May 29, 2022 7 min read

Can Apple watches be considered a waste of money?

Can Apple watches be considered a waste of money?
Apple watch on display
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Regarding technology, there are always two schools of thought: those who believe you should continually update to the latest and those who think you should stick to what you know. When it comes to the Apple Watch, there are many people who are on the fence about whether or not it is a waste of money.

In this blog post, we will explore both sides of the argument and attempt to answer the question: Are apple watches worth buying?

Are Apple watches a waste of money? Are they worth the high price tag?

Considering that the starting price for an Apple Watch is $169, it is understandable why some people would say that they are a waste of money. After all, plenty of other smartwatches on the market are much cheaper.

So, what makes the Apple Watch so special? Well, one of the main selling points is its design and functionality. The watch is available in various materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium. It also comes in various sizes: 38mm, 40mm, 42mm, and 44mm, depending on which model of the Apple watch you want to purchase. In terms of design, the Apple Watch definitely has a more premium feel to it than other smartwatches on the market.

Another selling point of the Apple Watch is its functionality. The watch runs on Apple's custom chips and has a variety of sensors that allow it to track your fitness and activity levels. It also has a built-in GPS (some Apple watches have a compass), so you can use it for running or hiking without carrying your phone. Also, if you are using a cellular model, you can use the Apple Watch GPS model to make calls, send texts, and get notifications.

So, while the starting price tag may be steep, there are definitely some reasons why the Apple Watch is worth the money.

Whether it's worth it, or its price tag all comes down to personal opinion. For some people, the high price tag is simply not worth it when other smartwatches on the market offer similar features at a fraction of the cost. However, judging from Apple's records, as of Dec 2020, more than 100 million people are estimated to use an Apple watch. So, it seems that plenty of people are willing to pay the high price for the design, functionality, and features of the Apple Watch.

Do Apple Watches have Sim Cards? (Answered)
No, the Apple Watch does not have a normal SIM card but the GPS + cellular models of the Apple Watch make use of an embedded SIM (eSIM).

How does Apple Watches compare to other smartwatches on the market?

When it comes to smartwatches, there are a few options on the market. However, none of them are as popular as the Apple Watch. Other smartwatches include the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Fitbit Versa, and Garmin Vivoactive. All of these watches have their own unique features. However, they all pale in comparison to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has many features that other smartwatches do not have. Some of these are:

  • The Apple watch uses an interactive digital crown to access settings and navigate through menu items, while most other smart watches use buttons.
  • The Apple Watch has a square screen that protrudes out and makes it easy to interact with the touchscreen. Their circular designs and inward protrusions are found with other smart watches like the Galaxy smart watch.
  • The Apple Watch offers a larger variety of wristbands that meet different users' needs.
  • The Apple Watch has the highest amount of workouts built into the watch amongst all the smartwatches we checked.
  • The ECG app (approved by the FDA) incorporated in some models of the Apple watch, which can alert you to abnormalities in your heart rate, is a unique feature of the Apple Watch.
  • Apple watches are much more detailed than most smart watches in tracking your health data. Their health tracking feature is divided into two apps. namely, Activity and Health. Most other smartwatches simply lump them all up in one app.
  • Its ability to seamlessly sync with Apple products which control a large market share of the gadget market, is another advantage the Apple Watch has over its competitors.
  • The Apple Watch also supports contactless payments with Apple Pay. This means you can use your watch to make purchases anywhere that accepts Apple Pay which is virtually impossible with other brands of smartwatches. Though Samsung offers a similar service called Samsung Pay with its Galaxy watches.

The bottom line is that some of the features of the Apple Watch are simply unmatched by any other smartwatch on the market. The Apple Watch is the way to go if you're looking for a smartwatch.

Apple watch with white straps

How are Apple watches marketed?

Apple watches are marketed as the best smartwatch on the market. They are marketed as a fashion accessory, a health and fitness tracker, and a way to stay connected.

Apple watches are popular among young people and fitness enthusiasts. They are also popular among those who want to be able to stay connected without having to carry their phone with them.

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market. It is the best-selling watch of any kind and has a loyal following.

Are Apple watches selling well?

Yes, Apple watches are selling well. They are the best-selling watch of any kind among smart watch brands.

According to Counterpoint Research Data, the Apple watch accounted for 40% of all smartwatch sales in the 4th Qtr of 2020 an estimate of over 12 million units sold for the Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6. The next competing brand was Samsung at 10%. This trend is even set to rise as time goes on.

Apple doesn't give exact figures for how many Watches it has sold, but available research data shows that Apple watch market share grew by 6% YoY from the previous year of 2019.

What percentage of smartwatches are Apple?

As of 2021,  Counterpoint Research claims that the Apple watch comprises 30.1% of the global smartwatch market share. A dominant number considering that Samsung, its closest rival, comes in at a distant 10.2% over the same period.

With such a large market share, it is safe to say that Apple watches are not a waste of money. In fact, they are one of the best investments you can make regarding smartwatches.

Pros and cons of owning an Apple watch

Like any other product, there are pros and cons to owning an Apple watch.

Some of the pros include:

  • They are stylish and come in various colors, designs, and materials to choose from.
  • They are very versatile and can be used for various tasks such as tracking your fitness, taking calls and receiving notifications (for cellular models with a data plan), listening to music, etc.
  • They are very user-friendly with a smooth feel and pleasant user experience.
  • They are quite reliable.
  • Apple provides quality technical support for the Watch.

However, there are also some cons associated with owning an Apple watch. These include:

  • They require regular charging in order to stay functional.
  • They are not always accurate when it comes to tracking fitness data.
  • They can be pricey for some people, especially those who do not need all the features that come with the watch.
  • They can be challenging to set up if you are not familiar with Apple products.
  • You may encounter compatibility issues if you try to use them with non-Apple products.

Overall, the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to Apple watches.

Are Apple watches a good investment?

It depends on what you're looking for in a smartwatch.  The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market but is also the most expensive. If you're looking for a smartwatch with all the bells and whistles, then the Apple Watch is a good investment. However, if you're just looking for a basic smartwatch to track your fitness and notifications, there are cheaper options available.

The Apple Watch is also one of the most stylish smartwatches on the market. If you're looking for a watch that will make a fashion statement, then the Apple Watch is worth considering. However, remember that the watch faces and bands are interchangeable, so you can always change up your look later if you get bored with it.

Apple watch with black straps

Wrap up

In conclusion, whether or not the Apple Watch is a waste of money depends on your needs and wants. If you're looking for a smartwatch with many premium features, it's probably worth the money spent on it.

However, if you're just looking for a basic smartwatch to track your fitness and notifications, there are cheaper options available. The Apple Watch is also one of the most stylish smartwatches on the market, so if you're looking for a watch that will make a fashion statement, then it's worth considering.

Thanks for reading.

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