night uninterrupted, the Apple Watch can’t be used as a sleep tracker. And you’ll need to charge it every night, or there will be no time-telling for you the next day.

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Using the Watch involves a learning curve, although I managed to figure most things out by poking about the interface.

Using the Watch involves a learning curve, although I managed to figure most things out by poking about the interface.

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The Watch is not a remote control for the phone; it’s not a media-playing device; it’s not a killer fitness gadget; it’s not an invaluable c…

The Watch is not a remote control for the phone; it’s not a media-playing device; it’s not a killer fitness gadget; it’s not an invaluable communications device — not by a long shot.

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In fact, the watch was a perfect fit. It felt right on my wrist. I wore it all day long and, unlike some other smartwatches I’ve worn, I was…

In fact, the watch was a perfect fit. It felt right on my wrist. I wore it all day long and, unlike some other smartwatches I’ve worn, I wasn't desperate to take it off at the end of the day.

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Though it looks quite smart, with a selection of stylish leather and metallic bands that make for a sharp departure from most wearable devic…

Though it looks quite smart, with a selection of stylish leather and metallic bands that make for a sharp departure from most wearable devices, the Apple Watch works like a first-generation device, with all the limitations and flaws you’d expect of brand-new technology.

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Both my boss, Walt Mossberg, and my mother told me that call quality was very good, and that they couldn’t even tell I was calling from a sm…

Both my boss, Walt Mossberg, and my mother told me that call quality was very good, and that they couldn’t even tell I was calling from a smartwatch.

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If you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist.

If you can tolerate single-day battery life, half-baked apps and inevitable obsolescence, you can now wear the future on your wrist.

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The Apple Watch is many things, but it might be surprising to some to find that it’s a great Dick Tracy watch, in that the speaker phone fun…

The Apple Watch is many things, but it might be surprising to some to find that it’s a great Dick Tracy watch, in that the speaker phone functions of the wearable are extremely capable.

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Positive Reviews
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Won me over in a hurry.
Although I wasn’t sure I wanted an Apple Watch originally, I have one and I’m completely won over. I wear it all day every day. I bought the fitness version, because I wanted those features. It is not an accident I’ve lost those pesky 10 pounds I’ve been meaning to lose forever — the watch gets the credit. I knew it was a first gen product, so maybe I wasn’t expecting as much as other commenters here, but as the Watch OS evolves, so will the features. I like Apple products and I’m used to paying a premium for them. They rarely let me down.
0
Only just barely.
Meh. To be clear, it's nowhere near worth the money. Not even close. But I like the sharp, bright, colorful display. I like the notifications. I like occasionally sending texts from the watch. So I guess I'd buy it again, but I wish there was a cheaper alternative with a similar aesthetic.
0
Great, sort of.
If I could do it all over again, I'd still buy an Apple Watch. The main reason I bought the watch was that I have an iPhone 6 Plus, which is a very large phone, and was tired of having to dig the giant phone out of my pocket all the time. I bought the sport band and find it to be more comfortable that other watches I've had. The watch is very handy for GPS navigation, and now when I get a text message I don't have to fish my massive phone out of my pocket. Using Apple Pay with the watch is pretty fun, but I find most stores don't accept NFC payments yet. The stopwatch/timer works a lot better on the watch than on the phone. I use Siri to set a timer for laundry or for cooking, and can glance at the watch to see what the remaining time is. I also go to Disneyland a lot and have an app that displays on the watch the wait times for the various attractions. So basically, the Apple Watch solves a lot of small annoyances for me, but that's about it. I was hoping for it to be more of a game changer. With an iPhone there are lots of games to explore, and websites to read, but on the watch with the small screen, there isn't really much to do on it, especially when you probably have your phone on you anyways. I'm glad I bought it, but it's pretty much just an expensive fancy watch.
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Life & health improving compansion, 42mm is best
Contrary to some opposing opinions, I am out of this world pleased with my Apple Watch. I ordered a Sport Black 42mm and picked up a Milanese Loop 38mm in person at the only store in the country to have them in person the day after its release. I sold the fancier model to my uncle because I preferred the cheaper version due to the plastic band getting in the way less while working out, and I also favor the more subdued, darker metal, of the sport model. The activity tracking blows my FitBit Charge out of the water and the rings are much more entertaining to complete. Don't even consider the 38mm if you plan to track activity regularly or use it a lot because the battery seems about 30% larger in the 42mm. My advice is to disable all notifications and remove all apps that you do not specifically want on your wrist. This helps to de-clutter the experience and I also love using Apple Pay from my wrist and scanning my airline ticket from my wrist. I can't wait until I can unlock a hotel room door or my rental car via my watch.
Negative Reviews
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Not worth its price
I personally don’t think the Apple Watch is worth it. However, I do like that it serves an all-purpose kind of device. I can use it for all the basic stuff I actually use my phone for (time, weather, texts, calls, emails etc). Personally, the best benefit is the ease of checking my phone without pulling out my phone. Since I work in an environment that doesn’t encourage personal phone usage, it’s really easy to get notifications and just know what’s going on at least. And if your phone is silent, it’ll vibrate just enough for you to feel it on your wrist to check!
0
Cool Watch But Could Live Without It
I think one of the most useful things about the Apple Watch is that you can find your phone using your watch because I always tend to forget mine in my car. The watch will tell you if your phone is within range or not and if it is, it’ll ding it so you can hear it. It’s also helpful that you can do mini tasks like play music or receive navigation directions on your phone etc. Overall, the accessibility is great, but I could live without ever having owned it.
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Awesome Gift To Receive!
The watch is really cool and neat! But aside from accessibility, it has a lot of features that you may never use or will never find useful. I don’t think it’s worth the investment. Apple advertises some unique features of the watch such as sending picture messages and heartbeats which are super cool and attracts a lot of attention from others who aren’t familiar with the watch, but it gets old pretty quick. I got my watch as a gift, but I probably would not have purchased it on my own.
0
NOPE.
At best...I'd say the Apple Watch is inoffensive. AT BEST. But for $350, I expect more functionality than "being able to see who's calling when my phone rings across the room because it's plugged in to charge." With watchOS 1, NO third-party apps work unless your iPhone is within shouting distance -- this includes the obvious apps like texting apps and Facebook, but it also includes the not-so-obvious apps, like this calculator app I just downloaded. It's literally a calculator on the Watch, and I can't use it unless my Watch is connected to my iPhone. My other big issue with the Apple Watch is that it takes up some pretty valuable real estate on my wrist. Sometimes I, I don't know, want to wear an actual watch. Or a chunky bracelet. Or nothing. I wouldn't buy this again because it's clearly something you're meant to wear all the time, and I just don't want to wear it all the time.

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