Once again, Apple makes everyone else look like amateurs. $349 is a great price, too.
Samsung, Motorola, et al, just took their smart phone and shrunk it down to a tiny screen, keyboard and all. A terrible, unusable experience resulted.
Apple is really good at is starting from the experience and building out, throwing away things that don’t work. Finger-typing on the Apple Watch would be pathetic. Apple’s solution, giving the user the ability to draw little images, conveys almost the same level of communication without a single letter. A perfect execution of the concept.
If the Apple Watch were just a second screen for the iPhone, it would fail. It wins because there are things only the Watch can do.
I’m not a fan of the over-dependence on the iPhone (for GPS and the like). That eliminates any consistent fitness tracking for a lot of people. Most don’t phones with them on a run (and shouldn’t need to).
A nice bonus: Apple was clearly influenced by one of my favorite user interfaces of all time, the OP-1 synthesizer’s: