4 reasons NOT to buy the Apple watch

A round-up of what the experts have to say

Come 24 April and you will be able to buy an Apple Watch in Selfridges.

The watch will set you back $349 (and it’s usually more expensive in pounds). Pay 49 times that and you could own an expensive edition worth $17,000. (Click here to know everthing about the watch)

The moot question: should you buy it?

Here’s why the experts think you should NOT:

1. The watch is too slow

Nilay Patel, writer at tech website The Verge, said: “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.”

2. Half-baked apps and battery is a letdown

Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler said: “For now, the Apple Watch is for pioneers. 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.”

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

3. Not a cool watch

Re/Code’s Lauren Goode said: “Apple Watch strives for high fashion, but it still looks like a techie watch. Even if you can easily swap out the basic, smooth plastic band for a more elegant one — the $149 leather band, the $149 Milanese loop or the $449 link bracelet — the face looks kind of like a miniature iPhone.”

4. You don’t need one

David Pogue, Yahoo Tech, said: “The Apple Watch is light-years better than any of the feeble, clunky efforts that have come before it. The screen is nicer, the software is refined and bug-free, the body is real jewelry. First-time technologies await at every turn: Magnetic bands, push-to-release straps, wrist-to-wrist drawings or Morse codes, force pressing, credit-card payments from the wrist. And the symbiosis with the iPhone is graceful, out of your way, and intelligent.

“But the true answer to that question is this: You don’t need one. Nobody needs a smartwatch. After all, it’s something else to buy, care for, charge every night. It’s another cable to pack and track. Your phone already serves most of its purposes. With the battery-life situation as it is, technology is just barely in place to make such a device usable at all.”

 

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps you should go and try one before you post such a damning review. Kinda makes you look like a troll.

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  • Anonymous

    I actually fully agree with the article and can't see any cogent reason for spending all that money on a watch that is going to be replaced 6 months down the line with another watch with slightly improved specs. It's all gimmicks and tricks that most people have been brainwashed to buy into by the likes of Apple and Samsung. If your existing smartphone and wristwatch can fulfil that function and more why should you get an apple watch? It is just another example of mindless consumerism that the masses are being lured into. And the article is right, these tech companies beta test their products on early adopters at exorbitant prices only to replace them a few months down the line. People should wake up and stop being taken for a ride by the likes of Apple, Samsung and HTC etc.

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  • Apple fans are the most gullible people on earth.

    They buy any old crap the company sells them, and don't seem to notice that Apple's record-breaking profits come straight out of their pockets.

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  • No one needs the watch, though it could be fun if you can put up with some of the drawbacks - but for those that can afford it - if you want to help a Need - place a donation for those in Nepal at the same time.

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