[Review]  Apple Watch on the launch day. Why the white? Why the Cheap?

1. It just works!

I was surprised that Apple changed their mind and sent me an Apple Watch today instead of the expected June delivery. An SMS notification brought me the good news yesterday and the watch arrived today around 10:00. I literally unboxed it and put it on my wrist and rush to the bus stop. It just works!

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2. SIRI-ous

I posted a few pictures of the unboxing on my Facebook, and i found that I am already getting notification and SMS about it. So where’s the keyboard!? SIRI is your only choice. When you tap reply, it give you a few default options with emoji and dictation. The default replies are “Ok”, “Yes”, “No”, “Call me later.”, etc. For those who think the default reply doesn’t encompass our language, it is clear that you are arguing emoji is kill the skill of painting. Anyway, dictation work, i suppose, better than what i thought. For all the message i have send so far, i just have to re-speak one of them. I only gave English a try, yet for Cantonese, Chinese and Japanese, I suppose they work the same. Bottomline, you can just dictation what you have to send.

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3. Why the white?

I didn’t pre-order the Apple Watch on day one, instead took advantage and manage to get a session of try-on on day 3. I thought I was going to get black aluminium large size. The session make me understand 2 things:

  • Small size looks equally good compare to the large size in my case.
  • Leather strip is irresistible, but the price is not one that I wish to pay.
  • White look better with the leather strip I like.

The Apple employee show me the leather with white and black watch. To me the white one works better with the leather colour I like. The conclusion to this is, get the white aluminium and a third-party leather strip <3.

4. Why the cheap?

Obvious I can’t afford the gold watch, so it comes down to stainless steel and aluminium. As an iPhone Developer (now watch as well), it is always good to learn the new tech. However, the Apple Watch is at it first generation. The past experience of Mac and iPhone show that it is not wise to get the more expensive version for the first generation. Macbook Pro Retina is the completed product, so as the iPhone 4. An Apple Watch will worth the price if the technology is stable. All in all, the cheapest on for the first gen is a logical choice for a developer like myself.

5. Best features

To me it is all about integration, I believe in both integration and customisation. But you don’t build your own car, you buy one and drive, it should just work. Apple Watch just works, perhaps using iPhone, Mac OS X and Apple Watch is the reason. Best feature is integration and the health data collection. It works with the Health Apps and later on with Research Kit. That’s something that I want to develop on. It remind you to move a bit if you are at you seat for too long.

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6. Boxing pictures

I know, I know, here you go:

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At last, the above is just one-man opinion

 Thank you for reading ❤

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