Despite mixed reviews and faulty components, the Watch is proving a popular device among Apple fans and recently earned the status of top smartwatch from Consumer Reports. If you want one you'll have to hop online, and likely wait until June for your Watch to arrive.
I've seen my fair share of Apple Watches, so far mostly in subways and at hotel convention centers. While Apple has yet to demonstrate a must-have use case for the Watch, I think it seems like a pretty handy travel device for consumers and businesspeople alike.
Traveling -- whether by plane, train, or car -- is detailed and exhausting. There are flights to track, bags to claim, and hotel check-in and checkout times to juggle. It's a lot to manage, especially if you're traveling in a group or switching from plane to plane.
Already there are 3,500 apps ready for download on the Apple Watch, and more than a few that give stressed travelers some welcome relief. The Watch can tell you what time to leave for the airport, check you into your hotel, and recommend a local restaurant for dinner.
While there are plenty of travel apps available on iOS and Android, the Apple Watch lends a certain level of convenience. Is it much more convenient than iPhone? That's up to the wearer, but Apple is banking on the convenience of wrist-worn apps to drive demand for Apple Watch.
Given that it was just released, you could argue that the Watch currently exceeds the budget for many travelers. Even the cheapest $350 Sport model is pricey, and the price further escalates if you don't already have an iPhone. However, the price of all tech drops over time. The iPhone was a small fortune upon its release, but now you can pick up an iPhone 5c at Verizon for $0.99.
Would you use an Apple Watch for travel? What are some of your favorite travel apps you'd like to see translated on the Watch?
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