Despite AnandTech founder Anand Lal Shimpi ‘retiring’ from his website to go work for Apple last year, his publication continues on.
His team has published their lengthy, technical review of the Apple Watch, with the article by Joshua Ho and Brandon Chester calling the smartwatch “the best wearable I’ve ever used,” but still difficult to recommend the first generation product:
For those still deciding on whether the first Apple Watch makes sense, I have no reservations in saying that it’s the best wearable I’ve ever used. However, at the same time I find it hard to recommend this first-generation Apple Watch. It’s clear that there are far too many obvious areas to improve upon, areas where Moore’s law will help to dramatically improve the experience. In the case of smartphones, Moore’s law made it possible to deliver true all-day battery life and fluid app performance. After spending a few months with the Apple Watch, all I can see is a need for more compute and battery life, like what happened with smartphones.
If you’ve got some time, this is definitely a review worth reading. Check it out here.