Everyone is nerding the "Week long battery life" to death.The main point is that a better and longer life battery would REALLY help the watch. My wife is addicted to fitness tracking and on holidays & weekends her S2 stainless is dead by 6pm.
For a lot of people, Apple may have checked off a major wish list item with the addition of LTE on Apple Watch Series 3. There are still plenty of things we'd like to see in the inevitable Apple Watch Series 4, though.Week-long battery lifeSome Watch owners might be surprised to learn that this isn't normal in the wearable world. Most Fitbits last at least three to four days on a charge, and higher-end Garmin watches like the Forerunner 935 can last up to two weeks.
VideoIt's not uncommon to see people holding up their iPhone in public to show their spouse or friends something, and doing so from a Watch would be a lot more convenient.
That is hardly an apples to apples comparison. The AW is much more than a fitness tracker. The closest comparison device is the FitBit Ionic and even FitBit's web site notes that if you enable GPS then the battery life is only up to 10 hours. Similar with the Garmin, turn on GPS and you get 24 hours of battery.
The article was talking about standby or watch mode for all models and it was accurate. FitBit and Garmin watches will get 5 days to 2 weeks, depending on model, if used solely as a watch/fitness tracker with message/phone notifications. If you're going to compare apples to apples, as the article does, then you should've quoted the GPS time for the AW as well which is half of the Ionic at 5 hours.
Are the offerings from either of the other 2 brands as good as a smart watch as the AW? No. But on the other hand AW isn't as good as a training device as a midlevel or higher Garmin. It all depends on what you need but I'm willing to bet that very few people will be mad if subsequent versions of the AW has much better battery life.
6) Full functionality without iPhone - Kinda feel like their would be no market for a stand alone Apple Watch. It was designed as an accessory to supplement and enhance the iPhone, most purchasing it have an iPhone.