FOR SALE: I bought an Apple Watch immediately, but after a month I'm done

Apple Watch Edition unboxingKapotas Designs LLCNot my Apple Watch

After just over a month with the Apple Watch, I’m ready to move on if someone wants to take it off my hands at the right price.

I put my white sport edition Apple Watch up for sale on Craigslist with a high price tag — $US500. Nobody bit at that price, so I lowered the price to $US450. Still no takers, so now I am willing to take $US400.

Arguably, $US400 is still high for a used gadget, but my view: It’s in perfect condition and you can’t walk into an Apple Store and buy one right now.

I don’t want to be the sort of person that makes a big dramatic statement about selling my watch, especially since I probably won’t end up selling it. It feels like a cliche to make a big deal of something like this.

But after I announced my plan to sell it on Twitter, people were asking. So, here we are.

Why am I ready to move on?

For one, the value of the watch is about to fall off a cliff as Apple increases supply, so I figure I should try to sell now.

But if I really loved it, I wouldn’t be thinking like that.

Apple WatchBusiness InsiderMy Apple Watch

After a month with the watch, the newness of the device has worn off, and I am left with a product that’s not a must-have. It’s very first version. I believe that in a year, or more likely two, this product will be much better. I would rather have $US400+ to put towards other things in life.

While I am bailing on the watch, I don’t think it’s bad. For people in the market for a fitness tracker, I think it’s worth spending the extra money to get an Apple Watch over a Fitbit.

I’ve worn the watch every day since I bought it. It’s helpful for telling the time, getting a quick look at the weather, and tracking how much I’m exercising for the day. I also like getting emails and texts pushed to my wrist, especially during non-work hours when I’m not sitting in front of a computer.

However, apps on the watch are slow to respond. The email apps are disappointing. Overall, it just feels a bit clunky.

When people ask me for my review of the watch, I tell them that I think the watch is still two years away from being a great product.

Apple watchBusiness InsiderMy Apple Watch

There’s almost nothing that’s better through the watch versus the phone. Get a text on the wrist? Cool! Whip out your phone and respond. Get an email? Cool! Whip out your phone to respond. Want to see the score of a basketball game? You’re better off looking at your phone than using a watch app.

The fitness tracking is better, but the iPhone already counts steps, which works well enough for me.

Also, I have two nice watches that are now sitting on my bureau collecting dust. I’d like to start wearing them again.

And, so, I am looking to ditch my Apple Watch.

Tim Cook Apple WatchAPApple CEO Tim Cook

What does this mean for the future of Apple? Nothing. Probably. It’s just one watch!

Arguably this is a bad sign since it’s the first post-Steve Jobs product in a new category. If this is the future of Apple, the future is a tad cloudy. But, Apple is still the iPhone company and iPhones are more popular than ever.

As presently constructed, the Apple Watch is unlikely to be a smash hit. It’s a $US400+ accessory for the iPhone. Disappointingly, it’s not a $US400+ enhancement to the phone.

And, by the way, price a big part of this. It feels weird paying $US400+ for something that does a fraction of what a $US650+ iPhone can do. Yes, a Rolex costs thousands of dollars, and it only tells time.

But, that’s just the nature of things. Apple can try to position itself as a luxury brand all it wants. It’s not a luxury brand, and the Apple Watch is not a luxury watch. Sorry!

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