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5 Things That Annoy Apple Watch Fans

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Apple loves to stir up things and it certainly did so when it announced the Apple Watch back in September last year. The product is now officially rolling out in select countries including the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. There is still no confirmation as to when fans in India can officially buy the smartwatch, but we can expect an announcement soon.
 
It has been touted as THE gadget to own, but is it really something that you should put your money on? According to early user reports, the device might not be as amazing as one would expect. A number of users have or are planning to return the Apple Watch plainly because it isn’t what Apple claims it to be.
 
Some of the major concerns are:
 
Price
The cost for the basic Apple Watch starts at $349 (Rs. 21,000 approx) which is as much as a decent mid-ranged smartphone. Spending so much on a device seems pointless as it is just an extension of your smartphone that gives you notifications and updates, the time and a few health stats.
 
Battery Life
Most of the smartwatch makers today are struggling to provide a long battery life and it is the similar case with Apple Watch where users are claiming a battery life of just about a day. This can get annoying as you apart from charging your smartphone, you now have to charge your watch on a daily basis.
 
App support
The app support is not at par. There are only a few useful apps and native app support is still under works. If that works out only then will the device support third party apps to run on the watch itself rather than syncing with the app on the iPhone. The watch is in its early stages and we can expect the app support to improve, but it will definitely take a few more months.
 
Software
The interface of the Apple Watch is quite interesting however according to early user reports the performance is sluggish. The device doesn’t seem to have a DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode either, which simply means that in case you update your Apple Watch to the watchOS 1.0.1 or the recent watchOS 2 beta update, there is a high chance that you cannot go back to an older version. Why would one want to do that, you may ask, well the new updates are having certain issues with the heart rate monitor. Since users cannot downgrade the software, they are being instructed by Apple to send their Apple Watch back to the company for repairs and on certain occasions are being charged for the service.
 
Compatibility
The Apple Watch can only work with an iPhone, and in case in the future you decide to move to different platform, your Apple Watch will be useless, and you will be left with just a watch that costs as much as a good smartphone.


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