Like many I placed an online order for the Apple Watch on April 14. I chose the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with black sports band Apple Watch Sport edition. I also chose to purchase AppleCare+. I paid $448 ($399 for the watch and $49 for the AppleCare+) and patiently waited for more than seven weeks for the watch to arrive. Yet, just a week later, I am returning my Apple Watch. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
Packaging is impressive but the setup isn’t very intuitive. Like all Apple products, the Watch’s packaging was mesmerizing. A part of me did not want to open the box and just let it sit on the shelf. However, I succumbed to intrigue and thought it would be cool to be wearing an Apple Watch (still a novelty item). A minute after I started the setup, I realized that the Watch did not awe me as the first iPod, iPhone, iMac and iPad. I found the setup to be “more” than what we are accustomed to from Apple products. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Most of the functionality is available on the iPhone. The Apple Watch requires the iPhone to be in close proximity to access the calendar, SMS or email. I prefer to use the iPhone for these apps and do not see any benefit of having these features on the Apple Watch. Also Read - Apple originally planned to launch new MacBook at WWDC 2021, but didn’t: details here
The form factor is not cool. I would have viewed the Apple Watch favorably if the screen was half-an-inch longer and the watch was half as thick as it is currently. The Apple Watch felt a tad cumbersome on my wrist.
Heart rate monitor and calorie burn is not very reliable. My goal was to replace the Polar watch that I wear to my workouts. I wear a heart rate monitor on my chest that transmits my hear rate to the Polar watch and to any exercise equipment that is compatible with the Polar heart rate monitor.
I wore the Apple Watch on my left wrist and the Polar on my right. In a ninety-minute workout, I noticed that the Apple Watch was not able to gather my heart-rate during a significant time of my workout and was incorrect in the calorie burned calculations. I was really looking forward to ditching the Polar watch as I would not need to wear the heart rate monitor.
It is not worth the $399 or $448 if you include AppleCare+. The price seems excessive to me as I do not appreciate the functionality that the Apple Watch offers. It failed miserably as a heart rate monitor and its calorie burned calculations were inaccurate. The screen is small for my liking.
I will not be surprised if Apple reduces the price of the various Apple Watch models once the pent-up demand subsides. Expect a price reduction in late summer or early fall. Incidentally, the sales of the first generation iPhone increased after Apple reduced the price and set the starting price of a subsidized iPhone at $199. And I believe future versions of the Apple Watch will start at $199.
The next version of the Apple Watch should be better. Since the Apple Watch is not a must have for me I will be glad to wait for a product that is better and perhaps will be cheaper too.
I will probably buy the 2016 version of the Apple Watch.