What’s the past? Members of the technorati elite who criticize every new Apple product to hit the streets (often making up their minds about how bad it will be before it even hits the streets). You’d think they’d learn. They haven’t so far. Here’s an example.
I’ll Show You Mine
Consider me a very lucky gal. Not only am I blessed with an ample supply of myself, but I have most of Apple’s gadgets; from Mac to TV, from iPhone to iPad, and, as of two days ago, a freshly unpacked, fully charged, paid for Apple Watch.
To hear the critics say it, Apple Watch will be a dud. Well, sure. It won’t sell in iPhone numbers, but other than hamburgers, what does? After three full days of sporting a Watch Sport I’m ready to spill the beans.
Here’s what’s good and unexpected about Apple Watch.
It’s Fun – Yes, friends. This is a fun device, but in a sneaky, not so obvious way. Taptic touch is freakin’ awesome. It took awhile to figure out which notifications to keep on Watch and which to discard, but this is a fun new device; even without FaceTime built in. So is Force Touch. Just awesome.
iPhone Battery Better – This was not expected. Yes, my iPhone 6 Plus battery can go a couple of days without re-juicing, but now it goes three days because I don’t use it much; it stays in pocket, bag, or purse.
Battery Life Good – Apple says Watch will go all day, and unless you’re talking all day on Watch, it goes all day. I’m up early to hit the 101 into town and back home well after dark. Still. Got. Juice.
iTunes, Bluetooth, Watch, Oh My! – Get this. You can control iTunes from Watch. With a set of Bluetooth ear buds, the iPhone stays put, but I get to hear what I want with less effort.
Siri Is An Adult Star – No, not that way. Siri has grown up. The voice recognition is nearly perfect, and I can dictate messages and email on-the-fly and not worry about digging around for iPhone. It just works. Finally.
Two Words: Watch Selfie! – I don’t remember reading about this, but it works. No need to buy a selfie stick with Bluetooth to control the shutter during a selfie marathon. Watch is a remote shutter release.
All That Glitters – Everyone– and I mean everyone I know– asked me about the iPhone 6 Plus. Did I like the screen? Was it too heavy? How’s battery life? With Watch, it’s like I don’t even have a watch on. Nobody cares. It looks like a trendy watch. Apple zealots can tell, but how many of those do you see everyday (about 600-million exist in the wild, so we’re a definite minority).
Uh Oh. It’s Wet – Timex could take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. Watch can get wet and still work. Simple as that. Shower? Yep. Bath? Yep. Rain? Yep. Oily massage? I’ll let you know.
What? Plastic? Really? – Here’s the only real issue I’ve run into so far (other than a few wayward apps that seem a bit buggy; early adopters dilemma). The charger is plastic. It works fine. There’s an nice Mag-Safe-like magnetic click when it engages Watch, but it’s not metal. It’s plastic. That seems cheap for a watch that starts at $350.
So far, all the Watch reviews I’ve read to date come in three flavors. First, critics who’ve never tried it but just love to complain about Apple anyway. Second, early adopter critics who received a test unit from Apple; their reviews are positive, but rightly point out a few shortcomings here and there. And, finally, third– actual users. Users love it. It’s fun. Feels good. Works better than expected. Under promise, over deliver. That’s the new Apple.