By Susie Ochs, MacWorld
I had a $17,000 Apple Watch Edition strapped to my wrist today. Rose gold. 38mm. Rose gray strap that felt like butter, with a modern buckle also in solid 18-carat gold. It was beautiful. But as luxe as the materials are, my hands-on demo time with the Apple Watch made me confident that I can go with the entry-level Apple Watch Sport and be just as happy.
Why? It’s the software, silly! The Apple Watch’s apps, glances, and notifications are so easy to use and well-thought-out that once I started tapping, pressing, and scrolling around the tiny display, I quickly forgot what materials were in the case and strap. Here’s what I found so compelling in my brief demo time, and why I’m looking forward to strapping an Apple Watch (Sport, natch) onto my wrist come April 24.
Attention to detail
The Apple Watch has so many delightful little details, and I’m not even talking about how the clasps on the gold Apple Watch Editon’s bands are also made of gold. Again, it’s the software. Scrolling around the tiny screen is smooth, and even though the home screen’s tiny app bubbles look like you’d need to tap them with fingers the size of Q-Tips, I found them easy to hit.
Strapping on a $17,000 hunk of wrist candy can really raise the heart rate.