The pundits have just released their Apple Watch reviews and the Verdict is. Get the cheapest Apple Watch and buy the Apple Watch 2 when it comes out that solves the issues.
As expected, Apple has already sent out review samples of the Apple Watch to the usual suspects. Journalists at The Verge, WSJ, Re/Code, New York Times, ZDNet and CNET have published today their Apple Watch Reviews.
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The Verge published the most in-depth review presented in a quite stunning layout. This does distract from the rather low Verge score of 7. Nilay Patel lists negatives that include performance issues with apps and location services, notification settings not granular enough and high cost. On the good side he says that the Apple Watch is easily the nicest smartwatch on the market, apps offer endless room for growth and taptic engine is really cool.
Patel is fine with the day long battery life, but gets hung up on the performance issues and lag of the Apple Watch.
As expected, the Apple Watch is a typical first generation Apple product. We recommend to get the $399 Apple Watch Sport and get ready to replace it with the Apple Watch 2 in 2016 that will have more CPU and GPU power. Don't waste a Dollar more on the more expensive models. You will not get the money back when you sell the Apple Watch 1 in 2016.
Apple Watch Review Round-Up:
Bloomberg (Joshua Topolsky)
Yahoo Tech (David Pogue, watch his funny video review below)
The Apple Watch starts at $349 for the small case (38mm) Sport Edition. The Apple Watch Pre-order starts on April 10 in 9 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US) and the Apple Watch ships on April 24.
Apple Watch introduces a new design and iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device. Apple Watch features the Digital Crown, a new way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a quick way to access Siri. The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to access controls within Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel. Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip. Apple Watch also features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone. Besides the smart watch features the Apple Watch keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard when synching regularly with the iPhone.
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