“Another Apple Watch review?” you ask… Yes. That’s right – me too. I’ve spent the last week working with the latest device in the Apple family, and yep – it’s lived up to my expectations! Although if you know me well – you’ll know I’m a pretty big fanboy, so I’m undoubtably biased.
The Apple Watch has been surrounded in fanfare since it’s announcement at WWDC in June last year, and aside from a few rumoured manufacturing issues, the launch of the watch has been a resounding success for Apple, with significant developer interest and sales exceeding 2 million units in the first 24 hours, enough to certainly turn the heads of the Motorola execs, manufacturers of the competing Android Wear device.
Certainly there is a lot of hype around this device, more than I have seen of any other wearable. It is instantly recognisable with it’s bright sporty bands, and a face that “is very Apple”. So much so, that my morning coffee was served with the question “is that the Apple Watch?” on the first day of wearing it, a question repeated many times throughout the first week.
Apple have again nailed the customer experience, starting with the contents of the box. Included inside are two straps – to suit a larger and smaller wrist. Whilst the sports band that came with my watch is not as initially comfortable as I had hoped (I have worn a leather strap for the last 4-5 years), I quickly grew fond of it, although, I did find it a little uncomfortable after several hours of use. Additionally Apple has included the new magnetic charger with a 2m cable which is a welcome change from the shorter iPhone cable. The magnetic charger is simple to use and snaps locked to the underneath of the watch without too much hassle – removing the need to fumble around in the dark looking for the charger port. Hopefully we will see this sort of technology incorporated into the iPhone 7 next month at WWDC.