The Apple Watch was released last April and didn’t make the huge impact Apple thought it would. According to Tech2, Watch owners have mixed feelings about the device, but might still get the next one.
“Not everyone is impressed with the Apple Watch. According to a new study from Wristly, some early adopters are already questioning its usefulness and its price tag. Yet despite their disappointment, they’re still wearing it and even contemplating buying the next version.”
In a small sample of people who didn’t like their Apple Watch, 28 percent had given up on the device altogether. Yet, despite being disappointed, only 19 percent had actually returned their device to Apple for a refund.
9to5Mac conducted its own poll of Apple Watch buyers to see if they are still wearing the Watch after eight months and found that 72.07 percent said they wear their Apple Watch everyday. Twelve percent say they wear their watch, but not every single day. Sixteen percent said they don’t wear their watch at all. While the 16 percent number may seem low, it’s still a significant percentage of people that paid over $350 for a device they don’t care to wear anymore.
However, most of the commenters under the article had praise for the Watch.
“There have only been a few occasions that I forgot to put my watch on, but those few times I felt so naked without it,” said commenter “philheazy.”
“Yes. I find that when i take it off i immediately become more sedimentary and go three hours without getting up from my desk or start skipping my evening walks, etc.,” Hanley Leung claims.
There are still a lot of people on Twitter that love their Apple Watch.
Love my #applewatch, when it reminds me to stand up every hour, I get up and do a little dance! It seems to appreciate my efforts!
— Helen Anne Gregory (@helengregory) December 29, 2015
I could spend hours on my Apple Watch doing nothing; I think I'm in love ????⌚️
— Megan Crail. ♡ (@MeganCrail) December 29, 2015
The arrival of the Apple Watch in April of 2015 was met with some mixed reviews. The New York Times claimed there was a steep learning curve for the Apple Watch.
“First there was a day to learn the device’s initially complex user interface. Then another to determine how it could best fit it into my life. And still one more to figure out exactly what Apple’s first major new product in five years is trying to do — and, crucially, what it isn’t.”
CNET, who usually gives anything by Apple at least four-and-a-half stars, only gave the Apple Watch three-and-a-half stars.
“The watch is beautiful and promising — the most ambitious wearable that exists. But in an attempt to do everything in the first generation, the Apple Watch still leaves plenty to be desired. Short battery life compared with other watches and higher prices are the biggest flags for now. But Apple is just setting sail, and it has a long journey ahead.”
One of the main issues with the Apple Watch is the fact that it is completely dependable on the iPhone to operate. In contrast, there is a 3G version of Samsung’s Gear S2 that can operate as a standalone watch and phone, even using the same number as your phone.
The Apple Watch 2, which is supposed to come out during the first half of 2016, is said to offer better connection options as well as offer advanced features such as video conferencing. Did you buy an Apple Watch, or are you waiting for the second version? Let us know in the comments section.
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