Apple Watch and MacBook impressions

I was in New York city over the weekend with my son and had the opportunity to try the new Apple Watch and MacBook for myself at the Apple store on 5th Avenue.  A few initial impressions:

  • It takes a bit of work to understand/navigate the watch interface and understand all the buttons (rotate crown, crown button, side button, touch screen).   However, from other reviews I've read, it's a steep learning curve.  After 15-20 minutes of use, I was starting to get the hang of it.  Still, I'm looking forward to trying the Apple Watch paired with my phone and the apps I use to get a better impression.  
  • The new MacBook is beautiful - thin and light.  While much has been said of the new USB-C connector, I'm glad to finally see progress with a new connector that can provide power, USB and HDMI.  While Apple's adapter is $79, cheaper ones are coming.

On Friday, April 10, the day the Apple Watch preorder and MacBook went on sale, I set my alarm for 3AM ET so I could be one of the first to order the new Apple Watch.  Having already added the Apple Watch Sport 42mm space grey) to my favorites in the Apple Store mobile app, it only took me a few taps to place my order.   My watch is expected to arrive 4/24-5/8.  An estimated 1 million Apple Watches were pre-ordered.  I've never owned a smart watch before but I've followed the market with interest for the past several years.  While I don't expect the Apple Watch to be perfect, it does have most of the features that I'm looking for and as an early adopter, I was willing to give it a try.

I hope to acquire a new MacBook laptop (gold is best!)  for work in the coming months so I'll be sure to post my impressions.  I'll be replacing a 4 year old MacBook Air 11.6.  I'm most looking forward to Bluetooth 4 and using all the Continuity features of iOS 8 and Yosemite.  Stay tuned to this blog.