Wow not only is Apple late to the game, they are actually releasing a subpar product, at least releasing it to reviewers. I still don’t understand why companies release half baked product to reviewers weeks and sometimes months ahead of release. Do they wan’t bad reviews?! That being said Nilay Patel from The Verge had the chance to spend a week with the new Apple Watch. Surprisingly he stated that the Apple Watch is Laggy and Slow! I was shocked to read that coming from a website which leans heavily in the macintosh persuasion.
Nilay starts off the article by reminding the reader that this is the first watch Apple has ever produced, and this is the first new product they have released in 5 years, and that the company is post Steve Jobs. None of this excuses the fact that Apple is charging ridiculous amounts of money for a device that is oversized and clunky to use.
How bad is it? Apparently it is BAADDD! Nilay states,
There’s no getting around it, no way to talk about all of its interface ideas and obvious potential and hints of genius without noting that sometimes it stutters loading notifications. Sometimes pulling location information and data from your iPhone over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi takes a long time. Sometimes apps take forever to load, and sometimes third-party apps never really load at all. Sometimes it’s just unresponsive for a few seconds while it thinks and then it comes back.
Of course this can all be brushed off pretty easily by Apple, they contend that these problems will be fixed in updates. I have had the opportunity to own one of the first major Android Wear Smartwatches, the LG G Watch, and I can’t say that I had any of these problems with it. It may not have been the flashiest of watches, but I never found it to be so slow that I would prefer to just pull out my phone. Notifications would flow right to my LG G Watch, and it was actually pretty easy to check those right from my wrist. Apparently Apple still has a lot of work to do to make this usable. Android Wear on the other hand has been around for more than a year and there are plenty of quick and usable devices on the market, not to mention they are much more reasonably priced.
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