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Convenience, apps draw people to the Apple Watch

Fred O'Connor and Agam Shah | April 13, 2015
Crowds swarmed online to order Apple's first smartwatch, creating an order backlog that stretches to June for some models.

Asif Luqman, a doctor in Brooklyn, is not the type of person who waits in line for Apple products, but he had the day off and wanted to see what the hype around the watch was all about.

Luqman owns a vintage Raketa mechanical watch, and hasn't warmed up to the idea of a digital watch yet. But he's intrigued by the Apple Watch.

"I would not replace a mechanical watch. Everything Apple Watch does is on my phone. But when you have someone as big as Apple behind a product, you know it's going to be innovative," said Luqman.

Luqman finds the Apple Watch tempting, but he doesn't like that it needs to be recharged after 18 hours and can't be used as a stand-alone device. He would only consider buying an Apple Watch if the battery lasted one week before needing a recharge, and if the device had cellular connectivity .

Luqman is a runner and would use the watch for fitness tracking, like others, including Victor Leung, a student from Queens, who said he is interested in the Apple Watch Sport model.

Kelvin Hall, who visited the store to test the watch, said he was interested in the applications, especially the calendar, fitness and music ones. He had already placed an order for an Apple Watch with a stainless steel case, and came away impressed after a hands-on trial.

Hall considers himself an early adopter and didn't want to wait for a second version of the Apple Watch. He wasn't sure about the size of the watch's strap, which comes in lengths of 38 millimeters and 42 millimeters, and recommended potential buyers try them on before making a purchase.

 

 

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