Wednesday, 11 March 2015



Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! How are you? I hope that all is well! Do you already know that you are getting for an update? Will it be an HTC One M9? The One E9? LG G Flex 2? G4? Or have you, like me, got your eyes firmly on the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge?

I don’t suppose you’re going to get a smartwatch to compliment it, are you? Apple Watch? Read on!

#AppleWatch #AndroidWear #Moto360 #GearS #5ReasonsWhyAppleWatchFails #ZenWatch #SmartWatch2


Yes, I know... “Design” is a subjective argument but I am not arguing about its aesthetics but the design function. The design flaw is that you will need to pair the Apple Watch with an iPhone 5 or later versions of the handset thus typically keeping the consumer locked into the iOS / iTunes ecosystem. Apple could have made the Apple Watch compatible with Android to garner a wider audience, but the risk is too great for iPhone users to jump ship to real technologically advanced 64-bit Android handsets.

Above: ASUS ZenWatch; elegance at only £199. And not a Digital Clown in sight!

Essentially the Apple Watch, as with most smartwatches, acts as a cursor / satellite to the handset but the reality is that we will take our handsets out to surf the Interweb, watch movies, play games and above all to view messages without squinting at such a small dainty feminine looking screen. And that’s a flaw within a flaw in that the Apple Watch looks too feminine for manly men. Sending out digital scribbles and heartbeats is one thing but it’s not going to beat sending emoticons via messaging apps such as WhatsApp, LINE, Viber and many more.

You are not going to get much mileage out of your iPhone if you intend to have it secondary to a tiny watch screen. In actuality you are paying more to not use your phone. Again, because the design is small and dainty the battery life is not going to be good.

On design and function the Apple Watch is already tanking. But there’s bound to be a few Church of Apple parishioners that will shell out for the $10K+ Apple Edition.


The applications for the Apple Watch, from what I can see thus so far, are more or less a repetition of iPhone apps but to accommodate a smaller screen. There’s no incentive app-wise for anyone to rush out and purchase this dumbwatch. If you wanted to set-up a security camera you’d probably be better off using your old iPhone model that is sitting in a draw somewhere and use it as a spy / security camera that sends images / video to your current iPhone.

You’re probably thinking, ‘Should that be “base model”?’ But essentially Apple have created a tier business model that makes you either feel cheap for going for the base model at $349 or forces you to spend $599 to get the better option.

Above: Sony SmartWatch 2 at £99.99 that features a battery that can last up to 7 days! 

Apple is also hoping that the Apple Watch cuts it as a fashion accessory but you are probably better off with an actual timepiece or the Samsung Gear S standalone 3G enabled smartwatch for around the same price or go for Android Wear smartwatch like the Moto 360! Ultimately you might want to invest in a Rolex if you are thinking about a luxury timepiece. Maybe, just maybe the Apple Watch will become a museum piece in the future as an example of the worst smartwatch in history!

To put it quite bluntly you will look foolish sporting the Apple Watch for all of the above reasons. You might think that you’re a hip nerdster but the reality is that you’ll look awfully stupid when you find yourself using your iPhone more than the Apple Watch, again, for the reasons above. It’s one way to save the battery on the thing.

 Google Glass. I can't wait to see the new version that Google is currently working on. I would prefer Google Glass over the Apple Watch any day of the week! I think this great invention and "invention" is the operative word; it has far more value to me than the Apple Watch any day of the week! Google Glass is worth more than the highest Apple Watch Edition - in my most humble opinion. 
In other words it’s nothing like the competition that is either standalone or inexpensive enough to compliment the handset. If you look at the cost of a decent traditional timepiece, from let’s say Seiko for example, it’ll set you back around £200. Now this is one heck of a price just to keep the date, time, seconds / stopwatch and alarm. These are things that your handset does and gives you the weather at a glance! Well, the iPhone doesn’t have widgets like Android and as soon as I get up in the morning I have a good idea of what the weather is going to be like.

Above: The standalone Samsung Gear S 3G enabled smartwatch. 

Hey, I understand all too well that it can be a little bothersome to bring out a fairly large handset to check the time – especially when one is in a hurry. When you are in a hurry and trying to get somewhere on time and you reach for your handset that is the time you can accidentally drop it. It would be advantageous to glance at a smartwatch from the any of the competition. So, in some cases, an Android Wear smartwatch will cost less than a decent Seiko.

What would happen if you went swimming with it to monitor your progress? What would happen if you jumped into the shower forgetting that you have it on?

Yes, I can count! I just thought I'd give you one for road! ;)

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