Apple held an Apple Watch event this week, and allowed reporters some hands-on time with the new device (which is available for pre-order and in-store display on April 10, and ships on April 24).
What are the critics saying about what it was like to try out the Apple Watch?
Christina Bonnington at Wired
“I found the touch and software experience of Apple’s Watch certainly as good as, if not better than, any other smartwatch on the market today. The hardware quality is superb, the screen is sharp, and the software experience is surprisingly robust.”
Nilay Patel at The Verge
“It’s actually pretty complicated….It’s nicer than I expected….It still feels like an awful lot of interesting ideas without a unifying theme.”
Geoffrey A Fowler at the Wall Street Journal
“On my wrist, the Apple Watch feels natural….Learning to operate the watch will take some time….What worries me is that Mr. Cook and his executive team didn’t talk as much on Monday about how it will help filter the unnecessary alerts.”
Chris Velazco at Engadget
“There’s no denying that the Watch is elegant in its design and occasionally in its modes of interaction, but it’s just not as immediately easy to wrap your head around as an iPhone is. If you’re anything like me, you’ll occasionally find yourself pausing from time to time, wondering if you’re supposed to depress the crown or tap the Home-like button below to get where you’re going next….Apple’s Watch is ambitious in a way that few devices are.”
Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch
“It is expectedly intuitive….It’s fast and responsive….The Watch feels comparably at home on my wrist.”
Brian Fung at the Washington Post
“If we wake up a few years from now and realize we’ve just traded one attention-taking device for another, that won’t be a win for consumers. It won’t be a win for the watch. And frankly, it won’t be much of a win for Apple, either….The Apple Watch doesn’t feel like one of these transcendent products yet.”