Pre-orders for the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch start today, and the Street is excited. But if the initial reviews are anything to go by, this clearly is an early-stage product, and will appeal to only the most devoted Apple fans.
There watch is available in three variants: Apple Watch Sport, starting at $349, Apple Watch that has a price tag of $549, and the more classic Apple Watch Edition, made of 18-karat gold and starting at $10,000. But before you decide to spend hundreds of dollars on one, here are 4 things to consider.
1-You are not an iPhone user
The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch requires an iPhone. So if you don’t have one, throwing away your existing phone to buy a new, high-end smartphone, just to support a watch may not be that prudent. On top of that, some of the most compelling features of Apple Watch, involve interacting with another Watch. As such, if your friends and family don’t own one, you won’t be able to experience these features.
2-Always better to wait for the second generation of any new device
Past experiences have shown that first-generation devices usually have far lesser features than second generation ones. A case in point in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad. The first generation iPad didn’t even have a camera! People who bought it may have been the coolest person on the block at that time, but later versions had fewer hardware and software glitches. So, instead of ordering an Apple Watch now, save your money and wait until Apple delivers a second version.
3-If you are not tech-savvy, avoid the Watch
According to several prominent reviews, Apple Watch has a complex interface and is not for the tech novice. Apple may have received accolades in the past for delivering user-friendly devices, but the watch is different. Bottom line: Give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) some time to iron out the kinks and streamline things a bit.
4-The early Apple Watch apps will suck
The possibilities of wearing an internet-connected computer on your wrist seem endless. But the long-term success of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watch will largely depend on the quality of apps it supports. And herein lays the problem because developers are clearly frustrated at the much-less screen space available on the Watch as compared to a smartphone. The limited battery life also poses a big challenge to the developers, who have to be more conscious about power usage. If any app sucks up battery life, users will surely delete it.