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This is why you want to wear an Apple Watch, no matter who you are

Late last year, I wrote about how convenience was the Apple Watch's killer feature. I broke it down into five areas where I felt the Apple Watch could really save everyone time and effort by better surfacing brief but important interactions — communications, information, remote control, health and fitness, and authentication (Apple Pay).

While taken together, those five areas are absolutely killer. But other potential customers could easily find each area on its own incredibly compelling. It's a multi-faceted opportunity for Apple, and one that could make the watch appealing well beyond many expectations.

For Apple Payers and music lovers

For iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s owners, the Apple Watch gives you access to in-store Apple Pay, letting you tap-to-pay for purchases at thousands of retail locations. For walkers or joggers who don't want to bring their iPhone — or wallet — with them when they're out, it can be a great solution until you upgrade to an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or future iPhone. So can having music with you, iPod shuffle- or iPod nano-style. It's not everything, but it's everything you really need.

For health enthusiasts

The same goes for step- and stair-counting, and other quantified life statistics. Some of us use dedicated bands for this, just like we used to use dedicated personal digital assistants like the Palm Pilot before the rise of smartphones. I've heard from friends who plan to buy the stainless steel or even gold Apple Watch also tell me they plan to get an Apple Watch Sport as well — just for exercise. That might sound excessive, but it also shows the appeal of the Apple Watch as a pure fitness device. It'll have all the right sensors and an Apple interface on top of them. That'll make for a phenomenal fitness experience all on its own.

For home automators

As home automation continues to take off, especially Apple's HomeKit, those of us who have implemented lighting, sound, temperature control, and security will need a unified and coherent way to monitor and control it. The iPhone and iPad will be great for setup and fine-tuning, but for moment-to-moment actions — turning things on and off, raising and lowering them, closing and opening them — the watch will be better. Especially when you factor in Siri. I can't wait to say "Game time" and have the lights go red, the TV switch over, and the bass come to life. Or "crash the compound," and everything have everything shut down for the night. It's one step closer to JARVIS.

For the always alert

If you're obsessed with notifications — if every time your iPhone beeps or buzzes your dive for your pocket or purse or race across the room — the Apple Watch should eliminate a tremendous amount of overhead. It'll tap you when something comes in, give you the gist when you turn your wrist upwards, and expand the details if and when you want them. Likewise, if you're waiting for a delivery, or to board a plane, or want to know what the weather is, or how long it will be before your Uber arrives, or anything else that had you pulling down widgets in Notification Center every few minutes to make sure you have the latest information, glances will give you all of that on your wrist as well.

For communicators

For those of you who simply want to be able to answer phone calls or return messages without having to pull a phone from your pocket or dash for your purse or charger, the Apple Watch will you do all of that right from your wrist. It's the same for Twitter and Facebook and potentially any other messaging system that hooks into iOS. For longer chats, Handoff will let you go back to your iPhone and its much bigger screen. For quick chats, however, and for sketches and heartbeats, the Apple Watch will be like something out of Dick Tracey.

Different strokes

Some people might just want Apple Pay. Others might prefer step-counting or the heart-rate monitor. Still others may want the Apple TV and home control, or notifications, or the ability to stay in touch without having to reach for a phone. Each one of those things could be valuable enough to make the Apple Watch well worth it. Several or all of them, in combination, could be invaluable. Never mind all the Apple Watch apps that are coming as well.

It's a product that will appeal to different people in different ways, much like the iPhone has done so. And it's a product that could come to be just as important.

Everyone I've spoken to who has used an Apple Watch for any length of time — and Tim Cook's public statements — make it sound like the watch quickly becomes so integral to their digital experience that they never want to take it off. I only got to try it for a few minutes back in September, but that was my impression as well. I can't wait to see what more than a few minutes.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

89 Comments
  • This does nothing other smart watches do not already do and I don't want those either.
  • Okay, thank you. Sent from the iMore App
  • It fully interfaces with the iPhone, which, if you're an iPhone owner, is significant.
  • I agree most people don't know how big of a deal this really is. I haven't wore a watch since my Mickey Mouse watch when I was 9 but am looking forward to it like I did when the beeper came out Sent from the iMore App
  • For iPhone customers I am happy for them. Like many, though, I still fail to see the true need of a smartwatch and what I can do with them that I cannot already do on my phone alone. This is not an Apple specific gripe really but all OEMs. They need to make a really awesome unique use or experience that a phonr itself cannot do on its own.
  • I think it'll be like the first generation iPhone. It didn't do anything so brand new that PCs, digital cameras, and cell phones couldn't already do. But the "how" - immediately, portably, persistently, delightfully - made all the difference. First it's a watch - a beautiful, customizable timepiece with easy alarms, stopwatches, etc. And yes, it'll do things a phone can do - but more discreetly, more conveniently, and largely hands-free. I'm looking forward to using it for discreet notifications, silent alarms and reminders, controlling my music/Apple TV, being my music/wallet/tracker on jogs, eyes up hands-free walking directions, and as a remote viewfinder for my IPhone. So with respect I think you are missing the point if you're only thinking "what can it do that a smartphone cannot do" :)
  • A smartphone can do all this stuff and smartwatches that already exist can do what an Apple Watch. Until ANY OEM can give a convincing amazing NEW need or use of a wearable that a phone cannot already do (at least on its own) then wearables are still a hard sell regardless of OS or OEM.
  • If the heart rate monitoring works well, I can finally ditch my polar fitness watch and the need to wear a chest strap. I think that's totally worthwhile. It also means I don't need to keep taking my phone out of my pocket when I'm jogging. Discreet notifications will also be nice. My iPhone 6 Plus sounds like I've got a sex toy in my pocket when it's on vibrate. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well I will not argue the convenience factor, but still, nothing really new we haven't seen before. I just don't feel outside of Holo Lens by Microsoft that wearables is advancing technology forward.
  • You will be able to replace your Polar. The Apple Watch heart rate monitoring tech won't replace your chest strap. It'll provide better understanding of your activity throughout the day with intermittent samples. For the most accurate constant readings, as well as saving battery life, you'll want a Bluetooth Smart HRM which pairs to your phone with readout on the watch.
  • Yeah I considered that I might need to do that, but first I want to test the  Watch heart rate sensor to see how well it measures the intensity of my workouts. As I understand it, the heart rate monitor uses light sensors and will only be active in workout mode. I don't need to know my exact heart rate but if I wear both the polar (with chest strap) and the  Watch for testing and compare the calorie burn at the end of a few sessions, I'll get an idea of how accurate it is compared to using my polar with its chest strap. When I'm not in a workout, the step counting and distance data is fine to give me a general idea of my daily activity. I'm looking for consistency and reliability, and I can't wait to test it out! Sent from the iMore App
  • Same situation here! i already sold my polar loop + chest strap, I loved my polar loop and compare to the apple watch now it looks like crap lol.
    HRM looks really big, bigger than any other i have seen, I guess thats good !
  • True, but what people seem to not realize is some of us don't want or NEED this thing. It's a ridiculous product at a ridiculous price point. I have been an Apple employee and faithful Apple user since 1986 and I can tell you this thing above all else shows Apple is not building devices that are useful for the sake of being useful. Most any $49 training band can do much of what this watch does and I won't worry about wearing one of those out. I can dig the luxury aspect of the brand, but just because it seems awesome doesn't mean it's going to be awesome or usable.. and just because it's an Apple product doesn't mean we're not getting something the rest of you are. Some of us honestly don't want this thing.
  • +1
  • $49 training bands do not do nearly what the Apple Watch does. I think it's supremely useful - making technology both more immediate and less intrusive (hopefully). By all appearances it will be the first fashionable wearable technology in history. It's easy to overlook, but we're witnessing the transition from tech as discrete chunks of metal and technology to something that you wear. Whether $349 is worth it or not is a matter of opinion, values, and income. But we all know the iPhone started at $600 with contract, and now they're free-$199 with contract. The iPad was a minimum $499, and now older models sell new for $249. The field is wide open, but you can bet in 2 years they will be 25% thinner, 5x faster, and 25-50% cheaper.
  • As a consumer, it benefits me if they all interface with each other. Lock in is bad.
  • Not everyone is an iPhone user. You said it was what we all want no matter who you are. Without the ability to sync it with whatever I want whenever I want, it is not for me. And it won't be for many. No smart watch does things so well that I will feel the need to throw down hundreds on something that will not outlast it's price tag by all likelihood. I'm also in no need to see so little on such tiny screens. I understand that smart watches need to start somewhere, but I think they're all going in the wrong direction by following traditional watch design. And there's also a lot of bad ideas being implemented. It shouldn't do everything, but should do a few things amazingly well. Make it a souped up fitness tracker and a cram as many sensors as you can in there. Cramping the interface with tons of notifications is going to be distracting on those little screens. People run into things all the time with there faces in there phones 24/7, can you imagine people looking down at there watches every minute or constantly holding their arms in their faces just to get a gander at their messages? Be complimentary, not confusing. Be classy, not clunky. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • @VAVA Mk2: Actually, you are demonstrably wrong on the first point, and the second point is irrelevant.
  • Please do explain. Enlighten me.
  • Well checking Apple's website for even a moment will definitely show you that the Apple Watch can do things that other watches cannot. Just because you don't like these things, doesn't make them non-existent. Your second point is irrelevant because it's a personal opinion, and based on no facts apart from that (at least that I can see). So it's not even what they used to call an "informed opinion." All the posts you are making here today seem to reflect nothing other than your quite obvious hatred/dislike of the Apple Watch. You make no factual claims, you don't even have a real argument. You are really just stating your dislike for the product over and over again in various ways. It's perfectly fine if you don't like it of course. To pretend that you have arguments against it's utility or that your dislike of it is based on anything substantial, or factual, or really anything other than your own personal preference however is false.
  • Neither did you. What can it do other watches can't? You fail to mention that.
  • All that taptastic stuff for starters. The picture messaging, etc. It's obvious to anyone who's actually read the site that the watch does things that others don't. That's why I didn't state it, it's plainly obvious. Self-evident.
  • No please write it here as you are just saying whatever is on their site is stuff no one else has done. I have read plenty of blogs, pro Apple, pro Android, and neutral, that have basically come to the same conclusion that the features in their smart watch is nothing we have not yet seen before and so far smart watches in general offer nothing new or amazing or ground breaking. You fail to make any arguments for Apple other than redirecting me to go to their site which is pretty lazy and not helping you argue why Apple Watch is a game changer.
  • "In a world where people value first first first, you value what matters first" -Sep 2014 apple event. People did not see the need for a smartphone or a tablet until the iPhone or iPad released. Even though smartphones and tablets existed before that did what the iPhone and iPad did. Don't apple skeptics ever learn from history? Its is not matter what it does, but how it does it. Plus partnerships, dev community, accessories market, quality of 3rd party apps, after sales support... all together change the world. Until now Android wear did not pick up. Once the Apple watch releases, then more Android wear products will sell. See even being an alternative to an Apple product is profitable. -Domnic
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  • Sorry not a watch guy Sent from the iMore App
  • We weren't pocket phone people before cell phones either.
  • Not exactly the best retort or response but OK. A cell phone can help you check the time along with the many uses people have enjoyed from cell phones for decades. A watch is now a jewelry piece as pretty much everyone carries around a smartphone that can check the time anyways. A smart watch currently acts as an accessory or extension to a phone, but so far, no earth-shattering need or experience has been shown from ANY smart watch.
  • Yeah... But watches exist now.... Sorry Rene. I just don't see it happening. The whole apple watch thing is a joke to me. I have tried smart watches. They solve a problem that doesn't exist. Sent from the iMore App
  • That's different. Watches have been around a lot longer than cell phones, so people are used to the feeling on the wrist. I am not a fan of it.
  • No doubt there are plenty of people who will buy the Apple watch for the reasons discussed above (and because it looks cool, of course). But for me: the entire article could be swallowed up in one sentence: makes it so I don't have to take my phone out of my pocket. I'm not spending $350+ for that. I'm really, really interested to see the sales figures when this thing hits the streets. Are there more enough gadget people to make this a worthwhile project for Apple? Or are most people going to pass?
  • From the time I heard rumors of the Apple Watch I had a similar mindset. "Sure it's nice, but why bother when my G Shock is in great shape and I can just pull my phone out of my pocket for anything related to it. Then a couple friends convinced me to get a Pebble. After two weeks with it, I'm sold on smart watches in general. As professionalism goes, it's bad form to pull out the phone even if you're just checking the time; this is why I've continued to wear a watch. Now with the Pebble I can check my wrist when it vibrates. To most people I'm checking the time. Even if they're aware it's a Pebble, a quick glimpse at the wrist is less "offensive" than pulling out the phone to be sure that phone call isn't important. However, after two weeks with the Pebble, I'm now also pretty much sold on the Apple Watch. Granted, it's partially just for convenience - where it overlaps the Pebble as well as where the Apple Watch will be more tightly integrated with the phone than the Pebble. A quick response to a text from the wrist and such. I'm also interested in the health aspects it will incorporate. I'm not 100% sold at this point - that will have to wait until the announcement - but I'm pretty close.
  • I love the idea of all these features, but the battery life has kept me with my Casio ABC watch (I just bought a new one, rather than holding out for the Apple Watch). I don't want to be sitting there with my wrist attached to a wall right next to where my phone is attached to the wall, both charging. I use my watch far too much as a watch (mainly when coaching) to have to worry about how often I'm lighting up the screen. Also, not waterproof, so no go for me.
  • Actually, I just want one 'cos it's a nice looking watch - anything else it can do is a bonus.
  • If you want a nice-looking watch, get a Citizen or another brand in that price range. I like tech as much as the next guy, but a nice conventional watch just looks classy. I bought an Invictia a couple of years ago for just over $100, and I had no idea how many compliments I'd get when I wore it to work.
  • But what if he likes the AppleWatch? That's the thing about "nice looking." It means different things to different people. I don't care for Citizen watches, but I love my Mondaine.
  • One thing that Apple Watch (even if it did NOTHING but tell the time), has over most other watches (ESPECIALLY the expensive ones), is that it's digital. One of the main reasons I never wear a watch anymore is I have no time to be figuring out analogue clock faces, and all that ancient "it is a quarter past five," crapola. Most of the digital watches are just some crap $10 plastic thing, and most of the really fine, high end watches are analogue. When I look at my wrist or pull out my phone, I want to see the TIME. I don't want to be presented with an old-fashioned analogue *representation* of time, based on sun-dials and mechanical gears. I don't want to have to spend time looking at the watch and translating the position of the hands into the time. I just want to see 11:32 (or whatever).
  • Not to mention you can set alarms and whatever. I constantly miss calls or reminders on my phone because I set it to mute. Hopefully the watch makes that better.
  • You're pained by figuring out what time it is when the big hand is on the 2 and the little hand is on the 5? Really? I guess we truly are a lazy society.. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You can't tell time in a traditional watch? Really? No, seriously? Sent from the iMore App
  • Gazoobe I hope you tell everything you said in your previous comment to your 2nd grade teacher.
  • Those expensive watches are like that for a reason. They still hold classic timeless aesthetics to be of utmost importance. No watch with a digital face has the class of an analog watch. That isn't opinion. If you can't read the watch, they don't want you buying one. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I too am a technology enthusiast. Owning a MacBook, iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices in the past. I will not be getting the watch. Good sales pitch tho...
  • +1 Sent from the iMore App
  • Here's my issue with most smartwatches: they really don't add much functionality that my phone doesn't already have, and my phone is right there, in my pocket or on my desk. All I really get is the same information on my phone pushed to my wrist. And, for that convenience, I have yet another device to charge, and I'm out several hundred bucks. For that price, I can get a very nice conventional watch that, with proper care, can last for decades. How long will the average smartwatch last, either before it dies or needs to be replaced to gain new features? A year or two? Sorry, I'm not seeing the value. Maybe it'll be there in a few years, but it isn't there right now.
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  • They add convenience, and the ability to substitute small tasks that you would do normally on your phone, I have had the pebble for nearly 2 years now, I wear it every day and it doesn't do 1/4 of the stuff the apple watch will. I will enjoy the ability to decline a call and send a text when I am in a meeting. I will use it when I am running to track my time/distance and see real time as I train for an upcoming marathon. Right now I use my pebble to check scores using the espn app and check in using the swarm app, control my music when I am in the shower or running. I know that as much as I use the pebble I will use the apple watch even more, for me that makes it worth it, and I suspect millions of others will agree. I do agree that smart watches are in their infancy and there is a lot of upside to this technology in the future.
  • All it does is split your workload into more devices. It's not more convenient than using your phone if you're going to be using your watch as much, if not more to to its form factor being a likely hindrance. Your statement is an oxymoron. Convenience makes things faster and easier. Transferring load to a different medium does not equal convenience. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • so many whiners out there. when paired with the iOS ecosystem, and the likely slew of Watch Apps coming, this sounds amazing!
  • Shut up Jony.
  • Hahaha Sent from the iMore App
  • For those who have a smart watch already they can tell you the big benefits of having one. I can say for myself there has been many times I wish I had one because my phone was not near me to crab real quick to do something. If you already have Apple devices this would be a great add on to complete the circle. It is not much more than other watches. The watch does add a lot of convenience for most people who cannot have there phone sitting there in plain site to do a quick check. Many people have jobs that do not like seeing or having their phones out so this way you can see what is going on and determine if you need to grab your phone to go outside.
  • Doesn't the phone need to be near you for the thing to work? It doesn't have it's own cellular radio, right?
  • Most ladies keep it in their purse or other keep it in the desk drawer so it would be close by.
  • Can the product AT LEAST come out first and can you AT LEAST try it firsthand before telling us why we'd want it- no matter who we are? Geesh. The Apple Kool-aid is real..
  • Rene HAS tried it.
  • Rene would fall all over himself if Apple came out with an iToilet. If it's Apple, he loves it and so should you! Sent from the iMore App
  • Good one. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Unless confirmed otherwise on March 9th, I have to assume that this device: 1) Only works with iPhone
    2) Only lasts around one day (maybe 2) on a charge
    3) Does not have the display always on Any one of these reasons is enough for me to pass. The closest thing to a real smatwatch for me is the Pebble because the time is always visible and it works with all of my devices. It also lasts 5-7 days on a charge, increasing the utility quite a bit.
  • It would be nice to have access to Apple Pay. Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't get the people who go out of their way to post "I don't want this." Do you also go on furniture forums, or car forums, etc. and post about how you don't want them?
  • They are tech enthusiasts/users from all platforms responding to an article that quite clearly states everyone wants one no matter what. How is this anything like going to random furniture sites? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Do you think we'll be able to use it as a voice recorder? It would be great to be able to make quick voice memos.
  • That list is worth about a $50 accessory to me, not one $350 and up.
  • Let’s compare the entry-level prices of all of Apple’s latest-generation mobile products: iPod Nano - $149
    iPod Touch - $199  Watch - $349 iPad Mini 3 - $399
    iPad Air 2 - $499 iPhone 6 - $649 (unsubsidized)
    iPhone 6 Plus - $749 (unsubsidized) MacBooks - $899-$1,999 You really would put a $50 price tag on the Apple Watch? For a first-generation product, I think it’s right where it should be. It’s half the price of the latest iPhones. It’s $50-$150 cheaper than the latest iPads. Yet, it has room to drift down with enough breathing room above the iPods (arguably a dying product line). I’d bet money that the  Watch price drifts down to $299 and $249 over the next 1-3 years.
  • You misunderstand me. I'm not saying anything about how Apple should price any of their products, first, second, or last generation. I'm saying what I, personally, would be willing to pay for the features Rene enumerates.
  • I get it :) I'm just saying, I think your valuation is pretty skewed if you'd pay IPod Shuffle prices for everything the  Watch does.
  • As people around here (rightfully) say, it's not about a "everything it does" checklist, it's about the value you get from the experience. With my career/lifestyle, I do not see getting more than an incremental benefit from the  watch. I'm willing to be convinced, but I haven't seen it yet
  • I'm curious enough. It's a day one purchase for both my wife and I. We'll see how it works out.
  • Battery life is going to be key. If it really only has 3 or so hours of usage it will be about worthless. Hope that was way underestimated, because otherwise will be a huge disappointment. Sent from the iMore App
  • Keep in mind, 3 hours of ACTIVE use is spread throughout the day. You get a text message, raise it and read it, and dictate a response. 15 seconds? So you know, 3 hours means you can do that 700+ times a day :P A smartwatch is not going to follow the usage patterns of a laptop or smartphone - It's going to be many, many short instances. Apple is designing its UI for such patterns, and is encouraging its app devs to do the same.
  • I understand that. But what about people who want to use it as a watch and have it always on to check the time? Then 3 hours goes really fast.. Sent from the iMore App
  • I am curious to see how this pans out. I expect from what I've heard described the 'not always on' won't be as big an issue. It sounds like Apple has it sorted so that when you raise your wrist it's on. Always on sounds nice as far as it being on when I want to see it, but thinking about how much I *don't* look at my watch... I think I'll be okay with their implementation - unless it doesn't work as advertised.
  • I agree with everything but the "music" one, which is a big stretch IMO. You pretty much always have to have your phone with you to use the Apple Watch. I know it's *possible* to use it without the phone, but considering most of the features require the use of a nearby iPhone, it's a bit silly to talk about using the Apple Watch for "music" when you "don't want to carry your iPhone." It's possible of course, but the number of times you'd be in that exact situation must be exceedingly small.
  • Great for joggers though.
  • I'm sure it will be a fine product and plenty of people will buy it. But for my personal needs/interests I don't find any of those a compelling reason to buy this. Nothing wrong with it. It just don't have much interest in what it offers. Don't want to wear a watch. If i do it will be a dress watch. I don't dress up much though. And honestly, what's offered are worth maybe $50 or $60 to me if i had money to burn. But I don't. For me it's a solution searching for a problem.
  • Nope, don't need it, don't want it. It's cool and all, but I just don't have any need for a smartwatch. My old Swatch still does everything I need a watch to do (time, day, & date, and that's it). Maybe I'll be more interested in a smartwatch someday after the technology has fully matured, but not for the foreseeable future.
  • Nope, sorry. I don't want one now and I never have.
  • I have had/have wrist worn devices that do all of this (Apple Pay aside, which isn't even out here in the UK yet anyway) and decided I didn't need any of them (Garmin Forerunner aside which is still essential for my running). Nice advert though, as always.
  • Can't wait to get the Apple Watch! (Been waited for ~6 months already!) Sent from the iMore App
  • And to be fair, this is a reason why I DON'T want to wear an Apple Watch: Given that the iPhone is one of the most targeted devices for theft, and the Apple Watch is only compatible with iOS, wearing one of these things is like a flag to a thief that you have an iPhone with you (and you are somewhat affluent to buy an additional device besides your iphone). Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I'm not allowed to wear a watch where I work (I'm a chef) so I won't be getting the Apple Watch. Sent from the iMore App
  • Agree with the content. Smart watch is truly about choice. I have had a Gear 2 Neo for almost a year and a Gear Live for about a month (bought it used to keep an eye on development of Android Wear, which is painful to use compared to the Tizen version).
    Love my Neo, its a daily driver and is truly a companion to the phone. With the dozens of corporate emails coming in, I can easily triage those messages which require a response without pulling out the phone. Ability to answer or reject calls or send messages via the watch is great although rarely would I message through the watch itself. I use the health data daily, especially pedometer but if that's all you need there are better and cheaper alternatives out there. Battery life is 48 hours without fail in the Tizen version vs about 40 for Android Wear. Other than NFC capabilities I don't see much differnce in the apple watch vs what's on the market already even though LGs watch now has NFC as well. For me, NFC is great but I've been using mobile payments for nearly two years and still, will more often reach out for my wallet vs phone even though I could do both. Love the fact that I can use my watch as a proximity unlock on my phone which removes the need to unlock any apps I have protected with my fingerprint reader. Also enjoy shutting off the massive wall of TVs in sports bars. Makes for some good laughs. Price is a big persuader/dissuader here. Samsung had a great bundle deal when the watches came out where you could get the watch for $50 along with the S5 which was incredble value. With profit being the top priority, I don't see Apple doing anything similar. To me $400 is about the top end that the mass market may pay for any smartwatch. For me, even as a 'techie', I won't pay for than $300 for a watch. Luxury time pieces live on for decades. Technology changes far too rapidly to consider anything higher as an investment for smart watches. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I used to wear a watch every day, then cell phones came out. Haven't worn a watch in many years now, until a few months ago when I tried a Pebble as a starter smart watch. I figured for 60 bucks on eBay I couldn't go wrong. Boy was I right. I wear this thing all the time and enjoy it quite a bit. I don't find it comfortable to wear to bed and don't want to deal with notifications so I just leave it by my computer every night when I go to bed. Right next to the charger. Hmm... I'm really looking forward to how much more the Apple Watch is going to do. Love the Pebble and figured maybe it was enough but... Nah, I'll be getting an Apple Watch I'm sure.
  • No. No I don't. Sent from the iMore App
  • Although I AM thinking about maybe getting a Pebble. Sent from the iMore App
  • Be careful! I got a Pebble two weeks ago and that did more to convince me that I want an Apple Watch than anything else.
  • No, it's the high price to give me features I don't want or need that is having me look at Pebble. Sent from the iMore App
  • This is lacking a lot imo, and anyways, I don't like watches (dont like stuff on my wrists). For people who want it though, they should seriously wait for the second generation, as Apple's second generation products usually improve a LOT. One major thing I don't understand why this watch doesn't have is that it isn't waterproof. Seriously Apple? At least make the Sport one waterproof!
  • I bought a $600 Tissot a couple years ago, which I wear very occasionally. I also have a $150 Pebble and a $100 FitBit. Three years ago I bought a $400 Polar, which mostly goes unused in favour of running apps paired to a Bluetooth chest strap HRM. That's $1250 for one occasional device that I still like and three totally obsolete ones with no upgradeability and no resale value. An Apple Watch will replace all that while adding apps and new conveniences, deeply integrated in an upgradeable platform that I'll want to wear everyday.