Apple Watch Review Roundup: Well-Designed, Attractive, And Packed With Features--But Do You Need One?

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 08, 2015 12:21 PM EDT
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After much hype-building by Apple and speculation on the part of the press and potential consumers, reviews for the Apple Watch are rolling in. General consensus is positive, but most agree there are some issues. Here are some excerpts from around the web:

CNET, 3.5/5: "You don't need an Apple Watch. In many ways, it's a toy: an amazing little do-it-all, a clever invention, a possibly time-saving companion, a wrist-worn assistant. It's also mostly a phone accessory for now. In the months and years to come, that may change: with Apple's assortment of iPads, Macs, Apple TV and who knows what else to come, the watch could end up being a remote and accessory to many things. Maybe it'll be the key to unlock a world of smart appliances, cars, and connected places. In that type of world, a smartwatch could end up feeling utterly essential.

"But that day isn't here yet. Apple's aggressive and growing collection of apps could take us there sooner than later, however. This review will be updated over time, as I keep living with the watch. As it gets better, I'll report on it."

The Verge, 7/10: "There's no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today. It is one of the most ambitious products I've ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it's not clear that anyone's yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for."

Bloomberg, No Score: "So Apple has succeeded in its first big task with its watch. It made something that lives up to the company's reputation as an innovator and raised the bar for a whole new class of devices. Its second task-making me feel that I need this thing on my wrist every day-well, I'm not quite sure it's there yet. It's still another screen, another distraction, another way to disconnect, as much as it is the opposite. The Apple Watch is cool, it's beautiful, it's powerful, and it's easy to use. But it's not essential. Not yet."

Re/Code, No Score: "Of the half-dozen smartwatches I've tested in recent years, I've had the best experience with Apple Watch. If you're an iPhone power user and you're intrigued by the promises of wearable technology, you'll like it, too. But that doesn't mean Apple Watch is for everyone."

"Some people have already decided they're getting Apple Watch on the day it comes out. Because they love Apple. Because they like new things and being the first to buy them. Because there has been so much hype around this product."

"But Apple Watch is not a cure-all, and it's likely not a timepiece you will pass down to your grandkids. It is a well-designed piece of technology that will go through a series of software updates, until one day, years from now, when the lithium ion battery can no longer hold much of a charge and it won't seem as valuable to you."

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