One bloggers favorite Apple Watch features

Lifestyle blogger and Apple Watch user ‘Robin’ has outlined her favorite features of the Apple wristwatch.

Her highlights include notifications, reminders, the ability to ‘ping‘ your phone if you’ve misplaced it round the house and even just the basics: telling the time/date.

— My Top 4 Favorite Features | Apple Watch

“Taken off the Apple Watch for the last time”

Alex Hern writing for The Guardian declares that he has taken off his Apple Watch for the last time:

“It took me nine months to realise it, but the only useful thing about Apple’s £479 smartwatch was the weather notifications.”

Alex’s main grumbles are about how slow the device is, and interface and a lack of compelling apps.

His wrist replacement? A ‘dumb’ Casio B640W.

Casio Watch - Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Image: Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian

Everyone’s wrong about Apple Watch, It can change your life

Owen Williams thinks that all the recent criticism directed at the Apple Watch following its first anniversary is misplaced.

It can change your life in material ways, just by helping you make tiny behavior tweaks.

Everyone’s wrong about Apple Watch. Here’s why. (Medium)

Can the Apple Watch Keep Your iPhone Addiction Under Control?

Carolina Milanesi for Techpinions:

“Articulating why I like it to someone who has not tried it is not easy. What I usually end up saying is I like it because it helps me keep my phone addiction under control.”

This seems to be a common boon for Apple Watch owners. The device on the wrist helps with quick ‘in-and-out’ interactions, reducing the constant time-sink of phone checking.

The Apple Watch Keeps My iPhone Addiction Under Control (Techpinions)

Did we expect too much from the Apple Watch?

Nate Swanner for The Next Web asks if, one year on, too much was expected from Apple’s first take at making a smartwatch.

The Apple Watch “makes everything easier and more awkward at the same time”.

Swanner questions the general perception of the device, whether the first generation product should be considered beta, and what may be around the corner.

Swanner concludes that “it’s just a really good accessory waiting for you to figure out why you want it — if you even can”.

The Apple Watch, one year later: Did we expect too much?

An Awful Year With the Apple Watch

Casey Chan, writing for Gizmodo, has an Apple Watch, but can not recommend it.

Apple Watch: An Awful Year?

The watch has been available for a little over a year now, but Chan claims he isn’t sure if he will “ever wear it again”.

His scathing blog post, which even caught the eye of The Macalope, goes over a few of his concerns with the device, including a baffling enduring confusion at using the devices only two buttons.

Chan concludes that the watch “doesn’t really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn’t always work like it’s supposed to”.

“Things I learned over the past year of strapping the shitty screen vibrator to my wrist” — Casey Chan

My God-Awful Year With the Apple Watch (Gizmodo)

The Apple Watch Outpaced the iPhone in Year One

The good news? Apple has sold more Watches than the iPhone did in its first year back in 2007. The bad news? The future probably isn’t so bright for Apple’s wearable. 

According to the WSJ, Apple has sold twice as many Watches as iPhones in each device’s respective debut years.

Apple is yet to release any official numbers on Watch sales, but this suggestion would place the Watch in excess of 10 million units sold so far.

Apple’s Watch Outpaced the iPhone in First Year (Wall Street Journal)

The Apple Watch isn’t the breakthrough product we were hoping for

Happy birthday to the most over-hyped consumer product in recent history.

One year after the Apple Watch launch, Steve Kovach argues that the gadget isn’t the breakthrough device people expected it to be. Claiming that it hasn’t freed people from their smartphones, and apps for the watch aren’t particularly innovative.

— The Apple Watch isn’t the breakthrough product we were hoping for (Business Insider)

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Stephen Chukumba chalked up his Apple Watch as just a ‘toy’ — but when he let a friend borrow his watch for a week (to take it for a test drive ) Stephen came to appreciate how the smart watch had improved his life.

I derived significant utility from my watch.

Is the Apple Watch a ‘stalled platform’?

Does the Apple Watch already feel a little stale?

Dan Frommer over at Quartz takes a look back at the past six months with his Apple Watch, and questions whether Apple’s new platform may have come to a halt.

The platform simply feels stalled.