Living with the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Watchface

Now that the Jesus Watch is making its way onto the wrists of users, those same users are sharing their feedback about it on the web and social media.

If you believe the hype, the Apple Watch changes everything—never mind that Android Wear has been on the market for almost a year, and Pebble even longer than that. If you’re in the market for a wearable and are considering Apple’s new product category, you deserve to know what you’re getting into.

Here’s what the sheeple aren’t telling you…

A New User’s First Impressions

MetaFilter‘s Matt Haughey chronicled his first 24 hours with the Apple Watch on Medium. For him, Apple’s first foray into wearables didn’t exactly surprise and delight:

The included watch faces leave something to be desired […] The “Modular” face throws every useless piece of data in front of you during those first few moments you’ve got the watch and before you have any idea how to change anything. It is literally the worst first impression you can make.

And there’s more:

My favorite unknown feature was the Apple Activity app, informing me halfway into a movie with a forceful haptic jolt and message demanding I needed to stand for one minute out of every hour to remain healthy and I should do so right now because I hadn’t stopped sitting since the movie began.

Tattoo-gate!

Trouble ahead for hipsters… apparently the Apple Watch’s sensors don’t play nice with ink, as demonstrated by this YouTuber:

You can read more about the issue on the Business Insider piece that I posted to yesterday’s news round-up.

Hygenic Feature…?

Nir Eyal, a self-proclaimed “behaviorial design specialist” goes a long way to explain the Apple Watch’s biggest flaw, using a customer satisfaction theory developed by a Japanese Professor. Mmkay… Anyway, at the end of his post the flaw is finally revealed:

A basic attribute of any watch is that it allows wearers to see the time all the time. With a regular watch, checking the time couldn’t be easier. You only need to glance down to know what time it is — not so with the Apple Watch. To save battery life, the watch goes dark when it thinks you’re not using it. To turn it back on, you have to shake the device with enough momentum to, in Apple’s words, “Activate on Wrist Raise.”

This particular “feature” is no doubt designed to save battery, and could probably be addressed with a software update—as it already has with Android Wear. But all of these issues, taken together, will hopefully remind you that the Apple Watch is still very much a work in progress—and an expensive one at that!

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