A Watch Guy's Thoughts on the Apple Watch After Seeing It in the Metal(▼)(▲)
September 10, 2014
I won't get into the raw functionality of the Apple Watch – for that, refer to my colleague Kelly Jasper's introductory article here. Instead I've chosen to focus on the many things I believe Apple got right and those I believe they got wrong, all the while viewing this piece of wearable technology not as a digital peripheral, but as an actual watch. Essentially, what can our friends in Switzerland learn from Apple, and what can Apple learn from the Swiss.
Reading this post got me much more excited for the Apple Watch than I was after the keynote. In particular I was worried about how the watch would look on the wrist. I don't want a watch that's as big as my entire wrist, or one that's small width-wise but too tall in depth. Clymer mostly put those fears to rest with this:
The Apple Watch is available in both 38 mm and 42 mm. I tried them both on, and they both worked perfectly on my wrist. They didn't exaggerate the options and make one decidedly male oriented at 44 mm and a girly equivalent at 35 mm or the like. Any man, woman, or child could pull off either size with ease. This may not seem like much, but remember this is Apple's first watch, and it would be a very easy mistake to make it too big or too small. I'm sure there was much discussion about making it larger – how could there not be? It would've made the entire interface bigger, bolder, more recognizable from afar and easier to use. The fact that they chose to actually make the thing wearable shows a great deal of restraint. The 38 mm example is particularly nice on the wrist as seen here.
And here's the image that accompanied that paragraph:
From that picture I think the Apple Watch looks great. I'll probably be getting the 38 mm version. As nice as the bigger screen size would be, this is a wearable device, so in this case more than with any devices before it, physical appearance really does trump functionality (to an extent, of course).