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Apple Watch - Necessity, Nonessential or Nifty?

New Apple edition for portable computer industry

Apple Inc, the famous technology company who bought you the ‘iPhone’, recently released their new edition to the portable computer industry, the ‘Apple Watch’.

The Apple Watch offers fitness oriented features, such as health tracking which involves measuring your everyday steps in order to boost your health and wellbeing as much as possible. The Watch will send you nudges every now and again to prompt you to stand up after sitting down for a while, just one of the nifty features which apple has included. Additionally the watch enables you to download third party applications from Apple’s ‘App Store’ in order to satisfy your technological needs.
Users are overwhelmed with the amount of physical features of which they are allowed to choose, from classic buckles all the way to 18-carot gold cases. There is something for every taste, preference and budget. Apple has allowed users to select one of three different renditions of the watch. Either ‘Watch Sport’ – prices beginning at £299; ‘Watch’ – prices from £476 and lastly ‘Watch Edition’ – prices starting at £8,000. All of them using the super-sensitive sapphire screen.

Admittedly, the Apple Watch offers a vast range of features to the user; however these do not differ from the features from the iPhone. Furthermore, the calling and messaging features requires a constant connection with an iPhone, therefore the user is paying a large sum of money in order to have an additional iPhone strapped to their wrist. Why not just use your iPhone? Can’t really see people watching video on a watch, and bearing in mind the vast numbers of people who do watch video on their iphones and ipads – well could be a disadvantage for the watch; you’d probably need to take it off your wrist to prevent elbow ache!

The Watch can last up to 18 hours, which is just about enough for a working day, and then can be recharged over night. Compared to a normal watch which lasts roughly four years, and then to the ‘Pebble Time’ watch, 7 days, the Apple Watch has a very low battery life – we’ve had similar issues with iphone batteries, the cynic is us says it’s simply a way of building obsolescence, but… we could be wrong. However the Watch will go into reserve mode when it is low on battery, the user will be able to solely use the clock for up to 72 hours.

On the other hand, as a standalone device without an iPhone, the watch could come in handy for doing things that you would normally do on an iPhone. The only limiting factor is the fact that the watch requires an iPhone to use its main features, perhaps if the watch did not require the use of an iPhone, and the user did not own an iPhone, the watch could be a good purchase. But if you ask me, paying for two things that can do the same thing, is a waste of money. Maybe Apple could combine the iPhone and Watch as a bundle in order to reduce the price substantially?

In conclusion, if you would like a cool, techno gadget to boost your appearance, then the Apple Watch might be the choice for you; however it is not much of a necessity like a phone, but more of an expensive novelty item.




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