Apple Watch first impressions round-up

Apple Watch first impressions round-up
The Apple Watch cat is out of the bag now in its entirety and right after yesterday’s event, Apple invited its loyal members of the press to spend some time with its new timepiece and give first-hand impressions to the world.

It’s time to round-up those real-world impressions, right after the first Apple Watch hands-ons, and - luckily - there are some thing everyone who played with the timepiece seems to agree on. Nonetheless, keep in mind that those are all impressions from pre-production devices, and Apple might improve the software, fluidity and iron out bugs in the final versions. Here are the few important points worth highlighting:

  • Apple Watch homescreen navigation is very, very smooth
  • Scrolling through lists, though, a slight occasional stutter is noticeable
  • Using the digital crown is convenient, as you don’t need to hold the entire thing - just a slight swipe on the top activates the zooming/rotating functions
  • Force Touch works fairly well in demonstrations

For all the rest of the first-hand impressions of the Apple Watch, take a look at our round-up of the hands-ons right below.

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27 Comments

1. Nathillien unregistered

Does it bend without the band?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine mine mine!

3. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

PA, could you just stop posting this many atricles about this thing. We all know that it's a semi-DOA device thanks to the weird design and the way too hing prices. I say semi-DOA because the only people buying this thing are the iSheeps other than them noone else. Anyway this device doesn't deserve all this attention, I think the Huawai watch deserves it more.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! And Android watches are flying off the shelf. Can't wait for your excuse when they fly off the shelf. Let me see, call everyone isheep? Or is it Apple sheep now? So predictable. Keep on with your wishful thinking!

9. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Android users aren't that brainwashed, that what sets us apart from iSheeps like you. We have tons of options to pick from, not being slaved to Tim Cook and Jony Ive.

18. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

OK so I and entire world is brainwashed, because nobody can love Apple.... It should be a symptom of insanity "loving Apple". The most brainwashed people scream how all others are brainwashed when left in regular crowd... Like here.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 6642; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android Wear is going to support iOS in a little while. Will the Apple Watch support any other platform. I think we all know the answer to that question. Apple will never support any other platform.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

nctx are you planning to try one? If so which one?

5. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

We lived in an unfair world where lots of great android wear devices were ignored and a toy piece like the apple watch was worshipped even by tech sites like PA

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Haha you'll get used to it. Every article pertaining to apple are innovative. PA worshipped them a lot.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple=Innovation and Others= Apple Imitation

8. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The funny part is that Apple is too late to the Smartwatch watch party(just like they were late to the 4", 4.7", 5.5" screen parties) and all of the Apple Watch's features are ripped off from Android Wear and Tizen. Even the animations used in it are stolen from Material design.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who cares if they are late to the party that started just because of rumors of Apple watch ? The important thing is if they got it right and from the amount of work Apple had done, the interest of consumers even abnormally high hating attempts to bash the Apple watch, I assume they will be extremelly popular. And what they ripped off from android wear ? Screen size ? The UI ? Apps ?

22. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lool noo hahah first there were alway sony watch rumors llol and the battery will such so much, it will be a useless thing only for people who wants to show off because its expensive

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple=Innovation? Are You living in a cave? Apple is just copying from others!

21. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Said no one outside the RDF.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Cannot wait for the "Will it blend" video. :) I want to see how the sapphire glass holds up.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am having a hard time seeing the compelling value proposition. I get that it is an extension of the phone ecosystem, but with a minimum $350 usd cost of entry, I don't see a compelling reason to drop the coin. For that matter, smartwatches of all stripes, are still a niche item. Rolex and company are safe.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

$350 is the base model for the woman's watch, if you have hair on your chest then you'll have to fork out more. :P

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Or take them boobs to a waxing salon.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

WTF! lol, that could also work I suppose.

25. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Funny you should say, that, one of the bands specifically. Link Bracelet and Milanese loop, look to be of the kind that are going to grab and rip out wrist hair, and considering I think the melanese was the one they said was handmade and whatnot (translate expensive) that seems bad..

23. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Zomg its lagging.....Force touch works fairly well aka not very well....

24. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Notifications for call and such, like other smart watches, useful. Everything else? I do not see it being used in daily life, especially when you can pull out your phone and do all that stuff MUCH easier.

26. yungmel0

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

It's just a product by a company... I dont see how purchasing a apple product means your brainwashed??? am I sane if i use a Iphone 6+ as my daily driver but an android tablet as my entertainment/productivity work horse?? As we've seen over the years both apple and various companies takes ideas from one another and apply it to a product. It's a beautiful thing.

27. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

can't wait to purchase one

30. reggiebaby319

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Appl take my money please

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