10 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Buying An Apple Watch
I love Apple products. They’ve changed the way I work, to the point where switching to someone’s PC is like going from a car to roller skates. I have an iPhone 6, a Macbook Air and a regular Apple home computer – my work tools – and they’re intuitive, fast and easy to use. So now we have the Apple Watch, and I’m unlikely to be buying one. Why?
1. I simply don’t need it. There’s nothing the watch really does that the phone doesn’t do. And I have a lovely watch, sold to me by an old gentleman in Copenhagen – and it came with a story attached. It’s personal – the Apple Watch is not.
2. To charge the Apple Watch you need to carry a special cable around, and you have to charge it at least once a day, although battery life ‘may vary’ says Apple – ominous words.
3. It interacts with your iPhone, so you have to have one of those, and many of its functions only interact with other watch wearers. Remember phone-bumping, where you passed contacts between compatible phones? That didn’t work for me because few of my friends have iPhones.
4. There’ll be more notifications, only with the added nudge of a buzz to your wrist. How many more ways can your attention be disturbed, your concentration fragmented?
5. It’s more intrusive than any other device, requiring you to actively control it. So now you’re controlling your laptop, phone AND watch, and they’re all sending you messages. Life is too short for that.
6. Most of the apps I’ve seen so far seem aimed at children or Californians. It’s an expensive, grown-up watch, so what’s with all the silly Mickey-Mouse, send someone your heart-rate, playground game crap?
7. Wear one today and look like everyone else! Let the world see that a corporation owns your free time! You have a cover on a phone. Nobody sees or cares what brand it is. A watch is meant to be more personal.
8. Now that everyone carries a phone, nobody needs a watch at all anymore. We wear them because they’re an individual fashion statement. Years ago I used to wear a Cartier Tank watch and nobody noticed it. When I switched to wearing a cheap Storm watch, people stopped me to ask where I’d bought it.
9. There’s no one-upmanship involved if you buy the lower range Apple Watch, which looks plasticky and cheap. But you’d have to be as dumb as a Kardashian to want the upper ‘bling’ range.
10. It’s going against the grain of the world’s tastes right now; most of us are trying to get to a point where we use up fewer resources and less useless stuff, not more. I’m sure it’s going to be huge.