One of the geekiest buzz announcements of 2014 was Apple’s introduction of the Apple watch to the public. Sure, we don’t know how much it will cost or when or where you can buy one. But it’s coming. Someday. (In February 2015. Maybe.)
So is the Apple watch going to be the only watch that anyone who is anyone will wear going forward? Absolutely! (If you believe everything Twitter and the rest of the Internet has to say.) But being the horophile that you are, you can already see through the hype and know that one singular watch will never become the end-all, be-all timepiece for any self-respecting watch wearer.
Researching the Apple watch at an even rudimentary level, you can see that while it truly is a fantastic product, it does have its share of shortcomings (10 by my count so far). So without further adieu, let’s look at 10 of the watch aspects that you can’t get from the Apple watch.
1. You must own another Apple device to use the Apple watch properly.
Forget for a second that you’ll be paying several hundred dollars at a minimum for the Apple watch. If you want to take full advantage of the fitness and music apps, you’ll have to purchase an iPhone, iPad, iPod, iCashSuck or some other Apple device first. So if you are an Android or any other phone user, you’ll have to swing down to your local phone store (I’m sure you won’t be sitting there all day), hope you can get an iPhone with the current state of your contract and then re-download all your apps. (My wife watched an entire season of Sex and the City in the time it took me to get all my apps reset last time I converted.)
If you really are serious about wanting a fully functioning smart watch without investing the better part of a grand, then check out the Meta collection we have, specifically the M1 Color Bluetooth 4.0 watch. You’ll get a ton of functionality at a much lower price.
2. The Apple watch restricts you to only two size choices.
Are you a 38mm or 42mm person? Those are the two categories Apple sees its customers within. Want a tiny watch for your delicate wrist, ladies? Sorry, you’ll have to get the chunky “small” 38mm one. What about you, fellas? Apparently Apple has not got the memo from literally every other fashion watch company that big is (and has been) in for years. For you guys, Apple has the “large” 42mm watch–a case diameter that measures smaller than dozens of women’s watches we carry.
3. The Apple watch can’t charge itself on its own.
I don’t know about you, but I’m annoyed enough having to charge my phone. Every. Single. Day. I don’t really need the headache of charging something else daily. And while Apple has been coy about how long a charge lasts thus far, it will be nearly impossible to build a power cell that will be longer-lasting than one day, if iPhones are any sort of guide.
If you NEVER want to have to worry about your watch dying you, just get one that is powered by something that is always wireless attached–your wrist. Automatic watches like this Bulova BVA Dual Aperture is powered by your movement. That’s a lot cheaper and more convenient than electricity.
4. You can’t get an Apple watch made with a titanium case.
Long held as the most durable watch case material for watches, military personnel, law enforcement, first responders, divers and anyone who requires their watches to be tough in their field, titanium is the one metal that seems to hold up through anything. However, the Apple watch is only made in steel (like most other watches), aluminum (the same material as those soda cans your one-year old can crunch in her fist) and gold (Donald Trump would need a loan to afford that model).
Unless you plan on wearing kid gloves with your Apple watch, look another direction for your timepiece. David Guetta and Sia would undoubtedly agree that something like a Bertucci A-2T Vintage (for him) or an M-1T ProColor (for her) would both be more suitable when considering the durability of titanium.
5. Your security can never be guaranteed with an Apple watch.
You have enough going on in your life without giving cyber-criminals another venue to steal your identity, don’t you? After all, why buy an Apple watch when all of your banking information, credit reports and access to email and social media accounts are on your phone. Sure, Apple tells you it’s secure. But as Jennifer Lawrence can attest to, we’ve all heard that before.
So why take the chance, ladies? You surely don’t need to; not when there are many stylish alternatives out there that ARE GUARANTEED to never surrender any personal information to the public. Hackers can try to crack the Ice-Watch Pink Sili all they want. Nothing except an exquisite movement is hidden inside.
6. The Apple watch is essentially disposable.
iPhone users can already attest to this: A new iPhone is released, and you throw out your still-functioning iPhone just to get the new one that is (allegedly) better. With this first-gen Apple watch, how long will it be before it too is rendered obsolete? Two years? A year? Six months? And then you’ll be back in line waiting to throw the better part of a thousand of your hard-earned dollars at a tech giant that thrives on convincing you what they sold you 8 months ago is now garbage.
Don’t let them play you. You’ll always be chasing trends. You’re too smart for that. So invest your money in something that will last. Not just years, but generations. A Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision watch is something that your grandchild can pass down to his grandchild. That’s quality that lasts and certainly something to be valued, especially in our current “throw-away” culture.
7. The Apple watch won’t slide underneath your shirt cuff easily.
Both sizes of the Apple watch measure in at an extremely clunky 12.6mm. For reference’s sake, the new iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick. That means the Apple watch is more than twice as thick as its new tablet. And considering today’s fashion is all about form fitting clothing, the Apple watch doesn’t stand a chance at easily sliding under your button down work shirts.
Thin is in. So you have a wide variety of choices of watches that are both sleek and stylish. One of them happens to be the Obaku Harmony Ultra-Slim model that is perfect for men and women. Do yourself a favor, and pick one of these up. You should enjoy your day without futzing with your wrist every couple minutes.
8. An Apple watch cannot say anything about you.
At first look at the different styles the Apple watch comes in, you can see that there are a few different dials and colors. But look closer. Each has a rectangular case. Each has the crown at the same spot. Each has the same-shaped strap. Are all of these models really that different?
What if you want a mesh band? Or a cherry red dial? Or a forest green strap? Or a round case? Simply put, it’s impossible to express your individuality when you’re wearing a watch that for all intents and purposes looks like a watch that every other hipster or tech geek is wearing. Honestly, where’s the fun in that?
So if you really want to dare to be different with a smart watch, a Mota G2 Pro looks great on anyone’s wrist. Or if you want to go with something full of color, how about the Cogito POP Raspberry Crush smart watch? Now wearing one of those really says something about the person you are.
9. The Apple watch cannot be a for-sure fashion hit.
Remember Google Glass? And Bluetooth headsets? They were supposed to be the next big thing in 2009 and 2013 respectively. And they never hit. Granted, the Apple watch is not as noticeable because it’s on the wrist rather than the head. But if you decide to get an Apple watch, you might always be remembered as “Bluetooth Johnson” and Randall Meeks are today.
Go with the traditional. The tried-and-true. Go with something that has been around and already has garnered the respect of fashion critics for decades. Something like the Nava Wherever Twilight watch for women or the Daniel Wellington Canterbury Classic in our men’s collection are both excellent selections.
10. The Apple Watch can’t just leave you alone.
In our world of increased connectivity through our e-mail, our phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, many of us who are on-the-go have the added pressure to always stay connected 24/7. But is that healthy? Can we become too connected? Do we really need yet another device that will chime in our ear, buzz our wrists or alert our minds to something that will wreck our current train of thought?
The answer to the last question is no. Enough is enough. We have enough things going on in our lives without something else interrupting it. You know that annoying family member or co-worker that is always tapping you on the shoulder and keeping you from being efficient and/or enjoying life? That’s the Apple watch. It never knows when to just let you be.
We here at WatchCo have plenty of unobtrusive watches that know when to stay out of your way. The Fossil Georgia crystal won’t illicit any beeping to wake you from your peaceful slumber. And the Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph will never be talking over you. It always knows when to keep quiet.
So check out the watches on our site that can do what the Apple watch can’t. You never know what you’re going to find.