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The exploding dud: Not liking the Apple Watch doesn't make it a failure

The Macalope | June 22, 2015
Another day, another Apple Watch review by someone who seemed destined to hate it. Well, who else are you going to get to review it, really?

My wife tried [the Apple Watch] and gave up after two minutes.

Well, he hates to ruin your statistically unstoppable sample of wives, but the Macalope's wife tried his and immediately ordered one. So, we seem to be at a statistical impasse.

Actually, first she wouldn't give it back at all. Then when she finally did she ordered one.

The one-day battery life is abysmal.

It's not. It's the same battery life as most smartphones and, yes, we all wish it was better, but we live with it. And the Macalope's Watch always has a 50 percent charge left when he puts it on his night stand at night.

It's too much of a trend statement for those who want to earn some bragging rights at a meeting.

Is it the Apple Watch you have a problem with or is it Apple?

It doesn't really change how I work, how I stay on contact with others, or improve my day. It's a hindrance.

Not if you use it right. The Macalope is willing to accept the argument that Apple could be doing a better job of explaining what the Watch is really good at, because all of these rage quits seem to miss completely that the Watch works best as a filter for notifications. Turn on the same notifications you have on your iPhone on the Watch and, yeah, it's going to be annoying. But filter it to just those you really need to see immediately and it's brilliant.

And guess what? I was just describing the Newton.

I used this thing all wrong and it's just like this other thing from twenty years ago! Easy comparisons are the best comparisons!

The Macalope had a Newton. No, actually, he still has it. It still works. The problem with the Newton was poor support from Apple, poor integration with existing platforms and the syncing, oh, God, so much syncing. Those aren't really the Apple Watch's problems.

Also, Apple sold 50,000 Newtons in the first 3 months. They sold a couple million Apple Watches in just days. If you hate the idea of smartwatches or Apple in general, yeah, the Apple Watch isn't going to be for you. That doesn't make it a "dud".


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