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Why the Apple Watch may be a hard sell to the average personApple's smartwatch is almost here, with preorders starting this Friday and release set for April 24. CNET's Scott Stein has already tried out the device and explains how it impresses -- and disappoints.
More than 7 months after debuting the Apple Watch, the time has finally come for it's release this April. Cnet's senior editor Scott Stein has been trying it out. It's one of the most feature packed, ambitious smart watches, but it's doing it at the expense of elements like price and battery life. With prices ranging from several hundred dollars for the sports version to several thousand dollars for the 18 carat gold edition, it may be a tough sell for the average person. It's really up to people to decide whether they want to spend $350 to $17,000 on an accessory. Or whether they just want to stick with their phone. The watch works with newer iPhones. It lets you stay connected, track your fitness, play music and use Apple Pay as well as tap into numerous apps. It's really easy to send texts, audio messages, make speaker. Speaker phone calls. The fitness app in particular, seems pretty well thought out. But the battery only lasts a day while other smart watches can last up to seven days. It's less like a watch you'd wear every single day without interruption. Option and a little more like a powerful computer that you've gotta learn to charge more. While smart watches aren't new, they're far from mainstream. Apple's entry could be a big boost to the market. All that is going to make a lot of competitors step up their game but it also may open the door for a lot of lower-priced. Products with longer battery life. If you're thinking of getting one aside from price and functionality, here's something to consider. How you interact with your phone. Whether you really wanna keep it in your pocket and use something on your wrist instead. For the latest news and reviews on the Apple Watch go to CNET. COM. In San Francisco, Brian Tong CNET. COM for CBS News.