The Apple Watch was officially launched on April 24 and it is only available if you have pre-ordered it on Apple’s Online store in the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.
For Apple, this is the first new product category that has been launched since the iPad back in 2010. It’s also the first new product category under the leadership of Apple CEO Tim Cook, unlike the iPhone and iPad which were initially showcased by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
So what are critics saying about the new Apple Watch? We take a quick look at what the first reviews have said.
Business Insider’s Steve Kovach says it takes time to learn all the functions of the Apple Watch. “The controls may sounds complicated at first, but they become second nature sooner than you’d expect,” he wrote.
He does, however, point out that while the Apple Watch is great-looking device, it isn’t yet an iPhone replacement and that many of the Third-party apps are pretty terrible to use, other than Uber, which has managed to get it right.
The Verge’s Nilay Patel wrote this is the “first smartwatch that might legitimately become a mainstream product”.
He also pointed out that the Apple Watch is “kind of slow” and that it would take time to load notifications. He writes, “Sometimes apps take forever to load, and sometimes third-party apps never really load at all…”
The Verge, however, said this was the nicest smartwatch in the market, even if you look at the performance issues.
New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo wrote that while the Apple Watch isn’t perfection yet, it is a “first-generation device” and thus suffers from flaws. Also it took Manjoo a full 3 days to learn everything about the watch.
He points out that with the Apple Watch you tend to rely on Siri, the voice-assistant a lot more, even though she won’t always get the correct command. He writes that the Apple Watch will bring the “digital world directly into your skin,” although it takes time to adjust to this.
According to Re/Code’s Lauren Goode, she managed to control iTunes from her Watch and found that syncing photos to the app was easy as well. She too however felt that currently the Apple Watch is an extension of the iPhone, although “it starts to change your habits over time.”