Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Apple Watch Reviews Are Coming In

Not yet available for sale, the Apple Watch is being reviewed and as you would expect they include the good and the bad.  But like any first generation product, the key to longevity will depend on the value the consumer perceives from it.  Apple has a lot of experience with product launches.  Just look at the first generation of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad and see how the current generation compares.  Massive improvement and huge appeal.  So if history is any guide, the Apple Watch will follow the same curve.

But for those looking for some early reviews, I've attached some links:

CNET - "The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool."

CNBC - "positive with caveats"

The Verge - "Apple has the marketing prowess, the retail store network, and the sheer determination to actually make this thing happen."

re/code - " If you’re an iPhone power user and you’re intrigued by the promises of wearable technology, you’ll like it, too."

Business Insider - "The watch is a really nice device that has lots of potential, but most people should skip it for now. It's good for early-adopting techies who live and breathe through their phones, but the rest of the world should wait for the next version of the watch."

NY Times - "It took three days — three long, often confusing and frustrating days — for me to fall for the Apple Watch. But once I fell, I fell hard."

Bloomberg - "The Apple Watch is cool, it’s beautiful, it’s powerful, and it’s easy to use. But it’s not essential. Not yet."

I'm sure early adopters will buy the Apple Watch just like they did the first gen iPod and iPhone, and iPad.  As battery life improves and more apps are written, I am confident the Apple Watch will become another integral part of the Apple ecosystem.  And for those homes that like the Apple Universe, the Apple Watch will be the next big must have device.

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