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What’s Wrong With Apple Watch?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, iOS

The Apple Watch is surely the most popular smartwatch out there, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t facing the same issues as other wearables. The number one problem is that people get them, use them for a little while, and then stick them in a drawer.


Wearable tech is supposed to be the next big thing. But from Google Glass to a number of smartwatches and fitness bands, none have managed to become the everyday essential that smartphones are.


Research firm Wristly decided to survey dissatisfied owners of the Apple watch to find out what they didn’t like about their expensive (starting at $349) new tech.

Now, this isn’t to say that most people don’t like their Apple Watches. In fact, the devices show about a 90% satisfaction rating.


But here’s what the research shows about those who aren’t satisfied:

It seems unhappy campers knew it pretty quickly. Around 17% knew within a few days they were going to stop wearing the watch and another 28% decided with a couple of weeks.

Those that gave up wearing the watch still opted to keep it. The vast majority just stuck it a drawer. Only about 18% sold the watch and around another 15% returned it to Apple.


Why didn’t they like the Apple Watch?  A full 63% said they weren’t getting enough value for what it cost, and 47% thought the watch was just too limited.

Many have said it’s more like a really nice iPhone accessory than an independent piece of technology. If you want to make calls or take photos, you still need to have your phone in you pocket.


Around 40% thought it was too slow and that the battery didn’t last long enough. Thirty percent thought it wasn’t a very good watch because you had to tilt it to actually check the time.

Interestingly enough, the dissatisfied customers aren’t technophobes. People who work in the tech industry were much more likely to be unhappy with the Apple Watch. A full 75% of unhappy customers work in the tech industry. This could indicate that maybe they had unreasonably high expectations for the the Apple Watch.

Have you tried out the Apple Watch or other wearable tech? What did you think? Are you still wearing it? Let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia



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3 Responses to “What’s Wrong With Apple Watch?”

  1. Allan says:

    I am in the process of returning the second smart watch I bought for my wife to the retailer. Both were Android wear, Samsung and Pebble, but just not big enough performers. They just don’t seem to perform at a high enough level to justify the expense and aggravation. They were not reliable enough of an asset to justify wearing it. I’m on the fence about purchasing one for myself even though I have been waiting for the right sale.

  2. Keith Monson says:

    I didn’t shell out for the Apple watch (not that I would buy anything Apple) but I did buy a “smartwatch”. It’s an off brand and cost me $45 on It is like wearing something “alive” on your wrist. It was kind of neat at first to know when I was getting email and when I should get up and walk around but after a while I stopped needing to be nagged all the time. It’s kind of cool to sinc to my phone and make calls like Dick Tracy but that is about the end of the kewl factor. My friend got one at the same time I did and he loves his! He freaks out if he forgets to charge it or can’t find it when it slips to the bottom of his carryon. Mine is on the charger and when I go out and about I take it but it’s meh for every day around the casa wear.

  3. Apple Watch - I Love It says:

    I don’t understand the logic when someone says they’re not getting enough value for the watch, so they stick it in a drawer. Seems to me that’s getting even less value.

    Anyway, I love the watch. I use it on the golf course to keep score and get the distance to the green. It reminds me to stand up once an hour, which I always tried to do better usually forgot to do it.

    It’s got a lot of great watch faces, but I realize that the time doesn’t show unless you look at it. Major inconvenience. (kidding, that feature extends the battery life).

    I can actually use the watch like a Dick Tracy communicator (phone calls), but I try to avoid being seen when I do that.

    I get news headlines and notifications when my games need my attention.

    Lots more features that I love. I’m glad I bought it. Looking forward to version 2.

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