Apple Watch Review and Report: A Stylish Watch with Many Complications

By Jonathan Spira on 27 April 2015
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Dick Tracy. That’s all I could think of when I made my first phone call with the new Apple Watch. Dick Tracy and his 2-Way Wrist Radio.

The Apple Watch is clearly a first generation device and, especially since Apple has packed in hundreds of new and updated features into it, there will be a steep learning curve both for users and the company as well.

Apple offers the watch in two different sizes – 38 mm and 42 mm – and three different models, the Apple Watch Sport, with prices starting at $350, the Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case and starts at $550, and the Apple Watch Edition, which sports an 18-karat gold case with prices starting at $10,000.

As can be expected with an Apple product, the presentation is elegant. Opening the packaging creates a sense of excitement and a feeling that something special is inside.

Initial setup is straightforward but I found it difficult to set up when it is being held rather than worn. Dozens of nags to input a password were frustrating, as was a screen that kept going dark. After placing it on my wrist it did better and tightening the strap resolved the problem. Now I only have to enter the password when I put the watch on, but this could become annoying until the novelty wears off and you stop taking it off in response to “Oh, is that the new Apple Watch? Let me see…”

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