Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now

You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Why I won’t be buying an Apple Watch

The world may be drooling over the latest object of desire to come out of Cupertino but some Apple fans aren’t all that excited.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Mar 10, 2015, 04.52 PM IST
The Apple Watch has come at a bad time. I stopped wearing watches about two years ago, when I realised that mobile phones were good enough to tell the time. What else did one need a watch for, unless it was a Rolex or an Omega?

And now, along comes the much-anticipated Apple Watch. There’s no doubt that the device, like all Apple products, will be of excellent quality, design and engineering and will do more than tell time. But looking only at the cost and utility, it really doesn’t add much value.

For one thing, the device does little on its own. It needs to be paired with an iPhone 5 or later model running iOS 8.2, the latest operating system, for all functions to work.

Secondly, it’s expensive. The Apple Watch starts at $349 (about Rs 22,000) in the US. If you don’t have an iPhone 5, add that cost too.

Thirdly, there’s no need for it. Almost everything an Apple Watch can do, your smartphone already can – tell time, run apps, display photos, play music and track fitness. And if your phone can’t, you can be sure there will soon be an app for it.

Then there’s the battery – it lasts up to 18 hours, so you have to charge it every day. Weren’t watches supposed to be devices that would keep running on their own (remember automatic watches?) or needed a battery change just once a year or so? It could take a while to get used to the idea of unstrapping your Apple Watch to charge it overnight.

The Apple Watch boasts of precise time – within 50 milliseconds of global standard time in conjunction with an iPhone. But really, one doesn’t need such accurate time.

Apple says its watch keeps track of your fitness and provides stats of your workouts. Any wearable fitness device can do the same -- monitor how much you walk or run, how many calories you burn and how well you sleep. Besides, it costs a whole lot less and needs to be charged once in five days. Most activity trackers these days offer a similar range of features, including a clock.

Sure the Apple Watch has plus points – you can customise the face and get alerts about incoming calls, messages and e-mails (handy when you need to be discreet). You can answer calls made to your iPhone. The watch also features a heart-rate sensor and has Apple’s Retina display.

Even so, it would probably make more sense to invest in a good smartphone. An iPhone 5, which is the earliest model that’s compatible with the Apple Watch, would cost just about the same and probably do as much. Except that it won’t be on your wrist.
Want stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the daily ET Panache newsletter.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also Read

Apple iPhone 2021 to be 'completely wireless': Analyst

Apple India slips as iPhone sales slow

Why India should start taking apples seriously

Migrant labourer, apple trader shot dead in Kashmir

Former Apple executive accused of betrayal says he was snooped on

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Popular Categories

Other useful Links

Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service