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    Apple Watch Sport

    After 4 days with an Apple Watch, I’m still not sold
    May 1, 2015, 3:04pm PDT UPDATED: May 1, 2015, 3:35pm PDT
    Cromwell Schubarth
    Senior Technology Reporter-
    Silicon Valley Business Journal

    ”How much did that cost you?”
    That question from a Starbucks barista was probably the most inappropriate reaction I’ve experienced in my first four days with the Apple Watch.
    But it is also a very good question when weighing the value of the newest gadget from Cupertino.
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    Is it worth hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to not have to reach into my pocket to buy a latte or salad? Is there anything that it allows me to do that I couldn’t do as easily, or in some cases more easily, with my iPhone, iPad or MacBook Air?
    So far I remain unconvinced, as impressed as I am with the design and technology that Apple has put into its smartwatch.
    Below, I’m sharing a few experiences from my early days as an Apple Watch user. A more extensive review will come after my colleague, Angela Swartz, and I have put our Apple Watches through more paces.
    Twisted at the register
    I have used the Watch at Whole Foods and Starbucks to buy things. But in both cases I think the user experience with the iPhone is better.
    The Starbucks app on the phone automatically brings up the barcode needed to make a purchase the minute I get to the store. With the watch I have to bring up Apple Pay to get to the barcode, which is a couple of extra steps. Then I have to twist my arm to get my wrist in front of the scanner.
    At Whole Foods, I like using the fingerprint scanner on my iPhone to make a purchase, often beating the cashier to the punch as they tally the bill on my purchases. With the watch, again, the same purchase takes several steps and involves twisting the wrist to get it in front of the scanner.
    Siri, can you hear me?
    There have been a number of times when I have spoken the words, ”Hey Siri,” and got no response from my Apple assistant. This has happened from time to time with my iPhone, too. That happens even more often with the Apple Watch.
    Standup routine
    I like the regular tap on my wrist from my Apple Watch that tells me I have been seated too long. But at a reception this week in which I had literally been on my feet for more than two hours, the reminder came on. An Apple technician explained that the erroneous tap might have been caused because the sensors on the watch thought that I hadn’t changed my posture for more than an hour. That may be. But it still feels like a flaw in the program.
    Step by step
    Another odd situation came when I tried to hit the goal of exercising at least 30 minutes a day as recommended by the watch’s Activity app. I have yet to hit that number, even on days when I have done a brisk outdoor walk of between 45 minutes and an hour and dutifully saved it when done.
    The Apple technician I talked to told me that the Activity app looks for jumps in heart rate to determine when I am exercising. So if I am starting from a high heart rate or if my pulse doesn’t jump, it assumes I’m not working out. Again, this doesn’t seem as satisfying an experience as it should be.
    The much less expensive Jawbone UP24 I have worn for quite a while now, which is motion activated, never has a problem recording my exercise. In the long run, maybe the heart-sensor driven Apple Watch will be a better gauge. But it doesn’t seem to at the moment.
    So far, so good
    I haven’t had the problems reported by others about rapid depletion of the batteries on their watches or iPhones. I rarely got through a day on a single iPhone charge, being a power user who snaps a lot of pictures, regularly records interviews and checks my emails and texts frequently. The watch doesn’t seem to draining the phone any faster. Nor have I had a day yet when I had less than 20 percent of my watch battery remaining when I went to bed.
    I also have to say that I had no problems with making or receiving phone calls with the Apple Watch, as odd an experience as it is talking at my wrist like Dick Tracy.
    I also like being able to make quick calculations with a few taps on my wrist using a calculator app I downloaded.
    And the Map app on the watch is a more pleasant experience, when on foot in San Francisco trying to find my way to a destination, than having to pull out my iPhone to see where I turned wrong.
    So for now, I’d say that the Apple Watch doesn’t seem worth the cost that the Starbucks barista was so curious about. But I’m keeping an open mind and will report back as I gain more experience.
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