Opinion: why I intend to buy an Apple Watch

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We don’t need any more articles about the Apple Watch‘s tech specs, or discussions about the price (especially the gold one) or release date…

Instead, here are a few words about why I personally intend to buy one, and why…

One Apple Watch Sport, space grey please

Thai Tech has already written umpteen articles about the Apple Watch. If you want to know the details of the price, release date, features, etc, then check out some of our other articles:

With that out of the way, I’ll say straight out that I plan to order the 42mm Apple Watch Sport in space grey, with a black band (or just strap, as the British call them).

Here it is, in the 38mm and 42mm sizes. Now, doesn’t it look like a fabulous device…?

Apple Watch Space Grey

Nobody wears a watch any more…

TAG Heuer Formula 1

What a great watch, the TAG Heuer Formula 1.

I’m one of those people that do currently wear a watch, not only to tell the time, but mainly because I like the look and feel of a watch, and as a piece of jewellery / fashion item. My watch of choice is a TAG Formula 1 (which cost £600 back in 2004), and I also own a Casio Giez (one of their more expensive but still reasonable models, which cost £220 about two years ago). The Casio is way too complicated to use even for a techie like me, and that’s where I see the Apple Watch being much more user-friendly. It’s a bit like the old VHS video recorders, nobody could work out how to use them…

I’ve also owned several watches by Storm, including a model with custom-made watch hands to match the car I was driving at the time (a black Civic Type-R) – it was given to me by one of the company’s senior managers. So as you can see, I’ve a little bit of watch history, and I definitely like wearing a timepiece.

However, in this day and age of smartphones, constant notifications, and the ability to do pretty much anything on a phone, it seems a natural next step to offload some of the things a phone can do to your wrist. Why do I need to constantly pull the phone out of my pocket or jacket just to reply to a text – it is a huge pain, especially if you’re driving, riding a motorbike, or on the tube in London with several bags, pushed up against someone’s sweaty armpit. I’ve spent many months in Japan over the past two years, and if you’ve ever tried to use a phone on the trains in rush hour (see pic), you’ll realise it’s nearly impossible – wouldn’t it be far simpler to use a smart watch?

Crowded Japanese Train

Try using your phone now!

Battery life sucks. Does it matter?

Some people might say that the battery life is the factor that puts them off – sure, the Apple Watch is like all the other OLED-based models (as opposed to e-ink screens like the Cuckoo and Pebble) in that the battery only lasts a day or two with ‘normal’ use. This means you have to charge them every day, or at least every day and a half. Is that such a pain? I’d argue that we’re all used to charging the gadgets that we love already, every night, or during the day for an few hours. Charging a watch that gives so much functionality is not going to be a deal breaker for me. Apple says that once the battery goes into Power Reserve mode, after around 18 hours of moderate use, you can still get 3 more days out of it just by using it as a normal watch.

Here’s more information on the battery life.

Apple Watch Charger

Charging couldn’t be simpler, and takes 2 hours.

You too can be Dick Tracy

I’m looking forward to being able to pretend I’m Dick Tracy and take phone calls on the watch. I’m also excited to be able to easily, quickly, and effortlessly reply or dismiss all kinds of notifications that I normally use the phone for. To me, the Apple Watch is certainly going to make life easier, and it may also encourage me to take up more exercise. I was in my Manchester office last week, and someone pointed out that the beer belly is starting to become a little larger these days. So, maybe the watch will help to remind me that I need more exercise, and help me to track how much walking, running, and other physical exercise I’m getting (not much).

But even though the need for a smart watch of any kind is not really clear, as soon as thousands of apps are available, eventually there will be a few that we realise are just perfect on a watch. And as the technology improves, the whole experience is just going to get better and better. You’ll probably be using a smart watch to unlock your car in a couple of years.

As an early adopter of technology, I intend to pre-order mine in the UK on April 10th, hopefully receiving it shortly afterwards in the last week of April, and will post a review on Thai Tech. In ten years time, we’ll all be using smart watches (maybe not all the Thai Visa readers, I suspect), and wonder how we ever got by without them…

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