I remember not being impressed by the first round of “announcing the Apple Watch” last fall. I wasn’t any more impressed by yesterday’s event.
Yesterday, a few hours before the event, CNET published an article about how the watch may benefit from big-screen smartphones. Their point was that it’s easier to look at a notification on your wrist than lugging out your large phone. Seriously? Now I begin to see Apple’s master plan. They released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as a way to drum up demand for the watch! Umm. No, I still don’t see it.
And don’t even get me started on paying over $10K for a device whose battery will likely expire in a few years.
Okay, I get that some people still wear watches. I’m not one of them. I took off my watch five years ago on a camping trip, intending to enjoy my vacation and forget about the passage of time. When we got back, I never bothered to wear it again. I do have a Fitbit Flex, but I bought a Fitbit Zip first, to try out the concept, because I wasn’t sure I’d go for having something on my wrist. (Several instances of leaving it at home because I changed clothes mid-day and forgot to switch it from one pocket to another cured me of that resistance.) While I’m okay with my Fitbit, I have no interest in something larger. I’m really okay with unclipping my phone from my belt to check a notification.
Clearly I’m not an Apple Watch customer. While I love gadgets, this one does nothing for me. I’m trying to figure out how to cut back on my devices, not add to their number. After a Twitter exchange last week with Nate from Ink, Bits & Pixels, I’m contemplating eliminating my smartphone when my current contract is up and going cellular tablet and feature phone, assuming I can find a decent feature phone that’s easy to text on. (I know. I can text on my tablet, but I don’t carry my tablet out on a walk with the dog.)
However, I can’t be alone. I’m not convinced Apple is going to find enough customers who want at least two or three of their four devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch) to keep their revenues high. Of course, what do I know? I also predicted great success for the Fire Phone.
What about you? Do you want an Apple Watch? Why or why not?