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Following today’s event, select attendees were given the opportunity to go hands-on with a working version of the Apple Watch. You may recall, Apple allowed journalists to try out demo versions of the wearable when it debuted last fall, but this is much different.

This time around, folks were actually allowed to launch apps, navigate menus and play with various features. We’ve collected a number of videos showing these initial impressions, in an effort to help paint a proper picture of what to expect when you get your Watch next month. 

TechCrunch:

TechnoBuffalo:

The Verge:

CNET:

SlashGear:

T3:

Mashable:

Looking through the videos, the consensus seems to be that the touchscreen on Apple Watch is responsive, animations are fluid and overall performance is what you’d expect. You do notice, though, what appears to be a slight lag when launching certain apps.

The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order starting April 10, and will begin shipping on April 24. Prices start at $349 for the least expensive model, and go all the way to $17,000. For more information on this and other announcements from today, click here.

  • Guest

    The apple watch edition is a total joke. Most people (like me) want a watch that know that will work. Not a watch that you will have to charge every day and at $10,000 most people are better off buying a real luxury watch not something that will be obsolete in a year.

    • Chris Holden

      dont buy it then bitch boy

      • Fool ^

        Do the world a favour. End your worthless life. Your existence is obselete and not a single person will be bothered by your death. Go on and do the right and good thing. 🙂

      • mrgerbik

        doofus….

      • Mike

        this watch is trash…. why not just buy a rolex or tag

      • BoardDWorld

        Then for the health monitoring spend $15 on a Mi Band. Lasts 60 days on 1 charge, monitors sleep and activity 24/7. Take it diving or it has runtastic like functionality built in and other programs are just starting to show up in the fitness center (sit ups & jump rope).

    • mrgerbik

      agreed 100%

    • I agree but with that price tag it actually is a real luxury watch. Also you only use it as a watch they say it can last up to 72hours.. Not a big whoop dee do but still worth noting.

      • gittlopctbi

        72 hours? Where are you getting that number? The reports say 18 hours best.

      • @dongiuj

        I think it said more once it’s put into a certain mode. That mode only operates the time and doesn’t display it until prompted to.

      • When you actually read and listen to whats posted.. “Finally, Apple gave some details about more minimal usage that’ll extend the Watch’s life — if you’re just checking the time (5 times an hour for 4 seconds each, under Apple’s tests), the Apple Watch should last about 48 hours. And, as we heard in reports over the last month or so, there’s a low power reserve mode. If the battery of your Watch gets too low, it’ll automatically switch to power reserve mode. Apple seems to imply that the watch will last an additional 72 hours at that point: “If your battery gets too low, Apple Watch automatically switches into Power Reserve mode so you can continue to see the time for up to 72 hours.” That’s pretty impressive, if true, but we’ll have to do some thorough testing to see exactly how this all plays out.”

      • gittlopctbi

        72 hours of doing nothing with your watch? Not impressive. Not realistic, either. Spin it all you want, but at this point, it is just an expensive gadget toy.

      • Simply put if you can’t afford it for what it is don’t buy it especially if you don’t think its worth it.

      • gittlopctbi

        Not to worry–I’m not buying it. Wouldn’t even if I could afford it.

      • According to you*

      • gittlopctbi

        LOL, of COURSE “according to [me].” Silly. That’s what we do here–give our *personal* opinions. Just like you did. Have a good one.

      • gittlopctbi

        And also, 48 hours to just check the time? Look, if that’s all you’re going to do with this expensive watch, then why are you going to spend so much money for it? At that point, it’s just a watch that you have to wind up every two days.

    • HamptonWalley

      It is already obsolate. Prices will drop soon, it is will be the first Apple product like that.

      • BoardDWorld

        I don’t know, the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus was a bit of a sheep’s phone but they made record sales.

      • HamptonWalley

        Iphone 6 sheep’s phone? I did not have doubts on those devices for a second.

    • Digitalfeind

      Pretty much ALL watches are just for luxury. A watch is for telling telling time. Just about everyone that has a watch has a cellphone or other device to tell them what time it is. Watches are just outdated technology now and are more of a piece of jewelry.

      • gittlopctbi

        No, not all watches are for luxury. Not when you can go to Walmart or Target and pick one up for cheap. Luxury means “can do without.” For many people, perhaps a majority, they need to know the time. Most people are on a schedule in life. So I disagree with your premise. I think it is silly to say that just because Apple comes out with a watch that the traditional watch is “outdated” technology. Apple will probably sell a ton of these, but the fact will remain that most people are satisfied wearing an affordable watch and having a cell phone.

      • Digitalfeind

        Even if they need to know the time they’ll still likely have another device for that. The watch has been outdated for a long time. Not because Apple is coming out with one but because there are so much more to tell the time.

      • gittlopctbi

        True, but you sald “ALL” watches are for luxury. I’ve read reports that says that the wrist watch industry is actually growing. Part of that report bears out what you say in that the luxury watch market is growing, but so are other, cheaper watches. It also says that the average price that consumers are buying from Walmart to Rolex is increasing and is now around $320 or so. (How about them apples?) So you are probably right. In fact I think I do agree with you. I think the Apple watch is not mostly for telling the time but is just for a piece of technological jewelry.

      • Digitalfeind

        Everyone I’ve seen that wears a watch wears it as jewelry.

        Social experiment: next time you see someone wearing a watch ask them what time it is. 4/5 times I’ve seen them look at their cellphone. Lol. Not even joking.

        That’s why I say that watches are outdated and more for luxury/jewelry.

      • gittlopctbi

        OK, agreed. So the iWatch is just luxury/jewelry. Definitely not a serious watch.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Lol what. You are most certainly not the certain demographic apple is targeting here lol

    • ic0dex

      That’s why they made a cheap on for $349 just for a sucker like you. Sorry that Apple couldn’t make a gold watch for $500 just for you so you won’t cry like a little bitch you are. Oh what are you also going to switch to Samsung too bitch boy?

      • gittlopctbi

        $349 is “cheap?” Whoa, you definitely have a different definition of “cheap” than I do. And your reply to him was really childish.

    • bn326160

      Gold is expensive, it’s the price you pay for exclusivity

  • Jamessmooth

    The lag is troublesome. I’m gonna order a 42mm stainless black and a 42mm aluminum black and return the one I don’t like. I’m torn between the two.

    • Same here Im leaning toward the aluminum black though. Im assuming you’ll be able to see more scuffs/scratches on the shiny one. But then the Sapphire glass is on the shiny one as well so it just brings it back into play… Ill just wait for some drop tests and see which glass fairs better.

    • Eikast

      It looks like if you want either the 38mm or 42mm SS black, that you’ll have to pay up SS black/black link combo ($1K+). I at first wanted that watch with the sports band then eventually upgrade the band down the road.

    • Jeffrey

      I’d get the aluminum black with black leather band! Probably wait for a third party leather band though… Too expensive to buy a band from Apple:P

  • JulianZH

    I rather buy a real watch than smartwatch. It’s overrated.

  • Wow

    Lol look at the loading time. Pretty poor imagine paying 10G for that. Appalling hahaha.

  • @dongiuj

    Had to watch these videos just to try to understand what a lot of people are prematurely enjaculating about paying a minimum of $350 for a smartwatch. For the lag a new apple product has, how fidgety it looks with the apps bundled together, the styling and the features I can almost guarantee not everyone wil use, I still don’t understand.

  • Eikast

    While purchasing an Apple Watch Edition is insane ($10K+ for something that loses its value due to it being outdated), I do believe that the SS Apple Watch is where the real value is at. Sure, it’s expensive at $550-$599 (starting off with the cheapest band), but it’s a premium watch. I am thinking about using my tax return money on the 42mm SS watch with the milanese (that damn link is super expensive, maybe down the road).

    • George

      The iverge video just proved to me how unresponsive the watch is. I would skip this first gen.

    • ic0dex

      It’s gold it does not loss value. If gold prices go up which they have been then you don’t loss.

      • Scott Curry

        lose* and lose*

      • gittlopctbi

        Except that the gold is only a portion of what makes the watch. You are not buying $10k of gold. If you did, then your premise would be 100% correct. So the value would depend on how much gold goes up to not lose value.

  • Clement Yeo

    Just wondering.. since imma lefty, the position of the knob kinda annoys me.. are there any lefty version of the watch hmmm

    • Parker Crain

      I believe they said in September that it can be flipped upside down (180 degrees) by switching the bands

  • therealjjohnson

    This is a tricky category. I dont want to purchase a new watch every year (depending on cycle). Now with a regular watch you just swap them out and wear whatever goes best with your clothes once you buy a new one. You dont stop using it all together. With a watch that has technology in it however the game changes. If newer versions come out in the future then does one really want to lose those features and go back to the old version they paid $1000 for? Its just tricky because its a combination product.

  • Josh Venegas

    The only features that is missing for me is a flashlight and infrared so that I can control my tv right from my wrist. If I saw those features on the 1st gen then maybe I’ll buy it. Hoping to see that on the second gen. That would make it worth it in my eyes to spend $600 on the steel version but as of now…not quite. And does anyone know how much storage the apple watch has? I would want at least 32gb.

  • zoLa siWisa

    Anyone knows if it will come with a stand alone gps tracker than liking to an iPhone

  • dclose

    Did no tech blog think to take along a woman, or send a woman, to demo how these watches fit? Seriously, they’re ALL guys?!?? What’s up with that?!! C’mon, surely one woman attended this event and was seen with the watch on her wrist?

    • JQ2

      A lady from cnet had the edition on her wrist in a video.

      • dclose

        Thanks for letting me know! I’ll see if I can find that video as that would be very helpful for me.

      • JQ2

        That’s why we all are here. Help one another out in this crazy tech world

      • dclose

        I found the video you mentioned, and replied with a link here, but it hasn’t shown up. If such links are not allowed, then would idownloading blog please include that video in their list, above? Heck, I can’t be the only woman reading your blog, for crying out loud!

        Anyway, to JQ2, I wanted to express my sincere appreciation for passing on that information! It was really helpful!

      • gittlopctbi

        Power to you, dclose! 🙂

  • Scott Curry

    Just gonna throw this out there: Never ever ever ever ever buy the first iteration of any electronic device, especially in this day and age. Consider it a public beta and wait for the 2nd gen to come out with many more improvements. I know it’s tempting to have this (especially to us Apple fanboys) but this is WAY too expensive to try to jump on at initial release.

    • gittlopctbi

      Yup. Not ready for Prime Time. Except Apple Corp. knows that they’ll have a bunch of people that will be salivating and that can rationalize the purchase.

  • Scott Curry

    Can’t wait to see the jailbreak tweaks for this….

  • john diaz

    The only way i would own one of these watches its with a “Jailbreak” otherwise no thanks Apple, this watch like the iPhone will be very feature limited.

  • D’bian12

    The Apple Watch… Hmmmm!

    Wozniak & Jobs created and revolutionized computers so that anyone can have a Macintosh/Apple Product..

    Apple Watch separating buyers by Social three class model… ……REALLY!

    Big disappointment.