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Apple Watch: Should You Buy It?

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Apple Watch officially hits stores today, but good luck trying to find one. Many versions of the smartwatch are backordered until June. If you really want one, your best bet is to order online and get in the queue.

Does anyone need the Apple Watch? Probably not.. but it is the latest must-have accessory. It looks very cool, but a category-killer use case has yet to be determined.

Before considering to buy it, you must already own an iPhone 5, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus. It won’t work in all its glory without it, although it can do some things on its own — tell time and track your fitness. Once you pair Apple Watch with your iPhone and go through the setup, you can use Apple Pay, Passbook, or Photos on the watch without the iPhone.

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Who is Apple Watch for? It’s for anyone who doesn’t mind spending $400 for a watch. I say $400, because there is really no reason to get the smaller sized model for $50 less, and spending more will only get you a nicer band or better finish. If you have money to burn, then by all means go with the sophisticated metal or leather bands that bring prices up to $1,100, or the real 24k gold finishes that top off at $17,000.

Many are saying wait for the next version of the watch to come out, which is sure to be better.  But a 2nd-gen smartwatch is likely a year or longer away. I wouldn’t expect to see another Apple Watch until Fall 2016. Can you wait that long?

As good as many are claiming the Apple Watch to be, it is missing a few key features.

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  • It’s not waterproof
  • No GPS
  • No cellular connectivity (e.g. 4G LTE)
  • No advanced health tracking (e.g. sleep tracking)
  • No wireless charging
  • No camera (but do you really want one?)
  • Battery life limited to one-day or less

Made up your mind yet? Apple Watch is $400 smartwatch for early adopters eager to have the latest gadget and features on their wrist. Although it’s currently the best one you can currently buy right now, is that good enough for you?

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