Today, I put a $15,000 watch on my wrist, with a computer from Apple inside. I played around a bit with him, and I tried to imagine him integrated into my life. But during my hands-on, until Apple gently leave the testing room, I couldn’t.
Of course I wouldn’t buy a $15,000 watch. I’d settle for the $350 version – and even migrate from my trusty Android device to an iPhone – if Apple could prove that this device would make my life easier.
But, in a demonstration at the Apple event, realized that – once again – there just isn’t like Apple prove it to me. Not for you, I bet. This was my experience with smart clock, and it still left many questions unanswered.
The Apple Watch is big, but not huge, and has a weight that gives presence, but don’t bother.If you like visual square-I like-he’s handsome live also. The screen is as sharp and nice as I would expect from a device so small.
And the digital Crown, the rotary knob on the right side, it’s great: you turn it with one finger to slide effortlessly through long lists of emails, or to zoom in a huge Gallery until you get to the photos.
The buttons also offer an excellent sensation: both the Crown as the button beneath it are nice and easy to press LED smartwatches.
The basic operation is fairly simple: press the Crown or turn the handle upward in a gesture “I’m looking for my watch!”, and it awakens the Apple Watch-the screen is not always on.
It shows the time and until four complications “customizable at all four corners of the screen, including date, temperature, and battery level.
By pressing the lower button, you open the menu of friends, to start a call or send a message from your wrist.
Pressing the Crown once more, you get to the home screen, where you can choose an app to use:
Select one of these apps is not as simple as it should: I touched the wrong icon more than once, and ended up opening apps that I didn’t want.
You can enlarge the icons with the digital Crown, but it’s a little strange to switch between the buttons and the touch screen. It got me thinking: why not just use the excellent digital Crown to enlarge the apps and select them?
What I don’t quite understand about the Apple Watch-at least not yet – it’s because I also have to use a small touch screen to do anything.
In lists of items, you can choose the control: for example, it is possible to glide through your songs with your finger or with the Crown.
The worst was the Force Touch. It uses tiny electrodes below the screen to distinguish between a light touch and a higher pressure. So, when you press the screen harder, you can activate hidden controls – how to change the face of the watch.
Except, sometimes, when I tried to play, he thought I wanted to Force Touch – and it wasn’t always clear what I needed to use to perform an action.
This is Apple’s answer to Google Now. By sliding upwards on the screen, you can access a wide variety of information: weather forecasts, upcoming calendar items etc. There were a lot of predefined Glances at Apple Watch that I used, but it is impossible to tell whether they really will be useful in everyday life. They will be there when I need them?
I have to admit, if Apple Pay reaches a near-universal adoption, I use it all the time. Double-press the bottom button and your credit card will appear. Close watch of the payment terminal and poof, it’s all paid for without having to whip out the wallet from his pocket, not the smartphone.
Siri And Calls
Siri legitimately impressed me on the clock. When I got a message in our demonstration, I could answer without using the iPhone, through a recorded message (which is an option) or playing in an impossibly small keypad in clock itself.
It was possible to dictate a message with Siri, who clearly understood even in a noisy demonstration room. She waited patiently until I finish, and added additional words only when I spoke.
I wonder if I’d be willing to do that in public? Hard to say without trying. And as for making telephone calls from my wrist as well. it seemed a little ridiculous in the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and definitely looks ridiculous now.
And Much More …
There are certainly more facets to the Apple Watch than I was able to try during my brief hands-on with the device. As pictures, for example: I need to upload them in the internal memory? We must cut them in the format of the screen for them good? Does physical activity app actually emits reminders for me to exercise, and will be convincing?
Battery life also is still a huge question mark. Yes, Apple explains how she will last in certain scenarios: for example, will be 6:00 pm with “90 hour checks, notifications, 45 90 minutes of use of apps and a 30-minute workout with music playback on the Apple Watch for Bluetooth. But this life of 18 hours or less will discourage users from using a lot of the clock?
I can’t wait to find out, because Apple’s clock seems powerful. Looks like he could take the smartwatches further than mere notification-centric devices.
If I can do things faster and easier on my wrist, if the watch can save time, I definitely would consider buying it. Personally, I wouldn’t pay money to view notifications on my wrist I can check on your smartphone. Only the Apple Watch hasn’t convinced me that it’s worth it.