Interesting advice. I switched from android to iOS and there is definitely an adjustment period. There are certain things about iOS that drive me crazy but it is what it is.
First let me say..."I drank the cool-aid and have an Apple Watch on order".
I've read a lot of "expert" opinions on "who the Apple Watch is designed for" or " the target market/demographic group" or "do you really need it". There are varying opinions on the subject to date. However, the majority agree that the Apple Watch will be a game changer in the smartwatch arena even if it fails. So for Apple this is its biggest challenge since the launch of the iPad in 2010 to bring to market a product that consumers will covet (and buy) thus re-affirming Apple's position as THE innovator of tech for others to follow.
That being said...Who shouldn't buy the Apple Watch? I think the answer to that question is academic. Apple markets the Apple Watch as a companion piece to specific iPhone models which means that without an iPhone it's just another watch (at least for this 1st gen). To be clear that fact is no different from smartwatches offered by another phone centric company whose name starts with an "S".
But what if you've never owned an iPhone and are now considering crossing over. The user interface between Android and Windows Phone are different to say the least. Unless you are extremely tech savvy switching from the former to iOS may take some time to get use to. Especially, if you've been ingrained in Android or Windows Phone for some time (the minimum being two (2) years which is the average contract length). Simply, put there is a learning curve associated with iOS for iPhone.
As stated earlier the Apple Watch is a companion piece to the iPhone which (Apple Watch) has some interesting features of its own. The key IMO to have an enjoyable user experience with the Apple Watch is to have a rudimentary understanding of how the iPhone iOS works. Having that familiarity IMO makes using the Apple Watch less daunting because the user sees it as an extension of the iPhone (the Apple Watch intended use) and not as an entirely new device with no idea of how to interact it with it. Granted any user will have to learn how to navigate the Apple Watch but having an understanding of iOS beforehand will shorten the learning curve.
In conclusion IMO anyone who is a first time initiate to the iPhone should consider waiting awhile before buying the Apple Watch as a companion device. Get comfortable with the iPhone first. By doing so first time users will avoid the inevitable frustration of trying to learn how to navigate two devices (iPhone + Apple Watch) whose functionality is unfamiliar.
What are your thoughts?
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