The Apple Watch has been generating a lot of buzz since its unveiling back in September of 2014. At the unveiling, the world learned that it wasn’t named the expected ”iWatch”, but instead the Apple Watch. I’m guessing this was for reimaging purposes or maybe they just didn’t like the sound of “iWatch”. Whatever the case may be, the Apple Watch is resonating with the public. Recently, it was estimated that traditional watch sales were down somewhere between 11 to 14 percent this year from last year’s sales. Most have said this anomaly was due to the release of Apple’s newest complimentary gadget to the iPhone. The Apple Watch has most recently become available outside of the physical and online Apple Stores at Best Buys making them more easily obtainable to the public. The question is, does the Apple Watch fit into your life or could there be a better option?
What is it Capable of?
Apple is tossing this up as “Our most personal device yet”, which really comes as no surprise — a watch is literally attached to you all day. It does all the basics that are expected of a smart watch like read and reply to messages and take phone calls making the simple things even more so. That is, with your iPhone in close proximity. There are some features that stand out with the smart watch though. The Apple Watch has a UI (User Interface) paralleled by none. Not because it is “better” than any of the competitions’, that’s a personal opinion, but rather that it is optimized to work hand in hand with the iPhone. Anyone who is familiar with an iPhone shouldn’t have much trouble navigating through the Apple Watch.
The new tech centerfold is packed with capabilities like the Sketch feature, which allows you to draw on the screen as a friend on the other end can watch it happen in real time. Although this may not be the most useful or intuitive of features, it’ll definitely be a new way to connect with your friends and kill some time. Remember the smart phone game Draw Something? Think of it as the 2.0 version. Some of the more sought after features are the health and fitness. Seeing as how today’s society revels in health and fitness, it comes to no surprise that the Apple Watch has a heartbeat monitor accessible anytime. It also shows how much you’ve walked, exercised, and stood still in a single day or over a week’s time. There’s so much more to discover in Apple’s watch of wonders. With some practice it could potentially be a valuable part of your everyday life.
The Price “Could” be Right
The price of any smart watch can make the difference if anyone buys or moves on to the next one. The difference with this one is its actual price range. The starting price for one of these handy little watches is $349 for the Sport line of the watches. However, that isn’t the kicker. The top price could be all the way up to $17,000. Yes, you read that right, $17,000 for an “18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle” (picture above) categorized in the “Edition” section of Apple’s online store. If that’s not the pinnacle of luxury and technology then I don’t know what is. The thought of what could be bought with that money comes to the forefront of the mind almost instantly. With that kind of money you could buy 42 Xbox One’s or 42 PS4’s, 8,292 baby giant chickens, 68,000 packs of Trident Gum, or pay in full for a 2015 Dodge Dart and still have money left over. The possibilities are endless. For anyone who is willing to dish that out, the watch is quite the looker sure to turn heads or start a conversation. It is a piece that makes a bold statement of status.
Then there is the competition. Right now, the Apple Watch is outselling them all. That might be due “hype” over something new like with anything new to hit the market. Maybe it’s just that good. If you’re an Android user then the Apple Watch isn’t really useful, is it? Instead of going into all of the small details like how the Moto 360 has a 320mAh battery that should last you most of the day without recharging I’ll just focus on what there is to like about some of the competition. Samsung’s Gear Live line of watches, like Apple’s, are optimized to work with their Galaxy and Note phones that will give you the best experience than any other if one of those are your daily driver’s. I might add that those start at only $200. Then there’s the Pebble Watch series that had its start through the crowd funding website Kickstarter. For those who want a watch that isn’t too advanced, but still want the usefulness of a smartwatch this might be a viable option.
At any rate, the Apple Watch surely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a new extension of your iPhone that will continue to pop up all over the place. It stays true to the sleek design we’ve come to expect of Apple. Complete with compliments of luxury or sport, we can only expect that as time progresses, so will the Apple Watch. Do you want to wait to see how the field plays out, or be an innovator and get yours now?