Apple Watch owners not rushing to recommend it to friends and family

Apple Watch owners not rushing to recommend it to friends and family
Research firm UserTesting surveyed 52 Apple Watch owners and found that while most liked Apple's first entry into the wearables category, they felt no overwhelming desire to recommend it to friends and family. In fact, only 38% of those surveyed said that they would suggest to their peers that they buy the Apple Watch. Still, a large number of Apple Watch users say that the device makes their lives easier by allowing them to see notifications without having to pull their iPhone out from a pocket.

19% of Apple Watch users surveyed complained that third party apps on the watch were slower and less reliable than Apple's own applications; this was the issue that was voted the most problematic thing about the timepiece. Former Apple director of marketing (1987 through 1997) Michael Mace is now the vice president of mobile at UserTesting. "These survey results are not overwhelming," said Mace. "If Apple wants people to get excited and recommend heavily, it needs to get additional hooks. Third-party apps will be best way."

Last week at WWDC, Apple announced watchOS2 which will allow developers to create native apps for Apple Watch. This means that the watch itself is responsible for processing and the crunching of data instead of the iPhone paired to the watch. Developers are being given more access to the Digital Crown, the Taptic Engine, heart rate monitor, accelerometer and the microphone. This should improve the experience of using third party apps on the device.

There are things about the Apple Watch that users like. The features that garnered the most votes in the survey at 29% were step counting and the tracking of fitness goals. 19% enjoy getting notifications using haptic vibration. UserTesting's Mace says that overall the Apple Watch is off to a good start, but says it is not a "wild hit." He adds that where it goes from here depends not just on third party developers, but also on the changes Apple makes to the watch.

Rumors suggest that the second-generation Apple Watch will be a stand-alone model similar to the Samsung Gear S. This means that it won't have to be paired with an iPhone and users will be able to make and take calls and receive notifications directly from the timepiece.

source: Forbes

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64 Comments

1. tedkurd unregistered

I love Apple

3. gaming64 unregistered

Impersonating someone else horribly makes you dumb as heck, Jakelee. Oh wait. I forgot you don't even have a brain so that makes you an iBrainless.

37. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple owners not rushing out to tell anyone to buy a $350-$400 Aluminum watch with a rubberized band. Or they are not rushing out to tell anyone to buy a $650-$700 Apple watch that has stainless steel with a leather band, which happens to be the price of an iPhone 6 off contract. Forget the gold options. In any case, I think people can clearly see that they are not going to get, or a least feel like they are getting their monies worth out of Apples watch.

18. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Can you explain why you're trying to fool people into thinking that you're tedkord because you're not deceiving anybody but yourself.

25. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Oh look! TedKord has a groupie now too!

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BD, I thought only I got profile jacked lol.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let him alone. He can't get me out of his head, probably dreams about me. He's probably tried to argue with me many times and been made to look foolish, and thinks this is his revenge. Let him have it. He probably doesn't have much else.

42. g2a5b0e unregistered

Good call, Ted. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Must be true.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then I should be hella flattered lol. Arte8800 got me about 3 times.

48. g2a5b0e unregistered

Very true, Darkk. He clearly has a hard-on for you bigger than the Washington Monument.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao on that one yo. That's true +1

63. tedkurd unregistered

Like you with Apple! HAH!

58. Nemsis

Posts: 15; Member since: May 21, 2015

I hate Apple.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So what

61. Nemsis

Posts: 15; Member since: May 21, 2015

Expressing my feelings. Don't like patent trolls. What's the problem with you? Did I hurt you're iFeelings?

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Apart from runners/cyclists, I see no appeal or practical need for smartwatches in general.

11. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It's a luxury item I guess. I myself want one but for only notifications and music control, then I'd choose extra battery life over the other extra features.

24. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Just ended my day today with 52% remaining charge on my Apple watch. Considering not charging it overnight for tomorrow. I also found charge times were very wrong in early reviews. They said it takes 5-6 hours, mine charged from 14%-100% in 1.5-2 hours. Overall, I'm satisfied, and have already recommended others to purchase one.

26. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

That's good battery life from an... Apple Watch. Not really for me though, I would swap the truckloads of unnecessary (for me) features with battery life, at least 5 days will do.

50. pt020

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

205 mAh in 2 hours ? I charge my Sony SW2 in 30min (410mAh)

62. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I sport the "Samsung Gear S"... These babies need no recommending! They're people magnets, FAT and BOLD like a BOSS! I use the "Infinity Watch-Curlball" clock face... People with the Gear S know which one that is, Hahaha... This watch is a "Killer", Nobody is beating Sammy in smartwatches atm. O.o

35. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If all you want is notifications and music control on your iPhone, then buy a $80 Pebble.

43. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

I know.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I usually recommend anyone NOT to buy a smart watch it's a wast of money with a half day if battery life

54. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Most runners and cyclists would prefer a lightweight fitness tracker like a Microsoft Band, Fit bit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone, etc., not something as absurdly heavy and hefty as the phone-weight iWatch. Plus they've more likely to want something durable and resilient. Smartwatches like the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, etc. have their own place, as do hybrids like the Band and Pebble.

4. gaming64 unregistered

Ill jus wait for the second gen Apple Watch since this year's model sucks.

21. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

The way you've accumulated 1709 posts in 2 months is way beyond me, you should probably take a break, go outside take a walk or ride your bike and experience nature.

23. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lmaooo

33. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

O_o wow

44. g2a5b0e unregistered

Andy Naija always coming in hot! +1

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