One of the major problems with the interwebs these days is, well, to put it bluntly– everyone has an opinion on everything and can share it online with anyone. Yes, we’re entitled to our own thoughts.
We’re entitled, in many countries and not everywhere (including many Thanksgiving dinner tables), to share such thoughts with everyone or anyone else. So what? The rest of us are not required to pay attention, unless…
As the interwebs has gone from the information superhighway to the misinformation superhighway, we are flooded with opinions, perspectives, and thoughts that challenge our sanity. Criticizing Apple’s choices for Watch faces is one of them. It’s like the weather. Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.
Ditto for Watch face criticisms. Jason Snell:
It turns out that the best way to interact with Apple Watch apps is to add them as complications to your watch faces. They surface data (or just provide a quick-launch icon in some cases) and you can tap to see more.
Which is why Apple’s apparent lack of interest in providing a consistent experience for watch faces and complications is so puzzling.
No, it’s not. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then so are utility and functionality; and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the iPhone’s user interface it’s that no two people use it or organize it exactly the same way. That’s by design.
The company keeps adding new faces with every new release—this year we got a bunch of pretty animated faces (for people who like minimal information on their watches) and the dense Infograph faces (for those who prefer an info-heavy view).
As it stands now, the number of user customizable Watch faces seems almost infinite (not quite, of course; there’s a number but it got into the hundreds quickly so I stopped counting); from modular to Minny and Mickey. Some are stylish; some are utilitarian, most are somewhere in between, and almost every one of them has user options for complications and color and so on.
My favorite watch face is Utility, which looks very much like the classic Swiss Army watch face I wore for more than a decade.
I hate that one. So inefficient.
Somehow or another Snell and other critics think they know better than Apple as to what priorities should be what and when. Many critics want to be watchface designers but don’t provide an alternative ‘This is how you do it, Apple!‘ design. Criticize all you want, folks. You have that freedom, and somewhere– Facebook, various forums, personal blogs and comment sections– someone will hear your voice.
Apple layers in new features to products at a time when Apple wants. That’s it. Would I prefer an option for third party Watch faces? Sure. But it’s not exactly like there isn’t plenty of choice or options now. The Watch face above is my favorite because it is so dense; so packed with user customizable complications. But during a quiet and romantic evening out I can hit Do Not Disturb and switch over to a designer-like Watchface with a single swipe of the screen. You can’t do that, Seiko!
For every critic who disses Apple’s Watchface designs and lack of third party watchface options, I simply ask, “Show me something better.”