SAN FRANCISCO — If Apple could come up with a device as intuitive and easy to use as the iPhone but was worn on the wrist, I'd say that would be a pretty cool thing to buy.
But the Apple Watch ain't that product. At least not for me — so far.
In my first seven hours with a review unit of the Watch on Thursday, I found myself incredibly frustrated with endless nags to type in a passcode, a screen that constantly went dark and confusion about simple navigation. And oh, the battery was 100% dead within seven hours, although Apple says that was probably due to not being fully charged before use.
It's fully charged now, and I'll be back to you later this weekend with an update.
Based on the first day, it's hard to get over the steep learning curve.
This new watch — Apple's first new category since the iPad in 2010 — is so different from past Apple devices.
The company has always been known for creating products that were intuitive, and didn't need instruction manuals because they were so simple to use.
The watch is a mouthful, a new way of cramming most everything we do on the iPhone into a device that's less than 1-inch tall. I believe that's why you can't walk into an Apple Store today to buy it. They don't want you to take it home yet.
The watch starts at $350, but has many different models and bands available that bring the price all the way up to a whopping $17,000.
Apple, I believe, would prefer that you come in and have the associate walk you through how to use it, because they know you'll have too hard a time figuring it out on your own.
It sounds simple enough: a digital device that tells time. You swipe it and use the crown on the side for navigation. But that's not how it goes.
Take, for instance, Apple's own language on how to send and receive texts.
Logic is, you swipe the timepiece away, go to messages app, and click a button, right?
"Raise your wrist to see who your message is from and to read the full message. Lower your arm to dismiss it."
To compose a new one, you:
"Force Touch in the Messages inbox to compose a new message."
Force Touch isn't the swipe we've come to know from the iPhone, but a new command, which I guess I'll eventually get used to.
No one had to show me how to use the iPhone. I got it immediately. watch after a few days? Probably. Hope the next few days aren't as frustrating as the first.
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