I've been travelling a bit this week and haven't had much of a chance to write anything interesting. Also, I had too much coffee whilst in the wrong timezone, causing me to only get to sleep at about 4am last night. Now I can barely see straight because of tiredness.
Anyway, I was in the big city for a few days and managed to have a bit of a go with an Apple Watch. It's not for sale yet in my country so I needed to dust off the passport to get a glimpse.
In my opinion, I'm not that excited by the physical design. This is simply a personal observation about the physical case design and you may have other ideas. I'd prefer a Watch with fewer curves and more straight lines.
Your opinion may well differ but when there is only one case design that can be personalised with different colours, materials and bands there are going to be customers who would prefer a different design. Maybe the design seems too futuristic for me and it's possible that my opinion will change. The display cases in the Apple store made it quite clear that all the watches come from the same mold.
The screen was beautiful and with the chronograph face showing it displayed startling detail. The haptic touch felt quite weird but was nice and gentle. Using Siri was promising but speaking straight into your wristwatch felt both futuristic and weird at the same time. I liked to turn the digital crown and see the watch face zoom into view from the app screen.
The one downside that I found was when flicking my wrist up towards my face and waiting maybe half a second for the watch face to illuminate. It seemed like forever. Also, the light would go off after only a few seconds. This will probably be ok long term but when the watch is new you want to admire the screen for more than a few seconds at a time.
The software was nice to use and seemed pretty responsive. I need a bit more time with the device to form a better opinion. I get the feeling that notifications and glances are going to be more important than apps but that probably depends on where the WatchKit APIs go over the next few months and years. Everything about the device (including the action of holding your wrist up) is designed for quick operations. Any app that requires significant user interaction isn't going to be a success.
I'm still unsure if I will buy one for myself. I think if I had a busy life with dozens of notifications every day then I might be more interested.