Is The Apple Watch Worth $1200?
Recent developments in the Apple Watch saga indicate that the most luxurious choice of the Watches that will be available upon release could cost well over what other smart wrist wear does. If these reports are correct, you could expect to pay up to $1,200 for the gold Apple Watch -- one that's clearly meant for those who place emphasis on the finer things in life. But is it, aside from the materials used and the aesthetic value, worth all of the extra money?
There will be three versions of the Apple Watch, with the most expensive available in 18 karat gold. Where the entry price for a basic Apple Watch is $349, Apple has yet to announce the $1200 price just yet -- experts are estimating this price with the added bells and whistles and various options that come with the watch, such as its luxurious gold case.
The gold version could be solid gold or gold-plated, with the Apple site noting that the case is "crafted from 18-karat gold that our metallurgists have developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold." But given the fact that buyers will already be paying half of that or more for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus itself, it simply doesn't seem like a fantastic investment when you think about it.
Consider that Samsung's wearable tech is much cheaper, and we already know what kind of features it comes with. For instance, for far less money you'll still get a slick-looking piece of tech, even with a plastic body and 12.5 mm thick body with the Samsung Gear S. The Gear S has a larger screen, which is curved, and it's certainly up to snuff with a Super AMOLED screen that gets the job done. The Apple Watch's Retina display is impressive, but is it absolutely necessary?
You've also got the core operating system for the Samsung Gear S, which features several apps like Facebook and Nike -- Tizen is fantastic, with an easy-to-understand UI and "digital crown" support that rivals what Apple is trying to achieve as well. You'll essentially be paying additional moola for a similar set of features you can have now -- an astronomical amount more. And it's all going to be for the Midas touch.
Realistically, thinking about what other luxurious watches and options have to offer over the Apple Watch reveals several truths that really force you to stop and consider where your money's really going. Sure, if you've got the extra pocket change it's no big deal, but if you factor in useability, aesthetics, and what we already know the Samsung products can do, you might want to reconsider spending all of your hard-earned cash on multiple products rather than one that we haven't quite had the chance to hammer out all the details on just yet.