The Watch is here. The internet is bubbling with Apple Watch videos - unboxings, how-tos, reviews and a LOT of torture tests.
Apple seems to have sold over a million Watches even before it hit stores. So many, that in the first 24 hours of pre-order, it had already beaten the number of Android Wear watches sold all time. And this has led to a major stock issue. Delivery dates for those who ordered range from now to June-July. Plus, Watches aren’t sold in Apple stores yet (again, because of overwhelming pre-orders). All this hype seems to be ironic considering the amount of criticism that went against the Watch when it was first shown. But the Apple charm is working again, making a not-so-needed product so desirable people are selling kidneys to buy it (not literally, but you get it…).
Anyways, now that the common public has the Watch - the watches, actually, they are putting the product through its paces. Apart form the speed and quality reviews, there are people who are buying the watch just so that they can see it shatter, burn, melt and explode (like this guy, FullMag, linked below). But then, we do need these torture tests to prove that the quality of the Watch is good enough and that it can withstand everything thrown at it and more. So before we move ahead, here are a few tests and their results from a variety of people from around the internet:
- Waterproofing (bath, swim, washing machine, boiling water): Pass
- Scratch test, Watch Sport IonX: Pass (normal items, like keys, knives and grater(kitchenware)), Fail (Sandpaper)
- Scratch test, Watch Sapphire glass: Pass (almost everything, including drilling, concrete wall)
- Throws and falls: Pass
- Blendtec blend test: Pass (yes, it blends!)
- Bullets, thermite explosion and liquid nitrogen tests coming soon :P
Great results! Unsurprisingly, the Watch is being called “indestructible” by some. One thing though - some of the tests are outrageous: why would anyone drill a Watch? (Or pour Liquid Nitrogen onto it, for god sake!)
The Watch is well built. What next? Let’s talk about the normal reviews.
How often do you see unboxing videos in which the presenter is astounded looking at the beauty of the product? With the Apple Watch, almost everyone responded with a good comment on the gadget. It is quiet beautiful, I agree, especially if you and Beyoncé are wearing the same looking watch. Its not very slim, but isn’t bulky. Its small, but perfect. It fits well, and the straps are so well designed that Apple patented them.
The inside of the Watch has also been revealed. The people from iFixit did a teardown and gave a 5/10 score of repairability. Basically, its so tightly built that repairing beyond the battery is impossible. Here are some pictures:
Coming to the software.
The software has proved to be the sexiest part of the whole watch. The beautiful pairing animations - a complex Apple original logo, iPhone camera points at watch, sparkles on the screen of both devices, its magically connected - are just killer. Then there are the Watch face, the digital crown and Siri animations that look outstanding on the tiny screen. Usability wise, there is a learning curve to it, but once you get used to it, its natural.
The Watch AppStore is amazing: tons of apps custom made for the Watch by the huge developer base Apple has. The apps are so diverse that they take 'smartwatch' to a new meaning - you can buy from Amazon on the watch, access Instagram, Flipboard, mix music using Pacemaker, manage your passwords using 1Password, train your brain using Peak, check the charge on your BMW car, call a taxi using Uber, Shazam music, control PowerPoint and play tons of simple games. There is a full batch of fitness apps that don’t even require your phone to be connected to measure your movements. Its insane that a small screen can do all that, but its the developers and Apple that made all this possible.
Finally, why am I not telling you to buy it? Not because its costly, but because there will be a second generation. Apple has a history of building record breaking products and the 2nd generation outselling the 1st one because its better in every way. The iPhone and iPad saw this, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Watch 2 a far improved device compared to the Watch. The Watch is a indeed costly, and upgrading it every two years will possibly leave a hole in your pocket. So even if you are planning on buying the Watch, buy the base models ($349/$399) for its always the safe option.
That was all the Apple Watch I could pack into a post. Hope you enjoyed it!
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Unboxed Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsTcErHg8oDvUnTzoqsYeNw
Cnet (torture tests): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn0ovf_-uJY
jeliian (drill test): https://youtu.be/yXQ_BQv8EsU
iJustine (reactions): https://youtu.be/X4pQF3ljuAE
FullMag (extreme torture tests): https://www.youtube.com/user/ratedrr