Damon Beres on what I call Launchgate:
For a luxury device that costs anywhere from $349 to $17,000, that’s not exactly comforting.
Of course, it’s also not surprising for a new product to have problems. In 2010, Apple’s iPhone 4 launch was tarnished by a design glitch that interfered with phone call reception, forcing Apple to give out free rubber cases to solve the issue. The ordeal became known as “antennagate.” Years later, the Internet got all bent out of shape when it was discovered that some iPhone 6 devices could physically change shape under certain conditions.
Good grief. Old saws never die. They just get refurbished on Huffington Post. What’s infuriating about the Apple Watch?
- People don’t understand how to buy it (at the Apple Store or online)
- Setup is complicated (needs to be turned on and setup; like an iPhone)
- Sides can get scratched (pretty much like any smooth, metallic surfaced watch)
- Shatters when dropped (pretty much like any watch or smartphone with glass)
- Kills iPhone battery life (except for those where it improves battery life)
- It won’t charge (early adopter’s lament)
- App experience bad (only 3,500 apps to try out)
- Freaks people out (trypophobia strikes again!)