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To Watch or Not to Watch

To Watch or Not to Watch
by Gary Woods

So I finally made it down to the Apple Store the other day to see “The Watch.” According to what I’d read you had to make an appointment and they would take you to a separate area with a friendly, helpful employee would take you through what the watch could do. And maybe it you were cool they’d let you try it on.

Well on State St I wandered in and there the little jewels were laid out so mere mortals could pick them up and play with them. There were a couple of employees on the other side of the table talking to each other about how cool the watch was but it was just me and the watch on my side of the table. Don’t get me wrong I couldn’t try one on but pushing and poking was definitely okay.

My first fantasy didn’t work out. I thought I might be able to look at the watch without my reading glasses and that ain’t gonna’ happen. After that things went smoother. I was able to navigate to the various watch faces and customize those face with various features and I was to move between applications with a combination of the little button on the side and the scroll wheel.

Because I was unable to try the watch on I couldn’t get the full tactile feel of the little impulses that it gives out but all in all it was pretty cool with a ton of features and ways for you to interact with the device.

I’m still unsure about buying one however. It is a version one of a new technology for Apple and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a version 2 and 3. But if I did shell out the big bucks I’d go for the Sport Watch probably with the White Band or maybe the Black. The watch itself is identical whether you pay $349 or $17,000 the only difference is the case and the band so my thinking buy low and see what comes down the pike.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.