Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch

With the hype building around the hotly anticipated Apple Watch, we look at Apple’s first generation smartwatch and give you five reasons why you should avoid it and wait for the Apple Watch 2.

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  • Apple Watch Slide 1 Is the Apple Watch worth the money?
  • Apple Watch Slide 2 First is worst
  • Apple Watch Slide 3 Performance issues
  • Apple Watch Slide 4 Confusing to use
  • Apple Watch Slide 5 Lack of watch faces
  • Apple Watch Slide 6 Expense and depreciation
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Is the Apple Watch worth the money?

Apple’s first generation Apple Watch has had the Internet in fits of excitement since its original announcement in September 2014. Apple pitched a smartwatch experience like no other, as the company usually does with its product releases, mentioning features like Glances and a Digital Crown, an integral part of a traditional watch reimagined for a smartwatch.

But with the first Apple Watch reviews hitting the Internet, it looks like Apple’s smartwatch may not be as impressive as everyone initially expected. Why? Read on to find out.

See also: Apple Watch Review

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Next Prev Apple Watch Slide 1

Apple’s first generation Apple Watch has had the Internet in fits of excitement since its original announcement in September 2014. Apple pitched a smartwatch experience like no other, as the company usually does with its product releases, mentioning features like Glances and a Digital Crown, an integral part of a traditional watch reimagined for a smartwatch.

But with the first Apple Watch reviews hitting the Internet, it looks like Apple’s smartwatch may not be as impressive as everyone initially expected. Why? Read on to find out.

See also: Apple Watch Review

 

Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch: First is worst

The main reason for not buying a first generation Apple Watch is that like with any other first generation product, you’ll be a glorified beta tester. Early adoption is usually welcomed with teething issues that are usually ironed out before the release of the more popular second-generation device. Take the original iPhone for example; the original iPhone didn’t have 3G networking or an App Store. Those features were crucial to the iPhone’s success and didn’t come until its second generation. 

It’s the same story with the iPad – remember the original iPad? It was heavy, had a weird shape to it and lacked a camera. The iPad 2 came along and fixed all those problems, and at the same time made the first generation iPad redundant. Developers slowly stopped providing support for the original iPad before Apple themselves finally removed it from their iOS update cycle. 

See also: Apple Watch buyers guide - how to buy or pre-order the Apple Watch

 

Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch: Performance issues

Early reviews of the Apple Watch suggest that it isn’t as fast as its been made to look. There have been multiple reports of sluggish behaviour, especially when waiting for apps to load – the general blame of the sluggish behaviour seems to be down to using location services.

Apps that require location services to function seem to be the slowest to load, but they’re not the only culprits. Other reports suggest that notifications slow down the performance of the Apple Watch, with some accusing Apple of sacrificing performance to make sure that the Watch lasts all day on a single charge. If true, is it a worthy trade? We’re not too sure.

Apple has commented on these early complaints, saying that the company’s dev team are working on a fix for the speed issues, and that the problem should be fixed by the general release of the Apple Watch.

Read: How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

 

Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch: Very confusing to use

According to Farhad Manjoo at NY Times, The Apple Watch is a lot to take in, even for more experienced techies. Against Apple’s usual design philosophies, it looks like the Apple Watch isn’t designed for tech novices. Judging by the design of Apple Watch OS, the Apple Watch’s main target audience seems to be either people that are regularly inundated with notifications or people that want to try and manage their ever-growing digital lives as simply as they can.

While many smartwatches are all about simplistic interfaces, like Google’s Android Wear OS, the Apple Watch has a variety of customisation options and features, which to a tech novice can be slightly overwhelming – especially on a brand new platform where nothing is familiar. Granted that eventually, almost anyone can get used to the OS and navigate it accurately, but the time it takes might vary depending on the technical abilities of the individual.  

See also: 10 amazing Apple Watch facts

 

Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch: Lack of watch faces

A key feature of many smartwatches on the market is the ability to customise the watch face and make it unique to the user. Pebble allow users to develop their own watch faces and upload them to the watch, Android Now has a variety of watch faces, both free and paid available on Google Play – but what does Apple offer?

Apple has nine different – and granted, very unique – watch faces available on the Apple Watch, including one that displays the current position of the sun in the sky and another that displays an iconic Mickey Mouse watch face. With a “force touch” on the watch face, users can add and remove various elements, tweaking it to their individual needs. Past that though, there’s not much you can really do.

There’s no section of the App Store that caters for third party watch faces, which would be a great idea for Apple, and there’s no way to create your own watch face and upload it. For a device that prides itself on being able to do so much, it doesn’t seem to have covered the basics. 

See also: Pebble Time vs Apple Watch comparison

 

Five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch: Expense and depreciation

The biggest reason not to buy the Apple Watch has got to be its price and rate of depreciation. Even the cheapest variation of the Apple Watch, the Watch Sport priced at £299, is at the higher end of the current smartwatch market with many Android alternatives costing between £100-200. That’s without going on to talk about the Watch collection that spans between £479-949 and the Watch Edition collection that costs between £8,000 and £13,000.

Paying more for a smartwatch that does more than any other currently available isn’t a bad thing in itself, as long as you can justify the purchase. The most ironic thing about the difference in price between the three collections is that there’s no difference in features or performance, just the design and materials used. Does that remind anyone else of the fashion industry?

The other issue is that, like a car, once you buy an Apple Watch, the value starts to drop straight away. That isn’t helped by Apple’s yearly product refresh cycle, which if followed means that 2016 will probably be the year that Apple will release the Apple Watch 2. The second generation Apple Watch will be an all round improvement on the company’s first attempt at a smartwatch, and will destroy any remaining value in the first generation device, undergoing a similar process to the original iPad when the iPad 2 came out.

See also: 9 features we want to see on the Apple Watch 2

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