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4/8/2015
05:10 PM
Eric Zeman
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Apple Watch Reviews: It's Not For Everyone

Early testers of the Apple Watch suggest it is the best smartwatch yet, but they admit that people don't necessarily need smartwatches. That is, at least not yet.
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/8/2015 | 5:59:09 PM
Apple Watch
Do you think it's possible the Apple Watch could be a major flop? I'm guessing it will be a modest success, but I wonder what would happen if it were to total disaster...
jastroff
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jastroff,
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4/8/2015 | 8:17:16 PM
Re: Apple Watch
Can you think of an Apple disaster? Well, a long time ago, the LISA computer didn't sell. The Newton was a pipe dream then, but lately, I can't think of any hardware devices that bombed in the marketplace -- can you? Doesn't mean the Watch won't, but that will be a departure for them, at least in this century.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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4/9/2015 | 9:46:40 AM
Par for the course
As expected, this is an Apple product. It's over priced, under powered and more focused on stlye than substance but it will sell and it will find an audience and may even help propel wearables into more of mainstream marketplace. 

But there's going to be much better alternatives out there if you buy a wearable based on your needs and its abilities. The Watch seems like a catchall smartwatch with naff battery life which isn't exactly exciting. 
Susan Fourtané
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4/10/2015 | 1:25:43 AM
Re: Par for the course
Whoopty, 

Did you test one? :) 

The Apple Watch is mainly a product to add to the iOS ecosystem and it will work great just as any other Apple device do. It will serve those who are happy with their other Apple devices because they know the value of what the products deliver and the experience they bring. 

What I consider overpriced are those devices that you can buy for much less money but break down after two years or less of use, and that after having been malfunctioning right after a few months of purchasing. They end of in the trash. You can't even sell them to anyone because they are trash. After you years you have to go and buy a new one. That never happens with an Apple product. They work. Always. They are hard to die. That counts in the price and makes them worth the money/investment. 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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4/10/2015 | 5:02:38 AM
Whine, whine, whine
From all the silly complains this was the silliest: "All the reviewers complained that it's [the charger] yet something else to pack in your briefcase when hitting the road."

Unless you are going to hit the road for at least two days I see no point why you should carry the charger if you plan to get back home in the same day. The same you do with any other Apple charger, don't you? At least, I am not carrying my chargers around if I know I'll be back home within the same day. All the batteries last just fine and I use the devices continuously. 

So, how come carrying a tiny charger that weights close to nothing can be such a big problem? 

Thinking about how the Apple Watch could be useful for me I remembered that when I am in cities like Barcelona, where I don't want to take my iPhone or iPad out from my bag for anything, the Apple Watch Sport at $349 could be a good thing to have to use maps, get notifications, send messages, etc. without exposing devices too much. 

-Susan 
Mitch1939
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6/5/2015 | 10:03:52 AM
Apple and watches
Desperate to sell their overpdrices watch, Apple has deliberately refused to approve the newest bug fix for the Pebble, and any app at all for the new Pebble Time, rendering it useless. I just might buy an android so I can use my watch.
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