In a recent post I vented some of my irritation with the Apple Watch whiners. These are the folks that grandly proclaim that the Apple Watch \u201cdoesn\u2019t do anything useful\u201d and that they \u201cdon\u2019t need a watch\u201d etc., etc.\nBashing the Apple Watch has become a favorite past time of technology bloggers, and it's gotten to the point where it's become something of an epidemic. And now Nilay Patel has a post up at The Verge that complains about the Apple Watch being too slow.\nBefore I start responding to his post, let me say that there\u2019s not a device or computer available today that couldn\u2019t benefit from more speed in one way or another. That\u2019s just part of owning any piece of technology, we always want our devices to be faster, and the Apple Watch is no different in that sense.\nHere\u2019s the gist of Nilay\u2019s post on The Verge:\n\nHere\u2019s the problem with the Apple Watch: it\u2019s slow.\nIt was slow when it was first announced, it was slow when it came out, and it stayed slow when Watch OS 2.0 arrived. When I reviewed it last year, the slowness was so immediately annoying that I got on the phone with Apple to double check their performance expectations before making \u201cit\u2019s kind of slow\u201d the opening of the review.\nBut then I look at the Apple Watch and it\u2019s so obviously underpowered. We can sit around and argue about whether speeds and feeds matter, but the grand ambition of the Apple Watch is to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist, and right now it\u2019s a very slow computer. If Apple believes the Watch is indeed destined to become that computer, it needs to radically increase the raw power of the Watch\u2019s processor, while maintaining its just-almost-acceptable battery life. And it needs to do that while all of the other computers around us keep getting faster themselves. It\u2019s a hard road, but Apple is obviously uniquely suited to invest in ambitions that grand, with billions in the bank, a top-notch chip design unit, and the ability to focus on the long-term.\nThe other choice is to pare the Watch down, to reduce its ambitions, and make it less of a computer and more of a clever extension of your phone. Most of the people I see with smartwatches use them as a convenient way to get notifications and perhaps some health tracking, not for anything else. (And health tracking is pretty specialized; Fitbit seems to be doing just fine serving a devoted customer base.)\nAre smartwatches computers, or not? And if they\u2019re computers, how fast do they have to be to be useful computers? The most interesting thing about the Apple Watch is how sharply it throws those questions into relief.\nMore at The Verge\n\nThe Apple Watch is an extension of the iPhone\nI think Nilay is confused about just what the Apple Watch is in relation to the iPhone when he says that "the grand ambition of the Apple Watch is to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist." The first generation Apple Watch was not designed or meant to be a standalone computing device. It is mated to the iPhone, and provides certain wrist-based functionality that complements the iPhone.\nNow we can argue back and forth about whether Apple should have made the Apple Watch a more independent device, but the fact of the matter is that they didn\u2019t do that with the first generation Apple Watch. The company might make the Apple Watch more independent in future versions, but for now it is inextricably linked to the iPhone.\nSo viewing the Apple Watch as a disappointing computer doesn\u2019t make any real sense if we consider what Apple designed it to do, and how it was meant to work as a convenient complement to the iPhone. Nilay's expectations just aren't in line with what the Apple Watch can do as an accessory to the iPhone.\nThe Apple Watch is a first generation product\nAnother problem with Nilay\u2019s commentary is that he doesn\u2019t seem to take into account that the Apple Watch is a first generation product. Such products always improve in subsequent generations in many different ways, including speed.\nThere\u2019s a reason why some folks don\u2019t buy first generation products. They know that they will probably be disappointed with their purchase and thus decide to wait for the second generation.\nIn Nilay\u2019s case it would have probably been better for him to opt for a second generation Apple Watch instead of bothering with the first. Had he been more patient and waited for the next generation Apple Watch, he probably could have avoided at least some of his disillusionment.\nThe Apple Watch doesn\u2019t need a radically faster processor\nOne of Nilay\u2019s comments about Apple needing to \u201cradically increase the raw power of the Watch\u2019s processor\u201d doesn\u2019t strike me as being true. As I noted above, all devices can benefit from more speed, but I think Nilay is exaggerating in his comment about the Apple Watch\u2019s processor. He makes it sound like there\u2019s a five minute delay every time you do something on the Apple Watch.\nRight now I\u2019m wearing a 38mm Space Gray Sport model Apple Watch, and I\u2019ve found that the processor is more than adequate for the things I do on the watch. Yes, I expect that the second generation Apple Watch will be faster, but it\u2019s not like my current Apple Watch can\u2019t perform its functions adequately.\nI use my Apple Watch for texting, the time, phone calls, games, fitness and activity tracking, and a few other things. And it does all of these things quite well, even given that it has first generation hardware. All things considered, Apple did a good job in making sure that the first generation Apple Watch had enough power to do its job.\nThe Apple Watch has become a media punching bag\nNilay\u2019s post is, unfortunately, pretty much par for the course in the tech media. The first generation Apple Watch has become a sitting duck as round after round is fired at it by the guns of tech journalists eager to pulverize an easy target.\nBut you know what? No matter what the nattering nabobs of negativism like Nilay say, the Apple Watch is still a great product, and it will go down in tech history as one of Apple\u2019s best first generation products.\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.