The Apple Watch officially drops on April 24th and goes on preorder on April 10th.
Opinions on the technology giant's first wearable seem to be split. Just like most of their previous products before release, there are big doubts to whether the Apple Watch is right for them. The doubts aren't whether there's room in the market for such a product, but more whether Apple can eclipse the competition like they've done so successfully in the past.
With initial reviews surfacing, most reviewers seem ambivalent about whether or not anyone other than the most devoted Apple fans should buy one.
If you're still undecided take a look at why we think you should and why you shouldn't buy an Apple Watch, hopefully you can forge a decision from it, or at least have a better idea.
Why you should buy an Apple Watch.
It's Apple. This is both a good and a bad thing. You're guaranteed all-round qualty but Apple know their products will sell to the masses whether it's ultimately a hit or not, however there's a reason for this; they continue to produce such quality devices every year, even when the odds are against them. People doubted the iPad, Apple TV and even the iPhone, so I wouldn't be surprised if people look back in 10 years and wonder why anyone even thought about doubting the Apple Watch.
Apps. The Apple Watch is made by the same company that have created the biggest App Store in the world, so rest assured the amount of apps available to the Apple Watch is going to be crazy. The Watch hasn't even been released yet and reviewers are saying that there's upwards of 90 apps that are already available for the device.
Customise it. As well as the digital faces, the bands are also customisable on the Apple Watch, third party band companies have already started surfacing and the watch hasn't even been released yet. Considering the astronomical prices of Apple's bands, this can only be a good thing.
Less time on our smartphones. The Apple Watch's notification and communication system make it simple for us to liberate ourselves from our phones. A few taps on the Apple Watch could eliminate hours worth of emailing, texting, and music browsing that people normally spend their iPhones.
Health tracking. Different amounts of health tracking has been available in tech for a couple of years now, but with wearable tech and the Apple Watch in particular, the ability to track your physical activity has never been so easy. If you're competitive like me and you're constantly trying to better your records, the Apple Watch can get you on a fast track to being healthy by tracking your movement and sending you reminders to get your heart racing with its clever notification system.
Why you shouldn't buy an Apple Watch.
That rectangular design. You could love the design, but my personal opinion and the opinion of many others seems to be that it just doesn't look right. As an avid watch wearer I wouldn't consider wearing the Apple Watch for a continued length of time, purely because companies are continuing to make wearables functional first and a fashion accessory second, Apple included. There's no reason why fashion and function can't live in harmony, Motorola have nailed it on the Moto 360...
Oh god, the price. By far the biggest problem associated with the Apple Watch is the price of it; £349 for the cheapest variant (the Apple Watch Sport), $549 for the standard version, and at least $10,000 for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. Even by Apple's unbelievable standards this is crazy.
To put it into perspective, you could get an unlocked OnePlus One (an extremely capable smartphone) plus a Moto 360 (pictured above) for only $548, that's one dollar less than the standard Apple Watch alone.
Appointment needed. Every Apple product launch is accompanied by miles of queues of excited consumers waiting to get their hands on the newest product from the technology giants - its all part of the fun right?. When the Apple watch is released on the 24th April this will not be the case, because the Watch will be less popular than its previous products? Absolutely not. But because you simply won't be able to buy one off the shelf, you're going to need a reservation. Yeah that's right, you're going to need to book an appointment to buy an Apple Watch.
So, what's it going to be?
The decision's yours. Personally, I think the good outweighs the bad, but I can imagine a lot of people being heavily put off by the unjust price-tag
Let us know in the comments where you stand on picking up Apple's first wearable.