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Whenever a shiny new gadget comes out, the same question runs through my mind: “Will this become an indispensable part of my tech arsenal, or will it be a glorious waste of money?” Things rarely seem to fall in between – either they change everything, or they change nothing.

Sure the idea of the Apple Watch is intriguing, but as I started my research into the device, the first hurdle I ran into was held in the first image I saw of it; the thing is huge and ugly, with a huge and ugly price tag to match.

applewatch08-600x335I have a lot of mobile devices: my iPad, my phone, and my Shine fitness tracker. Investing in something that boils all of those things down into a single fashion accessory might sound appealing at first but the reality is that, as a part of my daily wardrobe, it just doesn’t fit. In order to be able to have a functional touchscreen, the smallest possible face for the Apple Watch is 38mm. That’s kind of large for someone like me who has small wrists. Sure, it would let me reenact scenes from Dick Tracy (and that’s cool enough to merit serious consideration), but with its metallic 90s style Casio band and massive face it just looks plain silly. If Apple wants to not only become a part of my lifestyle but a part of my appearance, they are just going to have to try harder. Yes, I know they offer other bands, but the current iconic design is neither formal nor cool, and that just won’t do.

In truth, though, I haven’t worn a watch for several years now. With so many devices that keep time already taking up valuable room in my pockets, I haven’t felt the need to wear one. Once again the point would be to minimize the amount of stuff I carry, and in that regard the Apple Watch is intriguing – especially as more apps become available for it.

applewatch09But appearance aside, the biggest hurdle for getting excited about the new Apple Watch is that price. At $349, it’s unreasonable as a substitute for a bunch of tech gear I already own. Also, considering it needs to paired with an iPhone, which I do not presently own, the Apple Watch would be useless to me unless I bought one of those, too.

At the moment, the Apple Watch really doesn’t offer anything truly new to justify itself. Perhaps after the watch is released and a few generations pass I’ll find it a more worthwhile investment. By then the price may drop and my old gear will be out of date and in need of an upgrade anyway. Until then, I think my Dick Tracy impressions will just have to continue to rely on my good old (free) imagination.

Cameo Review

Cameo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
While Vine and Instragram are the hot video apps, there are other apps that give users way more options. Cameo is one of them.

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Shooting up the Free Apps Charts is Pimp My Hair, promising to be “the best thing that has ever happened to your face.”

I’ll admit this now, I’ve yet to meet the people who adore downloading so many of the countless Photobooth style apps, but clearly there are plenty of you out there!

Pimp My Hair offers users the chance to add 40 different hairstyles in 8 varied colors to their photos. They can choose to take a new photograph or use a saved one. The fun will no doubt come from sticking weird haircuts on the photos of family pets and eldery relatives.

Once created, users can add their own caption before sharing via Facebook or Twitter.

That’s about it to Pimp My Hair and I suspect I’m probably getting too old for such things but it’s bound to entertain many iOS device users in need of a new way to customize their photos.

Pimp My Hair is out now and it’s currently free to download.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-07 :: Category: Entertainment

Lumi Review

Lumi Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bring light back to a darkened world with the help of a gravity-defying, glowing mouse-thing.

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Tongue Tied! Review

Tongue Tied! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A challenging but stylish twist on the physics platforming genre.

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Carmindy Review

Carmindy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Celebrity make up artist Carmindy offers some useful tips, videos and other info in this new app.

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