Maybe some other time: 7 things that could have made the Apple Watch better


Apple's Spring Forward event is over and apart from the many new features that were demoed on stage, the company further gave us additional information about the price and release date of the wearable's different editions. All in all, die-hard iOS fans will probably line up for the wearable as it can potentially add a whole new level of functionality to their iOS 8.2 devices.

As usual, we take a look at the whole picture and think of a few things that would have made a given device generally better than it currently is. Such is the case with the Apple Watch, which despite not being a brand new product (we knew about it ever since September 9), is now completely official and almost all of its specs, features, and other properties are known.

We have rounded up a few plausible features that would have made the smartwatch better than it's shaping up to be. 

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37 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I think number 5 is the most important one.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Without a doubt. I won't even say the price of the actual watch is overpriced, but the price of the bands are ridiculous. Almost 500 bucks for the aluminum band? To put things in perspective, you can buy a Swiss made automatic with an aluminum band for around this price. I'm not one to say this that often, but Apple is ripping people off like a motherf**ka with this and the new MacBook.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The number 7 option. Android Wear is going to get iOS support. Its coming.

33. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

That's up to Apple, they would need to allow an Android Wear app into the App(le) Store. I'm guessing down the road though, if one doesn't allow the other, they will be sued. If you were a doctor, working a 24hr shift, the last thing you need is an 18hr watch.

30. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"Okay, we know that this will probably never ever happen, but if the Apple Watch was compatible with Android, the tech giant would have scored a neat compatibility advantage over Google, whose Android Wear platform is only pairable with its Android devices. A smartwatch fan can dream." Yes but Android Wear for iOS is coming - lets see if Apple are anti-competitive and block it in the store, we might see the first Anti-competition law suit begin Google vs Apple :)

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good article, Pricing is a bit high, but it is what it is. I want one, and I'm getting one. That's what we work for, to spend on what we wish. Sport/white/blue band, come to papa Jed.

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

But this is where you need to be careful. This watch, with its insane pricing, seems like spending money just for the sake of it. Now granted, I'm sure you will be responsible and won't spend much over the minimum price for the watch. However, you will have people who know nothing about watches and watch value spending 1-2Grand just for the status of something expensive. At the very least with Swiss made watches, you are purchasing the precision of an elegantly made timepiece that has the chance to appreciate in value.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nah, I'm good bro. I just want the basic watch with two bands, my wife is getting one too, and I'm done for the year. No new iPad, iPhone, or Note this year.

27. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I can respect that. Pricings a bit cheap but w/e you talked about it, decided to get it and I look forward to reading your feedback on it.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be detailed and honest.

31. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Gimme my precious... darkkjedii as Gollum.. makes sense lol

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

>Pricing is a bit high >implying a bit >just a bit This has to be criticized. It wont do anything better than a smartphone.Not a single reason justifies it's ridiculous pricing.

21. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That goes with every smart watch. I still can't wrap my head around what these watches (android or iOS) are for.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bucky give it a try bro. I know these devices are new, and unproven, but I can think of some pretty practice uses for them. The ability to take calls, use them as camers, the health features, mainly as replacement when you can't take the phone out, or it's impractical to do so. Give it a try, and return it if you don't like it bro.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Glad I'm not the only one. I just don't see any useful purpose to smartwatches. Though if I were to get one, it would need to be a might better looking than this one.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

"That goes with every smart watch. I still can't wrap my head around what these watches (android or iOS) are for." I think Apple defined a smartwatch: 1. Research Kit 2. Apple Pay 3. Everything else that Android and Android Smartwatches do That's my take on it...

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Other than this, you know I'm not gonna respond to you right?

4. FluffyBled unregistered

Number 3 actually makes it less of a watch D:

5. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It really does look like the chubby version of first gen galaxy gear. I'm sure apple fans would deny this but I'd like to point out that it's just my opinion.

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I thought it looked like the Sony SW2 or the LG G watch.. all look the same really - except for the Moto360

6. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Horrendously ugly crap. Shockingly crap.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The UI was stolen from the Playstation Vita, with the round icons. And on a watch, it must be VERY annoying to use.

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Lmao yes! Square design with round icons! Disgusting.

15. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It isn't that bad on a five inch screen. And it is organized as well on the vita. This is a tiny screen with circular icons all over the place. That'll just be a pain.

10. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I wasn't a fan of the Apple watch at first, but it's grown on me. I just wish Google would put more effort into Android Wear with a better interface and more features like Google Wallet. They could have had an advantage on Apple but they're too late now, the Apple watch is coming.

18. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You have a few really good points such as, 1st, Google not applying more of an effort to implement their predominant presence in the IT/mobile industry to push more of mainstream model of Google Wallet on Android Wear. I understand this has to do with carriers, too but if apple's doing it, it wasn't impossible. They really could have had an advantage on Apple in segment of a fairly still new business. 2nd, The Apple watch is coming. However, I disagree with you on a few points as well. They're not too late now. Smartphones were around even before the original iPhone but when the original iPhone first came out it changed 'THE' Game. But that brought more competitions to the game and now Apple's sharing the pie with everyone, just like everyone else in the game. I hope this pushes Google to implement even harder to put Android Wear into everyone's daily life.

13. GeekMovement unregistered

I don't think it looks all that bad. I think it looks simple and clean like many of their other products. I also think that their cheapest model should have come with sapphire glass as well as always-on time display (for all models).

14. danceosmsiles

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

No sooner than later ...reviews will come about its interface ....then interest will be shown ...money will create interest of people ...now the big companies have invested ....what surprises me is that ..bashing of all other brands go pretty well but not of apple ....anywhr ....if they have not brought something good .....like the battery in this device ..it will not be looked ....money speaks i guess ....check verge , check other places ..it will be a toned down response and they will consider it a ground breaking innovation ..when moto 360was launched people admired it for design and chuck it for battery and now apple has neither made a great design nor a great battery ........only the money speaks

16. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Just curious, will the Apple Watch be on a yearly refresh cycle like the iPhone and iPad, how long will the Apple Watch receive updates, and will those updates eventually create laggy watches once the watches become 2+ years old? I realize these answers don't exist yet, but it is something for potential buyers to consider.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post. +1

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