The first reviews of the new Apple watch are starting to circulate the web, and the results are a mixed bag. The watch will be officially released on Friday, April 24th, and ranges in price from $349 to $17,000 (though the higher price tag is for a 14 karat gold version). Using the Apple watch, wearers will find features similar to their smart phones. The watch can display e-mails, receive calls, use social media, and interact with Siri, all without taking out your phone. The Apple store has been giving consumers 15 minute trial periods to test out the watch before its official release, and reviews range from glowing to downright brutal.
The biggest drawback, it seems, is that people are saying the watch is slow to load apps and notifications. However, Apple has had problems in the past with slow interfaces, and new updates and improvements are quick to infiltrate the marketplace. Although the watch may be slow now, it probably won’t remain that way for long.
Secondly, the apple watch seems to be a bit of an unnecessary gadget right out of the gate. For those of us who have the $349 to shell out and love gadgets, that’s all well and good, but for those who value utility, it may not be. On the other hand, if you look at sales numbers of the original iPhone, they were not good. When it was first introduced in 2007, the Apple only sold about 5.3 million phones in the first year. By 2009, it was selling 5.2 million phones per quarter. In the first quarter of this year, over 74.5 million iPhones were sold. New technology is almost always slow to catch on, but once it does, its sales rocket through the roof.
Other smart watches already exist, but Apple consistently takes the cake when it enters a new market, so the mixed reviews are not troubling. Apple isn’t claiming to have created the first smart watch, or the best one for that matter, but they are definitely poised to dominate the market with a few improvements.