There seems to be a technology scourge going around a lot lately, some users and bloggers have gotten a really bad case of the Apple Watch whiner's flu. You know these people, they\u2019ve been bitching and complaining non-stop for the last year about the Apple Watch.\n\n\nThe most recent example of this is a column written by a writer at Gizmodo where he details the sheer hell that Apple put him through by holding a gun to his head and forcing him to buy the Apple Watch [ Find it on Amazon \u2013 *What\u2019s this?* ].\n\n Smosh \n\nI\u2019m going to go through his post paragraph by paragraph and offer my own thoughts:\n\n\n\nI bought the Apple Watch a year ago. I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I\u2019m not sure if I\u2019ll ever wear it again. That\u2019s because it doesn\u2019t really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn\u2019t always work like it\u2019s supposed to.\n\n\n\nDoesn\u2019t do anything anyone needs? Oh, you mean like sending and receiving text messages, playing games, making phone calls, counting calories, tracking fitness, dictating journal entries, playing music, etc? Yeah, it\u2019s clear that the Apple Watch has no value whatsoever.\n\n\n\nI wanted to buy the Apple Watch because I was excited to jump out of the hamster wheel that is buying a newer, slightly nicer version of something I bought a few years earlier. Anything we buy these days is just sequels of the same crap we already have at home, so it was fun to try something new! It was also frustrating as hell. Here are some things I learned over the past year (minus two months) of strapping the shitty screen vibrator to my wrist.\n\n\n\nOkay, so the writer jumped on the Apple Watch bandwagon because he was bored with his current products. Gotcha. Shitty screen vibrator? What an amazingly thoughtful and insightful description of the Apple Watch. I learned a lot by reading that remark.\n\n\n\nFirst, I still don\u2019t know what the buttons do. This is ridiculous (and probably very stupid on my part) because, well, there are only two buttons, the digital crown and the side button. Most of the times, pressing the digital crown acts like an iPhone home button. But sometimes it\u2019s a back button (like when you\u2019re in the Favorites contact screen). It gets more confusing because you can scroll through a list with the crown but you can never select, you have to tap the screen for that to work. Most of these things you eventually figure out, but these little inconsistencies just add to the frustration of using it.\n\n\n\nIf there\u2019s validity to anything in the writer\u2019s article, the comments about the buttons are it. However, these are things that can easily be tweaked with a software fix by Apple. Personally, I have had no problems using either of the Apple Watch buttons. They don't confuse me, and I know how to use them to do what I want on the watch.\n\n\n\nWith an iPhone, everyone knows how to use it, assuming they have access to fingers. With Apple\u2019s wrist-time-box, I still find myself lost every time I grab hold, even if it\u2019s just trying to recreate the steps to something I did earlier. Which mostly results in me just giving up trying to do anything at all. For its solid aesthetic design, the Watch is not at all intuitive.\n\n\n\nThe iPhone has been out for almost 10 years, but when it was first released nobody knew how to use it. Some folks no doubt found the first iPhone\u2019s interface confusing, but everybody learned how it worked and adjusted to it. The Apple Watch is no different in that sense.\n\n\n\nIf you did somehow manage to figure out how to do something on the watch, there\u2019s literally no comfortable way to actually use it. You\u2019re constantly changing your grip style because none of them ever feel right. What I settled on is placing a thumb on the bottom left corner of the watch to stabilize it and then I use the left side of my index finger to twirl the knob and hit the crown. Other times I just use my finger tip to spin the crown. Or a thumb only method sort of works. With reasonably sized phones, your thumb can reach anything on the screen just by holding the phone in your hand. One grip, done. But with the small size of the screen on the watch and because it\u2019s attached to your wrist, you\u2019re always awkwardly trying to make things half-work with multiple finger dancing grips and none of them ever feel right. And yes, I\u2019m aware that I also look like a total tool when using it (no matter the grip).\n\n\n\nI wear my 38mm Apple Watch on my left wrist, and it\u2019s always felt quite comfortable to use. I\u2019ve never done any kind of finger dance to use it. I simply have my thumb on one side, and my index finger on the other to press the buttons. When necessary I use my index finger to tap the Apple Watch screen. Voila! Everything works fine.\n\n\nAnd I\u2019ve never felt like a \u201ctotal tool\u201d using my Apple Watch. Ever. That comment by the writer reeks of a self-consciousness that I doubt many other people share. A good therapist could work wonders there and help him get over it.\n\n\n\nIf you do manage to figure out how to do something with it and find a comfortable way to use it, there\u2019s actually nothing worthwhile to do with the Apple Watch that you can\u2019t do just as easily with an iPhone. Okay fine, that\u2019s not all the way true but it\u2019s not too much of an exaggeration. Most Watch apps just end up being a shell of the iPhone app.\n\n\n\nNothing worthwhile to do? As I noted earlier there\u2019s plenty of useful functions that the Apple Watch performs. It\u2019s not the fault of the watch or of Apple that the writer doesn\u2019t seem to understand what they are and how to use them.\n\n\nYes, some watch apps are basically companions to the iPhone version of the app. What\u2019s wrong with that? Lose It is a good example of this. The watch app focuses on just counting calories, while the phone app offers much more than that.\n\n\nRemember that the watch is designed for at-a-glance information, not for trying to glom in all of the functionality of an iPhone app into a tiny screen. Watch apps are designed differently than iPhone apps, and that is as it should be given the form factor of the Apple Watch.\n\n\nThe writer found a few things he liked, but then added some additional complaints:\n\n\n\nThere are a few things I like about the Watch, though. I\u2019ll list \u2018em here:\n\n\nApple Pay on the Apple Watch is ever so slightly more convenient than it is on the iPhone. The downside is that enabling Apple Pay forces you to add a passcode to your watch for security purposes. This gets quickly annoying because the biometric sensors on the underside of the Watch that\u2019s supposed to remember me once I\u2019ve punched in my code, regularly loses contact with my wrist, making the security system think that I\u2019ve taken the Watch off. Which means, I have to punch in my passcode multiple times a day to use it. It totally kills it.\n\n\nSeeing text messages on your wrist is fine enough but responding on it is just silly. Aside from a few canned responses you can pre-program on your watch, it\u2019s just easier to whip out your phone to text back.\n\n\nThere\u2019s a nice watch \u201ccomplication\u201d (aka feature) that shows me what time the sunrise when I look at my watch face. Those sorts of additional tidbit-sized information available at a glance, are nice to know.\n\n\nWhen I complete goals in the fitness tracking activity feature, I feel good.\n\n\nI\u2019ve Shazam-ed from my Watch like two times?\n\n\nChanging bands is really, really easy.\n\n\n\nHe\u2019s complaining about using a passcode on his watch because of Apple Pay? Common sense requires that anybody\u2019s Apple Watch be protected by a passcode. What dingbat wouldn't use a passcode for their watch?\n\n\nI own two Apple Watches, and neither of them have ever had a problem with the biometric sensors losing contact with my wrist. If that\u2019s a problem then the writer should have made the band tighter. I wear my watch\u2019s band relatively loose and still never had a problem with the sensors.\n\n\nResponding to text messages is silly on the Apple Watch? No, it\u2019s not. It\u2019s very fast and easy. Yes, you can use some pre-programmed responses but why not just dictate a quick response via Siri? It sounds like the writer never noticed the dictation button when replying to text messages.\n\n\n\nOther than that, there\u2019s really nothing fun about using the watch. Not even for the most basic thing: telling time. The problem is that the screen doesn\u2019t always turn on when you raise your wrist like it\u2019s supposed to. So you\u2019re left trying to snap your wrist hoping it\u2019ll activate the watch screen. When it doesn\u2019t, you feel like an idiot and look really stupid in front of your friends.\n\n\n\nBoth of my Apple Watches are incredibly reliable when raising my wrist to activate them. I don\u2019t remember the last time that that feature didn\u2019t work. Of course if it didn\u2019t, all I\u2019d do is tap the screen to activate it. Talk about a first world problem!\n\n\nHe felt like an idiot? He was worried that he'd look stupid in front of his friends? That sentence gave me the feeling that the writer was still in high school and suffering from adolescent angst. Again, a good therapist could be a great help to him.\n\n\n\nAnd even if there were cool things to do with the Watch and they actually worked, the guts aren\u2019t good enough to keep up with the mediocre tasks the Watch is theoretically supposed to be good at today. Charging the Watch every night is not the worst thing in the world (charging by magnetic stand is great, btw), until you wake up somewhere without an Apple Watch charger, and the watch is dead for the entire next day.\n\n\n\nUgh, we are back to the \u201cthe watch doesn\u2019t do anything\u201d again. As far as speed goes, watchOS 2 has helped improve the performance of the Apple Watch. And you can also turn on Reduced Motion to help speed things up. Right now both of my Apple Watches perform quite well for me, regardless of what app I use on them.\n\n\nIf you wake up somewhere without the Apple Watch charger, who\u2019s fault is that? The charger is tiny, and it would take all of about two seconds to throw it into an overnight bag and take it with you. Reasonable people would plan ahead when they were going to spend the night somewhere else.\n\n\n\nGetting information like the weather isn\u2019t bad either, except that when you try to actually look it up, the watch slows down and gives you a spinning loading indicator. You don\u2019t know if it\u2019ll load in a reasonable amount of time, or if it\u2019ll just keep on swirling about. Everything is so terribly slow. Like really, don\u2019t even bother slow. Like, it\u2019s easier to just pull our your iPhone from your pocket than use your watch slow. For example, it takes me more than 15 seconds to get Twitter finally loaded on my watch. It takes less than 5 seconds to get my phone out of my pocket and onto the app. Oh, and the Watch\u2019s app is useless as it only has room to show a single tweet at a time.\n\n\n\nI just tapped on the weather on my 38mm Space Gray Sport Apple Watch and the weather popped up instantly. So much for that problem.\n\n\nAs far as Twitter goes, it\u2019s a sea of inane drivel that is best avoided at all costs. But if you must use it, why would you complain about seeing a single tweet on the screen of watch? It\u2019s a watch, how many tweets do you think can be crammed into a screen that size? Sheesh, give me a break.\n\n\n\nAnd this hints at the biggest problem. With other Apple products, you realize the limitations but become mostly okay with them because the ease of use can outweigh the sacrifice (price, ports, customizability, walled garden, etc.) for some people. With the Apple Watch, I\u2019m not exactly sure what the benefit is. To get text messages buzzed to my wrist? To scroll through a few pictures on Instagram? There\u2019s really not a single thing that makes my life easier. No sane human will ever want to use Siri on the Apple Watch over their phone. I used that sharing drawings and heartbeats thing with my other Apple Watch-owning friends like three times before I never did it again. It\u2019s a fun gimmick, but it\u2019s pointless.\n\n\n\nTwo of the biggest benefits of the Apple Watch are convenience and time-saving. It lets you perform some of the functions of the iPhone right from your wrist. If you choose not to do so then why did you buy the Apple Watch in the first place?\n\n\nAs far as heartbeats and drawings go, I don't use those features. But I'm sure some folks do, so what's wrong with Apple offering them? Just because the writer doesn't use a feature doesn't mean that nobody else uses it.\n\n\n\nWearing the Apple Watch for nearly a year did change something in me though, but it\u2019s the opposite effect that was probably intended: the Watch\u2019s constant low-level notifications made me realize that there\u2019s nothing really worth being notified about. Being able to feel every text, email, and whatever else, made me see how useless they mostly were. I used to joke that wearing a watch is handcuffing yourself to time. Wearing an Apple Watch (or any smartwatch, really), doubles down on that by locking you in a barricade of notifications too. So I\u2019ve taken the Apple Watch off and don\u2019t know when I\u2019ll put it back on. The Watch isn\u2019t at all worth it, but I\u2019m not sure it\u2019s even possible to make a smartwatch that I, or any reasonable non-tech nerd, would need. The more ambitious a smartwatch gets, the more complicated it is to use.\n\n\n\nIf the writer of the Gizmodo article is getting too many notifications, it\u2019s his own fault. He has total control over which apps are allowed to use notifications, and all he has to do is turn the notifications off for those apps. Problem solved!\n\n\nI keep notifications off for most of the apps on my iPhone because I don\u2019t want my attention constantly being shredded by them. The writer could easily do the same thing, but why accept responsibility when you can simply blame the Apple Watch?\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve told every person who has asked me about my Apple Watch that as the wrist-puter stands right now, it\u2019s really not worth the money or the effort. That doesn\u2019t mean I don\u2019t think it\u2019ll eventually get better as Apple improves the hardware and software or if it maybe simplifies its goals, but a year with it has told me that it\u2019s going to be a very long eventually. You shouldn\u2019t buy this Apple Watch, and my sense is you probably shouldn\u2019t buy the next Apple Watch either. But maybe (just maaaaybe) you\u2019ll buy the next next one. Or the one after that.\n\n\n\nAnd with his closing paragraph, the writer demonstrates his utter cluelessness. The Apple Watch is worth every cent I paid for it, as it is right now, with no improvements whatsoever. The folks who don\u2019t own one are missing out. Once you get used to having it, the Apple Watch quickly becomes part of your daily life and proves its worth many times over each day.\n\n\nYes, the Apple Watch will improve with new hardware and updated software. That\u2019s a given for any technology product, and we\u2019ve seen it happen over and over again. But why wait for the \u201cperfect\u201d version when there will always be a better one just on the horizon? If we all did that then nobody would own a computer, a phone, a TV or any other gadget.\n\n\nSeriously, the Gizmodo article is an amazing example of a whine-fest by somebody who clearly shouldn\u2019t own any kind of a watch. He\u2019s an extremely phone-oriented individual who simply could not adjust to using wearable technology. If he had had an Android Wear device instead of an Apple Watch, I have no doubt we\u2019d be reading about \u201chow awful Android Wear watches are\u2026\u201d\n\nThe Apple Watch is a complement to the iPhone\n\nOne of the things that seems to have escaped the Gizmodo writer is that the Apple Watch is not intended as a full replacement for the iPhone. It\u2019s a complement to it that moves some of the iPhone\u2019s functionality to your wrist so you don\u2019t have to keep reaching for your phone to do certain things.\n\n\nFor example, I use my Apple Watch frequently to send or reply to text messages. I also use it for phone calls, and for tracking my activity and calories burned during workouts. And, of course, I use it for at-a-glance information such as the weather, stock prices and other similar kinds of information.\n\n\nI still love my iPhone 6s Plus, but the Apple Watch saves me the trouble of frequently having to pick it up and open an app to get certain information. If you consider how many times each day you don\u2019t have to pick your phone up, the Apple Watch literally saves time over the course of the day.\n\nApple makes it easy to learn how to use the Apple Watch\n\nWhen I read hysterical emoto-babble like the dreck from Gizmodo, my eyes roll into the back of my head. Seriously, how lame is it that some people still think that the Apple Watch is difficult to use? It\u2019s one of the simplest devices to use if you spend a few minutes actually learning how to use it.\n\n\nApple has even gone out of its way to provide video tutorials on how to use the Apple Watch. You can see quite clearly how to use Digital Touch, make phone calls, access Siri, play music, use Apple Pay, track your activity and workouts, etc. It\u2019s all there in the videos, it\u2019s not like you have to spend hours trying to figure any of it out.\n\n\nMaybe the writer at Gizmodo will take a few minutes to watch the videos before writing another article filled with inane commentary about a product he clearly doesn\u2019t understand.\n\nWill the Apple Watch whiners please shut up now?\n\nI really wish that the folks whining about the Apple Watch would just shut up about it. I fully understand that not every technology product is going to work for every user. That's fine, and if the Apple Watch doesn't meet your needs then don't buy one.\n\n\nBut please stop bashing the Apple Watch, and please stop making grandiose and inaccurate statements that it "doesn't do anything" or that it "isn't worth the money." It does quite a lot for some of us, and it's also worth every cent to those of us who understand what it is and how to use it.\n\n\nYou'd have to pry my Apple Watch from my cold, dead wrist to take it away from me.\n\n\n Related video: Apple Watch review: The good, the bad, and the ugly\n\n\n\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.