Apple Watch review (2015)

Finally here’s the Apple Watch review. We would have posted it sooner but the reason will become clear soon.

In terms of construction and design: The Apple watch is a very well made price of kit. It has got a nice weight to it and materials regardless of price is actually very good. The rear panel looks much better than the front which is a design flaw in our opinion. The two screen sizes is an interesting design choice but the square look and lower screen resolution tech is simply old. Speaking of the front design it is a disappointment as it is too thick and not very stylish to look at. Changing the bands on the Apple watch does lift the appearance but not enough to make it look like a designer watch. The best thing about the Apple watch is that it does have a small speaker and microphone which most other smart watches do not have.

In terms of use the Apple watch interface is a little awkward as the icons are on the small side and enlarging them using one finger is annoying but the additional crown functionally does help. The apps work fast enough and mostly smoothy but it’s no iPhone.  The display it’s self is nice but some information displayed can be confusing to look at. It is as good as say the LG G watch in terms use but certainly not better.

Having more sensors on the Apple watch would have made it better at health monitoring functions rather than just basic heart rate and measuring steps. The Microsoft band is the leader in this area. In terms of battery life the Apple Watch does last a full day time aka 12-18 hours. It really does need charging every night – unless you have disabled every notification or only use it to tell the time which defeats the purpose of a smart watch.

Biggest problems with the apple Watch are:

Blacked out screen most of the time.
Interface that is difficult to use.
No features that other smart watches don’t have.
Lacking tech like a thermometer or even a GPS.
It really isn’t anything special to look at.

The Apple watch is not for those who value fashion or even those aspiring to be fashionable. Let’s face it in 2015 a Casio digital watch especially those from the 1980’s are more fashionable than the Apple watch. For health fanatics it an alternative to any Fitbit model or example and those who simply want the next Apple device. The Apple Watch is not a geek accessory it’s for people who rather not take their phone out to check stuff  – we’re guessing. We really felt that Apple Watch simply copied the features of Android Wear interface but made it worse like the menu system which really does seem tacked on. The Apple watch does not lead the class in anything but marketing and PR spend to be completely honest.

In the end the Apple watch does work really well as a notification device and tells time along with the various basic health monitoring but so does any other current smart watch. Until they work out how to make the Apple watch unique or to do something really special it is just like the Apple Newton.

Key Apple Watch specifications: 

  • Digital Crown
  • Retina display with Force Touch
  • Heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 205mha Battery
  • At least 1 day
  • Water resistant
  • Height: 38.6 mm or 42.0 mm
  • Width: 33.3 mm or 35.9 mm
  • Depth: 10.5 mm
  • Case weight : 25 g  or 30 g
  • Band weight : 47 g  or 51 g