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Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there are certain things I already hate about the Apple Watch.
1. Battery life. Apple says the charge on the Apple Watch battery can last up to 18 hours, but that depends on what the watch is doing all day. Are you on a call? Playing music? Texting or monitoring your heart rate during a workout? Getting a lot of notifications because the flight you’re waiting for keeps changing status? The higher the amount of activity, the shorter the battery life. Sure, it can fully recharge in around 2 hours, but if I’m on a long flight, I may not have that ability.
2. Needless notifications. Apple Watch is set up to nudge your wrist every time you get a notification that your iPhone gets. I’ve gotten used to ignoring certain pings and beeps and even vibrations, but that’s because I’m familiar with my phone’s ways. But with Apple Watch, every buzz will feel the same. Instead of choosing what I want to add when I get the watch, I’ll have to sit down and program it to NOT buzz me unless it’s to notify me of something I’m interested in.
3. Depreciation. My anticipated watch will only be new for a nanosecond. Like previous Apple roll-outs, the next iteration will likely be available for a lower price, and more features will be added. Me? I’ll be stuck with an expensive relic. I recently saw an iPhone 4 and it looked like a sad, small, dumb brick compared to my beautiful 6 Plus. I imagine this original Apple Watch will soon be outdated.
4. Small screen. Yes, I know the whole point of the Apple Watch is that it’s small enough to wear—and wear stylishly—but let’s be honest, some of us have better eyesight than others, and I am one of the others. The trend in electronics so far has been toward bigger screens, not smaller. I’m so used to my huge iPhone 6 Plus now that I worry about my big fingers manipulating the screen and buttons on the tiny Apple Watch, and being able to see the small text clearly at a glance.
5. Water resistant, but not the band. In theory I can even wear the Apple Watch in the shower because it is water resistant, so okay for sweating, splashing, and even showering. But I would have to change the band from the classic leather one to the sport band, and who has time to stop and change a watch band before jumping in the shower?
6. No GPS. Apple Watch uses the GPS in the iPhone, so that’s one more feature that you’re tethered to the phone for. Verizon users once had the frustrating inability to use data while on a phone call, and they only fixed that for the latest models with the Advanced Call patch. If you’re using your Apple Watch with an iPhone 5 on Verizon, your dreams of being on a business call and summoning an Uber ride with your watch all at the same time will be dashed unless you upgrade your phone.
I’m not trying to rain on my own parade before it even gets here, just to be realistic about a piece of technology that promises to be the next big (little) thing.
What do you already hate about the Apple Watch?
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